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Day four of the 2021 U.S. Alpine Championships continued on Saturday with downhill day under the sunshine featuring perfect conditions at Aspen Highlands, Colo. While Colorado native and two-time Olympian Alice McKennis Duran took her final lap, Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team teammate Laurenne Ross won her final career downhill race.

Two Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team athletes announced this week they'll be making the final laps of their career at U.S. Alpine Championships in Aspen, Colo.—two-time Olympian and two-time national champion Alice McKennis Duran, and two-time Olympian and two-time national champion Laurenne Ross.

On April 1, Olympic gold medalist and back-to-back FIS World Champion Chloe Kim shared her experiences with anti-Asian hate for the first time in an interview with ESPN’s Alyssa Roenigk. Kim shares heart-wrenching experiences of recent attacks and hateful social media messages that have taken a toll on her mental health. Unforfortuantely for Kim, these encounters are nothing new. Kim has been subject to her share of racism since she was only 13-years-old.

On day three of the U.S. Alpine Championships at Aspen Highlands, the men came out charging, with Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete River Radamus emerging victorious in the super-G, while teammate Luke Winters grabbed the win in the alpine combined. 

On day two of the U.S. Alpine Championships at Aspen Highlands, it was an international giant slalom podium, with University of Denver's Tobias Kogler (Austria) in first, University of Utah’s Joachim Bakken Lien (Norway), and Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete and hometown Aspen boy, Bridger Gile, in third. 

Under the sunshine at Aspen Highlands, Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete and 2021 World Junior Slalom Champion Ben Ritchie emerged victorious at the slalom kickoff of the U.S. Alpine Championships. Middlebury College's Erik Arvidsson was second, and Garret Driller rounded out the podium in third. 

The 2021 U.S. Alpine Championships will kick off on Monday with men's slalom for the Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team and will run through April 16th at Aspen Highlands. The event will include men’s and women’s downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom, and alpine combined.

The U.S. Alpine Championships will take place after Highlands has closed for public skiing this season and restrictions will be in place to ensure compliance with COVID-19 health and safety protocols. This means no spectators and limited media will be invited to the event. 

In an essay written for Outside Magazine on the topic of legacy, Olympic champion and winningest female alpine ski racer of all-time, Lindsey Vonn, says former teammate and Olympian Breezy Johnson is America's next great downhiller. 

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