Steamboat Springs Anna Marno’s career is going up as quickly as she goes downhill.
The Steamboat Springs skier started the 2013-14 season off slow and with a crash in her first World Cup start at Beaver Creek, but this week she saw the rewards of her ability to bounce back and lay down consistent and excellent results into the spring.
Marno was named to the U.S. Ski Team’s B team. That’s a serious bump up from her spot on the D team and it puts her on the precipice of much bigger things.
“It’s just a little more security,” she said late in the morning Friday after some early training runs at Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort in California. “My season ended really well. It took me a long couple of months to get my confidence back and for all of that to show in my results, but it ended really well. It couldn’t have ended any better.”
Marno missed most of the 2012-13 season with a devastating knee injury. She got back on snow for the first time last summer. Her results from the portion of the season she had skied were enough to give her a career-first World Cup start at the super G race in Beaver Creek.
That day didn’t go so well as she caught an edge high on the course and flew off it. Nearly everything afterward, however, showed big steps forward. She ended up fourth overall in the Nor-Am circuit, including fourth-place, season-long finishes in giant slalom and super G and a seventh-place showing in downhill.
She was first twice and third twice in her final four finishes of the season and didn’t finish below eighth in any Nor-Am speed event.
Heading into the summer and the 2014-15 season, anything is possible, from more World Cup starts to even getting a start at the looming World Championships at Beaver Creek and Vail.
“It’s a possibility,” she said. “It will all depend on how well the beginning of my season goes, and if I’m able to race World Cups in the first couple of months in the season. I’m keeping it in my sights, for sure.”
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