2009 U.S. Ski Team announced | SierraSun.com

2009 U.S. Ski Team announced

While reigning World Cup champions Lindsey Vonn, Ted Ligety and Squaw Valley Olympic gold medalist Julia Mancuso will headline the recently announced 2009 U.S. Alpine Ski Team, Nick Daniels of Tahoe City will join the ranks as one of about a dozen new members of the U.S. Alpine Development Team.Daniels, 17, is a talented all-around skier who has raced with the Squaw Valley Ski Team since kindergarten. A student at Cold Stream High School, Daniels has posted top-10 results in both speed and technical events, capturing second in slalom at the National Junior Championships this past year and second in an FIS downhill the same week.Renos Kayla Fry of Team Savage Ski Racing was added to the Development Team as well.In all, the 46-member team 25 men, 21 women includes 12 Olympians and three World Championships medalists.

Highlighting the mens A Team roster are World Cup winners Marco Sullivan of Squaw Valley, Steven Nyman and Scott Macartney, who makes his return after a mid-season crash the previous season. Sullivan is coming off a solid season, having earned his first World Cup victory at the famed Kandahar in Chamonix, France.World Cup champion Bode Miller again is planning to train under his own program.Besides Vonn and Mancuso who scored World Cup podiums in four disciplines to complete her fourth consecutive winter in the top 10 the womens A Team includes Truckees Stacey Cook, who now lives in Mammoth, Kaylin Richardson and Resi Stiegler.

Veteran Caroline Lalive, who spent part of her childhood growing up in Alpine Meadows, has been named as a reserve and will participate in team training. Lalive was injured last season and is making a strong recovery. She anticipates being back in competition by the start of the season.Another Tahoe local, 20-year-old Travis Ganong of the Squaw Valley Ski Team, is returning to compete on the C Team.

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