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U.S. Alpine Ski Team names 2010 squad

U.S. Ski Team report

PARK CITY, Utah andamp;#8212; Squaw Valley USA products Julia Mancuso and Marco Sullivan lead a group of Tahoe-area skiers named to the 2010 U.S. Alpine Ski Team.The team includes four training groups competing across the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup, Europa Cup and NorAm Cup levels. Separate teams will also be named for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and FIS Alpine Junior World Championships.In addition to Mancuso and Sullivan, both of whom were named to the andamp;#8220;Aandamp;#8221; Team, Truckee native Stacey Cook was named to the andamp;#8220;Bandamp;#8221; Team. All three are Olympians. Also named were a group of 15 Development Team athletes, including Squaw Valley Ski Team products Nick Daniels and Keith Moffat. The Development Team is the first step on the U.S. Ski Team ladder and includes the best young athletes from some of the top ski racing clubs in the country.Mancuso was an underdog going into the Torino Games, yet exited the event as a 21-year-old Olympic giant slalom champion. Now a proven winner on the World Cup, she enters the 2010 season following a winter that didn’t live up to her ability or expectations, which is more than enough motivation for Mancuso.andamp;#8220;Julia is the defending Olympic giant slalom champion and that’s something she’s serious about defending,andamp;#8221; said Women’s Alpine Head Coach Jim Tracy. andamp;#8220;She’s taking charge of her program and so are all the athletes on this team. We now have a number of racers with the experience and talent to make their mark. That’s the tone we’re setting this season.andamp;#8221;Last season, the men’s program produced the greatest finish in U.S. Ski Team history as five Americans finished in the top 10 during a downhill in Val Gardena, Italy.andamp;#8220;This is a larger team than we’ve had in the past, but it’s still a very young teamandamp;#8221; said Men’s Alpine Head Coach Sasha Rearick. andamp;#8220;The average age of the A Team is 26 and that says a lot about the future of this program. We also have a group of C Team athletes with tremendous talent and they’re going to push the other guys. It’s a good balance.andamp;#8221;