stateside to win the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships
super G title over a hard-charging Julia Mancuso on her home
snow in Squaw Valley.
By the numbers Ross finished top 30 in the World Cup overall,
downhill, super G and combined standings.
Hometown: Eagle-Vail, Colo.
Birthplace: Vail, Colo.
Birthdate: March 13, 1995
Club: Burke Mountain Academy
School: Burke Mountain Academy
Mikaela Shiffrin began turning
heads when she finished top
15 in her first two NorAm Cup
races. But the heads started
spinning when she won a su-
per combined in British Colum-
bia two weeks later. Fans and
coaches went cross-eyed when
she landed a World Cup podium during her rookie season — at
age 16 — and then blew the world apart with a World Champi-
onship slalom gold medal and the World Cup slalom title during
her sophomore year.
How about these for stats? Shiffrin became the first U.S. slalom
World Cup champion since Tamara McKinney in 1983-84. She’s
the fourth-youngest woman to win a globe, the sixth-youngest
woman to win any World Cup title, and the first non-European to
win four World Cup slalom races in a season.
Hometown: North Conway, N.H.
Birthplace: North Conway, N.H.
Birthdate: May 28, 1987
Club: Mt. Washington Valley Ski Team
School: Westminster College, University
of New Hampshire
Smith followed her older sister Laurel into skiing, latched onto racing
and has continued to
from her time ever
since. A NorAm champion and topflight junior
skier, she inked a spot on the World Cup elite after finishing 23rd
in her career first World Cup start, which also happened to be the
first downhill of the 2008 season.
Jump ahead to 2013 and Smith is already one of the premier
speed athletes in the world. Smith’s two Audi FIS Alpine World
Cup downhill podiums and a slew of super G top 10s landed
her 12th in both disciplines at the season’s close, which was
also good enough for 25th in the overall standings — her best
season on record.
Hometown: Vail, Colo.
Birthplace: St. Paul, Minn.
Birthdate: Oct. 18, 1984
Club: Ski & Snowboard
Club Vail/Buck Hill
Olympics: 2002, 2006, 2010
Considered the most successful female ski racer in American
history — and quickly gaining on all-time status — Lindsey Vonn
is one of the few world-class, four-event ski racers. She is the
only American woman to ever capture downhill gold at the Olym-
pics and the only American woman with four World Cup overall ti-
tles. Six weeks after she turned 20, Vonn (then Kildow) produced
her first World Cup victory in Lake Louise, Alberta. She has since
captured an American re-
cord 59 World Cup wins. In
addition to her 2010 Olympic
downhill gold and super G
bronze, she holds five World
Championship medals, in-
cluding double gold in 2009.
The 2013 season proved
to be riddled with challeng-
es for Vonn. After entering