Team USANA winterThe 2014 Winter Games wrapped up nearly a month ago, but Team USANA’s winter athletes have been out in full force ever since, using their momentum from Sochi to help them close out their respective seasons on top. 

USSA Updates

U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association athletes collected 17 medals in Sochi, but didn’t stop there and have remained overseas to compete in a handful of season-finale events.

  • Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin wrapped up a spectacular slalom season in Lenzerheide to win her second straight Audi FIS Alpine World Cup crystal globe. The honor marks her ninth career win and fifth of the season, to become the first non-European and youngest woman to win the World Cup slalom title twice at 19.
  • Three-time Olympian, Ted Ligety claimed his fifth crystal globe at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup in dramatic fashion, beating Austraia’s Marcel Hirscher in a last run shootout.
  • The U.S. Ski Team placed second overall in the World Cup Finals team event in Lenzerheide.
  • Olympic bronze medalist Hannah Kearney returned to the top of the World Cup standings last Sunday with her win at the Voss dual moguls World Cup.
  • Patrick Deneen also cracked the podium in Voss with a third-place finish.
  • USANA Brand Ambassador Taylor Fletcher skied another impressive cross country race in Falun, Sweden last Saturday to finish 11th in the final individual Nordic combined event of the season.
  • Lindsey Jacobellis finished second and led the USA in the season finale snowboardcross event in La Molina, Spain last weekend.
  • Olympic champion Jamie Anderson took the slopestyle title at the Burton U.S. Open.
  • Jessica Jerome of Women’s Ski Jumping-USA finished in eighth place last Saturday in the women’s normal hill World Cup event in Falun, Sweden with an 84.5 and 87 meter jumps.
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Ligety and Shiffrin with their newest hardward. (U.S. Ski Team / Instagram)

Next up, the best American athletes in moguls, dual moguls and Aerials will compete in Deer Valley, Utah at the 2014 USANA U.S. Freestyle Championships. The three-day event kicks-off Friday, March 28.

Speedskating Success

Long track speedskaters wrapped up their season at the Long Track World Cup Final in Heerenveen, Netherlands with some notable outcomes from several USANA-sponsored athletes!

  • U.S. Long track Olympians, Shani Davis and USANA Brand Ambassador Heather Richardson were named the 2013-14 Grand Overall World Cup Champions for the 2013-14 season, after an impressive World Cup season. This is the first time since the award’s inception that an American has won the title, let alone two Americans sweeping both the Men’s and Women’s honors!
  • Richardson was also crowned the seasons Overall World Cup Champion in the 1000m to defend last year’s title.
  • U.S. skater Brittany Bowe finished the World Cup season third in the overall standing, and second and third overall in the 1000m and 1500m distances, respectively.
  • Sang-Hwa Lee from Korea ended the season in seventh place.
  • Denny Morrison from Canada finished first in the 1000m with a time of 1:08.91 and finished the season sixth overall.
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Richardson and Davis make World Cup history! (U.S. Speedskating / Instagram)

USANA’s short track athletes also recently wrapped up its season in Montreal, Canada at the Short Track World Championships.

  • Coming off a bronze medal win in Sochi, U.S. Speedskating’s J.R. Celski ended the season with a first place finish in the Men’s 3000m Superfinal. Celski also earned second place overall in the 2013-14 World Cup season ranks.
  • U.S. skater Jessica Smith took second in the Women’s 3000m Superfinal, setting a new American record in the distance with a time of 4:51.625.
  • Canada’s Valerie Maltais joined Smith on the podium with a third-place finish and ended her season in third in overall standings.
  • Korea’s Park Seung-Hi ended her season with a second overall placement while teammate Alang Kim finished sixth.
  • Great Britain’s Elise Christie ended her impressive 2013-14 season in fourth place overall.
  • The Great Britain squad (Jack Whelbourne, Richard Shoebridge, Jon Eley and Paul Stanley) won bronze in the men’s 5000m relay in a dramatic photo finish. They are the first British men to win a World Championship relay medal since 2008. 
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Whelbourne, Shoebridge, Eley and Stanley in a celebratory #selfie. (Facebook / GB Short Track)

#BradleyPacquiao2

USANA’s undefeated WBO Welterweight Champion, Timothy “Deseret Storm” Bradley is less than a month away from defending his title from the very man he took it from, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao nearly two years ago, and he couldn’t be more ready.

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(Timothy Bradley / Facebook)

“In my two fights in 2013 (Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez) I was able to show that I can do it all in the sport of boxing. This next fight will be no different in helping me show the fans that I am top pound for pound in the world. I have a lot to prove and nothing can stop me on my way to being number one in the world.” — Tim Bradley

The fight will take place Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and can be ordered on Pay-Per-View through HBO.

Special Visitor in Korea

Hae-Ri Cho, who won gold in short track women’s 3000m relay in Sochi, will stop by to visit the USANA Korea office on March 27. Keep an eye on social media for photos from the special visit.

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