Past Olympic experience: None, missing the 2006 Games after reconstructive surgeries on both her knees 11 months apart in 2005.
Career highlights: She won the Super G and super combined titles — she was first in the combined at Whistler last February — on the World Cup circuit last season en route to a career-best third-place finish in the overall. She won the first four slalom events of this season.
Quote: “Nothing can stop me right now. I am bursting with confidence. Of course, when you win it raises expectations as people start to say ‘She’s going to be world champion.’ But each time it’s a new race.”
Past Olympic experience: Showed remarkable courage in finishing eighth in downhill, seventh in Super G and 14th in slalom at Turin following a terrible crash in a downhill training run. She was sixth in the combined at Salt Lake City as a 17-year-old.
Career highlights: The World Cup overall champion last season, she piled up more than half her points in downhill where she won five of nine races and was second in two others. Five of her 11 career downhill wins have come at Lake Louise, and she was second on the Olympic course at Whistler in 2008.
Quote: “For the future, 1/8American 3/8 Tamara McKinney’s 18 wins is a big goal. I don’t want to sound egotistical, but I really would like to break other records as well. All-time World Cup victory leader Annemarie Moser-Proll is No. 1 with 60-something wins. That’s a lot of wins, but … if Denver gets the Olympics in 2018 and I keep going, it’s definitely possible.”
Past Olympic experience: Won gold medal in slalom at Turin and bronze medals in downhill and combined. She won silver in giant slalom and bronze in slalom at Salt Lake City.
Career highlights: She has seven world championship gold medals, and was the World Cup overall champion in 2004 and 2005. She has wins in all five World Cup disciplines. A slalom and giant slalom specialist early in her career, her four downhill wins have all come since 2005. She was sixth at Whistler last season.
Past Olympic experience: None
Career highlights: The precocious teenager posted her first World Cup podium finish last season, third in a downhill at the tender age of 16. Was fifth in the first super combined of this season.