Although it’s still remains unclear if the U.S. Ski Team’s top alpine racer Lindsey Vonn, 29, of Vail, Colo., who boasts 17 World Cup globes, will be able to compete in the Olympics after sustaining yet another knee injury while training at Copper Mountain, the team has a full roster of competitors (both veteran and rookie) that can step up to Vonn’s reputation as the most successful American skier in history.
Longtime U.S. Ski Team team member Julia Mancuso, 29, of Squaw Valley, Calif., has an equally impressive resume which puts her in line to medal at Sochi. This Super-G (SG) star boasts three Olympic medals and seven World Cup victories and 35 podiums between 2006 and 2012. Also in the running to podium for the U.S. is rookie and technical specialist, Mikaela Shiffrin, 18, of Vail, Colo. This Giant Slalom (GS) and Slalom (SL) expert placed first in GS at the Schladming, Austria World Cup in early 2013. As for recent Olympic qualifying races, Shiffrin has been consistently placing very near or within the top ten.
For the men, veteran and Olympic-gold athlete, Bode Miller, 36, of New Hampshire, who grew up skiing and training at Maine’s Sugarloaf ski resort, has recently been making positive steps towards what could be one epic comeback. Miller took fifth in the 46th Saslong Classic downhill in Val Gardena, Italy, 16th at Lake Louise World Cup and 13th in the Audi Birds of Prey Downhill (DH) World Cup at Beaver Creek, Colo. Technical athlete, Ted Ligety, 29, of Park City, Utah, is also experiencing a good year, recently winning the Alpine Rockfest in Italy and hovering on or around the podium in the last couple World Cup races, which double as Olympic qualifiers. Ligety cinched third at the Alta Badia GS and the 33rd Audi FIS Alpine World Cup podium of his career.
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