U.S. Alpine Ski Team Named At Copper Mt. Kick-Off Celebration
Thousands of fans were on hand as the U.S. Alpine Ski Team was named for the new season. Olympic gold medalists Ted Ligety, Bode Miller, and Lindsey Vonn were on hand, as was World Champion Michaela Shiffrin.
Some 54 U.S. athletes were named to various levels of the team at Copper, home of the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center. The Olympic team will be named Jan. 16, 2014. The alpine team is coming off a record season of five World Championship medals and 33 World Cup podium appearances from 18 different athletes, with 18 0f those podiums on the top step.
“It’s a real cool time for American ski racers,” LIgety said. “It’s not just because we’ve been successful the last few seasons. Success definitely helps, but that success comes from the coaches, the technicians, our sponsors and our training partners. And when all that is working right, like it has been for the last few years, it makes our job a lot of fun.”
Members of the men’s “A” team included David Chodounksy (Crested Butte, Colo.); Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, Calif.); Nolan Kasper (Warren, Vt.); Ligety (Park City, Utah); Miller (Franconia, N.H.); Steven Nyman (Sundance, Utah); and Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, Calif.).
Women named the “A” team were Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mt., Calif.); Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, Calif.); Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, Colo.); Laurenne Ross (Bend, Ore.); Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.); Leanne Smith (North Conway, N.H.); and Vonn (Vail, Colo.).
The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup swings through the U.S. Nov. 29-Dec. 1 with a women’s downhill, super G, and giant slalom, followed by a men’s super G, downhill, and giant slalom Dec. 6-8. All races are at Beaver Creek, which will host the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships.
Photo: Marco Sullivan named to U.S. Men's "A" Team (Vail Valley Foundation)