Marco Sullivan

Marco Sullivan (* April 27, 1980 in Truckee, California) is an American alpine skier. He is since 1999 the squads of the U.S. ski team and specializes in the disciplines of downhill and Super -G.


Sullivan grew up in Lake Tahoe. On a small gravel hill behind the house of his parents, he learned to ski at the age of three years. At seven, he played his first race. His talent led him to Squaw Valley, where he was admitted in the Mitey - Mites program, a support program for young skiers alpine. In 1999 he succeeded with a third place in the downhill at the U.S. Championships for the first time to catch up with the top riders of his association. The following year he won the bronze medal in the slalom at the Junior World Championship 2000 in Lac Beauport Canada. A torn ligament in his left knee, which he suffered on the last day of the Junior World Championships, slowed his other sporting development.

After his recovery, Sullivan witnessed the two most successful years of his career. In the 2000 /01 season he was the dominant driver in the Nor- Am Cup. He won the overall classification of the race series as well as the discipline ratings in the Downhill and Super -G. On 7 December 2001, he was in the Super G in Val d'Isere his debut in the World Cup, where he did in his first season could not get a foothold. Nevertheless, with its debut at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City he had a great success, as he drove in the downhill as the best driver of the U.S. Ski Team in ninth. He finished the season off with its first U.S. champion in Super -G.

In the following seasons Sullivan established in the World Cup, but without being able to penetrate into the top ranks. Only in December 2002, he succeeded to the sixth place at the Beaver Creek Downhill his first placing in the top ten. In 2003 he was at the Alpine Skiing World Championships in St. Moritz 17 in the Super -G. In December 2004, interrupted a renewed plan of the left cruciate ligament he sustained in a training run in Beaver Creek, his sports career. Despite his serious injury seven months later he was back on skis. He fought his way back into the A-team of the U.S. Ski Team and celebrated in January 2006 ranked 16th in the Lauberhorn race and 14th place in the Hahnenkamm downhill a successful comeback. In December 2006 he again scored in Beavercreek his second placing in the top ten of a World Cup race. Shortly after he arrived in the downhill in Val Gardena ranked fourth and missed the podium by only a hundredth of a second. At the 2007 World Championships in Åre, he was not able to repeat this performance with the downhill 28th rank.

In the 2007 /08 season, Sullivan was finally connecting with the world leaders. On November 24, 2007, he reached the second place in the downhill in Lake Louise, his first podium in the World Cup. His first World Cup victory he celebrated on 26 January 2008 the descent in Chamonix. In the downhill World Cup Sullivan was fourth at the end of the season. Four top 5 results - first off exit in the Super -G - Sullivan reached in the 2008 /09 season; in winter 2009/10 he came but in no World Cup races in the top ten. For large events the Americans get front places. At the 2009 World Championships in Val d'Isère, he was 25th in the downhill and at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver 23 in the Super -G. The 2010/11 season started for Sullivan with only one World Cup point in five races very weak. The end of December he suffered in a fall in downhill training in Bormio head and knee injuries, which is why he was able to participate more in the rest of the winter at no race.

In the season 2011/ 12, two 17 places Sullivans were the best results. On November 24, 2012 he succeeded after almost three years, a podium, as he drove in the departure of Lake Louise to the third place.


Olympic games

  • Salt Lake City 2002: 9 Departure
  • Vancouver 2010: 23 Super -G
  • Sochi 2014: 30 Departure

World Championships

  • St. Moritz 2003: 17 Super -G, downhill 24
  • Åre 2007: 28 Departure
  • Val d'Isere 2009: 25 Departure

Junior World Championships

  • Pra Loup 1999: 12 Downhill, 12 Super -G, Slalom 25
  • Quebec 2000: 3 Slalom, Super-G, 6, 14 departure

World Cup

  • Season 2007/ 08: 4 downhill World Cup
  • 4 podiums, including one victory:

Nor- Am Cup

  • Season 2000/ 01: overall winner, 1st exit rating, 1 Super -G standings
  • 7 podiums, including 4 victories

Other successes

  • 3 American Championship titles (Super -G in 2002, departing 2007 and 2009 )
  • 2 podiums in the European Cup
  • 5 wins in FIS races