Nine months from this week, cowbells will be ringing and fans cheering as the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games alpine racing events take center stage . All the U.S. Alpine Ski Team athletes will be on their A game and mining for heavy metal - gold, silver and bronze.
Based on last season's performances, it's a good bet Team U.S.A. will be standing tall and by the time they pass the torch on to the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games the world will know the Star Spangled Banner by heart.
Thanks to the great number crunchers at the U.S, Ski Team, here's a look at how Team U.S.A. did on the World Cup circuit last season with an FIS Worlds Ski Championship in the mix.
Talk about a deep bench - Team U.S.A. racked up 33 World cup podiums from 10 different athletes - including 18 wins for three World Cup season titles (Ligety GS, Shiffrin SL, Vonn DH) and five World Championships medals to win the nations medal standings.
Ted Ligety won three World Championships gold medals - super G, Super Combined and Giant Slalom - the first man since Jean Claude Killy, 45 years ago in 1968, to win three or more gold in one World Championships. In World Cup races Ted had six GS wins and eight podiums for a career fourth GS title, 1022 overall points for third in standings - his best season ever.
Mikeala Shriffin won the World Cup slalom title and was the third youngest woman to ever win a slalom World Championship, and the youngest American to win any title since 17 year old Diann Roffe won gold in giant slalom in 1985.
Lindsey Vonn blew out her ACL/MCL and still won a record (male or female) sixth DH title, the 17th World Cup crystal globe of her career and finished eighth in the overall standings.
Julia Mancuso took the super G bronze for her fifth career World Championships medal and a women's record eighth major championship medal.
And there was much, much more success, in fact Chip White - 16 year coach with U.S. Ski Team had all six of his women speed team athletes land on the podium this season. For four of them, it was their first time and they won the downhill points by a massive 457 point margin over the Swiss.
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