Vail's Vonn, Schleper land on U.S. squad for World Alpine Ski Championships next month in Garmisch

By Real Vail
Real AspenJanuary 27, 2011
Vancouver Olympic gold medalists Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) are among 19 athletes named to the 2011 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Team announced Wednesday. The biennial event opens Feb. 8 and continues through the 20th in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

The strong group also features fellow Olympic gold medalists Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) in addition to 15 other 2010 Olympic athletes, including Vail's Sarah Schleper.

Vail's Lindsey Vonn sailing to victory in Cortina, Italy.
U.S. Ski Team

NBC and Universal Sports will carry a full broadcast package of the World Championships. Universal Sports will feature live web streaming of all events plus same day broadcasts on Universal Sports TV with hosts Steve Porino and 2005 World Championship downhill medalist Doug Lewis. NBC Sports will feature coverage each weekend.

Vonn, a three-time Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall champion, is seeking to defend the double gold she captured in downhill and super G from 2009 and contend for medals in three other events including super combined. She is currently leading the World Cup standings for downhill, super G and super combined.

"I have a lot of confidence in downhill and super G right now and am extremely excited for World Championships," said Vonn. "Garmisch is a really good hill for me and I've had a lot of success there. But the World Championships are unique, you have to be the best on race day – there aren't second chances."

For Mancuso, the event will serve as a continuation of the resurgence she started in Vancouver with a pair of silver medals to become the most successful female Olympic alpine skier in the U.S. Thus far, she has stood on the 2011 World Cup podium for super G and downhill, plus added three top 10 results in giant slalom – the discipline that brought her Olympic gold in 2006

"These are races where they don't have to focus on World Cup points or improving their start position," said women's Head Coach Alex Hoedlmoser. "It's going to be all out and we've seen that all these girls can be wicked fast."

Miller will seek to put down medal inspiring runs similar to those that produced a full spectrum of medals in Vancouver and made him a four-time World Champion and two-time World Cup overall champion. He enters the championships having recently landed his sixth podium finish at the Hahnenkamm races in Kitzbuehel, Austria with a downhill second.

"At big races like Kitzbuehel and the World Championships, there's definitely more motivation," said Miller. "Success in these events comes down to having experience in big race situations and being able to successfully manage the amount of risk you need to take in order to win."

Ligety, a two-time World Cup giant slalom champion and defending World Championships bronze medalist in the discipline, moves into Garmisch having won the first three giant slalom races of the season. He captured the 2010 World Cup giant slalom title at World Cup Finals held in Garmisch.

"This team is full of energy and full of heart. We saw at the Olympics that this group can ski with intensity and passion and that's exactly the same approach we're taking to the World Championships," said men's Head Coach Sasha Rearick. "We are going to be thin on the speed side with so many guys on the injured reserve list right now. But in all events we'll be strong."

Notably absent from the Team is Olympic bronze medalist Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY), World Cup winner Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) and Olympian Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, CO). All three are currently sidelined with injuries.

The women's Team will host an opening press conference in coordination with European Training Base partner Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria on Monday, Feb. 7 with the men's to follow on Tuesday, Feb. 8.

U.S. Ski Team athletes have garnered 65 World Championship medals dating back to 1948. The event will return to America for the first time since 1999 when Vail and Beaver Creek, CO host in 2015.

The 2011 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Team

Will Brandenburg (01/01/1987, Spokane, WA) **
David Chodounsky (06/25/1984, Crested Butte, CO)
Nolan Kasper (03/27/1989, Warren, VT) **
Tim Jitloff (01/11/1985, Reno, NV) * **
Travis Ganong (07/14/1988, Squaw Valley, CA) ***
Tommy Ford (03/20/1989, Bend, OR) **
Ted Ligety (08/31/84, Park City, UT) * **
Bode Miller (10/12/77, Franconia, NH) * **
Warner Nickerson (07/31/1981, Gilford, NH)
Steven Nyman (02/12/82, Provo, UT) * **

Stacey Cook (07/03/84, Mammoth Mountain, CA) * **
Julia Mancuso (03/09/84, Olympic Valley, CA) * **
Chelsea Marshall (08/14/86, Pittsfield, VT)* **
Megan McJames (09/24/87, Park City, UT) * ** ***
Laurenne Ross (08/17/1988, Klamath Falls, OR) ***
Sarah Schleper (02/19/79, Vail, CO) * **
Leanne Smith (5/28/87, Conway, NH) ** ***
Resi Stiegler (11/14/85, Jackson Hole, WY) * **
Lindsey Vonn (10/18/84, Vail, CO) * **

* Past World Championships Team member
** Past Olympian
*** Student in U.S. Ski Team partner program at Westminster College (Salt Lake City)

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