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 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 battled the wet snow and flat light to finish eighth in the Ofterschwang giant slalom in Germany.
VIDEO: Ross' First World Cup Podium
Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) finished a stunning second in the Garmisch downhill to become the sixth U.S. women's speed athlete to podium this season. It was the first top three of her career.
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.
Less than a second separated the top 17 finishers in Saturday's Audi FIS Alpine World Cup women's downhill with Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) leading the way for the U.S. Ski Team with 13th, .90 behind surprise winner Carolina Ruiz Castillo of Spain.
Mikaela Shiffrin finished sixth in her debut at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Schladming.
Julia Mancuso and Mikaela Shiffrin will lead the USA in the women's giant slalom at the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships.
A near capacity crowd was on hand Tuesday night to cheer the host country of Austria to victory in the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships Team Event.
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.
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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 Rockies on weekends, where she raced her Dad (a former alpine racer) to the lodge.
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 here's the real story – Ross was one of six American women to land on the World Cup speed podium last season, meaning coaches had a super-tough decision to make on who to start during the World Champs downhill. Ultimately, Ross was left off the start.
Did it bum her out? Maybe. But it didn't hurt her motivation. She slammed home a downhill second at the very next race in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. She then came back to the U.S. to win the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships super G title over a hard-charging Julia Mancuso on her home snow in Squaw Valley.
By the numbers Ross finished top 30 in the World Cup overall, downhill, super G and combined standings. The women's speed team, meanwhile, won the World Cup downhill standings. Not bad, not bad at all.
It’s so cool to have the support of this group of teammates who are always happy for you. And to have them in the finish when I was walking through: it’s just something special. They’re there for you and that means a lot to me.
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