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Bode Miller one of three NH skiers on Olympic team

Three New Hampshire skiers are among the 20 chosen to the U.S. Olympic Alpine skiing team.

The team was announced Sunday by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.

Gold-medal winner Bode Miller, of Franconia, headlines the team. The five-time medalist will compete in his fifth Olympic games in Sochi, Russia, next month.

Two Granite State women, Julia Ford of Holderness and Leanne Smith of North Conway, were also selected.

Ford will make her first Olympic appearance at Sochi. It will be a second trip to the Games for Smith.

Other U.S. team headliners are gold medalists Bode Miller, Ted Ligety, Julia Mancuso and world champion Mikaela Shiffrin.

Mancuso is a double Olympic silver medalist, earning both in 2010, and the 2006 gold medalist for giant slalom.

Ligety, 2006 Olympic combined champion, won a historic three gold medals at the 2013 World Championships to become the first male athlete to do so since 1968.

Shiffrin, 18, won the 2013 world championship title for slalom and also captured the season-long World Cup slalom title last winter.

Medal competition at the Rosa Khutor Alpine venue starts on Feb. 9 with men’s downhill followed by women’s super combined on Feb. 10.

U.S. Olympic Team members

Men: David Chodounsky, Crested Butte, Colo;; Erik Fisher, Middleton, Idaho; Travis Ganong, Squaw Valley, Calif.; Jared Goldberg, Holladay, Utah; Tim Jitloff, Reno, Nev.; Nolan Kasper, Warren, Vt.; Ted Ligety, Park City, Utah; Bode Miller, Franconia, N.H.; Steven Nyman, Sundance, Utah; Marco Sullivan, Squaw Valley, Calif.; Andrew Weibrecht, Lake Placid, N.Y.

Women: Stacey Cook, Mammoth Mountain, Calif.; Julia Ford, Holderness, N.H.; Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, Calif.; Megan McJames, Park City, Utah; Laurenne Ross, Bend, Ore.; Mikaela Shiffrin, Eagle-Vail, Colo.; Leanne Smith, North Conway, N.H.; Resi Stiegler, Jackson Hole, Wyo.; Jacqueline Wiles, Aurora, Ore.

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