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World Cup: American Women

Kirsten Clark at Portillo, Chile 8/02

Age: 28Hometown: Raymond, MaineYears on team: 12Club: CVA/SugarloafWhy shes a contender: Clarky returned to World Cup form last year after a season-ending injury in the 2003-04 season. If she makes the Olympic team, it will be her third Games. In Salt Lake City in 2002, she was in the top 15 in both speed events and was third in super G at the 2003 World Championships.

Age: 21Hometown: Vail, Colo.Years on team: 6School: Independent study (Missouri)Club: Ski and Snowboard Club Vail/Buck Hill (Minn.)Why shes a contender: Picabo Street thinks Kildow is the next great American womens ski racer. Last year the Ski Club Vail product picked up her first World Cup victory at the Lake Louise downhill, then added five more top-three finishes. She finished sixth overall last year.

Age: 30Hometown: Eagan, Minn.Years on team: IndependentClub: Buck HillWhy shes a contender: Koznick, who will retire at the end of the season, has won 18 World Cup medals in a 15-year career. The one thing missing is an Olympic medal. Last year, Koz was the lone American to land on the podium in Aspen with a bronze medal in the final slalom.

Age: 26Hometown: Steamboat SpringsYears on team:10School: ColoradoClub: Steamboat Springs Winter Sports ClubWhy shes a contender: Lalive has strung together 15 World Cup top-10s in the last three seasons. After battling back from a traumatic crash at the end of the 2003 season, she hopes to make up for disappointing showings at the two previous Winter Olympics.

Age: 21Hometown: Olympic Valley, Calif.Years on team: 6School: Park City Winter Sports School Club: Squaw Valley Ski TeamWhy shes a contender: Last year Mancuso was the first U.S. woman since Picabo Street in 1996 to grab two medals at the World Championships and five top-five World Cup results, scoring in all five disciplines.