As one of four skiing kids in a ski racing family, the path to the U.S. Ski Team was pretty clear for Julia Ford, who was ripping around Vermont's Okemo Mountain Resort at age three. (Getty Images/Clive Rose)
Lindsey Vonn won the Lake Louise downhill on Saturday, with Stacey Cook in second and Julia Mancuso in third, for the first ever all-American podium in ski racing history.
It was a strong day for the USA in the opening training run of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill in Lake Louise, headlined by strong runs from Lindsey Vonn and Alice McKennis, both returning from multiple knee injuries.
Having the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in your backyard has its benefits. Just ask Olympic slalom gold medalist and World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin.
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.
Audi FIS Alpine World Cup action returned to the main stage Tuesday with a Nations Team Event in Innsbruck, where Sweden edged Norway for the first post Olympic podium.
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.
Friday marked the return of Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn, who finished a conservative 40th in the first of two Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhills in Lake Louise. It was Vonn’s first World Cup start since a season-ending injury last February.
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.
All eyes will be watching Mikaela Shiffrin, Julia Mancuso and potentially Lindsey Vonn when the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational takes over the historic Colorado ski town Thanksgiving weekend with a pair of Audi FIS Alpine World Cup tech races.
The speed training season is officially underway in South American as the women's U.S. Ski Team, including Olympic gold medalists Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA), begin their second week in Portillo.
Call it Lake Lou-Lindsey. Lindsey Vonn has raced 20 times at Lake Louise and won eight of those. She's been on a Lake Louise podium 14 times.
Mountain Plaza roared Saturday as the 2012 U.S. Alpine Ski Team - including Olympic gold medalists Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) and Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) - was introduced during a public celeb
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As one of four skiing kids in a ski racing family, the path to the U.S. Ski Team was pretty clear for Julia Ford, who was ripping around Vermont's Okemo Mountain Resort at age three. She spent three seasons on the U.S. Development Team and a couple on the "Trench Tour” (AKA NorAm/Europa Cup) before she was able to score World Cup points during the 2012 season. She has been making positive strides on the World Cup tour ever since.
Positive evidence includes her first Olympic start in the Sochi slalom with a 24th after landing some more World Cup speed points in the Lake Louise downhill, where she finished 21st. Now a year into an equipment switch to Volkl/Marker, “Fordo” is starting to feel the vibe again and is stoked to be back in the mix during the 2015 World Championship season.
Now that I’ve had experience on most of the World Cup downhill tracks, I should be able to trust my abilities more and let my skis run. It’s not as much about learning them anymore. Now it’s about learning how to go fast on them.
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