World Cup notebook: Shiffrin attends ESPYs and appoints Gnoza as free sport director

Figure skaters Alexander Aamod Keldy, left, and Mikaela Schiffrin arrive at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.
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Michaela Shiffrin gave People Magazine a behind-the-scenes look at her preparations for Wednesday’s ESPY Awards, ESPN’s “Excellence in Sports Performance Annual” award.

In off-season training, Shiffrin completed a high-intensity intermittent training (HITT) session at a park near her hotel the morning before the awards.

“In July, we’re at the height of our strength and conditioning, and that always means killer double sessions while you’re in Los Angeles between media engagements and sponsors,” Shiffrin wrote in her memoir.

After sweating out, Shiffrin spent the rest of the day “ordering the red carpet”, before being “handled” in a 2023 Range Rover with boyfriend Alexander Aamodt Kildeh.

The Edwards star wrote that it is “always inspiring to participate in ESPYs” on Instagram after the event.

“More so this year with a celebration to highlight 50 years since Title IX,” she continued.

“Being surrounded by so many great sports personalities has left me speechless and stunned. It is also a very fun time to change into my usual outfits for racing suits or workout clothes and get all the clothes on.”

Shiffrin finished the piece to alert her fans that she will be heading to Europe to snowboard this weekend.

Mikaela Shiffrin attends the Backstage Creations Lounge at the 2022 ESPY Awards at the Roosevelt Hotel on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, in Los Angeles.
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US Ski and Snowboard Appoints Matt Gnuza as Freestyle Director

With Olympic athletes Kay Owens and Tess Johnson as well as promising World Cup starter Liz Limley – the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail has quickly established itself as the center of the United States’ emperors. And on the national scene, the three young stars will be competing for a new coach starting this week.

US Ski & Snowboard announced Thursday that Veteran Emperors coach Matt Gnoza has been promoted to director of freestyle, the latest step in the organization’s restructuring process. Gonza coached Johnson at the 2018 Olympics and Owens at the 2022 Games, with teammate Jaylene Kauf winning the silver. Prior to joining US Ski and Snowboard, he worked as a motion sports director and head coach for freestyle swimming at Killington Mountain School for 20 years.

“I am deeply involved in the United States freestyle swimming community, and I am thrilled to be in this new role at US Ski & Snowboard,” Gnoza said in the statement.

“Freestyle has a rich history in the United States, and I am looking forward to extending the legacy of our sport for years to come. We have some serious momentum from the highly successful 2022 United States Olympic Freestyle Team, and I look forward to developing the incredible potential of this program. I am excited to work with our elite teams as well as The development pipeline to achieve success at every level.”

Vancouver Olympic bronze medalist Bryon Wilson will take over as coach of the U.S. Freestyle Skateboarders following Gnoza’s promotion.

According to the release, Gnoza’s job will be to “oversee the US National Snowboarding and Snowboarding teams,” and “develop and manage a high-quality program to identify and develop talent for athletes, coaches, officials and judges to ensure that it not only remains competitive on the field, but has a solid foundation and infrastructure to support Excellence in long-term free skating.”

Forming his national team, Gnoza got down to business immediately, appointing Josh Cooper to be the designated coach for the Moguls D.

Gnoza stated in the statement that “development is the subject of free modes at the moment.”

“I spend the first weeks and months working on meeting key stakeholders from the freestyle and organizing community to understand how we are building on the success of our national team while developing newcomer players and supporting our clubs.”

The release also states that Gnoza will “renew” the project’s gold program and “work with the US Ski & Snowboard Sports Education Division to modernize its long-term athlete development systems and freestyle coach education offerings.”

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