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Oregonians Help U.S. Ski Team Race For Gold


Bend resident Laurenne Ross competes at the U.S. Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley, California

Bend resident Laurenne Ross competes at the U.S. Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley, California

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The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia begin this week. Oregonians Laurenne Ross and Jacqueline Wiles only found out they were going to the Olympics a little over a week ago. Since then, they spent several days in Italy at a training camp, before arriving in the mountains outside of Sochi on Tuesday morning. Both women spent the majority of their youth skiing on Oregon mountains: Ross at Mt. Bachelor , and Wiles at Mt. Hood.

The U.S. Women’s Alpine team is facing an uphill battle this year, after star skier Lindsey Vonn announced she wouldn’t be competing due to a knee injury. Vonn came home from Vancouver in 2010 with both a gold and a bronze medal at Vancouver in 2010, but her absence may leave room for first-time Olympians like Ross and Wiles to make their mark at Sochi.

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