Vonn, Shiffrin head US World Championship team

Vonn, Shiffrin head US World Championship team

Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin highlight the US alpine team which will compete on home soil for the first time in 16 years at next month`s world championships.

Ted Ligety and Bode Miller, who has yet to race this year, were also included in the 26-strong team for the worlds which will take place at the Colorado mountain resorts of Vail and Beaver Creek from February 2-15.

This year`s team includes five skiers who have won races on the World Cup circuit this season.

Vonn, who now has a record 64 World Cup wins, leads both the downhill and super G World Cup standings.

"This year is special because all our top athletes will be there," said US alpine director Patrick Riml. "We just have to go there, get ready, give our best efforts and race our hearts out."

Vonn and Shiffrin will be joined by Stacey Cook, Haley Duke, Lila Lapanja, Julia Mancuso, Megan McJames, Alice McKennis, Paula Moltzan, Laurenne Ross, Resi Stiegler and Jackie Wiles on the women`s team.

On the men`s side, Will Brandenburg, David Chodounksy, Tommy Ford, Travis Ganong, Jared Goldberg, Tim Jitloff, Nolan Kasper, Tim Kelley, Steven Nyman, Brennan Rubie, Marco Sullivan and Andrew Weibrecht will join Ligety and Miller.

The worlds have been held five times before in the United States in 1950, 1960, 1980, 1989 and 1999.