Best U.S. Alpine Team Since The Mahre Days

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Wave That Flag

They broke a U.S. record with six World Championship medals. But that merely topped off a season that saw the Alpine Team bring home five World Cup wins and 14 top-three finishes-making it the best team in 20 years. And to what do we owe all this precious metal? The United States Ski and Snowboard Federation's Tom Kelly believes it's the bottom line. "I hate to get down to the crassness of money," he says. "But now we have much deeper coaching staffs, more training camps, and a great sports science program." Let's not forget a guy named Bode Miller.