With eight major championships medals, Julia Mancuso is hands down the most dominant big race skier the U.S. Ski Team has ever experienced. (Mitchell Gunn/ESPA)
Lindsey Vonn skied solidly in her first downhill training run since being injured last February. Stacey Cook led the USA in sixth in the first training run at Lake Louise.
Slalom World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) earned her first Audi FIS World Cup giant slalom podium Sunday, taking second during the final event of the Nature Valley Raptor women’s World Cup week.
“It’s why I ski race, to be in the Olympics and compete for my country and to be a part of such an amazing event.” – Olympic Champion Julia Mancuso
The 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships women’s downhill successfully hosted its first World Cup Friday to open the Nature Valley Raptor World Cup week.
Stacey Cook rocketed to the fastest training run Wednesday in preparation for Friday's Nature Valley Raptor downhill World Cup.
The Best in the World U.S. women's speed team tested the brand new Raptor downhill course on Tuesday to open the Nature Valley Raptor women's race week at Beaver Creek.
American ski racing fans will be treated to LIVE U.S. TV coverage when the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup comes to Beaver Creek, CO later this week.
A tremendous effort by Beaver Creek Mountain operations and a boost from Mother Nature will allow the women's World Cup to test the full 2015 World Champs downhill.
Slalom World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) skied into sixth place in the Soelden giant slalom to kick off the 2014 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Season.
Opening weekend action will be brought to the USA live for the first time ever by Universal Sports.
Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), a two-time winner of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup opening race, highlights a group of nine U.S. athletes expected to start the 20th running of the Soelden giant slalom.
It was warm; then it was cold. It rained; then it snowed. But that’s all part of the fun when you’re training in South America. The U.S. women’s speed team ramped up intensity in its preparation period this month in Portillo, Chile.
Beaver Creek Resort received its first natural snow of the season Sunday night, just over two months in advance of the mens' and women's Audi FIS Alpine World Cup races.
The legacy of the Vail Valley as a world renowned Audi FIS Alpine World Cup venue gained additional power and grace Friday as the 2015 World Champs Organizing Committee introduced "Raptor" as the name of the newly constructed women's speed track.
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Julia Mancuso splits her time between Squaw Valley, Hawaii and hotel rooms across the globe. In between, she has captured more major championship medals than any other American woman with eight – three Olympic and five World Championship. As a four-event athlete from the beginning, Mancuso started World Cup racing and was a NorAm champion at 16, competed in the Olympics at 17, set a U.S. mark for Junior World Championships medals before she was out of her teens, and then started her twenties by capturing two World Championships medals.
When you're a rocket ship, blasting off one of the best seasons of your career, why not keep it rolling? That's exactly what Super Jules did in 2013. Here's the CNN-style highlight reel: podiums in four of six Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G races, finishing second in the standings when the final race of the season was canceled…super G bronze at the World Championships, the fifth Worlds medal of her decorated career…fourth in the World Cup overall standings for the second straight season…and to cap it, a record-extending 16th U.S. title with a giant slalom victory at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships. Whew!
In super G I just feel really confident and we have an amazing group of coaches. That helps a lot with inspection and course report, being able to really nail it on the first run. That’s been my strength the last years. I’m just building off of that confidence and every year is getting a little faster, a little better. I just have to take it one step further and win races.
Our team is just full of a lot of special girls. We have a lot of fun on the road together. We kind of have to be each other’s family because we’re away from home so much. Everyone gets along really well and so we’re lucky.
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OLYMPICS (top 15)
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (Medals)
WORLD CUP (highlights)
U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS (16 titles)