Home schooler Mark Engel has always been focused on skiing and it's showed in his rapid rise into the U.S. Ski Team fold. Most athletes enter the pipeline with the U.S. Development Team. Engel dove directly into the C Team ranks after winning back-to-back
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Ted Ligety stood on the podium again, this time grabbing second place after racing under the lights in Are, Sweden.
The men look fast in during two runs of downhill training at the Audi Birds of Prey in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
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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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A slew of FIS podiums in the 2011 winter also helped the progression, but it was a third place among juniors in a gnarly super G at the Putnam Investments U.S. Alpine Championships that got coaches attention.
He was ready to rock again in 2012 when his back started seriously bothering him. After a CT scan, it was evident Engel needed to sit the season out. Good news, no surgery was needed, just a lot of rest. Now, he's back (no pun intended).
OFF THE SNOW
3rd for juniors at U.S. Championships SG, 2011