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Road to Sochi: 2014 Gold Diggers

Can Bode and his fellow U.S. racers match their stellar Vancouver performance? The excitement starts Sunday.

Freakishly fast and irresistibly likeable Ted Ligety may be the clear favorite in GS, with a great shot at super combined gold as well.

And fresh-faced world beater Mikaela Shiffrin, at age 18, may be untouchable in slalom, an event she has utterly dominated for the past year (while making big strides in GS).

And feisty, fearless Julia Mancuso may well rise to the occasion as she so often has in big events, snagging one of the shinier medals in GS or super G or even downhill.

Road to Sochi: Inside the U.S. Alpine Team

U.S. Ski Team Alpine Director talks the strength of the team, vets vs. rookies, and how to make it to the Olympics.

Heading into Sochi without ski team star Lindsey Vonn may sound catastrophic to some people, but the strength of the U.S. Ski Team goes beyond the famous blonde. Having one of the best speed teams in the world, we caught up with Patrick Riml, the team’s alpine director, to find out about the racers and the team as a whole.

Talk to us about the strength of the team this year.

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: Travis Ganong

Road to Sochi: Travis Ganong
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The U.S. alpine racer dishes on Olympic prep and ski racing in the States.

Growing up in a family of skiers, it was only a matter of time before U.S. Ski Teamer Travis Ganong found himself in a position to leave his mark on the international skiing community. So with the 2014 Winter Olympics right around the corner, Skiing caught up with the medal hopeful on his training, approach to the Games, and the future of the U.S. racing scene.

How has your training been going leading up to the Olympics.

U.S. Ski Team Names Sochi Squad

U.S. Ski Team Names Sochi Squad
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Miller, Ligety, Mancuso and first-time Olympian Shiffrin headline what may be strongest American ski squad ever.

Even without the injured Lindsey Vonn, winner of 59 World Cup races, the American alpine racing Olympic team looks one of the strongest ever. The U.S. Ski Team announced its Sochi team Sunday. It includes proven medal winners like Bode Miller, Ted Ligety and Julia Mancuso along with an Olympic newcomer—18-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin—who’s already demonstrated that she’s the woman to beat in slalom and has been making impressive inroads in GS. The Games begin in just two weeks, starting with the men’s downhill on Feb. 9 and the women’s super combined on Feb. 10.

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.

What Makes a Great Ski Racer?

What Makes a Great Ski Racer?
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One coach says it's not just about how good you are.

Georg Capaul has coached nearly every level of ski racer including Olympians. Now, a high school coach, we caught up with Capaul to talk about what makes a great racer and what his time coaching has taught him.

What are your qualifications as a coach?

Ligety Holds Off Hirscher for 4th GS Title

American star takes insurmountable lead into final week of World Cup racing.

From the department of forgone conclusions: American GS ace Ted Ligety clinched his fourth World Cup GS title Sunday with a win in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

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