Five Tahoe-area athletes nominated to U.S. Olympic Alpine Ski Team
2014 Olympic Alpine Team nominations
David Chodounsky, Crested Butte, Colo. (6/25/84)
Erik Fisher, Middleton, Idaho (3/21/85) *
Travis Ganong, Squaw Valley, Calif. (7/14/88)
Jared Goldberg, Holladay, Utah (6/15/91)
Tim Jitloff, Reno, Nev. (1/11/85) *
Nolan Kasper, Warren, Vt. (3/27/89) *
Ted Ligety, Park City, Utah (8/31/84) *
Bode Miller, Franconia, N.H. (10/12/77) *
Steven Nyman, Sundance, Utah (2/12/82) *
Marco Sullivan, Squaw Valley, Calif. (4/27/80) *
Andrew Weibrecht, Lake Placid, N.Y. (2/10/86) *
Stacey Cook, Mammoth Mountain, Calif. (7/3/84) *
Julia Ford, Holderness, N.H. (3/30/90)
Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, Calif. (3/9/84) *
Megan McJames, Park City, Utah (9/24/87) *
Laurenne Ross, Bend, Ore. (8/17/88)
Mikaela Shiffrin, Eagle-Vail, Colo. (3/13/95)
Leanne Smith, North Conway, N.H. (5/28/87) *
Resi Stiegler, Jackson Hole, Wyo. (11/14/85) *
Jacqueline Wiles, Aurora, Ore. (7/13/92)
* Member of past U.S. Olympic Team
PARK CITY, Utah — Five Tahoe-area skiers were among the 20 athletes nominated to the U.S. Olympic Alpine Ski Team on Sunday.
Olympic gold medalist Julia Mancuso of Squaw Valley, who also has two silver medals, highlights the women’s selections.
Mancuso was nominated to compete in her fourth Olympic Games, while Truckee native Stacey Cook was named to her third Olympic team after a strong weekend in Cortina, Italy, that resulted in a pair of fifth-place finishes in the downhill.
On the men’s side, Marco Sullivan of Squaw Valley was nominated to make his fourth Olympic appearance. Squaw Valley’s Travis Ganong and Truckee’s Tim Jitloff also were nominated and will make their Olympic debuts in Sochi. Jitloff made the 2010 Olympic team but was a backup.
“It was maybe a little bit of a rough start in some of the areas. But you can see in women’s speed, they are picking it up,” said U.S. Alpine Director Patrick Riml.
“Julia and Stacey are doing a good job — same with some of the younger girls and on the men’s side. You can see it with the performance we have right now from the veterans but also the younger athletes. I’m very pleased with them and I feel really comfortable with this team going into the Games.”
The team was selected from Audi FIS Alpine World Cup tour results over the Olympic qualification period, which ended Jan. 26. Starters in each event are determined the night prior to that event.
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