Downhiller Stacey Cook is blossoming into the one of the premier female downhillers in the World. (Getty Images /Agence Zoom/Alexis Boichard)
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.
Olympic super combined bronze medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) led the U.S. Ski Team with 18th Sunday in the final downhill prior to the March 10-17 World Cup Finals.
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.
Stacey Cook sits down with Sochi Studio to talk about her friendship with Kelly Clark and what it's like being at the Olympic Games. (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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.
Super combined bronze medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) led the U.S. Ski Team with eighth in Thursday's Olympic downhill as Dominique Gisin of Switzerland and Tina Maze of Slovenia made history with a tie for gold.
Laurenne Ross and Jackie Wiles (pictured) earned downhill starts in the third and final downhill training run Saturday at the Rosa Khutor Olympic venue and will be joining Stacey Cook and Julia Mancuso in the Feb. 12 downhill.
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.
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.
A Friday snowstorm that canceled the final Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill traning run has also canceled the race slated for Saturday.
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.
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A California girl, Stacey Cook moved to Mammoth Mountain just as the United States was lighting the 2002 Olympic Torch. It took her two years to win the NorAm overall and downhill titles and two more to land on her first Olympic Team.
Cook backed up the most successful season of her career (2012) with another, even more successful season in 2013. The difference: back-to-back downhill second-place finishes in Lake Louise to open the winter. The two stunning performances were the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup podium finishes of her career and set Cookie up to fight for the season-long downhill title until the very last race of the season, which was canceled by fog. Bonus was being a part of the Best in the World women's downhill team when it captured the nation's standings for DH by a whopping 457-point margin.
Ultimately, she ended up fourth in the standings and narrowly missed a podium at the World Championships downhill, but she now has full knowledge and confidence that she can win races. That’ll be a very, very good thing come February in a little place called Sochi, Russia.
My whole career has been a lot of ups and downs, but all those downs are completely worth it. This is such a special team to be a part of. Every one of us has the ability to win races and that makes you want to work harder.
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