Switzerland's Lara Gut is one of Julia Mancuso's top picks to contend for the Raptor downhill podium at the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, CO. (Photo: Getty Images)
She may be one of the top contenders for gold, but four-time Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso knows who her top competition will be come February. Check out her top picks to contend for the Raptor downhill podium.
Lara Gut (SUI) - She is a technical risk taker and this is just her kind of hill. She proved she could ski this hill fast in last years World Cup test events and will be tough again.
Anna Fenninger (AUT) - Anna is coming off a strong season she will be gunning for medals in Beaver Creek. Her technical skills are also in the favor of this hill.
Lindsey Vonn (USA) - Lindsey will be looking for her home hill comeback after a couple of unlucky seasons off. She has the skills and the will power to leave it all on the hill.
Tina Weirather (LIE) – She skis great technically and on the gliding turns, so she will be able to pick up any time lost on the steep pitch. She also missed the Olympics so like Lindsey, will be extra motivated to lay down a fast run.
USA Girls - We will only have four starting spots, but you always have to root on your hometown heroes! We get to train on the hill before hand so all the U.S. ladies will have a good shot at doing well on the Raptor. In addition to Lindsey, Laurenne Ross, Stacey Cook, Jackie Wiles, Leanne Smith and Alice Mckennis will be in the hunt for a start.