Gold, silver and bronze are at stake over the next two weeks as the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships open in Schladming, kicking off with women's super G on Tuesday. Universal Sports Network will carry live streaming and same-day broadcast of every event. (Getty Images/AFP-Fabrice Coffrini)
SCHLADMING, Austria (Feb. 4) - It's time! Schladming is ready as gold, silver and bronze medals are waiting for their first recipients when the 42nd FIS Alpine Ski World Championships open with women's super G Tuesday. The U.S. Ski Team's number one speed team in the world will send four top-15 ranked women into the starting gates including defending silver medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA), defending four-time Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), 10th ranked Leanne Smith (N. Conway, NH) and 15th ranked Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR). Universal Sports and NBC will broadcast every second of competition from Schladming.
FIS ALPINE SKI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U.S. Ski Team - Women's Super G Starters Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) Leanne Smith (N. Conway, NH) Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR)
Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) is the defending silver medalist and currently ranked third in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G standings. She was bronze medalist in super G at Bormio/Santa Caterina in 2005. It's her sixth World Championships.
Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) has won four straight Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G titles and presently second in the standings. She won gold in super G in 2009 at Val d'Isere and silver in 2007 at Are. It's her fifth World Championships.
Leanne Smith (N. Conway, NH) is currently ranked 10th in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G standings. She was 19th in super G in 2011 at Garmisch-Partenkirchen and has two top 10s this season.
Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) is currently ranked 15th in the World Cup super G. She was 16th in 2011 at Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Heavy snow was falling Monday in Schladming with a rough and tumble race expected for Tuesday with fresh snow conditions.
Over 20,000 fans are expected.
The 2015 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships will return to the USA for Vail/Beaver Creek 2015.
Racetime: 5:00 a.m. EST Universal Sports Network: 11:00 a.m. EST