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2011 Alpine World Champs Team Named
PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 26) – Vancouver Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) is among athletes named to the 2011 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Team announced Wednesday. The biennial event opens Feb. 8 and continues through the 20th in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
The strong group also features fellow Olympic gold medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) in addition to other 2010 Olympic athletes.
NBC and Universal Sports will carry a full broadcast package of the World Championships. Universal Sports will feature live web streaming of all events plus same day broadcasts on Universal Sports TV with hosts Steve Porino and 2005 World Championship downhill medalist Doug Lewis. NBC Sports will feature coverage each weekend.
Vonn, a three-time Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall champion, is seeking to defend the double gold she captured in downhill and super G from 2009 and contend for medals in three other events including super combined. She is currently leading the World Cup standings for downhill, super G and super combined.
"I have a lot of confidence in downhill and super G right now and am extremely excited for World Championships," said Vonn. "Garmisch is a really good hill for me and I've had a lot of success there. But the World Championships are unique, you have to be the best on race day – there aren't second chances."
For Mancuso, the event will serve as a continuation of the resurgence she started in Vancouver with a pair of silver medals to become the most successful female Olympic alpine skier in the U.S. Thus far, she has stood on the 2011 World Cup podium for super G and downhill, plus added three top 10 results in giant slalom – the discipline that brought her Olympic gold in 2006
"These are races where they don't have to focus on World Cup points or improving their start position," said women's Head Coach Alex Hoedlmoser. "It's going to be all out and we've seen that all these girls can be wicked fast."
The women's Team will host an opening press conference in coordination with European Training Base partner Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria on Monday, Feb. 7 with the men's to follow on Tuesday, Feb. 8.
U.S. Ski Team athletes have garnered 65 World Championship medals dating back to 1948. The event will return to America for the first time since 1999 when Vail and Beaver Creek, CO host in 2015.
The 2011 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Female Team
Stacey Cook (07/03/84, Mammoth Mountain, CA) * **
Julia Mancuso (03/09/84, Olympic Valley, CA) * **
Chelsea Marshall (08/14/86, Pittsfield, VT)* **
Megan McJames (09/24/87, Park City, UT) * ** ***
Laurenne Ross (08/17/1988, Klamath Falls, OR) ***
Sarah Schleper (02/19/79, Vail, CO) * **
Leanne Smith (5/28/87, Conway, NH) ** ***
Resi Stiegler (11/14/85, Jackson Hole, WY) * **
Lindsey Vonn (10/18/84, Vail, CO) * **