Laurenne Ross is making her first Olympic appearance in Sochi as a part of the formidable American speed team. After debuting on the World Cup circuit in 2010, she suffered a nasty injury during the 2011 Lake Louise downhill where she lost control on a piece of rough terrain and careened into the b-level net at 75 mph, slicing her face to the bone on the netting. After she was left off the World Championships team, Ross responded with her first career World Cup podium, a runner-up finish in the downhill in Garmisch-Partenkichen, Germany.
- 2013: U.S Championships – Gold (super-G)
Things to know:
1. One of three daughters, Ross picked up skiing at age two because of her father’s former alpine racing career. Her family moved from Edmonton to Klamath Falls, Ore. When she was seven and Ross would ski at Mount Bachelor near Bend. She made her World Cup debut in 2009 and was moved up to the World Cup team two years later.
2. Ross is no stranger to injuries, having broken her pelvis in five places and her left pinky finger requiring four screws and a titanium plate to repair, having dislocated her shoulder five times, having torn an ACL, and having suffered a slice to her face that required 100 stitches to close.
3. When she is not on skis, Ross enjoys rock climbing, playing music, knitting and drawing. Her greatest love out of those hobbies, however, would be music as she is a talented violin, guitar and piano player. She has coordinated a number of jam sessions with teammates Julia Mancuso, Stacey Cook, Alice McKennis and Leanne Smith, which you can watch here.