U.S. Ski Team parts with women’s speed events coach

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The U.S. Ski Team is looking for a new women’s speed events coach for a second straight year after the team and Swiss Stefan Abplanalp parted ways following his first season.

“Stef was a big part of bringing the women’s speed team back to strength,” U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Alpine Director Patrick Riml said in a press release Wednesday. “But Stef and I both have come to the conclusion that our vision and philosophy is different, so we came to mutual decision to part. We wish him all the best in the future. He was a big contributor to our program, and I know he is proud of what he accomplished.”

The U.S. Ski Team hopes to name a new coach later this month.

Abplanalp was hired in March 2014, replacing Chip White, who stepped aside after 18 seasons.

The women’s speed team enjoyed early success last season, sweeping the podium at the second speed event of the campaign on Dec. 6 in Lake Louise, Alberta. Lindsey Vonn, Stacey Cook and Julia Mancuso pulled off the first U.S. sweep in World Cup history.

That marked the only podium finishes for U.S. women other than Vonn in speed events. Vonn, in her comeback from two major knee surgeries that knocked her out of the Sochi Olympics, won the season titles in the downhill and super-G.

Mancuso, a four-time Olympic medalist, had a best finish of sixth after that Lake Louise podium and ended her season early due to a hip injury.

Cook’s best finish after Lake Louise was 13th in the World Championships super-G in Beaver Creek, Colo.

Mikaela Shiffrin had hoped to make her World Cup speed events debut this past season but opted not to as she struggled with her slalom early on.

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