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Tahoe skiers take U.S. roster positions

Tahoe’s presence is becoming a greater factor on the U.S. ski team

The 2004 Ski Team includes 24 men and 21 women with nine skiers on the development squad. Of the 24 skiers, four hail from the Lake Tahoe Region.

Daron Rahlves of Sugar Bowl, Marco Sullivan of Squaw Valley,

Jonna Mendes of Heavenly, and Julia Mancuso of Olympic Valley all made U.S. Alpine A team.

This year in the World Cup Rahlves had two wins and five other podiums. He also won the heralded Hahnenkamm downhill in Kitzbuehel, Austria. That makes Rahlves the first American since the modern day World Cup circuit started in 1976. It also makes him the first U.S. man since Buddy Werner in 1959 to win the event. He finished the season second in downhill standings. This is the best finish for a U.S. man in the history of the sport.

Julia Mancuso added two medals to her World Junior Championship collection. She took gold in the Super G and a bronze in the downhill. Mancuso has six Junior Championship medals from the past three seasons. She also became the first woman since Diann Roffe in 1992 to win three U.S. titles.

Jonna Mendes won bronze at this years World Championships in St. Moritz and had six top 10 finishes. She also placed fifth in the downhill at Cortina.

Marco Sullivan had six top 15 finishes this year, with the highlight being a sixth-place finish at the Beaver Creek World Cup. Sullivan had a great start to his first full season on the World cup circuit.

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