A talented musician as well as a ski racer, Laurenne Ross is a four-discipline threat both on and off the snow with incredible talent on violin, piano, guitar and vocals. (Mitchell Gunn/ESPA)
Lindsey Vonn skied aggressively to take the win and the crystal globe in the final Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G of the season.
Lindsey Vonn took back the Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G lead with one race remaining with a victory in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
It's an action-packed weekend coming up in Europe, with Alice McKennis taking 16th in the Garmisch downhill training run and Lindsey Vonn seventh. Steven Nyman won his second training run in Kvitfjell and looks for another World Cup win on Saturday.
The weather finally lifted in Bansko, after a weekend of delays and cancelations due to heavy fog. In a sun-drenched, technically set super G, Lindsey Vonn grabbed third place. Podium regulars Anna Fenninger of Austria and Tina Maze of Slovenia went 1-2.
After two days of delays and canceled races, the race organizers at Bansko were determined to complete the Audi FIS Ski World Cup alpine combined. But the race was marred by tough snow and fog in the super G portion, which caused many racers trouble.
It was another day full of action on Monday at the World Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, CO for the women’s alpine combined. Hopes were high for Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), who took seventh in the downhill before straddling in the slalom.
There was a lot riding on the results from the women’s downhill training runs on Thursday afternoon in Beaver Creek. With it all said and done, the U.S. Ski Team will send Julia Mancuso, Lindsey Vonn, Laurenne Ross and Stacey Cook into Friday’s downhill.
The 2015 World Championships began Tuesday with the women’s super G in Vail/Beaver Creek, CO. In front of her hometown fans, Lindsey Vonn skied her way to a podium spot, taking the bronze medal. All four American starters finished in the top 15.
A stack lineup of women racers representing the U.S. Ski Team will slide into the start gate on Tuesday at 1 p.m. EST. Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso, Stacey Cook and Laurenne Ross will all be gunning for a World Champs podium.
Three U.S. women will contend for two remaining start positions for Friday's women's downhill. Training opens Monday on Raptor.
Laurenne Ross led the USA in 12th at the final Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill before the World Championships.
Lindsey Vonn etched her name into the history books of her sport, winning her 62nd career Audi FIS Ski World Cup in the Cortina downhill.
Mother nature won again Saturday, dumping heavy snow on the Dolomites and forcing cancelation of the scheduled Audi FIS Ski World Cup for the women.
Laurenne Ross just missed the podium, starting first and finishing fourth in the first of two Cortina downhills. Julia Mancuso was eighth, Lindsey Vonn tenth.
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A talented musician as well as a ski racer, Laurenne Ross is a four-discipline threat both on and off the snow with incredible talent on violin, piano, guitar and vocals. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Ross cut her teeth at a small local hill but headed to the Canadian Rockies on weekends, where she raced her Dad (a former alpine racer) to the lodge. Now with a World Cup podium under her belt and Olympic experience, the only question is how many more podiums can she add?
Since her World Cup debut in 2010, it was evident the podium wasn't going to be too far behind. Ross proved that in 2013, but 2014 was a different animal. After a slower than normal start to the season, Ross picked things up in the run up to the Olympics and then posted a season-best 11th in the Sochi downhill.
Ross started the 2015 season off strong, leading a solid effort by the women's speed squad that saw four athletes in the top nine. It was the strongest U.S. women's downhill team performance in two seasons. Ross went on to lay down a solid season with two 4th place finishes, six top 10 finishes and twelve top 15 finishes between World Cup races and World Championships. After a solid, fast and consistent 2015 season, she'll be a force to be reckoned with as she finds her way back on to the podium.
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