Hometown: Middleton, Idaho
Birthplace: Boise, Idaho
Birthdate: March 21, 1985
Club: Bogus Basin/Rowmark
School: Rowmark Academy
Bode Miller was not the only American racer taking last season
off. Fisher, like Miller, tweaked his knee in Sochi. A second crash
at Kvitfjell forced the issue. He had ACL surgery and elected to
spend all of last season improving his already significant strength.
He’s now bench-pressing team-record totals.
Fisher has some decent Cup results, including a seventh at Val
Gardena and an 11th on the infamous Hahnenkamm course at
Kitzbuehel. Back-to-back downhill wins at the Copper Mountain
speed races against some formidable competition could indicate
a breakthrough season on the immediate horizon.
Hometown: Bend, Ore.
Birthplace: Bend, Ore.
Birthdate: March 20, 1989
Club: Mt. Bachelor Ski
School: Dartmouth College
It says more than we wish it did that the Steadman-Philippon
Research Institute is one of Ford’s sponsors. He missed last
season’s opener because of injury, then returned in time to race
Alta Badia and Adelboden before crashing again while freeskiing
in LaClusaz, badly fracturing his right leg. It is still not healed
enough to allow him to start Soelden this season, either.
The Mount Bachelor SEF competitor has long been considered
a star in the making. He owns five National Championships.
Hometown: Holladay, Utah
Birthplace: Boston, Mass.
Birthdate: June 15, 1991
Club: Snowbird Sports
School: Westminster College
Last season, in his second big-league start, Jared Goldberg
scored a Cup point in front of friends and family at the Beaver
Creek Birds of Prey super G. Suddenly he found himself skiing
lines in the French Alps and then in a start in the Lauberhorn at
Wengen. He also got to train on the Olympic tracks at Sochi,
Russia; and most importantly, he secured the NorAm downhill title and has his own personal start position in the season’s World
Cups. He can play the ukulele and harmonica; handy with a guitar, he can change a group mood in a hurry.
Hometown: Lake Stevens, Wash.
Birthplace: Everett, Wash.
Birthdate: Sept. 21, 1990
Club: Misson Ridge Sports Education
School: Westminster College
Colby was an international star at age 12, claiming two golds at
the Whistler Cup. He got a slow start to last season when knee
injury kept him out of the race course until mid-December, then
he went on a very conservative schedule and focused hard on
strengthening the offending joints. What he kept on the schedule
was a training camp in Sochi and a handful of NorAm slalom
podiums as well as his first win on the circuit. He was third in the
Nationals slalom behind Ligety and Brandenberg.
Hometown: Reno, Nev.
Birthplace: San Jose, Calif.
Birthdate: Jan. 11, 1985
Club: Park City Ski Team
School: University of Nevada, Reno
Tim Jitloff is flat-out fast. Being fast in two runs of racing has not
been as common as he would like. He has been pressing Ligety
in GS training, which gives a pretty good gauge of just how fast
he is, and he seems to be getting closer and closer to transferring all of that speed into World Cup (and/or Olympic) podiums.
He has whittled his ranking down so that he is inside the top
30, which may well have been the final hang-up point. When he
makes the breakthrough, it seems logical he could just lock in
and stay on top. Completely comfortable in Europe, he lives part-time with a German girlfriend.
Hometown: Starksboro, Vt.
Birthplace: Burlington, Vt.
Birthdate: May 26, 1990
Club: Cochran’s Ski Club/Mt. Mansfield Ski Club
School: University of Vermont
The son of Steve and Lindy (Cochran) Kelley, Robby has always
had an inside view of the American ski racing scene and how it 2 0 1