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)
After two days of delays and canceled races, the race organizers at Bansko were determined to complete the Audi FIS Ski World Cup alpine combined. But the race was marred by tough snow and fog in the super G portion, which caused many racers trouble.
It was another day full of action on Monday at the World Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, CO for the women’s alpine combined. Hopes were high for Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), who took seventh in the downhill before straddling in the slalom.
There was a lot riding on the results from the women’s downhill training runs on Thursday afternoon in Beaver Creek. With it all said and done, the U.S. Ski Team will send Julia Mancuso, Lindsey Vonn, Laurenne Ross and Stacey Cook into Friday’s downhill.
The 2015 World Championships began Tuesday with the women’s super G in Vail/Beaver Creek, CO. In front of her hometown fans, Lindsey Vonn skied her way to a podium spot, taking the bronze medal. All four American starters finished in the top 15.
A stack lineup of women racers representing the U.S. Ski Team will slide into the start gate on Tuesday at 1 p.m. EST. Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso, Stacey Cook and Laurenne Ross will all be gunning for a World Champs podium.
Three U.S. women will contend for two remaining start positions for Friday's women's downhill. Training opens Monday on Raptor.
Laurenne Ross led the USA in 12th at the final Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill before the World Championships.
Lindsey Vonn etched her name into the history books of her sport, winning her 62nd career Audi FIS Ski World Cup in the Cortina downhill.
Mother nature won again Saturday, dumping heavy snow on the Dolomites and forcing cancelation of the scheduled Audi FIS Ski World Cup for the women.
Laurenne Ross just missed the podium, starting first and finishing fourth in the first of two Cortina downhills. Julia Mancuso was eighth, Lindsey Vonn tenth.
For the second day in a row, high winds wreaked havoc on the Bad Kleinkirchheim venue forcing cancelation of the women's super G after 11 racers.
Battling some bad luck this week, the ladies are ready to attack Bad Kleinkirchheim, with Lindsey Vonn hungry for her 62nd win to tie the all-time World Cup win record.
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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 Canadian Rockies on weekends, where she raced her Dad (a former alpine racer) to the lodge. Now with a World Cup podium under her belt and Olympic experience, the only question is how many more podiums can she add?
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 2014 was a different animal. After a slower than normal start to the season, Ross picked things up in the run up to the Olympics and then posted a season-best 11th in the Sochi downhill.
Her spring and summer plans include getting more time on her new equipment after making the switch to Volkl/Marker in 2013. Motivation is not a concern, as the terminally optimistic Ross dove full on into the off-season by training on the 2015 World Championship venue of Beaver Creek to close out March.
I am attending the spring semester at the University of Oregon in Eugene. I missed half of my classes in the first week but with good reason...I was in Washington, D.C., immersing myself back in the Olympic scene and meeting the President. I got to tour around the White House and explore the government scene–something seemingly very distant from what I do. But it was interesting to make some connections that I hadn't previously realized existed between my self, my sport and my governing body.
As for school...I am so happy to be back in that environment! It's so wonderful to just turn a page and be able to lead a completely different life from what I lead the rest of the year. At the same time, it's quite a shock to my brain and can be a bit overwhelming. It is certainly teaching me time-management and how to open up and think critically again. I love it.
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