- Alpine Skiing
Alpine athletes to watch in Sochi
Ted Ligety (USA)
Ligety finished the 2013 Alpine season on a high note. The American finished third overall in the World Cup standings and won the World Championship in the giant slalom, super-G and the super combined. The 28-year-old has won an Olympic gold medal in the super combined at the Torino Games in 2006 but unfortunately missed the podium altogether at the Vancouver Games in 2010. Ligety will hope to ride his new found momentum all the way to the Sochi Games.
Embedded owg_slideshow: Model Olympian: Ted Ligety
Marcel Hirscher (AUT)
Hirscher is coming off two amazing back-to-back Alpine seasons. The Austrian finished first in the World Cup overall standings in 2012 and 2013. Hirscher is still seeking his first Olympic medal. At the Vancouver Games in 2010, he just missed the podium by finishing fourth in the giant slalom. The 24-year-old could be the top competitor in the slalom and giant slalom this season.
Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR)
Svindal won the 2013 World Championship in the downhill. He finished second overall in the World Cup standings in 2013 behind Hirscher. The Norwegian has claimed three Olympic medals, including gold in the super-G at the Vancouver Games in 2010. Svindal has also won two overall World Cup championships (2007,2009). The 30-year-old hopes to cadd more hardware to his Olympic collection.
Bode Miller (USA)
Miller sat out the 2013 Alpine season due to injury he suffered in the 2011-2012 season to his left knee. The 35-year-old has yet to decide whether he will compete in his fifth Olympic Games. Miller finished the Vancouver Games as the most decorated American Alpine skier, with a total of five Olympic medals, including a gold medal finish in the super combined in Vancouver. If the American decides to compete in Sochi he could be a factor in the super-G and the downhill but remains a wildcard due to his recent injury.
Tina Maze (SLO)
Maze had one of the most dominant Alpine seasons ever in 2013. She was the 2013 overall World Cup champion and had a record-setting season. In 2013, she finished the season with a total of 2,414 points breaking Hermann Maier’s mark of 2,000. She also won the 2013 World Championship in the super-G.. The 30-year-old has won two Olympic medals, silver in super-G and silver in giant slalom at the 2010 Vancouver Games. Maze looks to ride this momentum all the way to the Winter Olympics but could face a stiff challenge if a healthy Lindsey Vonn returns.
Julia Mancuso (USA)
Mancuso finished the 2013 Alpine season with a fourth place finish overall in the World Cup standings. She also finished third in the super-G at the 2013 World Championship. Mancuso has claimed three Olympic medals including a gold medal in the giant slalom at the 2006 Games in Torino. The American finished the 2010 Vancouver Games as the most decorated female Alpine skier in United States history.
Mikalea Shiffrin (USA)
The 18-year-old upstart looks to continue on the success of her second full season. In 2013, Shiffrin won the World Championship in Slalom and was able to finish fifth overall in the World Cup standings. If the teen sensation does make the team she hopes to be the first American woman since Barbara Ann Cochran in 1972 to win gold in the slalom.
Embedded owg_slideshow: Model Olympian: Mikaela Shiffrin
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