A talented artist as well as ski racer, Laurenne Ross is one of the most dynamic athletes on and off the snow with incredible talent on violin, piano, guitar, vocals and as a visual artist. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Ross cut her teeth at a small local hill but headed to the Canadian Rockies on weekends, where she raced her Dad (a former alpine racer) to the lodge. A creative to the core who is a seasoned vet when it comes to creating both visual beauty in the classroom and beauty in the form of arcs on the snow, the only question now is just how much more beauty Ross can create as she finds her consistent home back on the podium.
Since her World Cup debut in 2010, it was evident the podium wasn't going to be too far behind. Ross proved that in 2013, but 2014 was a different animal. After a slower than normal start to the season, Ross picked things up in the run up to the Olympics and then posted a season-best 11th in the Sochi downhill. Ross started the 2015 season off strong, leading a solid effort by the women's speed squad that saw four athletes in the top nine. It was the strongest U.S. women's downhill team performance in two seasons. Ross went on to lay down a solid season with two 4th place finishes, six top 10 finishes and twelve top 15 finishes between World Cup races and World Championships.
After a solid, fast and consistent 2015 season, Ross nailed consistency in an even bigger way in 2016 with a steady and impressive climb to find her home on the podium once again. Ross amassed 14 top 15 finishes, nine top 10 finishes and five top 5 finishes—across three disciplines. Count 'em! Watch Ross tap into that momentum for the 2017 season as she works to find podium consistency.
One of three daughters, Ross picked up skiing at age two because of her father’s former alpine racing career. Like father, like daughter. The family kicked around at Snow Valley in Edmonton but headed to Canmore on the weekends, where Ross raced a bit at Lake Louise, Mt. Norquay and Nakiska. After two seasons on the Development Team, Ross upped her status to the C-Team for 2010, but a haul of NorAm titles upgraded her in a hurry and she jumped to the top tier after the 2011 season.
OFF THE SNOW
It's all about rock climbing and creating for Ross—playing music, writing, knitting and drawing. If there's a microphone around and music being played, Ross is in—on both—the music and the microphone. She's spearheaded many a winter jam session on tour with her teammates Mancuso, Cook, McKennis and Smith, which spurred the FIS to make a film about the band. Summertime is spent working on her home, which she bought at the opening of the 2012 season, as well as catching up on classes—mostly art—at the University of Oregon.
- Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation
- 2014 Sochi
- 2018 Pyeongchang
- University of Oregon
- Years on Team: 8
11th, DH, Sochi, RUS, 2014
Teams: 2013, 2011, 2015
10th, DH, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER, 2011
11th, SC, Schladming, AUT, 2013
14th, AC, Vail/Beaver Creek, USA, 2015
15th, SG, Vail/Beaver Creek, USA, 2015
16th, SG, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER, 2011
17th, DH, Vail/Beaver Creek, USA, 2015
22nd, SG, Schladming, AUT, 2013
28th, SC, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER, 2011
WORLD CUP (highlights)
Ranked 18th in overall, 10th in DH, 8th in SG and 16th in AC, 2016
2nd, SG, Soldeu-El Tarter, AND, 2016
2x 5th, DH, La Thuile, ITA, 2016
5th, DH, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER, 2016
Ranked 26th in overall, 11th in DH, 18th in SG, and 17th in AC, 2015
4th, DH, Cortina d'Ampezzo, 2015
4th, DH, Lake Louise, CAN, 2014
2nd, DH, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER, 2013
Ranked 26th in overall, 16th in DH and 13th in SG, 2013
4th, SG, Tarvisio, ITA, 2011
Ranked 16th in SG, 22nd in SC and 30th in DH, 2011
Ranked 22nd in DH, 28th in SC and 29th in SG, 2012
First World Cup start (21st, DH, Crans Montana, 2010)
U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS TITLES
2013, SG, Squaw Valley, CA
2010 NorAm overall, DH and SG champion
Two-time Junior Worlds Team member (2006, 2008)