Boise skier Hailey Duke makes US team
BOISE — Boise’s Hailey Duke has done what she said she would do after a Seattle surgeon removed a tumor from her brain less than two years ago.
Duke vowed she would return as an independent skier on “Team Duke” and make it back to the U.S. National Ski Team in time for the 2015 World Championships in Colorado.
Wednesday night, she did it.
The U.S. Ski Team announced the 12 members of its women’s’ team, and Duke’s name was among them.
She will join fellow Olympians Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso and Sochi star Mikaela Shiffrin among others who will compete next week in Beaver Creek for the championship, the sport’s biggest event of the year.
Boise’s Duke makes U.S. ski team for world championships
STATESMAN STAFFJanuary 29, 2015
PARK CITY, Utah – Hailey Duke (Capital High) is one of 26 athletes – 12 women and 14 men – selected to represent the United States at the 2015 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships on Feb. 2-15 in Vail/Beaver Creek, Colo.
The roster’s marquee names include former world champions Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin, Ted Ligety and Bode Miller.
Duke, 29, a former Olympian, has struggled with international slalom starts this season, but has a fourth-place finish at a Nor-Am race in Colorado and a fourth-place finish at an FIS race in Italy.
The slalom is scheduled for Feb. 14. The top two athletes by selection criteria in each event will get starting positions, as will the defending world champion. Coaches will determine the remaining two spots the day prior to each competition.