SPYDER EXTENDS U.S. SKI TEAM DEAL: When members of the U.S. ski team head to the starting gates at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, they will be suited up in Spyder.
The Boulder, Colo.-based company has renewed its longstanding partnership with the team through 2020. As the official supplier, Spyder will provide technical products for the American skiers competing in South Korea in 2018. Spyder first signed up as the official apparel sponsor of the U.S. ski team in 1989, and has worked closely with USST members to develop innovative performance gear. “Spyder has helped maximize the performance of our team throughout seven Olympics and 12 World Championships,” according to USST chief marketing officer Mike Jaquet.
Referring to Spyder’s 26-year partnership with the USST, Spyder president Julia Hansen said both parties inspire each other “to reach new heights of performance every time, and we are honored to continue powering these elite athletes with products designed to provide a competitive edge.”
Whether two seasoned American Olympic skiers, Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso, will be on the slopes in Pyeonchang is still up in the air. On the mend from a broken ankle and more recently a thumb injury, Vonn is slated to return to competition on November 28 in Aspen. She missed out on the 2014 Sochi Games, after tearing ligaments in her knee. Mancuso, meanwhile, has been sidelined for the season, having just had major hip surgery. In a tweet posted Thursday, Mancuso said surgery went well, but was a little worse than expected: “….two months non weight bearing [activity] that will slow me down!”