A skier starting at the age of nine, Michael Ankeny earned a spot on the U.S. Development Team for the 2009 season. Now he’s a U.S. Championships medalist and World Cup starter. (Mark Epstein/U.S. Ski Team)
The NorAm Finals wrapped on Monday in Waterville Valley, NH and Burke Mountain, VT with Michael Ankeny, Tim Kelley, Paula Moltzan, Megan McJames and Tommy Ford qualifying for World Cup starts and Michael Ankeny taking the overall win.
Ted Ligety was 18th, David Chodounsky 26th as Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen took the win in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Levi.
Dartmouth Ski Team alum David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) sliced through fog and rain to lead the U.S. Ski Team with 18th in a heavily rutted Zagreb slalom.
Despite narrowly missing the super G win Friday, Tommy Ford collected the eighth national title of his young career with gold in the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships combined.
Tommy Ford took slalom gold to open men's racing at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships for the seventh national title of his career.
Mountain Plaza roared Saturday as the 2012 U.S. Alpine Ski Team - including Olympic gold medalists Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) and Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) - was introduced during a public celeb
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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.
So the kind folks at Steadman-Hawkins clinic in Vail, CO, took bone graft from a nearby bone and attached it to my shoulder with screws so it blocks the shoulder from dislocating. Between that and a sewn up labrum, my shoulder should be as stable as ever! If you're curious to check it out, it's called latarjet surgery.
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