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5-8
Weight
145
 

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A talented musician as well as a ski racer, Laurenne Ross is a four-discipline threat both on and off the snow with incredible talent on violin, piano, guitar and vocals. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Ross cut her teeth at a small local hill but headed to the Canadian Rockies on weekends, where she raced her Dad (a former alpine racer) to the lodge. Now with a World Cup podium under her belt and Olympic experience, the only question is how many more podiums can she add?

Since her World Cup debut in 2010, it was evident the podium wasn't going to be too far behind. Ross proved that in 2013, but 2014 was a different animal. After a slower than normal start to the season, Ross picked things up in the run up to the Olympics and then posted a season-best 11th in the Sochi downhill.

Her spring and summer plans include getting more time on her new equipment after making the switch to Volkl/Marker in 2013. Motivation is not a concern, as the terminally optimistic Ross dove full on into the off-season by training on the 2015 World Championship venue of Beaver Creek to close out March.

LAURENNE SAYS
It has been an insane ski season. I have been so many places mentally and physically, through so many lows, a few highs and lots of in-betweens. I'm glad it's over, and I'm really looking forward to next season–I'm already hungry and ready for the prep period. I have some things to work on in my skiing, and I anticipate stepping up to that challenge with zest and an open mind.

I am attending the spring semester at the University of Oregon in Eugene. I missed half of my classes in the first week but with good reason...I was in Washington, D.C., immersing myself back in the Olympic scene and meeting the President. I got to tour around the White House and explore the government scene–something seemingly very distant from what I do. But it was interesting to make some connections that I hadn't previously realized existed between my self, my sport and my governing body.

As for school...I am so happy to be back in that environment! It's so wonderful to just turn a page and be able to lead a completely different life from what I lead the rest of the year. At the same time, it's quite a shock to my brain and can be a bit overwhelming. It is certainly teaching me time-management and how to open up and think critically again. I love it.

FIRST TRACKS
One of three daughters, Ross picked up skiing at age two because of her father’s former alpine racing career. Like father, like daughter. The family kicked around at Snow Valley in Edmonton but headed to Canmore on the weekends, where Ross raced a bit at Lake Louise, Mt. Norquay and Nakiska. After two seasons on the Development Team, Ross upped her status to the C-Team for 2010, but a haul of NorAm titles upgraded her in a hurry and she jumped to the top tier after the 2011 season.

OFF THE SNOW
It's all about rock climbing, playing music and knitting and drawing. If there's a microphone around and music being played, Ross is in – on both – the music and the microphone. She's spearheaded many a winter jam session on tour with her teammates Mancuso, Cook, McKennis and Smith, which spurred the FIS to make film about the band. Summertime is spent working on her home, which she bought at the opening of the 2012 season, as well as catching up on classes–mostly art–at the University of Oregon.

 

Highlights

OLYMPICS
Teams: 2014
11th, DH, Sochi, RUS, 2014

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Teams: 2013, 2011
10th, DH, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER, 2011
11th, SC, Schladming, AUT, 2013
16th, SG, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER, 2011
22nd, SG, Schladming, AUT, 2013
28th, SC, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER, 2011

WORLD CUP (highlights)
2nd, DH, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER, 2013
Ranked 26th in overall, 16th in DH and 13th in SG, 2013
4th, SG, Tarvisio, ITA, 2011
Ranked 16th in SG, 22nd in SC and 30th in DH, 2011
Ranked 22nd in DH, 28th in SC and 29th in SG, 2012
First World Cup start (21st, DH, Crans Montana, 2010)

U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS TITLES
2013, SG, Squaw Valley, CA

OTHER
2010 NorAm overall, DH and SG champion
Two-time Junior Worlds Team member (2006, 2008)