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American alpine ski team remains deep without Lindsey Vonn

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According to the Associated Press on Tuesday, American Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn will miss the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi because of a right knee injury.

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So, there is basically close to zero percent chance of there being a Tiger Woods sighting in Sochi a month from now.

However even though the United States will not have Vonn, who won the gold medal in the women's downhill at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, there are still some key names on the U.S. ski team who will contend for medals.

The American men will be led by Ted Ligety of Salt Lake City, Utah, who is the defending World Champion in the men's super giant slalom, giant slalom and super combined.

Reigning Olympic super combined champion Bode Miller of Easton, New Hampshire, may be getting up in age at 36, but still won a World Cup silver medal, behind Ligety, at an event in Beaver Creek, Colorado, on December 8.

The American women will be led by Mikaela Shiffrin, the 18 year-old from Vail, Colorado, who took the alpine skiing world by storm last year when she won the gold medal in the women's slalom at the 2013 World Alpine Skiing Championships in Schladming, Austria.

Another American medal contender is the veteran Julia Mancuso of Reno, Nevada, the women's giant slalom champion from the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin. However heading into Sochi, it is the super giant slalom which has become Mancuso's best discipline. She finished in second place in the Super G on the 2013 World Cup circuit and in third place at the World Championships.

Finally, even though Stacey Cook of Truckee, California has struggled in the 2013-14 World Cup season, she did have two podium finishes last year in the women's downhill at Lake Louise, Alberta.

The American depth in alpine skiing is key because the United States will be battling Norway, Russia, Germany and Canada for the most medals at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

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