Easy going, always smiling Hailey Duke was competitive in Taekwondo as a teenager, making it to the national team trials before focusing on skiing.
The ladies Tech Team is ready for this season's first U.S. World Cup.
Mikaela Shiffrin skied conservatively on the steep Levi Black pitch to drop out of contention after the first run and finish 11th in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom opener.
Marlies Schild won the 30th World Cup slalom of her career as Lindsey Vonn finished eighth in Flachau.
Robby Kelley won a NorAm giant slalom in Panorama, BC with Brennan Rubie in third.
It's been a month since Olympic downhill – yes downhill – champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) arced the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom victory of her career. So, what do we have to look forward to when the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational rol
Mountain Plaza roared Saturday as the 2012 U.S. Alpine Ski Team - including Olympic gold medalists Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) and Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) - was introduced during a public celeb
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The 2009 and 2010 seasons were monster building blocks for Duke, who made the '09 World Championships Team on the hinges of her first World Cup points and a 8th place in the Semmering, Austria World Cup slalom. She then upgraded that to an Olympic slot in 2010 thanks to a pair of World Cup scoring races in the Arctic Circle. Her 30th place finish in Vancouver is certainly not indicative of her talent as Duke will bank the big race experience and begin looking forward to Sochi, Russia in 2014.
After working through equipment frustrations at the onset of the 2011 season she was slowed down when a shoulder injury stopped being a nag and turned into a major pain. She fought through it for a good portion of the year then opted to have the doctors do what they needed to do with the knife. She also, within a month of shoulder surgery, had a scope on her right knee. Now rocking a full Atomic set-up for boots bindings and skis, she's set to fireball the 2012 season.
Duke quickly became a team-wide cheerleader in the Center of Excellence, but not just for alpine. She had athletes from across the USSA spectrum working like mad to mend strong for 2012.
"I know that sometimes I need to take a step back to make a leap forward and that is what I am doing. I am now well on my way to recovery and expect to be on snow with the rest of my team in New Zealand."