World Cup skiing: Mancuso, Sullivan, Cook selected for Alpine Championships
SCHLADMING, Austria ” Squaw Valley USA products Julia Mancuso and Marco Sullivan will lead the United States team along with Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn at next month’s World Alpine Ski Championships in Val d’Isere, France.
Stacey Cook, a native of Truckee who now skis out of Mammoth, also named to the women’s team.
The nine-man, eight-woman team was announced Monday, one day before a men’s World Cup slalom in Schladming, and included 10 skiers who raced at the Olympics and six who have never before competed at the worlds.
“We are bringing a powerful team to Worlds,” U.S. Alpine Director Jesse Hunt said in Park City, Utah. “We have seasoned World Championship medalists with Lindsey, Julia and Bode. Plus Ted (Ligety), Marco (Sullivan) and Steven (Nyman) have success on the World Cup. Now they’re aiming for top results at worlds.”
Miller won four gold and one silver medal at the 2003 and ’05 championships, Mancuso took two bronze in ’05 and a silver in ’07, and Vonn captured two silvers in ’07.
Missing from the squad were TJ Lanning and Leanne Smith, who both have injured knees from World Cup downhill crashes Saturday in Kitzbuehel, Austria, and Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, respectively.
The World Championships are Feb. 3-15 and include a course for the men’s speed events that also was featured in the 1992 Winter Olympics.
The men’s team will be made up of Miller, Ligety, Sullivan, Nyman, Jimmy Cochran, Erik Fisher, Tim Jitloff, Andrew Weibrecht and Jake Zamansky. The women’s team consists of Vonn, Mancuso, Cook, Hailey Duke, Chelsea Marshall, Megan McJames, Sarah Schleper and Resi Stiegler.
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