Squaw Valley Athlete Bryce Bennett Clinches the U.S. National Downhill Title
U.S. Ski Team athlete and Squaw Valley skier, Bryce Bennett, surges onto the ski scene at the USSA NorAm Speed Series at Copper Mountain
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[Olympic Valley, Calif.] December 14, 2013 - Squaw Valley athlete and U.S. Ski Team member, Bryce Bennett, 21, recently clinched the U.S. National Downhill title during the USSA NorAM Speed Series at Copper Mountain on Dec. 10. This is Bennett’s first U.S. title for the men’s downhill crown; he placed second last year.
“It was pretty cold, hovering around zero degrees, partly cloudy, and a pretty good day for downhill,” said Bennett. “I had a couple lines picked out that were a little straighter than I did in training. Those that I could just go for, and it worked out.”
Bennett will finish out the NorAm Speed Series at Copper, which ends Dec. 15, before heading over to Europe for the World Cup downhill in Bormio, Italy.
Bennett is a long-time Squaw skier and is a Squaw Valley Ski Team alumnus. He solidified his reputation as all-around threat during the 2013 season, earning top 10's in downhill and combined at the FIS Alpine Junior World Championships, a silver medal in downhill at the U.S. Championships, and a top 10 finish in the NorAm overall standings despite not racing the full tour.
“We couldn’t be more proud of Bryce and his early season win,” said Todd Kelly, ski team program director for Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. “Kids who grow up skiing at Squaw have an unmatched passion for the sport on and off the race course, which I think has helped our racers to be especially successful in downhill. We’re all rooting for Bryce and hope he will only expand on this win as the season goes on.”
Bennett comes from a long line of Squaw Ski Team members including Julia Mancuso, Marco Sullivan and Travis Ganong - all Olympic hopefuls for Sochi 2014. Skiing is in Bennett’s blood- his father was a telemark racer and his mother worked at Alpine Meadows. He first clicked into skis at the age of two, before becoming a part of Squaw Valley’s Mighty Mite Program.
Follow Bryce Bennett’s journey at http://usskiteam.com/athletes/bryce-bennett.
About Squaw Valley
Host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley is internationally renowned for legendary terrain that spans 3,600 skiable acres, six peaks and 29 chairlifts, and ranges from an expansive mountaintop beginner area to unrivaled expert steeps, trees and bowls. Off the mountain, families relax in The Village at Squaw Valley around the cozy fire pits or enjoy a host of restaurants, bars, boutiques and art galleries. Guests can stay in one of The Village at Squaw Valley’s newly upgraded suites, each with a fireplace, kitchen and balcony, for the ultimate slopeside lodging experience.
About Alpine Meadows
Alpine Meadows’ seven powder bowls, summit-to-base groomed slopes, and authentic hospitality are among the many attributes that have made the resort a favorite of the local community and visitors alike. Alpine Meadows offers skiers and riders access to more than 100 trails across 2,400 skiable acres serviced by 13 lifts. With its high annual snowfall of 450 inches, the resort boasts one of Tahoe’s longest skiing and boarding seasons.
Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows joined forces in November 2011, bringing the two ski resorts under common ownership. Skiers and riders can access 6,000 skiable acres, 43 lifts and 270+ trails at Squaw and Alpine Meadows on one lift ticket or season pass.
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