the winter in the best shape of her life, she was walloped by a
post-Soelden stomach bug that landed her in the hospital. She
bounced back just in time to sweep the Lake Louise speed series
in early December.
After a six-week hiatus, Vonn locked in one more downhill win
in Cortina d’Ampezzo, which was just enough to score her sixth
straight World Cup downhill title – a record for both men and
women. Primed and ready to rock at the World Championships
in February, Vonn crashed during the opening race, tearing her
ACL/MCL and ending her season.
All things considered, she locked a women’s record 17th World
Cup crystal globe and ended up well within range of toppling
Annemarie Moser-Proell’s World Cup win record of 62.
Alpine B Team
Hometown: Plymouth, N.H.
Birthplace: Plymouth, N.H.
Birthdate: March 30, 1990
Club: Holderness Ski Team
School: Westminster College
As one of four skiing siblings in a ski racing family, Julia Ford —
who was ripping around Vermont’s Okemo Mountain Resort at
age 3 — had a pretty clear path to the U.S. Ski Team. She spent
three seasons on the U.S. Development Team and a couple on
the “Trench Tour” before she was able to score World Cup points
during the 2012 season.
Her unleashing might just be strategically timed for 2014, because a mid-December 2012 crash left “Fordo” with a concussion
that slowed her progress during the rest of the season. Coaches
reported in late spring that she was back and totally focused on
the 2014 prep period.
Hometown: Edwards, Colo.
Birthplace: Vail, Colo.
Birthdate: Feb. 25, 1992
Club: Ski and Snowboard Club Vail
School: Vail Ski and
As the daughter of former U.S. Ski Team athletes, Abby Ghent
was born with racing in her blood.
The 2013 season was a big jump in the learning and expe-
rience category for Ghent, who saw action in both the Lake
Louise and St. Anton World Cup weekends. While Lake Louise
might just be the perfect intro hill, St. Anton is anything but. It’s
steep, technical and downright hard. Ghent didn’t back down
and was in the finish when teammate Alice McKennis won the
first victory of her career.
Though she didn’t compete in the full NorAm circuit, Ghent
still landed third in both downhill and overall points, and walked
away from the season knowing what it takes to be fast on the
Hometown: Aspen, Colo.
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas
Birthdate: Jan. 3, 1993
Club: Aspen Valley Ski and
School: Westminster College
Katie Ryan was on a bus with 120 other Aspen High School seniors when she learned she’d been called up to the U.S. Development Team. That was 2011. Since then, the miles on snow
have paid off, with Ryan making a huge leap after the 2012 season straight up to the U.S. Alpine B Team.
How’d she do it? The simple answer is fast skiing, which earned
her the 2013 NorAm downhill title and a top 10 in super G at the
Junior World Championships. But the life of a ski racer literally,
and figuratively, has its peaks and valleys. If her NorAm title was
her peak, then her blown ACL just before the NorAm Finals and
Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships was her valley.
Without the injury, she would have been in the hunt for the overall
Hometown: Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Birthplace: Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Birthdate: Nov. 14, 1985
Club: Jackson Hole Ski Club
School: Park City Winter Sports School