It's not handicapped and it's no longer disabled. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), the parent organization of the U.S. Ski Team, has announced a name change for the U.S. Disabled Team. To better reflect the high level of athleticism of its members, the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team includes competitors in both alpine and cross country skiing.
"The athletes of the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team are anything but disabled," said USSA President and CEO Bill Marolt. "These are some of the most physically fit and technically skilled athletes in the world. They have adapted themselves to their physical situation, and have become true world-class athletes."
Beginning in 1986, the Team made its official Olympic debut at the 1988 Olympics as demonstration event in Calgary, then went on to lead the Paralympics which began in 1992 in Albertville, France.
The U.S. Adaptive Ski Team headquartered in Park City, Utah, competes every year on the World Cup circuit and is recognized by the International Ski Federation (FIS). Both alpine and cross country events will have World Championships this season.
The cross country events will be held in Vuokatti, Finland, Jan. 21- Feb. 2. The alpine events are Feb. 20 - Mar. 1, 2009 in High One, Korea, after Park City's Huntsman Cup, Feb. 10-12.