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      Two-time Olympian Leanne Smith followed her older sister Laurel into skiing, latched onto racing and continues to shave microseconds from her time. A NorAm champion and top-flight junior skier, she inked a spot on the World Cup elite after finishing 23rd in her career first World Cup start, which also happened to be the first downhill of the 2008 season. It was only five years before she was standing on the World Cup podium in Val d'Isere.

      Again plagued by injury in 2016, Smith was out much of the season but is spending the summer in Park City working hard in the Center of Excellence gym and well on her way to recovery and being stronger than ever. Talk about fighter. This athlete is the definition of the word. When Smith is healthy and confident enough to put it all on the line, she’s a contender for the podium in every race she starts. She made her return to the World Cup circuit in 2017. 

      On skis at six, Smith skied at Cranmore, the heralded Mount Washington Valley ski area made famous when instructional legend Hannes Schneider arrived there from Austria in 1938. Smith skied for Cranmore’s race team until she entered Kennett H.S., where she continued racing and moved to the Mount Washington Valley Ski Team. Following high school, she spent the 2006-2007 year at UNH and took leave for winter 2007, joining the U.S. Ski Team on the development team when she erupted, having a breakout season as a double NorAm champion—catapulting her to the World Cup level.

      Smith loves mountain biking, fly fishing, rock climbing–sometimes all in the same day, especially in the Mt. Washington Valley. When not stomping around the Granite State, check for her in Park City training at the Center of Excellence and taking in all that the Wasatch has to offer. Music wise, it's across the board with Smith: The Roots, Tallest Man On Earth, Modest Mouse and every now again, she'll throw some "trashy hip hop song" on the iPhone playlist. "I've been known to throw in a little Wu-Tang from time to time...and country music." 



      Teams: 2010, 2014
      18th, SG, Sochi, RUS, 2014
      18th, SG, Vancouver, CAN, 2010
      21st, SC, Vancouver, CAN, 2010

      Teams: 2011, 2013
      12th, DH, Schladming, AUT, 2013
      16th, SG, Schladming, AUT, 2013
      19th, SG, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER, 2011

      WORLD CUP (highlights)
      Two DH podiums, 2013
      12th in DH and SG standings, 25th in overall, 2013
      19th in SG standings, 2014
      Top 25 in downhill and super G standings (2011, 2012)
      Points in four races during rookie season, 2008

      2010, DH, Aspen, CO

      2010 Europa Cup downhill win at Caspoggio, Italy
      2007 NorAm overall and SG champion
      2007 Ski Racing Junior of the Year
      10th in SG at '07 Junior World Championships


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