Julia Ford will make her Olympic debut for the U.S. in Sochi where she will compete for a start in the women’s downhill and super-G. The four U.S. positions will be determined after the three training runs. After spending three seasons on the Nor Am and Europa Cup tours, Ford scored her first World Cup points in 2012 and has been on a steady progression since.
- 2012: U.S. National Championships – Gold (downhill)
- 2011: U.S. National Championships – Gold (downhill)
Things to know:
1. In the middle of December of 2012, Ford suffered a concussion during a training crash that hindered her progress throughout last season. But the 23-year-old bounced back strong for the Olympic year and scored World Cup points with a 21st-place finish in the first downhill in Lake Louise.
2. Ford attended Okemo Mountain School in Vermont for her middle school years and then Holderness School in New Hampshire before moving onto Westminster College in Utah. At Holderness School she served as the school’s president, the captain of both varsity soccer and varsity lacrosse while participating in her first year on the U.S. Development Team.
3. Ford is one of four siblings who grew up in a ski-racing family. She was on her first pair of skis at the age of 3. While skiing dominates most of her time, her favorite escapes off the slope are fishing and mountain biking.