Bend’s Laurenne Ross confirmed a spot on her second Olympic team Sunday after finishing 21st in the super-G at Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy. She finished 26th in the downhill on Saturday.
The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held Feb. 9-25 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Ross, 29, finished 11th and was the second-fastest American in the women’s downhill at the 2014 Sochi Games.
Ross injured her right knee in a crash on the final day of the U.S. championships at Sugarloaf in Maine last March. She rehabbed and returned to competition in December, finishing eighth at the super-G at Val d’Isere in France on Dec. 16. She posted seven World Cup top-10 finishes in 2016-17, placed fifth in the world championships downhill, and finished fourth in the Olympic test event downhill in South Korea.
She joins snowboarder Ben Ferguson, 22 and of Bend, on the U.S. Olympic team. Ferguson secured his spot on the team at a U.S. Grand Prix halfpipe event on Jan. 13. Alpine skier Tommy Ford, 28 and of Bend, is still waiting for the final Olympic team selection, which is expected to be announced this week. Ford competed in the 2010 Games in Vancouver.
Snowboarder Kent Callister, a 22-year-old dual citizen who grew up in Bend and competes for Australia, is also expecting a final announcement to learn if he will be traveling to his second Olympic Games.
— Bulletin staff report