“I had rib issues the first few races of last season because I put
it into the fence while training in Copper,” he says. “The Achilles the year before, the knees years before that and the back.”
There basically isn’t a section of his body which hasn’t been
Still, he owns two World Cup wins, both at Val Gardena and
both involving him catching a break. He executed when he
needed to take advantage.
Hometown: Squaw Valley, Calif.
Birthplace: Truckee, Calif.
Birthdate: April 27, 1980
Club: Squaw Valley Ski Team
Olympics: 2002, 2006, 2010
Marco Sullivan is as likable a guy as there is on the team. He
is also probably the best glider, with an inherent ability to sense
speed and adjust on the fly. He started last season with the fourth
Cup podium of his career, but as the season went on, he seemed
to just wear out. Sullivan skipped the final race at Lenzerheide
and had his knee scoped out. “It was a little bit too tender to race
World Cup Finals and U.S. Champs,” he says of his knee.
Regardless of that setback, he traveled up to Alaska for the
amazing Arctic Man Race involving an uphill leg with a snowmobile and a downhill run, winning for the third straight time.
Alpine B Team
Hometown: Keene, N.Y.
Birthplace: Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Birthdate: Jan. 30, 1989
Club: New York Ski Education Foundation
School: University of Vermont
Tommy Biesemeyer was cranking it pretty good when the wheels
fell off last December. Considering he first made the team in 2011
and got his first points in 2012, he was making major headway
with points in the first three super G races of the season. Then
he took a digger at Bormio at the end of December. He stayed in
Europe to rehab and was rewarded with a start at World Championships, producing 13th in super G.
Hometown: Spokane, Wash.
Birthplace: Walla Walla, Wash.
Birthdate: Jan. 1, 1987
Club: Schweitzer Alpine Racing
The man had the second fastest slalom leg in the 2010 Olympic
combined, turning a 19th in downhill into a final placing of 10th.
In terms of pure speed, Will Brandenburg can generate it on a
slalom course. His form is tight and crisp, but he’s experienced
difficulty finishing two runs for the points.
A gym rat with a strong background in multiple sports, Brandenburg has no problems with strength, endurance and coordination.
Hometown: Starksboro, Vt.
Birthplace: Burlington, Vt.
Birthdate: March 27, 1982
Club: Cochran’s/Mount Mansfield Ski
& Snowboard Club
When ski racing is in the blood, as it is with Ryan Cochran-Siegle,
there naturally comes an understanding of international ski competition. As a son and nephew of medal winners, Cochran-Siegle’s knows about preparation and how to go about it. He has
also developed into one of our most promising super G skiers.
Taking advantage of superior early training, he clocked in a couple of scoring results in the first stop last season at Lake Louise.
When he added points in Wengen’s Lauberhorn, he got himself
into the World Championships, where he skied to an impressive
15th in the title-meet super G (which Ted Ligety won). Then, in
questionable conditions, he crashed in the downhill leg of the
combined and tore up both his ACL and MCL. It is a testament to
his determination that he did not fall in that “crash.”
Hometown: Tahoe City, Calif.
Birthplace: Tahoe City, Calif.
Birthdate: April 5, 1991
Club: Squaw Valley Ski Team
School: Westminster College
One more Squaw kid, and that’s not a bad thing. He started skiing and racing young (think single digits). He got a pair of Cup
starts without any scoring, but the experience at Garmisch and
Kvitfjell is most helpful. He needs to get his rankings down so
he can get some decent start numbers, but two podiums in the
Copper Mountain Ski Team races recently indicate that may not
be that long a road.