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A skier starting at the age of nine, Michael Ankeny became a junior race winner at 10 and earned a spot on the U.S. Development Team prior to the 2009 season. Now a U.S. Championships medalist and World Cup starter, the next stop is World Cup points and a major championship team.

Despite some good NorAm results and back-to-back wins at a "classic" FIS race in Wisconsin, Ankeny's 2013 season wasn't what he expected. A nagging shoulder injury turned out to be less of a nag and more of a serious pain in the…well, shoulder for Ankeny. He went under the knife in April of 2013 to make sure it stays in its socket for the 2014 season.

Although it was disappointing and mentally tough to be let go from the U.S. Ski Team last year, it made me hungrier than ever to get back to the top. Last season I was focusing mostly on NorAm races…to win the Nor Am title and secure World Cup starts for next season, and lower my points to the point where I will have a competitive start position. I have done that. So this season I am focusing exclusively on World Cup races and breaking into the top 30 on the world’s largest stage.

A product of the famed Buck Hill program in Minnesota (the same that helped produce Olympians Lindsey Vonn and Kristina Koznick), Ankeny didn't start skiing until age nine, but it didn't take him long to get up to speed after winning his first junior race at 10. After making the U.S. Development Team, Ankeny began spending his summers in Park City, sweating at the Center of Excellence. The rest is yet to be written.

When not on snow, Ankeny is pursuing engineering at Dartmouth College and is halfway towards his degree. If time allows you can find him bikingbe it road, mountain, or his new hobby of cyclocrossplaying tennis, soccer, golf, or trying to keep up with his brother at a Crossfit workout in the great Northern state of Minnesota. Go North!



Debut, SL, Kitzbuehel, AUT, 2011

2012, Silver in combined, bronze in SL, U.S. Champs
2011, Junior SL and combined gold, U.S. Champs
2008, Junior SL gold, U.S. Champs
4th in 2010 NorAm SL points
Two-time member of Junior World Championships Team