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The U.S. Alpine Ski Team enjoyed great success at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games with Mikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety grabbing Olympic gold, Andrew Weibrecht taking silver, and Bode Miller and Julia Mancuso claiming bronze medals. At 18, Shiffrin became the youngest athlete in history (male or female) to win an Olympic slalom gold medal, while at 36 years old, Miller became the oldest alpine medalist in Olympic history. Team USA is more than capable of matching its Sochi success in PyeongChang, and could even surprise with more spectacular performances to exceed expectations. MORE
Travis Ganong
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Hometown: Squaw Valley, California
Olympic Experience: 2014
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Travis Ganong launched his world cup career in 2010 and quickly established himself as one of Team USA's future elite downhill skiers. Making his Olympic debut in 2014, he finished fifth in downhill to lead the U.S. Alpine Ski Team, which included Olympic veteran Bode Miller. One week later and still seeking his first international podium finish, he placed third in super-G at the FIS World Cup stop in Kvitfjell, Norway, capping his best-ever world cup season to date. He continued to climb the ranks in 2015, claiming his first world cup win in Santa Caterina, Italy, and notching an impressive second-place finish at the world championships to finish the season ranked No. 11 in the downhill standings. The 2016 and 2017 seasons saw him combine for 11 top-10 finishes on the world cup circuit, including a downhill win in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. He will look to find the podium yet again as he seeks his second Olympic berth in PyeongChang.
About Travis
Hobbies: All my hobbies involve skiing. My favorite thing to do is go free skiing and big mountain skiing. I feel that it helps my racing. I also like sailing, backpacking and paddle boarding.

Best advice received: Trust the process.

Earliest Olympic memory: I've been watching my sisters ski at the elite level since I was a child. We would watch the Olympics together and I always wanted to be just like them.

Earliest memory of sport: I grew up minutes away from Squaw Valley and have been skiing since I was small. I remember watching my sister in the U.S. Ski Team and wanting to follow in her footsteps.

Ted Ligety
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Hometown: Park City, Utah
Olympic Experience: 2006 (1 gold), 2010, 2014 (1 gold)
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Ted Ligety redefined the giant slalom discipline, earning the nickname "Mr. GS." The two-time Olympic champion won the combined event at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy, and in 2014, became the first American man to win a giant slalom gold medal and the first in U.S. history to win two Olympic gold medals in alpine skiing. In giant slalom, Ligety is second only to Ingemar Stenmark (46) in world cup victories with 25. In 2015, he defended his world championship giant slalom title on home soil, marking his third consecutive in the event. He carried momentum into the 2016-17 season, earning two world cup podium finishes before sustaining a mid-season crash that resulted in a career-first season-ending knee injury. If healthy, he will be a strong contender to defend his gold medal in PyeongChang.
About Ted
Earliest alpine skiing memory: The Lillehammer Olympics - watching Tommy Moe win was super exciting for me.

Nickname: Shred. I was called Shred from a young age by my coaches and friends\

Favorite hobby: I love to mountain bike. I play basketball and like tennis, too.
Julia Mancuso
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Hometown: Squaw Valley, California
Olympic Experience: 2002, 2006 (1 gold), 2010 (2 silver), 2014 (1 bronze)
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With four medals, Julia Mancuso is the most decorated U.S. Olympic alpine skier of all time. She won the giant slalom gold medal at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, took silver in both downhill and combined in 2010, and added to her legacy by taking bronze in the combined in 2014. The flush placed her in the company of long track speedskater Bonnie Blair and short track speedskater Apolo Ohno as the only U.S. Olympians to win medals at three straight Olympic Winter Games. With five world championship medals (two silvers and three bronzes) she owns more major championship medals than any other U.S. women's alpine skier and has also won seven races in world cup competition. A hip injury sidelined her for the 2016-17 season, but she hopes to return to world cup action with her sights set on adding to her Olympic legacy in 2018.
About Julia
Something quirky: I collect shells, because I love to dive for them. It's like a long treasure hunt. I also love whales, and I can't wait to dive with them in Tonga when my husband and I get to go on our honeymoon after the 2018 Games.

Earliest Olympic memory: I grew up in Olympic Valley so I had a lot of friends and family friends that were somehow involved in the Olympics. I remember going on a river trip with my grandparents driving through Utah, and we had stopped at a gas station where they sold pins for the upcoming Olympics. I had to have one, so my grandma bought me one, and I kept it with me as a charm that I would make it to the Games.

Charity: The High Fives Foundation in Truckee, Calif., which supports the dreams of mountain action sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness and providing resources to those with life altering injuries.
Steven Nyman
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Hometown: Sundance, Utah
Olympic Experience: 2006, 2010, 2014
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Steven Nyman has yet to win an Olympic medal but will have a chance to do so in 2018 as he seeks his fourth Olympic berth. In the Olympic test event in 2016, he finished third in downhill at the Jeongseon Alpine Center. Filled with big jumps and robust terrain, the newly developed course in Jeongseon fits Nyman's skill set, which was on full display during the 2015 season when he finished sixth in the overall world cup downhill rankings and posted a career-best fourth-place finish at the world championships. After a strong finish to the 2016 season in which he earned four world cup podium appearances in the span of six weeks, he suffered a left knee injury in January 2017 that left him sidelined for the rest of the season. With 11 world cup podium finishes – including three victories – he will remain focused on the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, where he is poised to be a medal contender in downhill.
About Steven
Earliest Olympic memory: We didn't have TV so we had to watch videos, and one that I watched over and over was of the '92 Olympics in Albertville. I would watch all the events. My mom actually found the VHS the other day.

Nickname: Sven. It's Steven without the V and the E.

Favorite hobbies: Home repair - I enjoy doing home projects when I have the time. Photography on occasion.
Laurenne Ross
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Hometown: Bend, Oregon
Olympic Experience: 2014
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Since making her world cup debut in 2010, Laurenne Ross has compiled 25 top-10 finishes, including two world cup podium appearances in 2013 and 2016. After a solid, fast and consistent 2015 season, she carried that momentum into 2016, posting nine top-10 finishes across three disciplines. The 2017 super-G national champion finished the 2017 world cup season on a high note with two top-five finishes in super-G and downhill – including a fourth-place finish on the Jeongseon course at the 2018 Olympic test event. She sustained a right knee injury at the U.S. national championships in March, but will look to return in hopes of making her second Olympic appearance in PyeongChang.
About Laurenne
Hidden talent: I love to knit, though I don't do it incredibly well, and I am relatively slow.

Something quirky: I love Wu-Tang Clan.

Earliest Olympic memory: I remember watching Kerri Strug compete in gymnastics in the 1996 Olympics. She had an injured ankle and still vaulted beautifully to win the gold for Team USA. It was about more than just her personal performance -- it was the determination, the unwavering focus while her team depended on her for the gold.
Mikaela Shiffrin
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Hometown: Vail, Colorado
Olympic Experience: 2014 (1 gold)
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Since winning her Olympic gold medal in 2014, Mikaela Shiffrin has been on fire on the world cup circuit. The 22-year-old owns 31 career world cup wins across three disciplines, which ranks as the second most by an American woman behind only Lindsey Vonn with 77. Shiffrin joined an elite group of American skiers in 2017, becoming just the fifth to win an overall FIS World Cup title, while also picking up her fourth world cup slalom title and finishing the season ranked second overall in the giant slalom standings. The 2017 season also saw her claim her third straight world championship title in slalom and earn her first world cup win in combined, extending her reach into speed events. At the Sochi Olympic Winter Games in 2014, she became the youngest athlete in history – male or female – to win an Olympic slalom gold medal at age 18, and she is poised to defend her title in PyeongChang, where she will also look to be a podium contender in giant slalom and combined.
About Mikaela
Hidden talents: I am reasonable at playing guitar and piano. Don't have a terrible voice, although I certainly can't belt it out in an Opera hall! I am pretty good at juggling (sort of circus juggling, but with tennis balls or hackie sacks, not knifes or fireballs). I can unicycle fairly well, and I have a passion for hair styling.

Something quirky: I love pickles. Only Claussen Kosher Dill, though. I love babies. Baby animals, baby humans, inanimate objects that look like a "baby" (for instance baby evergreen trees). I do a pretty good impersonation of Ana and all her different age voices in "Do You Wanna Build a Snowman" from Frozen.

Earliest Olympic memory: I remember watching replays of Bode Miller winning his medals in Salt Lake City. I dreamed about winning Olympic medals like him, but I did not expect that it would really happen until it actually did.
Jacqueline Wiles
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Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Olympic Experience: 2014
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Jacqueline Wiles made her Olympic debut in 2014 after notching world cup points during her rookie season, including a top-15 finish in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. She finished 26th in downhill at the Sochi Olympics, paving the way for more than 20 top-30 world cup finishes from 2015-17. In 2016, she earned her first top-10 world cup finish in super-G, and in 2017, claimed her first world cup podium with a third-place finish in downhill in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria. Known for her ultra-fast speed on training days, she will look to translate that velocity to her race-day routine as she prepares to make her second Olympic appearance in PyeongChang.
About Jacqueline
Hidden talent: I can juggle and play the trumpet... not at the same time, though!

Something quirky: I love kimchi and sweet potato lattes! Yes, more than one please!

Earliest Olympic memory: I remember going to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake when I was 10. I had never seen ski racing outside of my home club here on Mt. Hood. The world of racing and the Olympic fire was lit within me at that moment.
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