Alpine Olympic team named |

Alpine Olympic team named

Tribune staff and U.S. ski team

LAS VEGAS – Four Tahoe-area skiers were nominated Wednesday night to the U.S. Olympic Alpine Team.

The team, which is subject to approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee, included men Daron Rahlves, 32, of Truckee, and Tahoe City’s Marco Sullivan, 25, and women Julia Mancuso, 21, of Tahoe City, and Stacey Cook, 21, of Truckee.

Two-time Olympian Jonna Mendes of South Lake Tahoe did not make the team. There are, however, two more World Cup events before the Torino Olympics and if someone suffers an injury Mendes could get renominated.

Bill Marolt, president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, the national governing body for Olympic skiing and snowboarding, said the team will include nine men and 10 women. Fourteen of the athletes have been to previous Olympics, nine are three-time Olympians.

The Ski Team was announced at the SIA.06 Snowsports trade show in Las Vegas. All Olympic nominations submitted by the U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding are subject to the approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

“This is an incredibly talented group of athletes. We’ve never had such a wealth of experience at this level,” said U.S. Alpine Director Jesse Hunt. “Not only do we have more than a dozen Olympians from previous Games, but eight of them have won World Cup races or medaled at the World Championships.”

The Olympians will continue with World Cup races this weekend – the men in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, and the women in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. Depending on their racing schedule for the Olympics, Hunt said, some will take some down time to rest and relax before things heat up in Torino Feb. 10-26.

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