Wednesday, January 29, 2014

U.S. Olympic Alpine Ski Team

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association nominated 20 athletes to the U.S. Olympic Alpine Ski Team that will compete in Sochi 2014. The team is highlighted by Olympic gold medalists Bode Miller, Ted Ligety, Julia Mancuso  and World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin.
The team was selected from results on the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup tour over the Olympic qualification period, which ended January 26.

2014 Olympic Alpine Team Nominations:

Men
  • David Chodounsky, Crested Butte, CO (6/25/84)
  • Erik Fisher, Middleton, ID (3/21/85)
  • Travis Ganong, Squaw Valley, CA (7/14/88)
  • Jared Goldberg, Holladay, UT (6/15/91)
  • Tim Jitloff, Reno, NV (1/11/85)
  • Nolan Kasper, Warren, VT (3/27/89)
  • Ted Ligety, Park City, UT (8/31/84)
  • Bode Miller, Franconia, NH (10/12/77)
  • Steven Nyman, Sundance, UT (2/12/82)
  • Marco Sullivan, Squaw Valley, CA (4/27/80)
  • Andrew Weibrecht, Lake Placid, NY (2/10/86)
Women
  • Stacey Cook, Mammoth Mountain, CA (7/3/84)
  • Julia Ford, Holderness, NH (3/30/90)
  • Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, CA (3/9/84)
  • Megan McJames, Park City, UT (9/24/87)
  • Laurenne Ross, Bend, OR (8/17/88)
  • Mikaela Shiffrin, Eagle-Vail, CO (3/13/95)
  • Leanne Smith, North Conway, NH (5/28/87)
  • Resi Stiegler, Jackson Hole, WY (11/14/85)
  • Jacqueline Wiles, Aurora, OR (7/13/92)

"We’re on a really good track right now. All the programs, both the tech and speed athletes, are showing really good improvements and progressions. I’m very pleased with where we are right now going into the Games (...) It was maybe a little bit of a rough start in some of the areas. But you can see in women’s speed, they are picking it up. Julia and Stacey are doing a good job – same with some of the younger girls and on the men’s side. You can see it with the performance we have right now from the veterans but also the younger athletes. I’m very pleased with them and I feel really comfortable with this team going into the Games". Patrick Riml, Alpine Director.

"As a group we’re building moment right now, which is really nice to see. The guys have been working hard all summer, all fall and all winter, day in and day out and that’s starting to show. The guys have shown 100-percent effort every day. You look at the guys who have been putting in the most effort, those are the guys we’re going to be taking to the Games and the ones that we can count on to represent America well". Sasha Rearick, Men’s Alpine Head Coach.

"I’m proud of the progress this team has made the closer we get to Sochi. We still have a lot of work to do, but the potential for success is certainly there. On the tech side with Mikaela, we have some huge potential, both in the slalom and giant slalom. On the speed side, we saw that Julia and Stacey definitely are on the right track, on a huge upswing. Sochi is a total different thing and the chances are there for champion performances". Alex Hoedlmoser, Women’s Alpine Head Coach

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