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January 25, 2006
LAS VEGAS (US Ski Team Press Release)—Defending World Cup and world champion Bode Miller (Bretton Woods, NH), three-event star Daron Rahlves (Sugar Bowl, CA) and emerging talents Lindsey Kildow (Vail, CO) and Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) are part of a 19-member U.S. Olympic Alpine Team announced Wednesday, subject to approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Bill Marolt, president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, the national governing body for Olympic skiing and snowboarding, said the team will include nine men and 10 women. Fourteen of the athletes have been to previous Olympics, nine are three-time Olympians.
The Ski Team was announced at the SIA.06 Snowsports trade show in Las Vegas. All Olympic nominations submitted by the U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding are subject to the approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Miller, who skied to two silver medals at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, became the first American since 1983 to win the overall alpine World Cup title last season; he also was gold medalist in downhill and super G at the World Championships. Rahlves, the most successful U.S. male speed skier, has won 11 World Cup races, including three this season, and had two medals at the 2005 Worlds. Kildow, a four-event skier, has won two downhills this season while Mancuso collected two bronze medals at the ’05 Worlds.
The 2006 Olympic Alpine Team (including age, hometown, previous Olympics)
Jimmy Cochran, 24, Keene, N.H.
Chip Knight, 31, Stowe, Vt. (1998, 2002 Olympics)
Ted Ligety, 21, Park City, Utah
Scott Macartney, 28, Redmond, Wash. (2002)
Bode Miller, 28, Bretton Woods, N.H. (1998, 2002)
Steve Nyman, 23, Orem, Utah
Daron Rahlves, 32, Sugar Bowl, Calif. (1998, 2002)
Erik Schlopy, 33, Park City, Utah (1994, 2002)
Marco Sullivan, 25, Squaw Valley, Calif. (2002)
Kirsten Clark, 28, Raymond, Maine (1998, 2002)
Stacey Cook, 21, Truckee, Calif.
Lindsey Kildow, 21, Vail, Colo. (2002)
Kristina Koznick, 30, Eagan, Minn. (1998, 2002)
Caroline Lalive, 26, Steamboat Springs, Colo. (1998, 2002)
Libby Ludlow, 24, Bellevue, Wash.
Julia Mancuso, 21, Olympic Valley, Calif. (2002)
Kaylin Richardson, 21, Edina, Minn.
Sarah Schleper, 26, Vail, Colo. (1998, 2002)
Resi Stiegler, 20, Jackson Hole, Wyo.
“This is an incredibly talented group of athletes. We’ve never had such a wealth of experience at this level,” said U.S. Alpine Director Jesse Hunt. “Not only do we have more than a dozen Olympians from previous Games, but eight of them have won World Cup races or medaled at the World Championships.”
The Olympians will continue with World Cup races this weekend – the men in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, and the women in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. Depending on their racing schedule for the Olympics, Hunt said, some will take some down time to rest and relax before things heat up in Torino Feb. 10-26.