Granite Stator Leanne Smith is as tough as the rock her state rests on, and now she has the mettle to prove it on the World Cup tour. This bullet is one to watch. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom/ Christophe Pallot)
Four-time World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn skied confidently into the top five in the Lake Louise super G Sunday, showing her strength and ability to mount a podium challenge for the first time since her return to the World Cup circuit Friday.
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.
Swiss Lara Gut set the speed pace for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships with victory in both the Nature Valley Raptor downhill and super G.
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.
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.
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.
A smiling and pain free Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Olympic gold medalist and four-time Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall champion, clicked into her skis for the first time in almost seven months on Saturday as she rejoined the U.S. Ski Team on snow.
Olympic gold medalist and four-time Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) will join the Best in the World women's speed team for their annual on-snow camp in Portillo, Chile next month.
On-snow preparations for the upcoming season officially commenced for the best-in-the-world U.S. women’s speed team — or at least half of it — with Leanne Smith, Laurenne Ross and Stacey Cook taking advantage of winter in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Best in the World women's alpine speed team, featuring Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA), Leanne Smith (N. Conway, NH) and Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR), is back on snow with a two-week camp in El Colorado.
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Olympian Leanne Smith followed her older sister Laurel into skiing, latched onto racing and has continued to shave microseconds from her time. A NorAm champion and topflight junior skier, she inked a spot on the World Cup elite after finishing 23rd in her career first World Cup start, which also happened to be the first downhill of the 2008 season.
Fast-forward to 2013 and Smith is already one of the premier speed athletes in the world. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding. Smith's two Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill podiums and a slew of super G top 10's landed her 12th in both disciplines at the season’s close. What's more, that was good enough for 25th in the overall standings – her best season on record.
I've been on the World Cup team for a few years now and it’s starting to feel comfortable. Hopefully you'll see more of me now.
The U.S. Ski Team is amazing. In every downhill, there is a new girl on the podium. We put in so much effort during summertime in the gym. It's amazing to be part of a team like this - helping each other and hoping each other does well. My teammates know they can be on the podium too. We have a great coaching staff right now and a great set of technicians.
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