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Alpine Skier Marco Sullivan Going to 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver

Veteran Skier Headed to His Third Winter Games with the U.S. Ski Team

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Marco Sullivan, Squaw Valley, CA, Olympic alpine skier

Marco Sullivan, from Squaw Valley, CA, competes in alpine skiing events.

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Marco Sullivan was born in Truckee and now lives in Squaw Valley, CA. As a kid in the Sierra Nevada and close to so many Lake Tahoe ski slopes, Sullivan learned to go fast early and has developed into a world-class competitor. He has been a medal winner at the Junior Worlds, NorAm, and World Cup. He now concentrates on the fastest alpine skiing events - downhill and Super G. Vancouver will be Sullivan's third Winter Olympics appearance. The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games run from February 12 to 28.

Marco Sullivan's Alpine Skiing Record

Sullivan entered his first FIS World Cup in 2001 and has concentrated on competing in that arena. Along the way, he has racked up a respectable record, including a first in downhill at the 2009 National Championships in Alyeska, AK. His last two Olympic games, in 2002 and 2006, didn't yield any results worth writing home about. Vancouver alpine skiing events in which he is set to compete include downhill and Super G. Sullivan's overall record is kind of spotty, but when he's on his game, this guy is mighty fast.

Sullivan Not Hot in Vancouver

The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games were not Marco Sullivan's time to shine. He crashed near the finish in the downhill and came in well off the pace in Super G, placing 23rd.

What is Alpine Skiing?

Olympic alpine skiing involves a number of events where competitors are timed through the course. These include downhill, slalom, giant slalom, Super G, and super combined. At the Olympic level of competition, the top finishers are typically only hundreths of a second apart.

Sullivan's alpine teammates include Bode Miller of Franconia, NH, and Tim Jitloff, Reno, NV. The others are listed by the U.S. Ski Team.

Sources: U.S. Ski Team, 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, Marco Sullivan Website.
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