Marco Sullivan grew up in Lake Tahoe with skiing in his soul. He was on a ski hill in his earliest memory, coming down a snow-covered gravel hill in his backyard at three. (Getty Images/AFP/Joe Klamar)
Sunshine and excellent racing conditions will greet athletes Wednesday when the 2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships kick off on Red Dog at Squaw Valley.
Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) charged to fifth on the steep and fast course of the 2014 Sochi downhill on Sunday, pulling out the best finish of his career during his first-ever Olympic appearance.
Bode Miller finished .66 seconds ahead of Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal to take the victory in the final downhill training run Saturday at the Sochi Olympic venue.
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)
Reigning super combined world champion Ted Ligety skied an inspired slalom run to take second in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super combined in Kitzbuehel, the final race of the U.S. Olympic qualification period.
Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) made another positive stride toward his first Olympic Winter Games with a tie for 10th in a rugged Bormio downhill to lead the U.S. Ski Team.
Five-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) continued to build speed on the Road to Sochi with fifth Saturday in the 46th Saslong Classic downhill in Val Gardena, Italy.
Five-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller rallied into 13th-place despite continuous snow and sub-zero temperatures in the Audi Birds of Prey World Cup opening.
The schedule of events for this weekend's Audi Birds of Prey World Cup has been adjusted.
Ski Racing Magazine recently connected with the men's speed group on its August training camp in La Parva, Chile. The team will return to Chile later this month for its annual downhill camp in Portillo.
Marco Sullivan finished 14th in the World Cup downhill standings, his best season since 2008 and the top finish for U.S. men.
Lindsey Vonn has won a record 17th Audi FIS World Cup globe and record sixth straight downhill title after fog forced officials to cancel the final men's and women's downhill in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on Wednesday.
Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) led the U.S. Ski Team with a tie for 16th on a wind-ravaged Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill in Kvitfjell.
Veteran Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) was 19th to lead the U.S. Ski Team in a shortened Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill Saturday in Germany as Birds of Prey downhill champion Christof Innerhofer of Italy claimed his third win of the season.
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Marco Sullivan grew up in Lake Tahoe with skiing in his soul. He was on a ski hill in his earliest memory, coming down a snow-covered gravel hill in his backyard at three. He learned to go fast on some of the most legendary terrain in the world, then took that skill to the World Cup and won.
With another impressive season and Olympic appearance in the books, Sully has proven that he is still skiing with the same passion and motivation that he did as a Mighty Mite. Solid results last season at the classics of Val Gardena, Wengen and Kitzbuehel are driving that passion…alongside the desire to compete at a World Championships on U.S. soil.
Sullivan made the commitment to race next season while riding the lift at Squaw Valley during a sun-soaked week at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships. He was on the fence about it before, but now he’s definitely racing in 2015 and all signs point toward him closing a storied career with strength and speed.
The first happened right after we landed on our charter flight from Munich. Our entourage, which included men’s alpine, all the snowboard halfpipe team and some of the Nordic combined crew, were taking it all in wide-eyed and happy to finally be there. I was laughing and talking with my coaches when a somber-faced older Russian man came over and asked if he could take our picture. Of course we obliged, but his reasoning is what sticks with me. He said he wanted to take our picture because our big smiles were so nice to see.
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