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)
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.
The 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships women’s downhill successfully hosted its first World Cup Friday to open the Nature Valley Raptor World Cup week.
The Best in the World U.S. women's speed team tested the brand new Raptor downhill course on Tuesday to open the Nature Valley Raptor women's race week at Beaver Creek.
American ski racing fans will be treated to LIVE U.S. TV coverage when the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup comes to Beaver Creek, CO later this week.
A tremendous effort by Beaver Creek Mountain operations and a boost from Mother Nature will allow the women's World Cup to test the full 2015 World Champs downhill.
It was warm; then it was cold. It rained; then it snowed. But that’s all part of the fun when you’re training in South America. The U.S. women’s speed team ramped up intensity in its preparation period this month in Portillo, Chile.
The legacy of the Vail Valley as a world renowned Audi FIS Alpine World Cup venue gained additional power and grace Friday as the 2015 World Champs Organizing Committee introduced "Raptor" as the name of the newly constructed women's speed track.
A smiling and pain free Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Olympic gold medalist and four-time Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall champion, clicked into her skis for the first time in almost seven months on Saturday as she rejoined the U.S. Ski Team on snow.
On-snow preparations for the upcoming season officially commenced for the best-in-the-world U.S. women’s speed team — or at least half of it — with Leanne Smith, Laurenne Ross and Stacey Cook taking advantage of winter in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Best in the World women's alpine speed team, featuring Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA), Leanne Smith (N. Conway, NH) and Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR), is back on snow with a two-week camp in El Colorado.
Get caught up with Laurenne Ross in the latest Ski Racing Magazine Summer Side Projects series.
The women's U.S. Alpine Ski Team spiced up their "spring" training last week in San Diego, CA with a conditioning camp that was anything but traditional.
The successful athletic leadership that helped guide one of the most successful seasons in women's alpine history will continue to direct the 2014 U.S. Alpine Ski Team with the philosophy that idleness is not an option.
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.
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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 Rockies on weekends, where she raced her Dad (a former alpine racer) to the lodge.
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 here's the real story – Ross was one of six American women to land on the World Cup speed podium last season, meaning coaches had a super-tough decision to make on who to start during the World Champs downhill. Ultimately, Ross was left off the start.
Did it bum her out? Maybe. But it didn't hurt her motivation. She slammed home a downhill second at the very next race in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. She then came back to the U.S. to win the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships super G title over a hard-charging Julia Mancuso on her home snow in Squaw Valley.
By the numbers Ross finished top 30 in the World Cup overall, downhill, super G and combined standings. The women's speed team, meanwhile, won the World Cup downhill standings. Not bad, not bad at all.
It’s so cool to have the support of this group of teammates who are always happy for you. And to have them in the finish when I was walking through: it’s just something special. They’re there for you and that means a lot to me.
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