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Ski and Snowboard Big Air Coming to Fenway


BOSTON, MA (Sept. 22, 2015) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), along with Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Fenway Sports Management (FSM), announced that Fenway Park will host a big air snowboarding and freeskiing U.S. Grand Prix tour event on February 11-12, 2016. The Big Air at Fenway will feature a 140-foot snow ramp, more than...

WATCH: Alex Deibold Learns to Cook


After making a kale salad with Brian Boitano earlier this year, Alex Deibold got back together with Team USA to work a little more on his cooking skills. The culinary challenge this time: spaghetti squash pasta.

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5 Questions with Coach Mike Jankowski


Have you heard the name Mike Jankowski? If not, you should. ‘Janks’ is the secret behind 18 U.S. snowboarding and freeskiing Olympic medals, has been the head coach of U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing for the past four years, and before that, was a coach of the U.S. Snowboarding halfpipe team for eight years. Not a bad resume.

Bretz Takes Fourth at Foggy Winter Games NZ


WANAKA, New Zealand (Aug. 29, 2015)—Fighting fog and falls in the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ halfpipe, the Americans struggled in the halfpipe on Sunday, with Greg Bretz (Mammoth Lakes, CA) finishing as the top American, just off the podium in fourth. Japan’s Raibu Katayama and Cai Xuetong from China eventually took the men’s and women’s...

Corning + Anderson Take Winter Games NZ


QUEENTOWN, New Zealand (Aug. 21, 2015) - The men’s snowboard slopestyle final of the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015 saw dramatic changes of fortune in a very tight contest that wasn’t decided until the very last trick. Chris Corning (Arvada, CO) made the very last qualifying spot for the FIS Snowboard World Cup, and shocked the crowd to win...

3 Move on to Finals at Winter Games NZ


QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand (Aug. 21, 2015) – Some of the world’s top riders soared into perfect blue skies at Cardrona Alpine Resort to launch the first snowboard event of Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015—the slopestyle qualifiers. Americans Chris Corning (Arvada, CO), Jamie Anderson (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) and Hailey Langland (San Clemente, CA)...

Vote for Kelly Clark as Sportswoman of the Year


Kelly Clark (West Dover, VT) has been named as a finalist for the Women’s Sports Foundation’s 2015 Sportswoman of the Year Award.

Founded in 1974 by tennis legend Billie Jean King, the Women’s Sports Foundation works with girls and women to advance their lives through...

WATCH: Kaitlyn Farrington’s Life After Retiring


Kaitlyn Farrington was a killer rider on the U.S. Snowboarding team who unexpectedly made the 2015 Olympic halfpipe team…and took home a gold medal. But after Sochi, she was in Austria, where she caught an edge going off a jump. She crashed and lost all feeling from the neck down for two minutes. An X-ray led to the discovery of congenital...

Kelly Clark Wins ESPY Award


LOS ANGELES, CA (July 16, 2015) - After walking the red carpet at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA with celebrities and other sports stars on Wednesday night, Kelly Clark (Mammoth Mountain, CA) was surprised with an ESPY award before the show. 

Play Positive Poll: Respecting Officials


We are losing officials in youth sports because athletes, coaches, and worst of all fans, are not showing them good sportsmanship. Officials are people too and deserve the same respect as your teammates and opponents.

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Clark Nominated for an ESPY Award


The 2015 ESPYS nominations were announced on Wednesday and included was Kelly Clark as a candidate for Best Female Action Sports Athlete

The ESPYS commemorate the past year in sports by "recognizing...

Training Camp –Preparing Athletes for Next Season


Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive® along with our partners at Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), have created Training Camp with tools and resources to help you prepare your youth athlete for the season.  

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Building Houses in Mexico #USSAGivesBack


The sunburned and sore athletes of U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding returned stateside last Monday after a recent service trip to Mexico. While happy to take hot showers after a long weekend of building homes, all they could talk about was when they could return and help another family.

The trip, led by Hope Sports and More Than...

Respecting Officials: Your Playbook for the Game


Officials, referees and umpires are a critical part of sports. Without them, the competition simply couldn’t happen! It wouldn’t start, it wouldn’t be fair, athletes wouldn’t be protected, and no one would validate the outcome and the score. Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive® powered by...

IOC Approves Big Air for 2018


LAUSANNE, Switzerland (June 8, 2015) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved big air snowboarding and an alpine team event as new event inclusions for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association had been among nations lobbying for inclusion of big air.

Respecting Officials


You may not realize it, but being an official is a tough job! An official’s job starts well before the first whistle blows. For weeks, months and likely years leading up to your game, your official has studied the rules and passed exams reflecting that knowledge. They have arrived early to make sure the course is...

U.S. Snowboarding + U.S. Freeskiing Head to Mexico


U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing athletes are taking a break from summer training and heading to Mexico to do some good. 19 team members take off on Friday morning for Tijuana to build a house for a family in need.

Teter Runs for the Special Olympics


Hannah Teter’s pride and joy is not just about her Olympic gold and silver medals, her World Cup victories and her World Championships bronze. While those are impressive accomplishments in her storied career, her real passion is for the Special Olympics and the work she’s done for the organization.

Play Positive Poll: Losing Your Cool


During big games, high-stakes competitions, nail-biting tiebreakers, or just playing against your biggest rival, things can easily get heated and emotions can flare. It’s easy to lose our cool.  It happens to all of us – parents, coaches, officials and athletes. But maintaining self-control in the face of challenges, adversity and...

Brian Boitano Teaches Deibold to Poach an Egg


After claiming a podium spot at the World Cup SBX Finals, Olympic medalist Alex Deibold tackles a new quest in the offseason: making a kale salad.

As a part of Team USA’s new series Cooking With Team USA and Brian Boitano, the famed figure skater coaches Deibold through his first poached egg and creating a nutritious...