By the US Ski Team
Olympic gold medalists Bode Miller, Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso and Ted Ligety highlight a powerhouse team of 48 named Nov. 15 to the 2013 U.S. Alpine Ski Team at Nature Valley First Tracks in Vail, Colo.
Hundreds packed into Arrabelle Square to welcome the team during a public celebration that opened the 50th season of skiing at the historic Vail alpine resort that will host the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
The 2012-13 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup opened with podium finishes from Ligety (giant slalom) and teenage star Mikaela Shiffrin (slalom) and now rolls though Colorado with the Aspen Winternational Nov. 24-25 and Audi Birds of Prey races Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at Beaver Creek.
Four-time overall World Cup queen Vonn missed Thursday’s ceremony after being hospitalized for two nights in Vail with an intestinal illness Nov. 12-14. She resumed giant slalom training Sunday, Nov. 18 and went through super giant slalom training on Monday.
Heading up the U.S. staff of 34 coaches are Patrick Riml, Alpine Director; Sasha Rearick, Men’s Alpine Head Coach; and Alex Hoedlmoser, Women’s Alpine Head Coach.
On the Men’s Development Team is 19-year-old Tanner Farrow of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation.
Filling out the alpine teams:
Alpine A Teamers
· Men: Tommy Ford, 23, Bend, Ore.; Travis Ganong, 24, Squaw Valley, Ca.; Nolan Kasper, 23, Warren, Vt.; Tim Jitloff, 27, Reno, Nev.; Ted Ligety, 28, Park City, Utah; Bode Miller, 35, Franconia, N.H.; Steven Nyman, 30, Sundance, Utah; and Andrew Weibrecht, 26, Lake Placid, N.Y.
· Women: Stacey Cook, 28, Mammoth Mountain, Ca.; Julia Mancuso, 28, Squaw Valley; Alice McKennis, 23, Glenwood Springs, Colo.; Laurenne Ross, 24, Bend, Ore.; Mikaela Shiffrin, 17, Eagle-Vail, Colo.; Leanne Smith, 25, North Conway, N.H.; Resi Stiegler, 27, Jackson Hole, Wyo.; and Lindsey Vonn, 28, Vail, Colo.
· Men: Michael Ankeny, 21, Deephaven, Minn.; Bryce Bennett, 20, Olympic Valley, Ca.; Thomas Biesemeyer, 23, Keene, N.Y.; Will Brandenburg, 25, Spokane, Wash.; David Chodounsky, 28, Crested Butte, Colo.; Ryan Cochran-Siegle, 20, Starksboro, Vt.; Erik Fisher, 27, Middleton, Idaho; Jared Goldberg, 21, Holladay, Utah; Colby Granstrom, 22, Lake Stevens, Wash.; Will Gregorak, 22, Longmont, Colo.; Robby Kelley, 22, Starksboro, Vt.; Wiley Maple, 22, Aspen, Colo.; and Marco Sullivan, 32, Squaw Valley.
· Women: Julia Ford, 22, Plymouth, N.H.
Alpine C Teams
· Men: Nick Daniels, 21, Tahoe City, Ca.; Mark Engel, 21, Truckee, Ca.; Keith Moffat, 21, Berkeley, Ca.; and Brennan Rubie, 21, Salt Lake City, Utah.
· Women: Abigail Ghent, 20, Edwards, Colo.
· Men: Kieffer Christianson, 20, Anchorage, Ak.; Robert Cone, 20, Killington, Vt.; AJ Ginnis, 18, Kaprun, Austria and Green Mountain Valley School; Nicholas Krause, 19, Northboro, Mass.; Matthew Strand, 19, Lakeville, Minn.; and Tanner Farrow, 19, of Ketchum and the SVSEF.
· Women: Katharine Irwin, 18, Vail, Colo.; Lila Lapanja, 17, Incline Village, Nev.; Anna Marno, 19, Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Paula Moltzan, 18, Lakeville, Minn.; Foreste Peterson, 19, Berkeley, Ca.; Katie Ryan, 19, Aspen, Colo.; and Sydney Staples, 19, Park City, Utah.