Andrew Weibrecht ripped the Olympic Super G from start to finish to win a surprising silver medal for Team USA.

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Julia Mancuso at age 10, training on Mount Hood. Photo by Brian Robb

Clutch performer Julia Mancuso won her fourth Olympic medal in Russia in the super combined by ripping through the downhill in first place, and then hanging on through a tough slalom course to keep her spot on the podium.

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Jackie Wiles with her brother Steele and her father David after her first World Cup race. Photo courtesy David Wiles.

David Wiles suspected his daughter Jacqueline had serious athletic talent from the age of two, and by the time she was six he had proof.

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Jackie Wiles grew up racing on Hood. Photo by Mich Gunn.

21-year-old local racing star Jacqueline Wiles has earned a spot on the U.S. Ski Team for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

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Lindsey is out of the 2014 Olympics, but Ligety is in top form. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Ted Ligety won the world Cup super combined race in Wengen, Switzerland today with the second-fastest slalom run and a solid run on the downhill.

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Yes, Lindsey Vonn is out with an injury. Yes, Bob Costas is pompous. And yes, Vladimir Putin is a tyrant. But none of that will stop the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next month from being a highly entertaining spectacle. Here are three big reasons why.

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Lindsey Vonn is pulling out of the Olympics due to a knee injury. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Skiing superstar Lindsey Vonn's announcement that she will miss competing in the Olympics next month does more than just prove she is human.

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Mikaela Shiffrin now has six World Cup victories at age 18. Photo from Wikipedia Commons.

Mikaela Shiffrin powered through goggle-sticking sleet, massive ruts and a ridiculously turny top section in Bormio, Italy to win her record-tying sixth World Cup slalom race at the age of 18.

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The top American racer in men's World Cup slalom races so far in 2013-14 has not been Ted Ligety or Bode Miller, but rather David Chodounsky, who spent part of the summer of 2013 coaching on Mount Hood and living in Government Camp.

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Bode in 2006. He is close to regaining top form. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Ted the Shred Ligety and 36-year-old Bode Miller ruled last weekend's Birds of Prey giant slalom race in Beaver Creek with the first 1-2 World Cup finish for American racers since 2005.

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