Mikaela Shiffrin, Julia Mancuso ready for Aspen World Cup while Lindsey Vonn back skiing

Julia Mancuso shows off some Olympic hardware.

Lindsey Vonn is the established superstar in World Cup skiing, but don’t lose sight of youngster Mikaela Shiffrin and veteran Julia Mancuso at this weekend’s Aspen Winternational (Nov. 24-25).

Vonn returned to the hill in Vail over the weekend to ski after being hospitalized two days last week with what appears to have been a stomach bug.  After free-skiing on Saturday, Vonn ran some gates on Sunday. Will she ski during the weekend’s slalom and giant slalom events in Aspen? Read on.

We know Shiffrin will be on hand and, based on her third-place finish in the slalom in Finland, figures to be in the mix for the top spot. Learn more about this phenomenal 17-year-old from Eagle-Vail, Colo., in the Denver Post. Read more.

Don’t ever forget to include Mancuso in the favorites. Because she has raced at the same time as the spectacular Vonn, some might forget that Mancuso has five World Cup wins, four World Championship podium finishes and three Olympic medals, including a giant slalom gold at the 2006 games in Turin, Italy.

Whether Vonn is a go or not, the course in Aspen got a green light from the FIS. See what that means and what the course managers will be doing this week to prepare. Read more. Here’s a course map.

Can’t make it to Aspen? You can still watch Sunday’s Giant Slalom live on NBC. Check here for times.

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