LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland - Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA takes the globe for the overall World Cup Slalom during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom. Photo courtesy Alain Grosclaude - Getty Images
BEAVER CREEK - A few members of the U.S. women's speed team had training runs on the newly designed downhill course for the 2015 World Championships in Beaver Creek.
So steep and intimidating is the slope that speed specialist Stacey Cook says she wore extra layers of clothing on her first run just to keep from going so fast.
Yep, this course is going to suit the Americans just fine. The more demanding the terrain, the better the speed team seems to perform.
Cook says she took about 25 runs on the challenging course over a few days, just to get an idea of what lies ahead when the venue stages a World Cup event in November.
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