Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort

Stacey Cook

HUGE congratulations to two of our talented Team Athletes, Stacey Cook and Kelly Clark! Kelly took first in the Snowboard Halfpipe in the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain and Stacey took second in the Alpine Ski DH at the Lake Louise World Cup on Saturday, December 6, 2014.  Stacey’s podium alongside Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso marked the first ever U.S. podium sweep – by men or women.

A California girl, Stacey Cook moved to Mammoth Mountain just as the United States was lighting the 2002 Olympic Torch. It took her two years to win the NorAm overall and downhill titles and two more to land on her first Olympic Team.

Cook backed up the most successful season of her career (2012) with another, even more successful season in 2013. The difference: back-to-back downhill second-place finishes in Lake Louise to open the winter. The two stunning performances were the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup podium finishes of her career and set Cookie up to fight for the season-long downhill title until the very last race of the season, which was canceled by fog. Bonus was being a part of the Best in the World women's downhill team when it captured the nation's standings for DH by a whopping 457-point margin.

Ultimately, she ended up fourth in the standings and narrowly missed a podium at the World Championships downhill, but she now has full knowledge and confidence that she can win races. That’ll be a very, very good thing come February in a little place called Sochi, Russia.

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