With World Cup experience now on Abby Ghent’s resume, her next step is to add World Cup points and gun for an Olympic start. Go Abby Go! (Roger Witney/Alpine Canada)
The women's U.S. Alpine Ski Team spiced up their "spring" training last week in San Diego, CA with a conditioning camp that was anything but traditional.
Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) captured the first U.S. title of her career with a mere .01 second super G victory over Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) Friday at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association named a group of 15 elite athletes to compete at the 2013 FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championship scheduled for Feb. 19-28 at Le Massif and Mont Ste Anne, Quebec.
All eyes will be watching Mikaela Shiffrin, Julia Mancuso and potentially Lindsey Vonn when the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational takes over the historic Colorado ski town Thanksgiving weekend with a pair of Audi FIS Alpine World Cup tech races.
The speed training season is officially underway in South American as the women's U.S. Ski Team, including Olympic gold medalists Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA), begin their second week in Portillo.
Julia Mancuso landed a massive 1.2 second super G victory at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships Friday to extend her national title record to 14 in spring-like Winter Park.
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As the daughter of former U.S. teamers, Abby Ghent was born with the U.S. Ski Team in her blood. She also has an incredible base, coming from the same Ski and Snowboard Club Vail program that helped produce both Lindsey Vonn and retired great Sarah Schleper.
The 2013 season was a big jump in the learning and experience category for Ghent, who saw action in both the Lake Louise and St. Anton World Cup weekends. While Lake Louise might just be the perfect intro hill, St. Anton is anything but. It's steep, technical and downright hard. Ghent didn’t back down and was in the finish when teammate Alice McKennis won the first victory of her career. You could say the experience was inspiring.
Though she didn't compete in the full NorAm circuit, Ghent still landed third in both downhill and overall points and walked away from the season knowing what it takes to be fast on the World Cup.
I'll still race some NorAm this winter, but mostly it's going to be about World Cup starts and experience.
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