Riml leaves US Alpine director role after 7 seasons
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — U.S. Alpine director Patrick Riml is leaving his role after seven seasons and following a Winter Olympics in which the women’s side accounted for all three medals.
Riml joined the ski squad in 2001 and became the women’s coach two years later, helping with the development of Julia Mancuso and Lindsey Vonn. He left in 2008 to join Team Canada before returning to the U.S. in 2011 as Alpine director.
U.S. ski and snowboard chief of sport Luke Bodensteiner credited Riml with leading “some of the most successful teams in our history.”
At the Pyeongchang Olympics, Mikaela Shiffrin earned a gold and silver, while Vonn captured a bronze. Riml called the men’s performance in South Korea “disappointing” and acknowledged the team had to rebuild before the Beijing Games in 2022.
Team USA confirms April visit to White House
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Olympic team has been invited to the White House for a visit April 27, leaving the 244 members about four weeks to decide if they’ll attend.
Four members from the U.S. team — Gus Kenworthy, Adam Rippon, Nathan Chen and Lindsey Vonn — have said they would not go if invited.
Visits to the White House are a decades-old tradition, though there have been notable absences over the years regardless of who’s in office.
Kenworthy and Rippon are gay. Rippon has said he wouldn’t go because he doesn’t think “somebody like me would be welcome there.”
Vonn has said she would “absolutely not” accept an invitation and that she hoped to represent the “people of the United States, not the president” at the Olympics.
But USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said so far RSVP numbers have been robust and in line with past visits.