Top World Athletes
Tobias Mueller (Germany) has been the dominant men’s telemark skier over the last few years. The 2014 World Cup champion has skied well in Steamboat recently wining the World Cup dual sprint and both classic races in 2014. He is on top of the sport and will be hard to knock off the top of the podium World Championship podium in 2015.
Philippe Lau (France) is one of three Lau brothers skiing on the telemark World Cup circuit. This former World Championship winner (Sprint 2011) had finished second overall the past two World Cup seasons. Philippe had a first place finish in the sprint in the 2014 Steamboat World Cup and will be an athlete to watch in the World Championships.
Amelie Reymond (Switzerland) is one of the most dominant telemark racers of all time. She has 80 World Cup victories and 112 podiums, compared to 86 victories and 132 podiums for Ingemar Stenmark the greatest Alpine racer of all time by victories. This season could very well see her win her sixth World Championship and own the crown for all time World Cup skiing victories.
Mathilde Ilebrekke (Norway) was second in last year’s World Cup standings behind Amelie. She has been skiing on the telemark World Cup circuit since 2011 and has made study process every year making her first trip to the top of a World Cup podium in 2014. This may be her year to top the podium at the World Championships.
Top US Athletes
The US men’s World Cup Team includes five athletes. The reigning National Champion, Cory Snyder (age 22, of Franconia, NH) plans to attend as many World Cup events as possible this season while also finishing his college degree. Tanner Visnick (age 18, of Steamboat Springs, CO) will be balancing the role of racer with that of a college freshman at Montana State University. In 2014 Tanner earned a bronze medal at the Junior World Championships in Geilo, Norway. Birk Larsen, (age 34, of Park City, UT) and Devon Wright (age 21, Campton, NH) both join the top level team for their second season, and Tommy Gogolen (age 32 of Breckenridge, CO) is returning following three knee surgeries in three years.
Three-time National Champion, Madi McKinstry (age 20, from Steamboat Springs, CO) is the lone woman on the World Cup squad. McKinstry is a student at Montana State University were she trains with the university’s and Alpine ski team.
Several promising athletes from the US National Team will supplement the World Cup Team members. Leading the men is the 2013 National Champion, Jeffrey Gay (age 21, of Steamboat Springs, CO) returning after taking a year off to focus on his studies. Sarah Carley (age 18, of Brentwood, NH) second at the 2014 US Nationals will be a threat in the women’s competition. Carley begins university at Connecticut College this year where she is balancing skiing with academics. Several local members of the US National Team may also ski in the championships, including Jack Rosenthal, 18, and Bailey Wallisch, 16, and Lyta Foulk, 16, all of Steamboat Springs, CO. Rosenthal is a freshman at the Colorado School of Mines, and Wallisch and Foulk both attend high school in Steamboat Springs. Foulk (3rd at the 2014 US National Championships) and Wallisch and are in their first year of eligibility at the international level.
Detailed biographies of the US Team Members can be found at: http://www.ustsa.org/telemark-racing/us-world-cup-ski-team