Thousands gathered at Copper Mountain Friday, Nov. 8, as the 2014 U.S. Alpine Ski Team was introduced during Nature Valley First Tracks at Copper Mountain, home of the U.S Ski Team Speed Center. Olympic gold medalists Ted Ligety, Lindsey Vonn, Bode Miller and World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin were on hand as 54 athletes were announced during a public celebration to kick off the start of the 2014 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup and Olympic winter.
"It’s a really cool time for American ski racers," said Men's A Team Member, Ted Ligety, "and it’s not just because we’ve been successful the last few seasons. Success definitely helps, but that success comes from the coaches, our technicians, our sponsors and our training partners. And when all that is working right, like it has been the last few years, it makes our job a lot of fun."
From the women's A Team, Lindsey Vonn commented: "It’s not often that you have a team with so much success, especially in speed. This is a really cool time to be a part of the U.S. Ski Team. We have such a great team dynamic, better than I’ve ever seen and it’s showing in our results. Every race we have an athlete who can win."
2014 U.S. Alpine Ski Team Roster
Name, Hometown, Club (Skis, Boots, Bindings, Poles, Helmets, Eyewear) Date of Birth
Men's A Team
- David Chodounksy (Crested Butte, CO; Crested Butte Ski Team) Nordica, Nordica, Marker, Swix, Shred, Shred) 6/25/84
- Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA, Squaw Valley Ski Team) (Atomic, Atomic, Atomic, Leki, POC, POC) 7/14/88
- Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT, Burke Mountain Academy) (Fischer, Fischer, Fischer, Swix, POC, POC) 3/27/89 *
- Ted Ligety (Park City, UT, Park City Ski Team) (Head, Head, Head, Komperdell, Shred, Shred) 8/31/84 *
- Bode Miller (Franconia, NH, Carrabassett Valley Academy) (Head, Head, Head, Leki, POC, POC) 10/12/77 *
- Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT, Park City Ski Team) (Fischer, Fischer, Fischer, Komperdell, POC, POC) 2/12/82 *
- Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA, Squaw Valley Ski Team) (Atomic, Atomic, Atomic, Leki, POC, POC) 4/27/80 *
Women's A Team
- Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA, Mammoth Mountain Ski Team) (Rossignol, Rossignol, Rossignol, Komperdell, POC, POC) 7/3/84 *
- Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA, Squaw Valley Ski Team) (Head, Head, Head, Swix, POC, POC) 3/9/84 *
- Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, CO, Rowmark Academy) (Atomic, Atomic, Atomic, Leki Shred, Shred) 8/19/89 *
- Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR, Mt. Bachelor Ski Education Foundation) (Volkl, Lange, Marker Shred, Shred) 8/17/88
- Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO, Burke Mountain Academy) (Atomic, Atomic, Atomic, Leki, POC, Oakley) 3/13/95
- Leanne Smith (North Conway, NH, Mt. Washington Valley Ski Team) (Rossginol, Lange, Rossignol, Swix, POC, POC) 11/28/87 *
- Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO, Buck Hill/Ski and Snowboard Club Vail) (Head, Head, Head, Leki, Briko, Oakley) 10/18/84 *
Visit the The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) website for more info.