I am excited to introduce myself to the readership of the blogs here at TeamUSA.org. My name is Marco Sullivan and I am a member of the United States Alpine Ski Team. I am one of the senior members of the team and I race primarily in the speed disciplines of downhill and super G. I have raced those events at two Olympic Games, Salt Lake City and Vancouver. The best accomplishments in my career include standing up on the World Cup podium four times and being a three-time national champion.
One of the greatest enjoyments of my career has been being able to mold my lifestyle around the sport of skiing, something that I began doing when I was 2 years old. Growing up in Tahoe City, Calif., with my family that consists of my older sister Chelsea and parents Paul and Rena, our lives were tied tightly to the weather. My mom worked at Squaw Valley so that the whole family could get free ski passes. My dad plowed snow in the winter so he could rarely get to the hill on fresh snow days, but he was the one responsible for getting my sister and I onto skis. We would hike up a large, snow covered, gravel pile in our back yard and whiz down. I even remember some bamboo gates being set up on that hill which maybe started my affinity for racing. When we were old enough, skiing at Squaw Valley became our daycare. I loved skiing of any kind and could never get enough. When I was 5 years old my Uncle Sully took us to watch a World Cup ski race at Heavenly Valley, a ski area on the other side of Lake Tahoe. From that day on I knew what I wanted to be.
When I was 18 years old, fresh out of high school, I qualified for the U.S. Ski Team.That was 13 short years ago and I am still enjoying being able to travel and ski race all over the world.There have been peaks and valleys but I cannot explain them all in this short blog. A laundry list of injuries has slowed me down at certain junctures of the journey but that is all part of the story. I still dream of competing in another Olympics and that is my main focus at the moment. Spending winters in Europe racing on the World Cup is what we do and this season has started out strong for me and the rest of the team. The U.S. men’s downhill team currently has three racers ranked in the top 15 in the season standings. I am one of those at number 12 and hoping to move up with some big races on the docket in the next month.
We are currently in a small ski area in Austria and banking a few training days before the next World Cup race in Wengen, Switzerland. I will talk about that more in the next blog.
I look forward to sharing my perspective with you over the next year leading up to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. You can also follow my journey on my website. From there you can follow me on Facebook and Twitter. Another cool way to see alpine skiing action is to cruise the U.S. Ski Team's new YouTube channel. It has tons of great race runs from this season, a weekly show that comes out on Wednesdays, and crazy stuff like this spectacular crash from my teammate Tommy Biesemeyer. Don't worry, he's OK! Thanks for reading.