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 /Agence Zoom/Alexis Boichard)
Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) charged to fifth on the steep and fast course of the 2014 Sochi downhill on Sunday, pulling out the best finish of his career during his first-ever Olympic appearance.
Bode Miller finished .66 seconds ahead of Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal to take the victory in the final downhill training run Saturday at the Sochi Olympic venue.
Today, the USSA announced a strong team of 20 alpine athletes, including three Olympic gold medalists, to represent the USA in Sochi. (Photo: Mickael Kappeler/AFP/Getty Images)
Reigning super combined world champion Ted Ligety skied an inspired slalom run to take second in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super combined in Kitzbuehel, the final race of the U.S. Olympic qualification period.
Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) made another positive stride toward his first Olympic Winter Games with a tie for 10th in a rugged Bormio downhill to lead the U.S. Ski Team.
Five-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) continued to build speed on the Road to Sochi with fifth Saturday in the 46th Saslong Classic downhill in Val Gardena, Italy.
Five-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller rallied into 13th-place despite continuous snow and sub-zero temperatures in the Audi Birds of Prey World Cup opening.
The schedule of events for this weekend's Audi Birds of Prey World Cup has been adjusted.
Ski Racing Magazine recently connected with the men's speed group on its August training camp in La Parva, Chile. The team will return to Chile later this month for its annual downhill camp in Portillo.
Marco Sullivan finished 14th in the World Cup downhill standings, his best season since 2008 and the top finish for U.S. men.
Lindsey Vonn has won a record 17th Audi FIS World Cup globe and record sixth straight downhill title after fog forced officials to cancel the final men's and women's downhill in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on Wednesday.
Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) led the U.S. Ski Team with a tie for 16th on a wind-ravaged Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill in Kvitfjell.
Veteran Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) was 19th to lead the U.S. Ski Team in a shortened Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill Saturday in Germany as Birds of Prey downhill champion Christof Innerhofer of Italy claimed his third win of the season.
Andrew Weibrecht was 22nd and Steven Nyman 25th to lead the USA in the World Championship downhill.
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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 gnarliest terrain at Squaw Valley and was a promising four-event skier before he started to concentrate on downhill. It's all about the speed.
For Sullivan, the 2013 season proved to be his best since he rocked his first World Cup win in 2008. A season-opening downhill podium in Lake Louise set the pace for "Sully" to finish 14th in the season-long standings. For a downhiller, being in the top 15 draw is prime real estate. What makes it even more impressive is that he opted to skip the Bormio, Italy DH.
A sore knee toward the end of the season turned out to be a little more than sore, and it prompted a scope, sidelining him from the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships held on his home snow in Squaw Valley. It's safe to say the scope worked. Sully won his third-straight Arctic Man race a few weeks later and set a new track record.
Lake Louise set in immediately. It was a little bit emotional at the finish. Just to have that happen after a few down years and to start out the year like this, is beyond my expectations.
I wouldn't still be racing if I didn't think I could still compete. Last year, my place on the team was a little bit in jeopardy. I lost a lot of sponsors. I worked really hard this summer and for it to show on the first race of the year was special.
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