A talented musician as well as a ski racer, Laurenne Ross is a four-discipline threat both on and off the snow with incredible talent on violin, piano, guitar and vocals. (Mitchell Gunn/ESPA)
The U.S. Ski Team women took advantage of another chance to train on Raptor, the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships race hill, earlier this week with two solid days of super G training before snow moved in to cancel Thursday's session.
After a successful 18 years of coaching with the U.S. Alpine Ski Team, women’s speed Head Coach Chip White will step aside following the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals this week.
Overnight snow and a particularly stagnant bank of fog forced race organizers to bump Saturday's FIS Alpine World Cup women's downhill to Sunday, effectively canceling the orginally schedule super combined.
Julia Mancuso posted the best American finish in eighth at a rough and unforgiving super G Saturday, the final women’s speed event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Super combined bronze medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) led the U.S. Ski Team with eighth in Thursday's Olympic downhill as Dominique Gisin of Switzerland and Tina Maze of Slovenia made history with a tie for gold.
Julia Mancuso produced a true champion performance Monday, becoming the first American skier in history to win a medal in three straight Olympic Winter Games with her bronze in the super combined event at the Rosa Khutor alpine center.
Laurenne Ross and Jackie Wiles (pictured) earned downhill starts in the third and final downhill training run Saturday at the Rosa Khutor Olympic venue and will be joining Stacey Cook and Julia Mancuso in the Feb. 12 downhill.
Today, the USSA announced a strong team of 20 alpine athletes, including three Olympic gold medalists, to represent the USA in Sochi. (Photo: Mickael Kappeler/AFP/Getty Images)
Two-time Olympian Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) led the U.S. Ski Team with 13th in super G Sunday, the last of four races held over four days in Cortina to close the Olympic qualification period.
With just two weeks to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, two-time Olympian Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) posted her best Audi FIS Alpine World Cup finish of the season with fifth in the first of two downhills slated for Cortina.
Julia Mancuso skied her best super G race of the season, finishing seventh and gaining speed on her run to Sochi at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup in Cortina, Italy.
Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) picked up the speed Sunday with 20th in the only women’s super combined to be staged prior to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Julia Mancuso skied into 13th to post the top finish for the USA as well as her best result of season Saturday in the Altenmarkt World Cup downhill.
Four-time World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn skied confidently into the top five in the Lake Louise super G Sunday, showing her strength and ability to mount a podium challenge for the first time since her return to the World Cup circuit Friday.
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A talented musician as well as a ski racer, Laurenne Ross is a four-discipline threat both on and off the snow with incredible talent on violin, piano, guitar and vocals. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Ross cut her teeth at a small local hill but headed to the Canadian Rockies on weekends, where she raced her Dad (a former alpine racer) to the lodge. Now with a World Cup podium under her belt and Olympic experience, the only question is how many more podiums can she add?
Since her World Cup debut in 2010, it was evident the podium wasn't going to be too far behind. Ross proved that in 2013, but 2014 was a different animal. After a slower than normal start to the season, Ross picked things up in the run up to the Olympics and then posted a season-best 11th in the Sochi downhill.
Her spring and summer plans include getting more time on her new equipment after making the switch to Volkl/Marker in 2013. Motivation is not a concern, as the terminally optimistic Ross dove full on into the off-season by training on the 2015 World Championship venue of Beaver Creek to close out March.
I am attending the spring semester at the University of Oregon in Eugene. I missed half of my classes in the first week but with good reason...I was in Washington, D.C., immersing myself back in the Olympic scene and meeting the President. I got to tour around the White House and explore the government scene–something seemingly very distant from what I do. But it was interesting to make some connections that I hadn't previously realized existed between my self, my sport and my governing body.
As for school...I am so happy to be back in that environment! It's so wonderful to just turn a page and be able to lead a completely different life from what I lead the rest of the year. At the same time, it's quite a shock to my brain and can be a bit overwhelming. It is certainly teaching me time-management and how to open up and think critically again. I love it.
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