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Donna Weinbrecht has won almost everything in Freestyle. This former Killington local with the signature blonde ponytail won the Olympic gold medal in 1992 and was the 1st woman to ever win a medal in the moguls. It goes with her five World Cup titles; 46 World Cup victories; and the silver medal from her first World Championships (1989) MORE





Lindsey Vonn from Vail is one of the few world-class, four-event ski racers. Besides winning at the World Cup level, she's the only American to win at Italy's Trofeo Topolino (the so-called Junior-Junior Worlds, for kids 11-14) and earn Junior Worlds medals and U.S. titles - all of it while a teenager. Six weeks after she turned 20, Kildow produced her first World Cup victory. MORE



Lake Tahoe's Julia Mancuso, the reigning Olympic giant slalom champion, is setting records and collecting medals at an impressive pace. The four-event athlete started World Cup racing and was a NorAm champion at 16, competed in the Olympics at 17, had set a U.S. mark for Junior World Championships before she was out of her teens, and started her twenties by capturing two World Championships medals and establishing a record for most consecutive U.S. championships top-3s. And then she led the first run of the 2006 Olympic GS...and rolled to gold. MORE

2010 Olympic Gold Medal winner, Hannah Kearney keeps finding herself in the middle of success. High school state soccer and track team championships were followed by four Junior World Championships ski titles in moguls. When the multi-sport talent hit the World Cup fulltime, she won two competitions in her rookie season - MORE

Bode Miller (official site) - There's a storybook quality to Bode Miller's life - born at home in New Hampshire's White Mountains, educated at home until the fourth grade, grew up in a self-styled "hippie cabin" with no electricity or running water, off to a ski academy by 13 because, in large part, he liked skiing's development ladder vs. snowboarding's decided lack of structure...and on to Olympic medalist, world champion, World Cup champion. Miller's tenacity, talent and singular racing style - called "a little bit goofy, but it works for him" by a former teammate - has made him today's most recognized alpine racer. MORE

Moguls skier Jillian Vogtli moved from New York to Utah after college and got serious about competing. Within 100 days, she'd won the NorAm title (1996). She's competed in the Olympics and three World Championships. In 2004, Vogtli enjoyed a resurgance in her performance, capturing the moguls title at the U.S. Championships. MORE



Kirsten Clark, three-time Olympian got a rolling start for ski racing at Maine's Sugarloaf USA where she began skiing and racing as a tyke. She's charged from there to World Cup winner, World Championships medalist and the only American to win four straight U.S. downhill championships. Recovering from her season-ending crash in 2004 showed her how much she loves to race and made her an even stronger athlete. MORE




Aerialist Ryan St. Onge - who made the Ski Team at 14 - has taken things one step, one flip, one turn, one Junior World Championships medal and one World Cup and U.S. Championships victory at a time. His passion for aerials and his steadiness have him, coaches say, just starting what could become ongoing major success. MORE



Jeremy Bloom put his college football career on hold to chase his Olympic dream in moguls for 2002; then he sparkled for two seasons as a receiver and kick return specialist for the University of Colorado before getting back on track with his Olympic dreams. The Coloradoan has been a World Cup champion (2002, 2005), a World Championships gold medalist...and Bloom says he's got room in his trophy case for an Olympic medal from Torino. MORE

Daron Rahlves, the most successful U.S. male downhiller, Daron Rahlves retired after 13 years on the U.S. Alpine Ski Team following the 2006 Olympic season. Looking to continue skiing he made a transition into big mountain free skiing and ski cross comps. It wasn't long before Rahlves, who had 12 World Cup wins, 28 podiums, and was the winner of the famed Hahnenkamm Downhill in 2003, decided to get back in the gate. This time, he opted for side-by-side mayhem with other skiers in a motocross-like event on skis. Now it's ski cross and it's the newest Olympic freestyle event for MORE



Stacey Cook is from Lake Tahoe and enjoyed skiing as a kid but she really got jazzed about it when she joined Northstar's "real" racing program - and won her first race. She added downhill in 2003, then won the NorAm overall and DH titles in '04. She skied onto the 2006 Olympic Team and U.S. coaches agree she's bound for major international success. MORE

Other U.S. Alpine Ski Team bios.

Other U.S. Freestyle Team bios.



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