Reared on skiing, Marco Sullivan has been a fixture on the U.S. Alpine speed team for the better part of a decade. He has attended three Olympics, although he did not start a race at the 2006 Games in Torino. He began his career as a four-event skier, but quickly came in tune with his need for speed and has since 2000, when he won bronze in the downhill at the Junior World Championships, zeroed in on downhill and super-G.
- 2010 Olympics – 23rd (super-G)
- 2009: World Championships – 25th (downhill)
- 2009: U.S. Championships – Gold (downhill)
- 2007: World Championships – 28th (downhill)
- 2007: U.S. Championships – Gold (downhill)
- 2003: World Championships – 17th (super-G), 24th (downhill)
- 2002: Olympics – 9th (downhill)
- 2002: U.S. Championships – Gold (super-G)
Things to know:
1. Sullivan grew up in Tahoe, less than 10 miles from the venue used for the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics. He began skiing at the age of three, partly because his uncle, Mark, had been coaching the Squaw racing team since 1972. When Sullivan and his older sister, Chelsea, were really young, Mark used to take them into the back yard where there was a makeshift ski hill (really a snow-covered mound of dirt) and let them whoosh down it under the lights.
2. Sullivan is coming off his best season since winning his first World Cup race in 2008. The 2012-13 season saw him finish third in the Lake Louise downhill and finish 14th in the downhill season standings. Sullivan has four World Cup podium finishes on his resume.
3. Throughout his career, Sullivan has dealth with with a condition called immotile cilia which means that his lungs are ill-equipped to filter out forieng particles and mucous. He says it is troublesome during long aerobic workouts, but he combats it with antibiotics, which he takes all the time. In August 2000, he had an unrelated outpatient procedure to cauterize a hole in his heart, which was diagnosed after a particularly intense workout when his heart began to beat irregularly and race to 230 beats per minute.