Granite Stator Leanne Smith is as tough as the rock her state rests on, and now she has the mettle to prove it on the World Cup tour. This bullet is one to watch. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom/ Christophe Pallot)
The athletes still have their ski legs under them, not their beach legs, according to Women's Speed Coach Chip White, which makes the May training block at Mammoth unique compared to other off-season camps.
Chip White, Head Coach of the Best in the World women's alpine speed team, has been selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee as finalist for National Coach of Year – the organizations most prestigious coaching honor.
Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) captured the first U.S. title of her career with a mere .01 second super G victory over Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) Friday at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley.
Julia Mancuso capped an incredible super G season with a second place finish in the women’s super G standings.
World Championship bronze medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) was third Sunday in the final super G of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup "regular season" ahead of discipline leader Tina Maze of Slovenia to push the title to the final race of the year.
Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) became the sixth U.S. Ski Team women's speed athlete to finish in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup top three this season with a stunning second in the Garmisch downhill.
World Championship super G bronze medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) solidified herself as a contender for the 2013 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G title after tying for second Friday with overall leader Tina Maze of Slovenia.
World Championship super G bronze medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) ripped to second in the downhill half of Sunday's super combined but dropped to fourth overall after hooking up in the soft snow of the slalom portion.
Julia Mancuso led the USA in fifth as medals eluded the U.S. in the women's downhill at FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in Schladming.
Stacey Cook will lead a strong U.S. Ski Team into the women's downhill Sunday at the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in Schladming
Despite a significant mistake in the downhill portion of Friday's FIS Alpine Ski World Championships super combined, super G bronze medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) clicked with her best slalom performance of the season to finish eighth.
Julia Mancuso will lead four U.S. women into the World Championship super combined on Friday.
Julia Mancuso took bronze in super G to open the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in Schladming for the fifth Worlds medal of her career.
Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso lead a strong U.S. Ski Team into opening day of World Championships Tuesday with women's super G.
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Olympian Leanne Smith followed her older sister Laurel into skiing, latched onto racing and has continued to shave microseconds from her time. A NorAm champion and topflight junior skier, she inked a spot on the World Cup elite after finishing 23rd in her career first World Cup start, which also happened to be the first downhill of the 2008 season.
Fast-forward to 2013 and Smith is already one of the premier speed athletes in the world. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding. Smith's two Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill podiums and a slew of super G top 10's landed her 12th in both disciplines at the season’s close. What's more, that was good enough for 25th in the overall standings – her best season on record.
It’s no wonder she always rocks Teen Wolf-style Shred shades, because she's staring into a future as bright as the sun.
I've been on the World Cup team for a few years now and it’s starting to feel comfortable. Hopefully you'll see more of me now.
The U.S. Ski Team is amazing. In every downhill, there is a new girl on the podium. We put in so much effort during summertime in the gym. It's amazing to be part of a team like this - helping each other and hoping each other does well. My teammates know they can be on the podium too. We have a great coaching staff right now and a great set of technicians.
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