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Hoedlmoser takes over as coach

4/7/2010

PARK CITY, Utah -- U.S. speed coach Alex Hoedlmoser has been hired to take over the American women's Alpine program after Jim Tracy stepped down last week.

The U.S. Ski Team announced the move in a release Wednesday.

Hoedlmoser is a former World Cup racer for Austria who has been on the U.S. coaching staff since 1998. He was appointed women's speed coach in 2004.

Tracy left after guiding the team to a strong showing at the Vancouver Olympics. He gave no reason for his departure after spending two years in charge of the team and more than two decades involved with the squad.

U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association vice president Luke Bodensteiner said Hoedlmoser is a skilled coach that helped build the women's team to what it is today.

The American women had quite a performance at Whistler in February as Lindsey Vonn won gold in the downhill and bronze in the super-G, while Julia Mancuso captured two silver medals.

Vonn also won the World Cup overall title for a third straight season.

After a successful season, Hoedlmoser said the team now has to "raise the bar" and "keep moving on."

"If we sit on our success other teams will pass us," Hoedlmoser said. "In order to defend our position and to improve, we need to set high goals and work even harder."

Hoedlmoser inherits a strong nucleus in Vonn and Mancuso, along with a contingent of up-and-coming skiers like Hailey Duke, Alice McKennis, Megan McJames, Leanne Smith and Chelsea Marshall.

"The strength of the team is a great coaching staff and athletes that are determined to improve and work tirelessly towards success," Hoedlmoser said. "I will provide all resources needed to have great training so the athletes can focus on their mission."