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January 27. 2014 9:30PM

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U.S. ski team includes NH's Smith, Ford


Leanne Smith of Conway comes in 23rd in the women's super G at the FIS alpine skiing World Cup at Beaver Creek Mountain in November. (Paul Bussi-USA TODAY Sports)

Julia Ford of New Hampshire, reacts in the finish arena during the women's super G at the FIS alpine skiing World Cup at Beaver Creek Mountain in November. (Nathan Bilow-USA TODAY Sports)

More New Hampshire Alpine skiers are going to compete in the Winter Olympics.

Along with Conway's Bode Miller, Leanne Smith of North Conway and Julia Ford of Holderness were selected Sunday to the United States ski team and will compete in Sochi, Russia.

Smith is making her second straight appearance in the Olympics.

In Vancouver in 2010, she placed 19th in the women's super giant slalom and 21st in the combined event.

According to www.teamusa.org, Smith was an Italy downhill bronze winner in the 2013 World Cup at Cortina d'Ampezzo.

In the 2012 World Cup at Schladming, Austria, she was a fifth-place finisher in the super giant slalom. She's also a 2010 United States downhill champion.

Smith attended the University of New Hampshire and raced for the school in 2006.

In 2012, Ford placed 22nd in the downhill during the World Cup at Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, and was 39th overall in the super combined in the World Cup at St. Moritz, Switzerland. Ford is a two-time United States downhill champion (2011, 2012).


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