Stacey Cook has proven she’s one of the top downhillers in the world, but watch out; she’s picking up the pace in super G just in time for the World Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom/Alexis Boichard)
As any coach and they’ll tell you Cook works as hard or harder than any woman on the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup. And with a bone to pick with Raptor, she has some extra motivation this off season.
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’s alpine speed team closed a week-long camp today at Mammoth Mountain, marking their first on-snow time with newly appointed speed Head Coach Stefan Abplanalp.
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.
Julia Mancuso skied into the top ten Thursday at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G final, leading the U.S. women during the final speed event of the 2014 season.
Julia Mancuso was tenth to lead the U.S. Ski Team in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals downhill in Lenzerheide.
After a successful 18 years of coaching with the U.S. Alpine Ski Team, women’s speed Head Coach Chip White will step aside following the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals this week.
Olympic super combined bronze medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) led the U.S. Ski Team with 18th Sunday in the final downhill prior to the March 10-17 World Cup Finals.
Overnight snow and a particularly stagnant bank of fog forced race organizers to bump Saturday's FIS Alpine World Cup women's downhill to Sunday, effectively canceling the orginally schedule super combined.
Stacey Cook sits down with Sochi Studio to talk about her friendship with Kelly Clark and what it's like being at the Olympic Games. (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Julia Mancuso posted the best American finish in eighth at a rough and unforgiving super G Saturday, the final women’s speed event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Super combined bronze medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) led the U.S. Ski Team with eighth in Thursday's Olympic downhill as Dominique Gisin of Switzerland and Tina Maze of Slovenia made history with a tie for gold.
Laurenne Ross and Jackie Wiles (pictured) earned downhill starts in the third and final downhill training run Saturday at the Rosa Khutor Olympic venue and will be joining Stacey Cook and Julia Mancuso in the Feb. 12 downhill.
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)
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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 all of two years to win the NorAm overall and downhill titles and two more to land on her first Olympic Team.
Cook capped the 2014 season with her first trip to World Cup Finals for two different disciplines. She’d been there before for downhill, but added super G to her resume and finished an impressive 15th in the discipline standings.
Even though Cook led the U.S. women with the team’s best speed results, it wasn’t what she was looking for in a season. She has already started planning a return to the podium in 2015. Perhaps it will be at the February 2015 World Championships in Beaver Creek, where Cook again trained in March. Helping her make that step will be a brand-new speed Head Coach, Stef Abplanalp, who is coming off very successful seasons with the Swiss and Norwegian speed teams.
It doesn’t help to dwell on that stuff though. A good athlete will analyze it for a short period and then move on. I’ve moved on. Now it’s about bringing the same intensity and desire to ski fast into next season and about getting some revenge on Beaver Creek. I won a training run there and have trained on the hill a good bit, so I know what I have to do to be fast when we get back there for World Champs.
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