As one of four skiing siblings in a ski racing family, the path to the U.S. Ski Team was pretty clear for Julia Ford, who was ripping around Vermont's Okemo Mountain Resort at age three. (Malcolm Carmichael/Alpine Canada)
Audi FIS Alpine World Cup action returned to the main stage Tuesday with a Nations Team Event in Innsbruck, where Sweden edged Norway for the first post Olympic podium.
Today, the USSA announced a strong team of 20 alpine athletes, including three Olympic gold medalists, to represent the USA in Sochi. (Photo: Mickael Kappeler/AFP/Getty Images)
Two-time Olympian Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) led the U.S. Ski Team with 13th in super G Sunday, the last of four races held over four days in Cortina to close the Olympic qualification period.
Friday marked the return of Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn, who finished a conservative 40th in the first of two Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhills in Lake Louise. It was Vonn’s first World Cup start since a season-ending injury last February.
U.S. Ski Team rookie Jackie Wiles (pictured) and Julia Ford charged from the back of the pack to lead for the USA, tying in ninth place during Thursday’s downhill training for the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill double-header this weekend.
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.
Call it Lake Lou-Lindsey. Lindsey Vonn has raced 20 times at Lake Louise and won eight of those. She's been on a Lake Louise podium 14 times.
Mountain Plaza roared Saturday as the 2012 U.S. Alpine Ski Team - including Olympic gold medalists Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) and Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) - was introduced during a public celeb
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As one of four skiing siblings in a ski racing family, the path to the U.S. Ski Team was pretty clear for Julia Ford, who was ripping around Vermont's Okemo Mountain Resort at age three. She spent three seasons on the U.S. Development Team and a couple on the "Trench Tour” (AKA NorAm/Europa Cup) before she was able to score World Cup points during the 2012 season, which confirmed what coaches saw coming for a long time – Ford is ready to unleash.
Her unleashing might just be strategically timed for 2014, because a mid-December 2012 crash left "Lil Fordo" with a concussion that slowed her progress during the rest of the season. Coaches reported in late spring that she was back and totally focused on the 2014 prep period – so focused that she packed up shop in New Hampshire and headed to Park City to train fulltime at the Center of Excellence. Cha ching, she scored World Cup downhill points in Lake Louise and has full guns a blazing toward Sochi.
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