Marco Sullivan

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Marco Sullivan
— Alpine skier —
Disciplines Downhill, Super G, Combined
Club Squaw Valley Ski Team
Born (1980-04-27) April 27, 1980 (age 37)
Truckee, California, U.S.
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
World Cup debut December 7, 2001 (age 21)
Teams 4 – (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014)
Medals 0
World Championships
Teams 4 – (2003, '07, '09, '13)
Medals 0
World Cup
Seasons 12th – (2002, '03, '0615)
Wins 1 – (1 DH)
Podiums 4 – (4 DH)
Overall titles 0 – (28th in 2008)
Discipline titles 0 – (4th in DH, 2008)

Marco Sullivan (born April 27, 1980) is a World Cup alpine ski racer from the United States. Born in Truckee, California,[2] he competes primarily in the speed events of Downhill and Super G.

Sullivan competed in the 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympics, and four World Championships. He has won one World Cup race, a downhill in Chamonix, France, in January 2008.

World Cup[edit]

Since making his World Cup debut in December 2001, Sullivan has one victory, a downhill at Chamonix, France, on January 26, 2008.[2] He won the renowned Kandahar downhill in Chamonix in 2:00.11, ahead of Swiss star Didier Cuche.[3]

In early December 2003, Sullivan injured his knee in a downhill training run at Beaver Creek. It happened at the last jump of the Birds of Prey course and caused him to miss the rest of the 2004 season. While training in France in October 2004, Sullivan reinjured the knee and was out for the 2005 season as well.[4][5]

Sullivan attained his first World Cup podium on November 24, 2007, when he finished second at the season's first downhill at Lake Louise, a good-for-gliders course in the Canadian Rockies.

In late December 2010, Sullivan crashed during a training run on the Stelvio course at Bormio, Italy (video). He sustained a concussion which ended his 2011 season, including the 2011 World Championships. After two months, he was cleared by doctors to get back on skis in early March.[6]

World Cup top ten finishes[edit]

  • 1 win – (1 DH)
  • 4 podiums – (4 DH)
Season Date Location Discipline Place
2003 7 Dec 2002 Beaver Creek, USA Downhill 6th
2007 1 Dec 2006 Beaver Creek, USA Downhill 10th
16 Dec 2006 Val Gardena, Italy Downhill 4th
2008 24 Nov 2007 Lake Louise, Canada Downhill 2nd
13 Jan 2008 Wengen, Switzerland Downhill 7th
18 Jan 2008 Kitzbühel, Austria Super G 10th
19 Jan 2008 Downhill 6th
28 Jan 2008 Chamonix, France Downhill 1st
2009 30 Nov 2008 Lake Louise, Canada Super G 5th
19 Dec 2008 Val Gardena, Italy Super G 5th
20 Dec 2008 Super G 4th
17 Jan 2009 Wengen, Switzerland Downhill 3rd
2013 24 Nov 2012 Lake Louise, Canada Downhill 3rd






World Championships[edit]

Sullivan first raced in the World Championships in 2003, where he finished 17th in the Super G and 24th in the Downhill.[2] He missed the 2005 and 2011 worlds due to injury.

U.S. Ski Championships[edit]

Sullivan was the Downhill champion at the U.S. Alpine Championships in 2007 in the Alyeska Resort in Alaska; he finished more than a full second ahead of runner-up Erik Fisher.[7]

Arctic Man[edit]

Sullivan and his partner Tyler Akelstad are five time champions in the extreme ski/snowmachine race in Alaska - Arctic Man. Sullivan and Akelstad hold the record for the men's ski division, having completed the race with a time of 03:52.72. This was the first time that the four minute threshold was broken.


SKI Magazine column[edit]

During the 2012 season, Sullivan has written columns for SKI, giving insight to life on the World Cup circuit, which includes spending Christmas in Bormio.[8][9]


  1. ^ "U.S. Ski Team Athlete Bios – MARCO SULLIVAN". United States Ski Team. 
  2. ^ a b c Marco Sullivan at the International Ski Federation
  3. ^ "Sullivan Wins Chamonix Downhill". U.S. Ski Team. January 26, 2008. 
  4. ^ Ski – Healthy Marco Sullivan takes giant step forward, finishing downhill training run – 2005-11-23 – accessed 2012-02-06
  5. ^ SKI – Sullivan reinjures knee, season over – 2004-10-29 – accessed 2012-02-06
  6. ^ – Marco Sullivan ready to run downhill – 2011-11-30 – accessed 2012-02-06
  7. ^ "Sullivan wins downhill; Bode Miller 12th". Anchorage Daily News. March 31, 2007. 
  8. ^ SKI – Marco Sullivan: World Cup season starts with a bang – December 2011
  9. ^ SKI – Marco Sullivan: Christmas in Bormio – December 2011

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