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U.S. Ski Team

Last Chair: Out on Top

After nearly 20 years leading the U.S. Ski Team, Bill Marolt will retire following the Sochi Olympics. "Best in the World" remains his mantra—and, he hopes, his legacy.

SKI » soon after taking over, you set a lofty goal: to become “best in the world.” There were doubters—and a few snickers—but not anymore. What worked?

B.M. » When I started, we didn’t have a core direction. Were we an event company? Sales- focused? A fundraising organization? What we are now is an organization about kids—about young people with aspirations. In order to pursue “best in the world,” you have to remain completely focused on that vision at all times.

Vonn, Ligety Roll to World Cup Wins

Vonn Sweeps "Lake Lindsey," Races; Next Up: Rewriting History for Most Wins Ever by a Woman Racer; Ligety Cruises to Huge GS Victory Margin at Beaver Creek's Birds of Prey.


Lindsey Vonn sweeping Lake Louise, Alberta, World Cup Races. 
Photo © Roger Witney/Alpine Canada

Talking with Ted Ligety: Leading the US Revolution in Alpine Ski Racing

Talking with Ted Ligety: Leading the US Revolution in Alpine Ski Racing
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Defending World Cup Giant Slalom (GS) champion and Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety is part of the historic transformation of US alpine ski racing. We caught up with Ted on his plans to win the GS title, thoughts on US alpine success, and NASTAR tips for us mere mortals.

Defending World Cup Giant Slalom (GS) champion and Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety is part of the historic transformation of US alpine ski racing. Over the last several years the US has repositioned itself from having one or two stars a decade to a challenger of the world’s most dominant teams and arguably the best alpine squad in the world. This momentum built with Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn’s 2008 US sweep of the World Cup overall titles (the first in 25 years) and carried over to the 2010 Winter Olympics, where the U.S.

Miller Third in Wengen; Vonn on Podium Twice in Cortina

Miller Third in Wengen; Vonn on Podium Twice in Cortina
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Big weekend in Europe for Lindsey Vonn and Bode Miller.

Olympic super combined champion Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) opened the 82nd Lauberhorn weekend in Wengen with third in the discipline that brought him Vancouver gold. Miller, second in the downhill portion, held on to the podium as Croatian Ivica Kostelic earned his third win of the season. Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) moved up from 19th in the downhill to finish sixth and jump to third in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall standings.

Lindsey Vonn...Greatest Ski Racer Ever?

Lindsey Vonn...Greatest Ski Racer Ever?
Lindsey Vonn "Tebowing" at Birds of Prey
We defend the outrageous—and possibly true— claim that Lindsey Vonn might be the greatest ski racer of all time.

Lindsey Vonn is a good ski racer. But how about this: “Lindsey Vonn is the greatest racer ever.”
 
It’s an outrageous statement, and one we haven’t seen in any other publication, American or European, dare to make. But give it some thought, do the math, and it begins to look increasingly sane.
 
Consider, for a moment, the “unbeatable records” of sports:
 
- 73 (home runs in an MLB season): Barry Bonds couldn’t have done it without PEDs, now banned.

Mancuso Finishes Second at Bad Kleinkirchheim

Mancuso Finishes Second at Bad Kleinkirchheim
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Mancuso edged out Fabienne Suter and Lindsey Vonn to land second on the podium just behind Austrain Elisabeth Goergl.

BAD KLEINKIRCHHEIM, Austria (Jan. 7) - Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) stormed to second and led three Americans into the top 10 at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill in Bad Kleinkirchheim. World Cup overall and downhill leader Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) survived a big mistake right out of the starting gate to finish fourth, missing the podium by a mere five hundredths. Reigning downhill World Champion Austrian Elisabeth Goergl of Austria won for her first World Cup downhill victory.

Shiffrin Third in Lienz Slalom

Shiffrin Third in Lienz Slalom
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For her podium finish last week in Austria, 16-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin is USA Today's Olympic Athlete of the Week.

LIENZ, Austria (Dec. 29) - Sixteen-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) posted the fastest second run time to capture the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup podium of her young career with third in the Lienz. Shiffrin, who became the youngest U.S. champion in history last spring with a slalom victory at the Putnam Investments U.S. Alpine Championships, finished behind Marlies Schild of Austria and Slovenian Tina Maze. Schild has won every World Cup slalom this season.

Marco Sullivan: Christmas in Bormio

Marco Sullivan: Christmas in Bormio
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Sullivan, a member of the US Ski Team, shares some of the Christmas traditions shared between the Americans and Canadians, and why the Italian race course is one of the toughest in the world.

For the World Cup Downhill tour Christmas time means Bormio, as in Bormio, Italy one of the toughest Downhills on the whole tour.  Each year the training runs begin on the 27th of December so it does not leave us enough time to go home and get a Christmas break.   The Canadian team is always marooned along with us and a few traditions have grown over the years. Christmas Eve starts out with a big hockey game.  We used to pit the Canadians against the US but the scores were always so lopsided, not in our favor, that now we mix and match.

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