Marco Sullivan grew up in Lake Tahoe with skiing in his soul. He was on a ski hill in his earliest memory, coming down a snow-covered gravel hill in his backyard at three. (Getty Images/AFP/Joe Klamar)
After over two hours of delays, the race finally were finally able to squeak one last downhill into February. Fighting flat light and typical thick fog in Garmisch, Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) was the top American downhiller of the day in sixth.
In the final Garmisch (GAP) downhill training run on the Kandahar, Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) led the charge for the Americans, turning in the fourth-fastest time. The downhill takes place on Saturday.
In a turny, technical super G set by American coach Forest Carey that did not excuse any mistakes, the Austrian Matthias Mayer once again emerged victorious. Travis Ganong was the top American finisher, toughing out a ninth place finish.
The rarely-used Schneekristall-Zwolfer track is non-stop from top to bottom. A high-speed signature course, racers question whether this track is more challenging than the famed Kitzbuehel one.
American ski racing fans will have the broadest TV and streaming coverage ever as the U.S. Ski Team takes to the fabled Streif this Saturday for the 75th running of the Hahnenkamm. Universal Sports Network and NBCSN will provide coverage.
It was thigh-burning, legs-shaking race at the World Cup in Wengen, complete with crashes, screaming fans and course holds. Steven Nyman was the top American finisher of the day in 14th place.
Travis Ganong took advantage of a new course to ski a near perfect run, claiming his first career Audi FIS Ski World Cup win.
Buoyed by his Audi Birds of Prey podium in Beaver Creek two weeks ago, Steven Nyman raced to a third career downhill win in Val Gardena.
The men’s speed team is in the Dolomites this weekend and is looking fast, with Steven Nyman taking the win at the first and only downhill training run.
Andrew Weibrecht skied to a top-10 finish in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G, one spot ahead of Ted Ligety, still nursing a broken wrist.
It was a huge day for the Americans in Beaver Creek, Colorado, with Steven Nyman pulling off a third place podium finish and Travis Ganong grabbing fifth place.
The men look fast in during two runs of downhill training at the Audi Birds of Prey in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
Marco Sullivan pulls out a fifth place finish in Saturday's Lake Louise downhill.
U.S. Ski Team men’s alpine athletes and coaches spent the past week learning the latest teaching techniques from the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) at Snowbird Resort.
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Marco Sullivan grew up in Lake Tahoe with skiing in his soul. He was on a ski hill in his earliest memory, coming down a snow-covered gravel hill in his backyard at three. He learned to go fast on some of the most legendary terrain in the world, then took that skill to the World Cup and won.
With another impressive season and Olympic appearance in the books, Sully has proven that he is still skiing with the same passion and motivation that he did as a Mighty Mite. Solid results last season at the classics of Val Gardena, Wengen and Kitzbuehel are driving that passion…alongside the desire to compete at a World Championships on U.S. soil.
Sullivan made the commitment to race next season while riding the lift at Squaw Valley during a sun-soaked week at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships. He was on the fence about it before, but now he’s definitely racing in 2015 and all signs point toward him closing a storied career with strength and speed.
The first happened right after we landed on our charter flight from Munich. Our entourage, which included men’s alpine, all the snowboard halfpipe team and some of the Nordic combined crew, were taking it all in wide-eyed and happy to finally be there. I was laughing and talking with my coaches when a somber-faced older Russian man came over and asked if he could take our picture. Of course we obliged, but his reasoning is what sticks with me. He said he wanted to take our picture because our big smiles were so nice to see.
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