Women’s Alpine A Team
Hometown: Mammoth, Calif.
Birthplace: Truckee, Calif.
Birthdate: July 3, 1984
Club: Mammoth Mountain Ski Team
School: University of Nevada, Reno
Olympics: 2006, 2010
Stacey Cook backed
up the most successful
season of her career
(2012) with another,
even more successful season in 2013.
The difference: back-to-back downhill sec-ond-place finishes in
Ultimately, she ended up fourth in the standings and narrowly
missed a podium at the World Championships downhill, but she
now has full knowledge and confidence that she can win races.
Hometown: Squaw Valley, Calif.
Birthplace: Reno, Nev.
Birthdate: March 9, 1984
Club: Squaw Valley Ski Team
School: The Park City Winter School
Olympics: 2002, 2006, 2010
Julia Mancuso has
captured more major
than any other American woman — three
Olympic and five
As a four-event athlete from the beginning, Mancuso started World Cup racing and
was a NorAm champion at 16, competed in the Olympics at 17,
set a U.S. mark for junior world championships medals before
she was out of her teens, and then started her twenties by capturing two World Championships medals.
Despite some nagging equipment issues, Mancuso’s accomplishments in 2013 included podiums in four of six World Cup
super G races; finishing second in the standings when the final
race of the season was canceled; a super G bronze at the World
Championships; and fourth in the World Cup overall standings
for the second straight season.
Hometown: Glenwood Springs, Colo.
Birthplace: Glenwood Springs, Colo.
Birthdate: Aug. 19, 1989
Club: Rowmark Ski Academy
School: Westminster College
Formerly coached by four-time
Olympian Casey Puckett, Alice
McKennis knows a thing or two
about speed events. She grabbed
a 2013 World Cup downhill victo-
ry, took multiple World Cup top- 10
spots in super G, finished 20th in
the World Cup downhill standings and made the 2010 Olympic
team in her rookie World Cup season.
Fast forward to the 2014 season. McKennis is hot off her first
World Cup of her career with a stunning performance in St. Anton, claiming the season’s only Austrian speed race. A few weeks
before the end of the season, she crashed in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, shattering her right tibial plateau into about
30 pieces. Despite the season-ending dinger, she still finished a
career-best 10th in the World Cup downhill standings.
Hometown: Bend, Ore.
Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta
Birthdate: Aug. 17, 1988
Club: Mt. Bachelor Sports Education
School: University of Oregon
Laurenne Ross cut her teeth at a small local hill in Alberta but
headed to the Rockies on weekends, where she raced her
dad (a former alpine racer) to the lodge. Since her World Cup
debut in 2010, Ross has appeared podium-bound, and last
season she proved it, not long after being left off the World
Championships downhill roster.
Did it bum her out? Maybe. Did it motivate her? Definitely.
Ross slammed home a downhill second at the very next race
in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. She then returned