Stacey Cook and Leanne Smith work with coaches during the annual spring speed camp at Mammoth Mountain (Sarah Brunson/USSA)
MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, CA (May 14) - The athletes still have their ski legs under them, not their beach legs, according to Women's Speed Coach Chip White, which makes the May training block at Mammoth unique compared to other off-season camps.
The U.S. women's World Cup speed team, including Leanne Smith, Stacey Cook and Laurenne Ross, wrapped up an abbreviated training block last week in Mammoth. The camp was shortened compared to previous years as the girls were fresh off an additional weeklong training period in Beaver Creek last month. Lindsey Vonn and Alice McKennis are, of course, rehabbing injuries, and Julia Mancuso opted to take some time off snow after recently testing in Norway with Head.