US women's speed coach leaves team after 1 year

PARK CITY, UTAH (AP) The U.S. Ski Team says women's speed coach Stefan Abplanalp (Ahb-plahn-allp) is leaving the team after one season in charge.

Alpine director Patrick Riml said in a statement Wednesday that he and Abplanalp came to the conclusion ''that our vision and philosophy is different.'' Riml added that Abplanalp was a ''big part of bringing the women's speed team back to strength.''

The speed team had a dozen podium finishes in 2014-15. Lindsey Vonn led the way with eight World Cup wins, along with capturing a bronze medal in the super-G at the world championships in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

Abplanalp replaced Chip White last season. Before that, Abplanalp spent time with the Norwegian women's program and the Swiss squad.

The team hopes to name a new coach later this month.

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