Downhiller Stacey Cook is blossoming into the one of the premier female downhillers in the World. (Getty Images /Agence Zoom/Alexis Boichard)
Four-time World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn skied confidently into the top five in the Lake Louise super G Sunday, showing her strength and ability to mount a podium challenge for the first time since her return to the World Cup circuit Friday.
The U.S. Ski Team women showed a bit of improvement Saturday with Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn finishing 11th in her second downhill race since her season-ending injury this past February at World Championships.
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.
Lindsey Vonn skied solidly in her first downhill training run since being injured last February. Stacey Cook led the USA in sixth in the first training run at Lake Louise.
Swiss Lara Gut set the speed pace for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships with victory in both the Nature Valley Raptor downhill and super G.
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.
Two-time Olympic downhiller Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) and long-time U.S. Ski Team partner Sun Valley Ski Tools (SVST) announce the 2013 Stacey Cook/SVST Scholarship Winners.
Stacey Cook rocketed to the fastest training run Wednesday in preparation for Friday's Nature Valley Raptor downhill World Cup.
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.
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.
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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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