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A California girl, Stacey Cook moved to Mammoth Mountain just as the United States was lighting the 2002 Olympic Torch. It took her all of two years to win the NorAm overall and downhill titles and two more to land on her first Olympic Team.

Cook capped the 2014 season with her first trip to World Cup Finals for two different disciplines. She’d been there before for downhill, but added super G to her resume and finished an impressive 15th in the discipline standings.

Even though Cook led the U.S. women with the team’s best speed results, it wasn’t what she was looking for in a season. She has already started planning a return to the podium in 2015. Perhaps it will be at the February 2015 World Championships in Beaver Creek, where Cook again trained in March. Helping her make that step will be a brand-new speed Head Coach, Stef Abplanalp, who is coming off very successful seasons with the Swiss and Norwegian speed teams.

I had higher expectations for the Olympics and for this past season, but ski racing is brutal like that. You can put in all the effort, all the time and be totally committed only to have one small mistake ruin your race.

It doesn’t help to dwell on that stuff though. A good athlete will analyze it for a short period and then move on. I’ve moved on. Now it’s about bringing the same intensity and desire to ski fast into next season and about getting some revenge on Beaver Creek. I won a training run there and have trained on the hill a good bit, so I know what I have to do to be fast when we get back there for World Champs.

Cook started skiing at age four with her father at various Lake Tahoe ski areas and raced in the low-key Buddy Werner League events run by Truckee's rec department. "When I was about 10, I got a scholarship to the Northstar [racing] program and I won the first race. That's when I got serious," she said. When she wanted to try downhill but the Tahoe coaches resisted, she shifted to the Mammoth Mountain racing program, a couple of hours south, and started becoming more speed oriented.

Cook digs summer training in Mammoth because of the mega-quality road and mountain biking as well as hiking that fits nicely into her personalized program. Being outside in California during the summer is also a big perk. "It's always sunny here. Why live anywhere else?" she says. Another perk is being at home, and that feeling only comes in Mammoth. As a Cali resident, she's become pretty good friends with former Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger. She and good friend, Kelly Clark, the greatest women’s halfpipe snowboarder of all time, have a goal of bringing the ski and snowboard worlds more together. If anyone can do it, it’s them.



Teams: 2006, 2010, 2014
11th, DH, Vancouver, CAN, 2010
17th, DH, Sochi, RUS, 2014
19th, DH, Torino, ITA, 2006
23rd, GS, Torino, ITA, 2006           

Teams: 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
6th, DH, Schladming, AUT, 2013
9th, DH, Val d'Isere, FRA, 2009
16th, SC, Val d'Isere, FRA, 2009
16th, DH, Are, SWE, 2007
22nd, SG, Val d'Isere, FRA, 2009
25th, DH, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER, 2011

WORLD CUP (highlights)
Back-to-back downhill seconds to open the season, finished fourth in the downhill standings, 2013
10th in downhill standings, 2012
Scored World Cup points with 10th in career-first race, 2005

2008, DH, Sugarloaf, ME
2008, SG, Sugarloaf, ME
2006, SG, Sugarloaf, ME

2004 NorAm overall and downhill champion
Two-time Junior Worlds Team member