Sochi Cheat Sheet
Catch these NorCal stars at the Winter Olympics.
When the Winter Games begin on February 7, many of the top athletes will be from our favorite NorCal ski resorts. Here’s who to look for.
Two-time Olympic halfpipe gold medalist White spent the last two years training in a private pipe at Northstar. With the addition of slopestyle, which emphasizes tricks and jumps, to the Olympic program, he is likely to be a double threat.
The South Lake Tahoe native will make her Olympic debut in snowboard slopestyle. Anderson, a four-time X Games gold medalist, is the favorite from the United States.
Guldemond moved to Tahoe in 2005 to pursue a career in snowboarding. It worked: From his training grounds at Northstar, he’ll be a top contender in slopestyle.
Last winter, two-time Olympic snowboarder Hight, who lives in South Lake Tahoe, became the first to land a double backside alley-oop rodeo in the halfpipe. If she nails it again, she could beat rival Kelly Clark.
Squaw Valley’s Mancuso, a three-time Olympic medalist, is stronger than ever, thanks to a summer of cross-training in Hawaii. In 2013, Mancuso, who competes in all ski-racing disciplines, finished fourth overall in the World Cup standings.
Squaw Valley native Ganong has proven he has what it takes to reach the podium in his first Olympic downhill. Last winter, he earned top–30 finishes in nearly every World Cup he entered.
Squaw speed skier Sullivan had a great season in 2013, including a record-setting victory at Alaska’s extreme Arctic Man race. He did not medal at his two Olympic appearances, so he’ll be gunning for gold in super-G and downhill.
Walnut Creek’s Berkeley will be returning for his second Olympics. At 37, he’s the oldest on the bobsled team, but that hasn’t slowed him: He nabbed two World Cup medals last season.
Northstar’s Wise has been on a winning streak in the new Olympic sport of halfpipe skiing, raking in gold medals at recent X Games, World Cup, and Dew Tours.
Watch out for Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Bowman, who was ranked first in the world last year in halfpipe skiing. The former X Games gold medalist is young: She graduated high school in 2012.
Growing up in Piedmont, Oakley spent every winter weekend skiing at Alpine Meadows. In 2012, she was named World Cup rookie of the year in mogul skiing. This will be her Olympic debut.
Last winter, Kashima, who grew up skiing moguls on Heavenly’s Gunbarrel run, battled a knee injury but still managed to secure three top–10 World Cup results. He says he’s fully recovered for Sochi.
Squaw Valley mogul skier Shannon Bahrke retired in 2010, but her brother, Scotty, will compete in aerials. He hopes to improve on his 23rd place at the last Olympics.
Squaw Valley–based Holland just missed the podium with fourth place in boardercross in 2010. He will return for his third Olympics, looking for redemption.
San Jose 15-year-old Edmunds scored silver in her first senior U.S. Championships, earning a surprise invite to Sochi.