Hometown: Sandy, Utah
Trophy Room/Outlook: Making a comeback after
injuries that sidelined her for all of last season, Feli-
cia Byers cleaned house at the 2008 National Junior
Championships, taking the downhill and GS titles and
finishing second in slalom and SG. A seventh place in
a NorAm super G race in 2007-08 proves she has what
it takes to get the job done.
Hometown: Medford, NJ
Trophy Room/Outlook: Though she wasn’t old
enough to drive at the time, Greta Byrne caught the
interest of the D Team when she nabbed the slalom
title at last season’s National Junior Championships.
Traveling from the East to train with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, she also landed an eighth place in
a NorAm slalom in Canada last February and has
several top 10 finishes in FIS downhill and super G races. She likes waffles
with peanut butter and admires Lara Gut.
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Trophy Room/Outlook: Though now out with a
torn ACL, she finished last season among the top five
in World Age Rankings and thus got the call to join the
U.S. Devo Team. With a second place in super G at U.S.
Junior Champs, she started skiing speed on the NorAm
circuit last season with a steady progression, finishing
off with an eighth place in SG at Mammoth Mountain.
Hometown: Plymouth, N.H.
Trophy Room/Outlook: Wrapping up last season as Ski Racing’s Junior of the Year, Julia Ford
scored the NorAm super-combined title (also her
first NorAm victory) and with it, a spot to start in
combined World Cup races this season. She also
narrowly missed a spot on the podium (fourth
place) in the discipline at World Juniors and was top 10 in slalom, GS
and downhill at the 2009 U.S. Championships. She scored points in
slalom in a Europa Cup race last season and can find her way to speed
in all disciplines.
Hometown: Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Trophy Room/Outlook: Newly crowned U.S.
Junior downhill champion was no stranger to
winning races last season. She won two FIS slalom races and one GS in Telluride in 2009, then capped off the season
with another FIS victory in a Breckenridge super G in April and kicked
off the season with a 12th place in the NorAm super combined in Lake
Hometown: Golden Valley, Minn.
Trophy Room/Outlook: Lauren Samuels raised eyebrows among top
racers when she took 15th in the U.S. Downhill Championship race last
spring and was also crowned national junior super G champion, taking
silvers in the junior slalom and downhill championship races. Last season was her first on the NorAm circuit and she landed an 11th and 12th
in super G and pulled off top 20s in downhill and super combined.
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Olympic Appearances: 2006
Trophy Room: Biggs was third in NorAm slalom standings three consecutive seasons, ‘06
Outlook: He’s healthy and that’s a big one. According to coach Paul
Kristofic, Biggs skied all of the summer training sessions without issues.
He’s got a good slalom finish rate, which is his exclusive focus. “We’re looking for him to be top 30,” says Kristofic. “He’s been there before.”
Extracurricular: Jamming on the guitar, or building something.
Home turf advantage in Vancouver? A special
preview of the Canadian Alpine Team
Hometown: New Richmond, Quebec
Olympic Appearances: 2006
Trophy Room: Four World Cup podiums and a
fourth in the 2006 Olympic GS.
Outlook: Bourque lost all of last year after sustaining a knee injury in his first race of the season at Lake Louise. “He started back up with us in New Zealand at the
end of July,” says Kristofic. “There were no flare-ups which was great. The
first camp was a progressive build up and at the last camp in Chile he was
back up to speed with the confidence to push the leg as hard as he needs,
or wants to.”
Extracurricular: Snowmobiling, hunting, fishing and golf.