Laurenne Ross celebrates her second-place finish on the famed Kandahar course with her U.S. teammates and coaches // 
photo Mitchell Gunn/ESPA, courtesy U.S. Ski Team

Laurenne Ross celebrates her second-place finish on the famed Kandahar course with her U.S. teammates and coaches // photo Mitchell Gunn/ESPA, courtesy U.S. Ski Team

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Laurenne Ross makes it 6-for-6

The U.S. women’s ski team is so deep that three weeks ago coaches had to make a difficult choice about who to leave off the start list for the downhill at the world championships in Schladming, Austria.

Ultimately, they decided, reluctantly, that Laurenne Ross would be the one who wouldn’t go.

Lindsey Vonn's report to her thousands of Facebook friends -- note the wistful "long skirts this summer" hashtag ...

Lindsey Vonn's report to her thousands of Facebook friends -- note the wistful "long skirts this summer" hashtag ...

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Lindsey Vonn makes like the Terminator: I’ll be back

Lindsey Vonn, two or so weeks after ripping her right knee up in a gruesome fall at alpine skiing’s world championships, said Friday she has no doubt she will be back for the Sochi 2014 Olympics.

It’s a race against time, one that positions Vonn, the 2010 Vancouver Games downhill champion, winner of 59 World Cup races and four World Cup overall titles, not just as an underdog but as the comeback story of the 2014 Games.

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Resi Stiegler’s “dream come true” breakthrough

In 2006, Resi Stiegler, born and raised in Jackson Hole, Wyo., raced at the Torino Winter Olympics. She was just a couple months past her 20th birthday. She took 11th in the combined, 12th in the slalom. The future seemed so bright.

In October, 2007, she took fourth in the slalom at the World Cup stop in Reiteralm, Austria, just off the podium. Then came two more top-10 World Cup slalom finishes that December, one in Canada, the other in Aspen. Her breakthrough seemed — right there.

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A historic 50th for Lindsey Vonn

You wonder whether Lindsey Vonn is so good this season that the point has come whether she has simply imposed her will on everything and everyone around her.

She did it again Saturday, winning the historic 50th World Cup victory of her career in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, even though temperatures in the Bavarian Alps were crazy cold and she had to survive a near-crash about halfway down.