Marco Sullivan grew up in Lake Tahoe with skiing in his soul. He was on a ski hill in his earliest memory, coming down a snow-covered gravel hill in his backyard at three. (Getty Images /Agence Zoom/Alexis Boichard)
Five-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller rallied into 13th-place despite continuous snow and sub-zero temperatures in the Audi Birds of Prey World Cup opening.
The schedule of events for this weekend's Audi Birds of Prey World Cup has been adjusted.
Ski Racing Magazine recently connected with the men's speed group on its August training camp in La Parva, Chile. The team will return to Chile later this month for its annual downhill camp in Portillo.
Marco Sullivan finished 14th in the World Cup downhill standings, his best season since 2008 and the top finish for U.S. men.
Lindsey Vonn has won a record 17th Audi FIS World Cup globe and record sixth straight downhill title after fog forced officials to cancel the final men's and women's downhill in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on Wednesday.
Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) led the U.S. Ski Team with a tie for 16th on a wind-ravaged Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill in Kvitfjell.
Veteran Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) was 19th to lead the U.S. Ski Team in a shortened Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill Saturday in Germany as Birds of Prey downhill champion Christof Innerhofer of Italy claimed his third win of the season.
Andrew Weibrecht was 22nd and Steven Nyman 25th to lead the USA in the World Championship downhill.
Dominik Paris became the first Italian since the great Kristian Ghedina to win the famed Hahnenkamm downhill for his second Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill win this season.
Marco Sullivan led the U.S. Ski Team finishing 13th in the Lauberhorn downhill in Wengen
Steven Nyman returned to his favorite hill and stole a victory on the Saslong in Val Gardena.
Italian Christof Innerhofer took the win while Travis Ganong led the U.S. Ski Team in 16th on the Audi Birds of Prey downhill.
TV coverage kicks off at 1:00 p.m. EST today with the Audi Birds of Prey downhill on NBC then flipping the channel to NBC Sports Network (former Versus) for LIVE coverage as Ted Ligety takes on the world in the giant slalom beginning at 2:35 p.m. EST.
Times are dropping and energy is building in Beaver Creek in anticipation of Friday's Audi Birds of Prey downhill featuring Lake Louise podium finisher Marco Sullivan and a recharged men's U.S. speed team.
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Marco Sullivan grew up in Lake Tahoe with skiing in his soul. He was on a ski hill in his earliest memory, coming down a snow-covered gravel hill in his backyard at three. He learned to go fast on some of the gnarliest terrain at Squaw Valley and was a promising four-event skier before he started to concentrate on downhill. It's all about the speed.
For Sullivan, the 2013 season proved to be his best since he rocked his first World Cup win in 2008. A season-opening downhill podium in Lake Louise set the pace for "Sully" to finish 14th in the season-long standings. For a downhiller, being in the top 15 draw is prime real estate. What makes it even more impressive is that he opted to skip the Bormio, Italy DH.
A sore knee toward the end of the season turned out to be a little more than sore, and it prompted a scope, sidelining him from the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships held on his home snow in Squaw Valley. It's safe to say the scope worked. Sully won his third-straight Arctic Man race a few weeks later and set a new track record.
Lake Louise set in immediately. It was a little bit emotional at the finish. Just to have that happen after a few down years and to start out the year like this, is beyond my expectations.
I wouldn't still be racing if I didn't think I could still compete. Last year, my place on the team was a little bit in jeopardy. I lost a lot of sponsors. I worked really hard this summer and for it to show on the first race of the year was special.
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