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New Austrian downhill coach shakes up US Ski Team

 Travis Ganong, of the U.S., speeds down the course during an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill training session in Bormio, Italy, Friday, Dec. 28,...
 Travis Ganong of the Unitesd States speeds down the course to take the seventh place at an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill, in Bormio, Italy, Sa...

Italy Alpine Skiing World Cup

Travis Ganong, of the U.S., speeds down the course during an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill training session in Bormio, Italy, Friday, Dec. 28,...

Italy Alpine Skiing World Cup

Travis Ganong of the Unitesd States speeds down the course to take the seventh place at an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill, in Bormio, Italy, Sa...

The way Austrian coach Andreas Evers sees it, downhill skiing is fairly straightforward.
Even if he doesn't speak English perfectly, this much he manages to get across to his new American pupils: You go ... straight ... down ... the hill.
Abiding by that simple philosophy, Evers coached racers to more than 100 World Cup wins during the last 17 seasons in various positions on the staff of the Austrian "Wunderteam."
The likes of Hermann Maier, Benjamin Raich and Michael Walchhofer _ three of Evers' most accomplished pupils _ accounted for 109 wins between them.
For this season, Evers took over as head speed coach for the U.S. Ski Team _ and his impact has been immediate.
Even though Bode Miller has still to start his season, the Americans have one win, one third-place finish, and two fourths without him.