Not even two months removed from the Sochi Winter games, its finally time to talk once more about the US National Team. And why wouldn’t we want to pounce at this opportunity to talk about a fantastic team; after all, the Olympics were all the way back in February and we have to wait another (almost full) four years before we can see some powdery action on an international stage that large, in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
But for the time being, let us turn our collective American attention to the U.S. Alpine Skiing Team nominations, as reported by NBC OlympicTalk Naturally, some of the athletes named are heroes from the winter games in Russia, like Ted Ligety, who struck Olympic Gold at the giant slalom. The last two years has seen Ligety ranked third and fourth, but this time, he has an overall title in his sights. Others, like Lindsey Vonn, are coming off of injuries and ready to prove themselves during the World Cup season. Specifically, Vonn had surgery back in January, and is aiming to be back just before the seasons officially starts.
19-year old Mikaela Shriffin is also coming off international, including Olympic, successes- Shriffin took home gold from Sochi, and the World Cup title in Slalom. Like many other athletes, she’s setting the bar high for herself, and hopes to catapult her previous accomplishments and achieve new ones, like winning the giant slalom on the world cup stage. Julia Mancuso has been nominated too. Manusco won bronze back in Sochi, for the super combined, but did not finish higher than 15th place in any World Cup level events. Another notable nominee is Bode Miller, who hold the distinction of being the oldest skier to win an olympic medal (bronze, in Sochi).
Several notable skiers, such as Resi Stiegler, did not earn a nomination. For Stiegler, it was health issues that proved an immovable hurdle to competition. Others earned B-team spots. However, the final roster will be announced later, in the autumn.
Find the Men’s and Women’s A-Team nominees below:
Men’s A Team
Women’s A Team