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      Another in the long line of Squaw Valley powder hounds (Julia Mancuso, Marco Sullivan, Travis Ganong), Bryce Bennett blasted onto the U.S. Ski Team in the same way he hucks cliffs at Squaw – by going big. An invite to a 2011 spring tryout camp proved to be the only opportunity he needed, as he successfully punched a ticket onto the team by showing coaches his form on the hard stuff is just as solid as it is in the fluff.

      Bennett opened the 2013-14 season with a bang, winning the U.S. downhill title on the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain in early December. He made a major play for an Olympic nod with starts in Lake Louise, Bormio, Wengen and Kitzbuehel, but with a stacked men’s speed team, Sochi was a tough ticket to punch. Bennett then refocused on the NorAm tour and delivered the downhill title, solidifying his World Cup start for the 2015 World Championship season, which is nice.

      BRYCE SAYS
      During the U.S. Champs race it was pretty cold, hovering around zero degrees, partly cloudy, and a pretty good day for downhill. I had a couple lines picked out that were a little straighter than I did in training. Those that I could just go for, and it worked out.

      It was cool to win the title, but I think the biggest thing for me last season was getting those World Cup starts, especially at the big races like Bormio, Wengen and Kitz. I now know what to expect and will be able to bring more intensity on race day next season.

      FIRST TRACKS
      Bennett had skiing in the bloodline before he was born. His mother worked at Alpine Meadows Resort and Dad was a former telemark racer. Both had him on skis at age two and it wasn't long before he was a regular at the Squaw Valley Might Mite program. "They had some amazing Mighty Mite coaches at Squaw," says Bennett. "They just got you so pumped for skiing, no matter what the weather was doing." By eight, he'd decided he was going to race in the Olympics.

      OFF THE SNOW
      While he may be too young to have seen the 80's classic film RAD, Bennett used to be a BMX racer and easily graduated that love to mountain biking. When not on the dirt trails around Squaw (by bike or foot), you'll find him on the golf course. "I've had some good weeks, last one I was two over for 18," he said. He’s also a big friend of the fish, as long as they're at the end of his fly rod. "My favorite spot is the Truckee River, but you'll never get me to tell you where my holes are."

       

      Highlights

      WORLD CUP
      Five starts in 2013-14.

      NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
      DH, Copper Mountain, CO, 2014

      OTHER
      Top 10 in both DH and Combined at Junior World Championships, 2013
      6th, Combined, Roccaraso, ITA, Junior World Championships, 2012
      Junior podiums in DH, SG, GS, SL, and combined at U.S. Championships, 2012
      1st, GS, Junior National Championships, Aspen, CO, 2009