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)
The U.S. Ski Team women took advantage of another chance to train on Raptor, the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships race hill, earlier this week with two solid days of super G training before snow moved in to cancel Thursday's session.
Julia Mancuso skied into the top ten Thursday at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G final, leading the U.S. women during the final speed event of the 2014 season.
After a successful 18 years of coaching with the U.S. Alpine Ski Team, women’s speed Head Coach Chip White will step aside following the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals this week.
Overnight snow and a particularly stagnant bank of fog forced race organizers to bump Saturday's FIS Alpine World Cup women's downhill to Sunday, effectively canceling the orginally schedule super combined.
Julia Mancuso posted the best American finish in eighth at a rough and unforgiving super G Saturday, the final women’s speed event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Julia Mancuso produced a true champion performance Monday, becoming the first American skier in history to win a medal in three straight Olympic Winter Games with her bronze in the super combined event at the Rosa Khutor alpine center.
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.
The U.S. Ski Team speed women continued to storm toward the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup podum Saturday as Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) finished fifth and Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) seventh in the second of two Cortina downhills.
With just two weeks to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, two-time Olympian Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) posted her best Audi FIS Alpine World Cup finish of the season with fifth in the first of two downhills slated for Cortina.
Julia Mancuso skied her best super G race of the season, finishing seventh and gaining speed on her run to Sochi at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup in Cortina, Italy.
Julia Mancuso skied into 13th to post the top finish for the USA as well as her best result of season Saturday in the Altenmarkt World Cup downhill.
Leanne Smith (N. Conway, NH) survived a bumpy Val d'Isere downhill to lead the U.S. Ski Team with a tie for 14th on a track that bounced eight racers, including four Americans, off course.
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.
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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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