Young Queenstown ski racers will benefit from the best coaching advice in the world following an exclusive clinic held at Coronet Peak.
United States men's alpine ski team head coach Sasha Rearick led a clinic with five Queenstown Alpine Ski Team (QAST) coaches, demonstrating drills and techniques that have resulted in multiple Olympic and World Cup medals for his athletes.
Rearick demonstrated drills he and US Olympic and World Champion Ted Ligety have created and applied to the US team, discussed trends of current World Cup techniques and showed the QAST coaches how to prepare athletes for new regulation Giant Slalom skis.
The tips and advice that have seen ski legends such as Ligety, Bode Miller, Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso win multiple golds and podium placings are now being filtered through to the 65 season-long athletes aged 8 to 18 who take part in QAST.
Queenstown team chairman James Hadley said they were "absolutely thrilled" to have had the opportunity to spend the day with Rearick.
"The US team's arguably the premier team in alpine ski racing in the world at the moment," Hadley said.
"Our coaches were obviously very excited to be with Rearick and learn podium-winning techniques."
Rearick, who cancelled a heliski trip with Bode Miller to take the clinic, told coaches he felt there had been a marked improvement in QAST this season and praised standards set by team head coach Igor Stros and his team.
Queenstown Alpine Ski Team is a community based non-profit incorporated society dedicated to providing the opportunity for children and adolescents to learn and excel in ski racing.
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