PARK CITY, Utah (April 19) – The U.S. Ski Team celebrated another banner year with the 2007 season as American athletes captured 32 victories (20 able/12 disabled) and a total of 78 podiums (47 able/31 disabled top-3 finishes) throughout the World Cup season. Additionally, six athletes had their first World Cup podiums and the U.S. garnered six World Championship medals.
U.S. international cross country results showed more major improvement during the 2007 season with the first U.S. woman's podium in World Cup history from Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK), a World Championships top-5 from Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) and his first top-10 in three years from a healthy Kris Freeman (Andover, NH).
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Women were named to the U.S. Ski Jumping Team for the first time with the 2007 season but two brilliant performances by three-time Olympian Bill Demong (Vermontville, NY) overshadowed everything else in the U.S. nordic combined and jumping program during the season.
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Winter '07 was another solid season of alpine World Cup racing for the U.S. Ski Team. Three medals at the 2007 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. A dozen World Cup victories. Twenty-eight top-3s. And with a bow toward the development pipeline, Alpine Director Jesse Hunt noted, U.S. skiers dominated the NorAm Cup racing, capturing 11 of the 12 titles.
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Former aerials World Cup champion Jeret "Speedy" Peterson (Boise, ID) set two world records in one historic jump during a January snowstorm and ex-moguls World Cup champion and Olympic medalist Shannon Bahrke (Tahoe City, CA) signaled her healthy return with two victories and a medal at the 2007 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships while ex-world champ Nate Roberts (Park City, UT) also medaled at Worlds.
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The U.S. Disabled Alpine Team tore through the 2007 season piling up four World Cup titles, including the overall, slalom and giant slalom globes by Stephani Victor (sit-ski; Park City, UT) driving the Team to second in the Nations Cup, while Chris Klebl (sit-ski; Heber City, UT) and Steve Cook (standup; Salt Lake City, UT) each finished second in the World Cup standings to lead the U.S. Disabled Cross Country squad.
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