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Lindsey Vonn Faces $1.7 Million IRS Lien

According to the Detroit News the IRS filed a $1,705,437 federal tax lien against Lindsey Vonn and her divorced husband Thomas Vonn on April 2, 2012.

Lindsey and Thomas Vonn

What is IRS Lien?

IRS Lien is generally unpaid federal income taxes. Federal income taxes are bills you have to pay based upon what your income from your job is.

After four years of being married to Thomas Vonn, Lindsey Vonn said in November 2012 that she is getting a divorce. Thomas was her personal coach. After her divorce Lindsey had on of her most successful skiing season of her career. She got 12 World Cup wins and  she is on her way of winning her fourth overall title and three discipline titles.

In despite of Lindsey’s struggles with her divorce she claimed $604,225 in prize money this is the most money that any athlete had on the 2012 World Cup Circuit.

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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Uncategorized


Mikaela Shiffrin Defends U.S. National Slalom Title

Last season, Mikaela Shiffrin won the U.S. national slalom title. This year on March 28, 2012 Mikaela won it again!

Information on Mikaela Shiffrin:

Mikeala Shiffrin

Mikeala was born on March 13, 1995 in Vail, Colorado but grew up in Eagle-Vail, Colorado. She grew up skiing at Vail. Mikeala started skiing when she was three years old.  When she was little she never wanted to free ski she only wanted to train gates. For high school she went to Burke Mountain Academy in Burke, Vermont. Click here to visit their website. This year Mikeala is on the U.S. ski team B team. This is her first year on the team. Mikeala likes to play tennis, soccer and she likes to read books. Her dad raced in college for the Dartmouth ski team, and her mom is a Masters racer. Her brother, Taylor, also ski races in FIS races. She is sponsored by Atomic, Leki, POC, and Barilla.

For Mikeala to win the U.S. national slalom she had to win the final slalom race in 2012 in Colorado. This was Mikeala’s first year racing in the world cup. She got third in a slalom and she had three other top 10 finishes.

“It was an amazing season, it was really fun,” said Shiffrin. “I tried not to have any expectations but I know what I hoped for and I definitely hoped for a podium. I hoped for top tens in slalom and I actually hoped for a little more with my GS but you can’t get everything and I was just really excited with what I did get.”

This is Mikeala in the 2011 U.S. Slalom National Race:

Mikeala Shiffrin also recently won the Don A. Metivier Golden Ski Award. The Don Metivier Golden Ski Award is given to the best Male and Female skiers in the east. The Golden Ski Awards started in 1969 by Don Metivier.  Ryan Cochran-Siegle also won the Golden Ski Award. This is the second year in a row that Mikeala Shiffrin and Ryan Cochran-Siegle won this ski award!

This is Ryan Cochran-Siegle and Mikeala Shiffrin winning the Golden Ski Award.

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Posted by on April 21, 2012 in Uncategorized


Bode Miller Calls It a Season after a Knee Injury

Bode Miller injured his knee in Sochi, Russia on February 11, 2012. after going off one of the four jumps on the Downhill course but he still ends up getting 4th.

Bode Miller

Who is Bode Miller?

Bode is one of the most famous Alpine ski racers in history! He was born on November 12,1977 in Easton, New Hampshire. But he grew up in Franconia, New Hampshire. Bode started skiing when he was three years old at Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire. Bode skied with the staff. But he also enjoyed snowboarding! At 13 he entered in Maine’s Carrabassett Valley Academy to be a ski racer. Bode entered in the 1996 United States Championships at Sugarloaf and made a big impression. At 18 he was 3rd in the Slalom title race. Bode then debuted on the World Cup and got 11th in his first race in the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Bode has won four Olympic sliver medals and one gold.

After his knee injury, Bode tried to race the following week in Bansko, Bulgaria but he realized that he needed Arthroscopic surgery.

“Even though Bode has been extremely motivated to continue out the season and show what he can do by having fun with ski racing, his body just wasn’t able to hold that,” said U.S. Coach Sasha Rearick. “He’s doing the right thing by getting his knee fixed and ready to go for the future.”

Bode was very pleased with his season and looks forward to racing next year. “It was a good season for me. Winning again at Beaver Creek was pretty special and it was cool to get a chance to check out the Olympic hill in Sochi, Russia”, said Bode.

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Posted by on March 27, 2012 in Uncategorized


Julia Ford Claims National Downhill Titles In Aspen Colorado

After a seven-day series of NorAm races is Aspen, Colorado Julia Ford an American alpine skier claimed the National Downhill Title.

Julia Ford

About Julia Ford:

Julia was born on February 30, 1990 in Plymouth, New Hampshire. She started skiing when she was three years old at Okemo Mountain Resort. When she was in middle school she went to Okemo Mountain School in Ludlow, Vermont, and for high school she went to Holderness School in Plymouth, New Hampshire. In 2008 Julia landed a spot on the U.S. Development Team. Julia was on the “D” Team for three years until she made it on the U.S. “C” Team. Julia is sponsored by Atomic, Leki, POC, Okemo Resort, and T2 Foundation.

This was Julia’s second straight U.S. downhill championship podium. On February 15, 2012 Julia had her 4th consecutive win in the NorAm’s. She had two wins in Super G and two in downhill. Julia’s friend Abby Ghent was racing in the NorAms with her, they were about .24 tenths of a second from each other in the races.

“It’s overwelming. Each race I knew I had to ski my best to throw one in there,” said Ford, “Aspen offers a little of everything…it just seems to suit the way I ski. If you win once, you want to win again.”

Julia Ford

The NorAm also had a mens race, and Ryan Cochran-Seigle came in 4th. Ryan was three hundredths of a second from the  podium, Ryan is also from the United States.

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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Uncategorized


Extra Things To Wear When Ski Racing

When people on the U.S. Ski Team race there are things that they use. For every event you will need a helmet, poles, skis, a GS suit. For Giant Slalom you will need: a GS suit (GS suits help racers go faster. They are made out of the same materials that is used for wet suits). Arm guards, (arm guards are used to hit the gate on your arm while you are in a Giant Slalom course). For Slalom: Pole guards (these help you hit the gates and protect your hands). Shin guards, (these are used to protect your shins and hit the gates in slalom). Chin bar, (a chin bar protects your chin in slalom because sometimes if you hit a slalom gate the wrong way it hits your head, so it keeps it from knocking out your teeth). For Super G: You basically need the same things as in Giant Slalom but you may need longer skis, about 10 CM longer to go faster! Also you may need an back protecter, these are so you don’t hurt your back. For Downhill you will need the same things as Giant Slalom and Super G but your skis should be at lease 25 CM, longer that your Giant Slalom skis!

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Arm guards


Pole guards


Shin Guards

Shin guards


Chin guard


Back protector


Posted by on February 10, 2012 in Uncategorized


Sarah Schleper Retires

After 15 years on the U.S. Ski Team and 186 races, Sarah Schleper has retired. Sarah was a four time Olympian for the United States. She retired on Thursday, December 29, 2011.

Sarah Schleper

Sarah was born on February 19, 1979 in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. She began ski racing when she was 11 at the Ski Club Vail. When she was 16 she made the U.S. Ski Team and skied in her first  World Cup in her town of Vail, Colorado.

Sarah retired in Lienze, Austria. She went down a slalom course in a dress! Half way through the course Sarah stopped and picked up her 3 year old son Lasse and went down the course with him in her arms.

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Posted by on January 22, 2012 in Uncategorized


Lindsey Vonn and Ted Ligety

Lindsey Vonn and Ted Ligety are my favorite male and female alpine ski athletes.

Ted Ligety was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 31, 1984 and grew up in Park City, Utah. He started skiing at age 2 and started ski racing when he was 11 years old. The first ski team he raced for was called the Park City Farm Team. Ted’s first World Cup race was on November 22, 2003 in Park City, Utah. He races for the A team for the United States. Ted’s sponsors are Audi, Head, Power Corp, Putnam Investments, Slytech,and Komperdell.

Ted Ligety

Lindsey Vonn was born on October 18, 1984 in Vail, Colorado and grew up in St. Paul, MN.  She started skiing before age 2. When Lindsey was 11 she and her family moved to Vail, Colorado. Her family moved to Vail so Lindsey could improve her skiing. This paid off because Lindsey is one of the best female skiers in the world. Lindsey’s first World Cup race was on November 18, 2000 in Park City, Utah. Lindsey sponsors are Briko, Head, Leki, Okaley, JetSet, Red Bull, Rolex, Under Armour, and Vail Restorts.

Lindsey Vonn

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Posted by on December 14, 2011 in Uncategorized