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Marco Sullivan is a veteran member of the United States Alpine Ski Team who has made his living for the last dozen years racing Downhill. Racing in Downhill requires the most risk of any Alpine Skiing event. Marco has dedicated his career to the thin line between the Downhill podium or the hospital bed, both with which he is familiar.
Those willing to take the greatest risk are showered with the greatest rewards.
Marco counts racing classic Downhills like Kitzbuhel, Wengen and Chamonix as some of the greatest thrills in his life. He is one of only four Americans to have won a World Cup Downhill in the last 15 years. His career has also seen it's share of hits. Injuries sustained in high speed downhill crashes have resulted in numerous races and seasons missed.
Marco has overcome his injuries to become a staple on the U.S. Team. He has his sights set on representing the United States and competing at his third Olympic games in 2014. With a rigorous training regimen this summer and a new ski equipment company backing him up, Marco is determined to step back on the World Cup podium and to take another shot at winning an Olympic Medal.
Due to budget shortfalls on the US Ski Team athletes ranked outside of the top 30 in the world are being asked to take on their own expenses. Marco's expenses for the upcoming season have been estimated at $22,000. This includes all travel, training and racing costs. Alpine skiing is a travel intensive sport, requiring athletes to chase the snow year around and spend most of the winter in central Europe.
Marco will be racing all of the World Cup Downhills in the upcoming year and is looking to move into position to be a medal contender in 2014.
Marco is a fast skier, a dedicated teammate and a good person. When he is not on the road Marco takes special care to spend time with the young racers of the Squaw Valley Ski Team, his home resort, to show them that achieving their dreams is a reality. The question was once posed in Ski Racing Magazine if Marco Sullivan was just too nice of a guy to win World Cup ski races. He has proven in his career that a love of skiing and true passion for the sport can elevate you to highest pinnacles.
Marco is looking to continue his racing career and regain the form that has eluded him the last two seasons. After sustaining a herniated disc in his low back in 2010, and an equipment switch that never seemed to mesh with his skiing style, his world ranking slipped to 37th. This summer he has been working full time with a physical therapist to correct the weakness in his back. He was also just signed by Atomic skis, a company that has a long tradition of World Cup victories. The future is bright and Marco has his sights set on the World Cup podium and another Olympics.