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PARK CITY, Utah (Jan. 28) — World Cup sensation Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), whose four World Cup Alpine victories this season are the best by an American man since Phil Mahre in 1983, world super G champion Daron Rahlves (Sugar Bowl, CA), reigning Olympic champion Picabo Street (Park City, UT), and World Cup winner Kristina Koznick (Burnsville, MN) head a 22-athlete Olympic Ski Team named Monday.
The team, made up of 11 men and 11 women, includes 15 athletes who have previously been to the Olympics. Selection was based on international results, predominantly World Cup racing, officials said.
Street has been the leading downhill qualifier since the first downhill of the season in November. Miller has lit up the World Cup this winter with his aggressive racing style, which includes three slalom wins and another in giant slalom.
Rahlves stunned the racing world a year ago when he claimed the super G gold medal, ahead of two Austrians, during the 2001 World Alpine Ski Championships in St. Anton, Austria. Koznick, heading to her second Olympics, recently won the fifth World Cup slalom of her career.
The 2002 U.S. Olympic Alpine Team:
Jake Fiala, 26, Frisco, CO (’98 Olympian)
Chip Knight, 27, Stowe, VT (’98 Olympian)
Scott Macartney, 24, Redmond, WA
Bode Miller, 24, Franconia, NH (’98 Olympian)
Casey Puckett, 29, Aspen, CO (’92, ’94, ’98 Olympian)
Daron Rahlves, 28, Sugar Bowl, CA (’98 Olympian)
Tom Rothrock, 23, Cashmere, WA
Erik Schlopy, 29, Park City, UT, (’94 Olympian)
Dane Spencer, 24, Boise, ID
Marco Sullivan, 21, Squaw Valley, CA
Thomas Vonn, 26, Newburgh, NY
Kirsten Clark, 24, Raymond, ME (’98 Olympian)
Lindsey C. Kildow, 17, Vail, CO
Kristina Koznick, 26, Burnsville, MN (’98 Olympian)
Caroline Lalive, 22, Steamboat Springs, CO (’98 Olympian)
Julia Mancuso, 17, Squaw Valley, CA
Jonna Mendes, 22, Heavenly, CA (’98 Olympian)
Katie Monahan, 29, Aspen, CO (’98 Olympian)
Tasha Nelson, 27, Mound, MN (’98 Olympian
Sarah Schleper, 22, Vail, CO (’98 Olympian)
Alex Shaffer, 26, Park City, UT (’98 Olympian)
Picabo Street, 30, Park City, UT (’94, ’98 Olympian)
“We’re really excited about this team. It has strong Olympic experience and many individuals with proven World Cup success,” said U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association VP-Athletics Alan Ashley.
“Bode’s rightfully grabbed the headlines this season, but I think we’ll surprise more than a few people with our depth and the way we come to compete,” Ashley said. “I don’t think for a moment think these will be a one-man Olympics for us; I know these athletes are proud to represent their country and they’ll do everything they can to light up their races.”