New Castle skier Alice McKennis had a year to remember, making a successful return from a tibial plateau fracture suffered during a super-G training run crash in January of 2011.
After many months of rehabilitating the left leg injury, McKennis returned to the snow with a flourish.
Her most gratifying achievement of the season came in February: a 10th-place downhill finish in Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
McKennis has a track record of making her home state proud in recent years, racking up a number of top-10 downhill finishes on the World Cup circuit. She also qualified for the U.S. Olympic team for the 2010 Vancouver Games.
In a December downhill race at Val d'Isere, France, McKennis came through with an eighth-place finish.