SMITH LEADS U.S. SKI TEAM IN FINISH

by Christian Mower on December 26, 2013

26-YEAR-OLD CONWAY OLYMPIAN LEANNE SMITH HAD A BUMPY RIDE IN THE DOWNHILL LAST WEEKEND IN VAL D’ISERE, FRANCE BUT SHE STILL LEAD THE U.S. SKI TEAM WITH A TIE FOR 14TH, WHILE FOUR OF HER TEAMMATES DIDN’T EVEN FINISH THE COURSE.

AND THE U.S. SKI TEAM SAYS SMITH WAS RACING WITH A MINOR FRACTURE TO HER LEFT ARM SHE SUFFERED EARLIER IN THE WEEK IN A TRAINING CRASH.

THE CHALLENGING COURSE BOUNCED A TOTAL OF 8 RACERS OFF IT, INCLUDING SMITH’S TEAMMATES LINDSEY VONN, STACEY COOK, LAURENNE ROSS AND HOLDERNESS, NEW HAMPSHIRE NATIVE JULIA FORD. SMITH’S TEAMMATE JULIA MANCUSO FINISHED 21ST.

WOMEN’S ALPINE HEAD COACH ALEX HOEDLMOSER SAYS “THEY WERE GOING AND THEY WERE CHARGING. THEY WANTED TO MAKE A STATEMENT….THOSE GIRLS WERE IN THE HUNT…STACEY, LAURENNE AND LEANNE ALL THE WAY UNTIL THE BOTTOM PART….AFTER A MINUTE WERE ACTUALLY FASTER OR AS FAST AS THE WINNER. AT LEAST WE HAVE SPEED. NOW WE JUST HAVE TO BRING IT ALL DOWN THE HILL TO THE FINISH.”

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