Lindsey Vonn

Age: 30

Olympics: 3 (2002, 2006, 2010)

U.S. Championship titles: 4

Of note: Vonn is coming off her 18th and 19th World Cup victories — the most ever by a woman and tied with Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark for most by any skier — which she won in the downhill and Super-G last Wednesday and Thursday in Meribel, France. The Super-G win was her 67th World Cup victory, second only to Stenmark’s 86. Coming off of knee injuries that kept her out of the Sochi Olympics, she’s won eight World Cup races this year (four each in downhill and Super-G) and ranked first in downhill and Super-G and third overall. Vonn won two U.S. championships at Sugarloaf in 2006 in the slalom and Super-G.     

Mikaela Shiffrin

Age: 20

Olympics: 1 (2014)

U.S. Championship titles: 1

Of note: In 2011, Shiffrin became the youngest skier to win a U.S. Alpine championship when she won the slalom at Winter Park. Colo. at the age of 16. A year later, she became the second-youngest American to win a World Cup race and went on to win the slalom World Cup title, becoming the first American to accomplish that feat since 1984. She repeated in 2014 and defended her title again on Saturday in France. She also won slalom world championships in 2013 and 2015. Three weeks shy of her 19th birthday, she became the youngest slalom champion in Olympic history at the Sochi Olympics. Ranked fourth overall and third in giant slalom in the 2015 World Cup standings.

Stacey Cook

Age: 30

Olympics: 3 (2006, 2010, 2014)

U.S. Championship titles: 3

Of note: Cook was a NorAm champion in 2004, then made her Olympic debut in Torino two years later. Her best Olympic finish came in the downhill at the 2010 Vancouver games, where she placed 11th. She was fourth overall in the World Cup downhill standings in 2013 and also finished a career-best sixth in that event that year at the world championships in Schladming, Austria. Earned her third career World Cup podium when she finished second in the downhill at Lake Louise in December and is currently ranked 18th in the slalom and 19th in the Super-G. She won all three of her national titles at Sugarloaf — Super-G in 2006 and 2008 and downhill in 2008. Ranked 14th in the downhill and 34th overall in the World Cup.

Laurenne Ross

Age: 26

Olympics: 1 (2014)

U.S. Championship titles: 1

Of note: Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Ross made her World Cup debut in 2010. She climbed her first podium in 2013, when she finished second in the downhill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Later that year, she won the U.S. Super-G title at Squaw Valley. She got off to a slow start in 2014 but saved her best for Sochi, where she finished a season-best 11th in the downhill. Ross is ranked 11th in the downhill and 26th overall in the World Cup.

Tim Jitloff

Age: 30

Olympics: 2 (2010, 2014)

U.S. Championship titles: 5

Of note: Jitloff has the most U.S. Championship titles of any skier at Sugarloaf this week. He is the two-time defending Giant Slalom champion and has won four GS titles overall, including 2008 at Sugarloaf. He also won the Combined title in 2009 at Alyeska, AK. A World Cup skier since 2006, he has six career top-10 finishes on the tour, including two in 2014. Ranked 17th in the giant slalom and 60th overall in the World Cup standings. Finished 15th in the GS at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Samuel Morse

Age: 18

Olympics: 0

U.S. Championship titles: 0

Of note: Morse grew up less than 10 minutes from Sugarloaf, attended Carrabassett Valley Academy and became one of the top young skiers in the country. He ranked No. 1 in his age group in the downhill on the GIS circuit in 2014, then finished 21st in the slalom at the U.S. Championships and 17th in the FIS Junior World Championships downhill. His success earned him a spot on the U.S. Ski Team and the Golden Ski Award for the top junior skier in the East. Morse finished top 20 in three events (downhill, Super-G , Alpine combined) at the Junior World Championships in Hafjell, Norway two weeks ago. Ninth overall and tops among 18-year-olds in last week’s U.S. downhill championship at Sugarloaf.

Steve Nyman

Age: 33

Olympics: 3 (2006, 2010, 2014

U.S. Championship titles: 2

Of note: One of the biggest (6-foot-4) and oldest skiers on Narrow Gauge this week, Nyman is coming off of a fourth-place finish in the downhill -at last week’s World Cup finals. No. 2 American behind Ted Ligety in the 2015 World Cup standings at 26th overall, sixth in downhill. Prior to that, his best ranking came in 2007, when he finished 10th in the World Cup downhill standings. He’s won two World Cup downhill races in his career, both in Gardena, Italy (2006, 2012). Nyman has two top-20 Olympic downhill finishes, 19th at Torino in 2006 and 20th at Vancouver in 2010. He won the U.S. downhill championship in 2003 and 2005.

Andrew Weibrecht

Age: 29

Olympics: 2 (2010, 2014)

U.S. Championship titles: 0

Of note: With two medals in the Super-G, Weibrecht is one of five American men to win multiple Olympic Alpine medals. He followed bronze at the 2010 Vancouver games with silver in Sochi in 2014. He was 15th in the event at the World Cup finals. He had two career-best fifth-place finishes in World Cup Super-G races this season and ranked 12th in the event and 40th overall in the World Cup in 2015.


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