Alpine skiers Felix McGrath and Tamara McKinney lead the athletes named to the U.S. Ski Team for the 1988-89 season.
In an announcement Thursday, head men's coach Ueli Luthi and women's coach Paul Major also named 31 others to the U.S. SKi Team and Alpine Select Team rosters.Team officials also announced the retirement of Debbie Armstrong, who won a gold medal in the 1984 Olympic Winter Games for the giant slalom. Armstrong was plagued by injuries in two of her last three seasons. She was with the team six years.
"In terms of my ski career, it is time," Armstrong said in a letter to team Alpine Program Director John McMurtry. "I feel like I have learned so much in this area and now I am so eager to expand and develop in new areas."
Armstrong, 25, of Seattle, suffered a knee injury in 1986, and while she came back strong the following season, another leg injury cost her the chance to compete in the Olympic downhill earlier this year in Calgary.
McGrath, 25, of Norwich, Vt., is coming off the best season by an American male alpine skier since 1984. He finished third in the World Cup Slalom standings.
McKinney, 25, of Olympic Valley, Calif., has won four World Cup titles and more individual World Cup races, 18, than any other American skier.
In all, 11 athletes were named to the elite U.S. Ski Team. Besides McGrath, three skiers - Jeff Olson, 22, of Bozeman, Mont.; Tiger Shaw, 27, of Stowe, Vt., and Troy Watts, 22, of Breckenridge, Colo., are on the men's squad.
Joining McKinney on the women's team are Pam Fletcher, 25, Acton, Mass.; Tori Pillinger, 21, of Park City, Utah; Diann Roffe, 21, of Williamson, N.Y.; Kristi Terzian, 21, of Salt Lake City; Edith Thys, 22, of Squaw Valley, Calif., and Eva Twardokens, 23, Olympic Valley.
Named to the men's Alpine Select Team were Mike Brown, 26, of Vail, Colo; Barry Galvin, 21, of Stratton, Vt.; Bill Hudson, 21, Olympic Valley; A.J. Kitt, 19, of Rochester, N.Y.; Doug Lewis, 24, of Burlington, Vt.; Jack Miller, 23, of Steamboat Springs, Colo,; Tommy Moe, 18, of Palmer, Ark.; Jeremy Nobis, 17, of Park City; Robert Ormsby, 24, of Tahoe City, Calif.; Kyle Rasmussen, 19, of Altaville, Calif.; Andreas Rickenbach, 22, of Pleasanton, Calif.; Kyle Wieche, 20, Farmington, Conn., and Alexander Williams, 24, of Rochester, N.Y.
Chosen for the women's Alpine Select Team were Adele Allender, 23, of Sun Valley, Idaho; Chantal Knapp, 22, of Underhill Center, Vt.; Sally Knight, 18, of Waitsfield, Vt.; Kristin Krone, 19, of Truckee, Calif.; Hilary Lindh, 19, of Juneau, Ark.; Beth Madsen, 24, of Aspen, Colo.; Krista Schmidinger, 17, of Lee, Mass.; and Heidi Voelker, 18, of Pittsfield, Mass.