Veterans lead 2006 U.S Alpine Ski Team
PARK CITY, Utah – World Cup first-time winners Lindsey Kildow and Sarah Schleper, both from Vail, join World Cup and double Worlds champion Bode Miller and World Championships double medalist Daron Rahlves among 45 alpine athletes named to the U.S. Ski Team for the 2006 Olympic season.”We are coming off the most successful season in our history,” said U.S. Alpine Director Jesse Hunt. “I’m extremely pleased with this group. We’ve got proven winners and medal-winners, and we’ve got very promising younger skiers also in the mix. This should be a very exciting winter for us. Hunt said the group included 26 men and 19 women; 14 have Olympic experience while six have won Olympic or World Championships medals and five have won World Cup races. The U.S. Ski Team was second in the Nations Cup to Austria – its highest ranking in history – for the 2005 season. Miller became the first U.S. skier to win the World Cup overall title since 1983 when Phil Mahre and Tamara McKinney each won. He also won the super-G title, giving him three World Cup titles in the last two years. He was the giant slalom champion in 2004. In addition, Miller was the downhill and super-G gold medalist at Worlds in Bormio, Italy. Rahlves was the silver medalist in downhill and bronze medalist in GS, while Mancuso took the bronze in super-G and GS.Kildow, kicking off what turned out to be a breakthrough season, won the first downhill of the winter for the women while Schleper captured the slalom at World Cup Finals. “This is a very talented ski team,” Hunt said. “We have World Cup champions and Worlds medalists, Junior Worlds champions and medalists, and NorAm champions, too. There is a good cross-section of veterans – Bode, Daron, Clarky and others. And, the next wave of contenders led by Julia, Lindsey, Resi and Ted and Jimmy.”Vail Colorado
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