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A Downhill Vet with a Bright Future

A Downhill Vet with a Bright Future
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U.S. Ski Teamer Marco "Sully" Sullivan talks Olympic training and philosophies on the sport he loves.

As a Lake Tahoe native and longtime racer, Marco Sullivan has grown up with skiing on his mind. While injuries plagued him in 2004 and 2005, leading to a lackluster few years, he won his first World Cup in 2008. And he’s been strong since.

We chased down the U.S. Ski Teamer to talk about his experience, his wisdom and the Olympics.

How has your training been going, and how are you feeling this year?

Road to Sochi: It's Not All About the Olympics

Road to Sochi: It's Not All About the Olympics
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U.S. downhiller Steven Nyman talks the Olympics, his career goals, and mentoring the next generation.

Steven Nyman thinks there’s a misconception about how strenuous skiing really is. “You’re basically sprinting for two-and-a-half minutes,” he says. That’s while pushing 10, 12 or even 15 Gs in some turns while managing vibrations, light conditions and staying on course.

We caught up with the Olympian to get inside his head prior to the Games.

As someone who gets to ski all year, how are you feeling? How’s your training going during an Olympic year?

Road to Sochi: Third Time's a Charm

Road to Sochi: Third Time's a Charm
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U.S. downhiller Stacey Cook, now an Olympic veteran, sets lofty goals for Sochi.

With some ups and downs in her Olympic career, Mammoth, Calif. skier Stacey Cook is hoping a trip to Sochi will be just the ticket to fulfill her gold medal hopes.

We caught up with her to find out more about those hopes and dreams. 

When did you start racing Downhill?

Sochi Bummer: Vonn Out for Olympics

Sochi Bummer: Vonn Out for Olympics
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Lindsey Vonn will miss the Olympics due to her injured knee, but the U.S. Ski Team loses more than its top racer.

Well, that puts a chill into the Team USA’s Winter Olympic medal hopes. Lindsey Vonn, the most decorated U.S. racer ever, has pulled out of the Games due to her bum right knee. That’s not only a severe loss on the competitive side, but the Sochi Games, less than a month away, could have predictably been all-Vonn, all-the-time for the telegenic athletic. She has become the face of skiing in the U.S., if almost perhaps the world. And the Sochi Games more than any other, were shaping up to be the first fully socialized, live streamed, 24/7-watched Winter Olympics.

Spy Videos: Lindsey Vonn Workouts

We captured some iPhone video of Vonn working with her trainer in Vail. Here's what we saw.

We managed to get into the gym where Lindsey Vonn was working with her trainer on strength and balance. Here's what she was doing.

Lindsey Vonn Balance Workout 1

[ Tue, 2010-03-09 13:02 ]
Lindsey Vonn's winning routine
Olympic gold- and bronze-medalist is poised to take her third straight women's overall World Cup title after tomorrow's downhill race in Germany.

Skiing's World Cup finals are starting this week in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, and you'll never guess who's the big favorite for the women's overall. Perhaps you've heard of her: 2010 Olympics gold- and bronze-medalist, already a two-in-a-row World Cup overall winner, has about 30-odd career World Cup wins... That's right, we're talking about a certain Ms. Lindsey Vonn.

[ Fri, 2010-02-05 10:52 ]
Lindsey Vonn Head Skis
The New York Times Magazine will run a glowing profile of Lindsey Vonn this weekend, ahead of the 2010 Olympics. Vonn deserves the glow.

I recalled how Jim Tracy, a United States ski-team coach, described the first time he saw Vonn ski. “She’s hauling down the mountain, her skis probably going 60,” Tracy told me, “but the rest of her was hardly moving. It was like watching water flow down a hill.” —Bill Pennington, from his profile of Lindsey Vonn in this weekend's New York Times Magazine

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