The US men's ski team, (from left) Tommy Ford, Nolen
Kasper, Will Brandenburg, Ted Ligety, Ryan Cochran-Siegle
and Tim Jitloff, at Coronet Peak yesterday. Photo by
While the United States summer Olympic sport's team is
carving up the opposition in London, the country's winter
Olympians are carving up the snow slopes on Coronet Peak.
The team has been in Queenstown for a week, training during
the northern hemisphere winter, and yesterday members
described how they enjoyed New Zealand's range and
availability of ginger beer, meat pies and crumpets.
The team arrived in Queenstown last Friday and is staying in
Olympian Tim Jitloff said of arriving in the country: "The
first thing I go for is a ginger beer and a meat pie."
Olympic gold medallist, World Champion and three-time World
Cup giant slalom champion Ted Ligety said conditions were
favourable at Coronet Peak and at this stage the team would
continue training until August 24.
"It's been really good for us so far. We're getting stuff
The focus was on the fundamentals of giant slalom and slalom
to become used to new skis being "straighter and longer".
Ligety said because of the skiing World Cup programme, their
main training fields were in New Zealand, Chile and Europe.
"After the 24th, we go home and everyone has three weeks to
continue physical training, then we fly to South America for
ski training, then another couple of weeks after Chile
there's more physical training, then Europe for the World Cup
The programme begins in Austria, in October.
The US ski team comprises Ted Ligety, Olympic gold medallist,
world champion and three-time World Cup giant slalom
champion; Nolan Kasper, Olympian and World Cup podium
finisher; Will Brandenburg, Olympian; Tim Jitloff, Olympian,
Tommy Ford, Olympian; and Ryan Cochran-Siegle, junior world