US ski, snowboard teams fueled by positive results



SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. cross-country skier Kikkan Randall already had the pink hair. Just before Christmas, the matching pink jacket came compliments of four-time Olympic alpine racer Sarah Schleper, who took it off her own back and handed it over after a World Cup run.

Randall says she was surprised and honored.

That’s just a taste of the camaraderie that has developed in recent years among various teams within the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.

What’s really fueling the positive vibes are the results.

Two years out from Sochi and the 2014 Winter Games, American ski and snowboard athletes are having amazing success.

It’s the culture of winning Bill Marolt envisioned when taking over the USSA 15 years ago as president and CEO.