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Height
6-0
Weight
210
 

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Marco Sullivan grew up in Lake Tahoe with skiing in his soul. He was on a ski hill in his earliest memory, coming down a snow-covered gravel hill in his backyard at three. He learned to go fast on some of the most legendary terrain in the world, then took that skill to the World Cup and won.

With another impressive season and Olympic appearance in the books, Sully has proven that he is still skiing with the same passion and motivation that he did as a Mighty Mite. Solid results last season at the classics of Val Gardena, Wengen and Kitzbuehel are driving that passion…alongside the desire to compete at a World Championships on U.S. soil.

Sullivan made the commitment to race next season while riding the lift at Squaw Valley during a sun-soaked week at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships. He was on the fence about it before, but now he’s definitely racing in 2015 and all signs point toward him closing a storied career with strength and speed.

MARCO SAYS
The camaraderie and spirit of the games is intoxicating, and it was a great week that I was able to spend with my USA teammates. There are moments that happen during the Olympics you can never recreate.

The first happened right after we landed on our charter flight from Munich. Our entourage, which included men’s alpine, all the snowboard halfpipe team and some of the Nordic combined crew, were taking it all in wide-eyed and happy to finally be there. I was laughing and talking with my coaches when a somber-faced older Russian man came over and asked if he could take our picture. Of course we obliged, but his reasoning is what sticks with me. He said he wanted to take our picture because our big smiles were so nice to see.

FIRST TRACKS
Sullivan was on skis at three and racing by seven with Squaw Valley's Mitey Mites program. When he claimed a DH bronze medal in '99, coaches felt he was ready for varsity. A four-event skier early on, he was the slalom bronze medalist at '00 Juniors Worlds outside Quebec City before zeroing-in on speed racing with the 2001 season.

OFF THE SNOW
Sullivan is easy-going and always smiling. He enjoys kicking back with a fly rod or a cruise on Lake Tahoe or a good backpacking/mountain biking trip with his girlfriend (and retired Canadian slalom ace), Anna Goodman. He's also becoming a staple among the Alaskan community after winning the Hoodoo Mountains Arctic Man multiple times. Now a summer resident of Utah, Sully calls the Center of Excellence his part-time home in order to stay strong. 

 

Highlights

OLYMPICS (top 25)
Teams: 2014, 2010, 2006, 2002
9th, DH, Salt Lake City, UT, 2002
23rd, SG, Vancouver, CAN, 2010
30th, DH, Sochi, RUS, 2014

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (top 25)
Teams: 2013, 2009, 2007, 2003
17th, SG, St. Moritz, SUI, 2003
24th, DH, St. Moritz, SUI, 2003
25th, DH, Val d'Isere, FRA, 2009

WORLD CUP (highlights)
1st, DH, Chamonix, FRA, 2008
2nd, DH, Lake Louise, CAN, 2007
3rd, DH, Wengen, SUI, 2009
Finished 4th in 2008 downhill standings

U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS TITLES
2009, DH, Alyeska, AK
2007, DH, Alyeska, AK
2002, SG, Squaw Valley, UT

OTHER
Four-time winner of the Arctic Man Ski and Sno-Go Classic
2001 Skicross World Champion
Slalom bronze medalist at 2000 World Juniors