Travis Ganong finished 2016 with six top 10 finishes and looks to make the podium his home in the 2017 season. (Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Travis Ganong was 17th, as Bryce Bennett was the only other American in the points, finishing 19th at Saturday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill.
Travis Ganong led the U.S. in eighth place in Friday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill in Kvitfjell, Norway.
The Audi FIS Ski World Cup circuit resumes this weekend at Crans-Montana, Switzerland for the women and Kvitfjell, Norway for the men.
Travis Ganong was the top American finisher in 14th as Canada’s Erik Guay became the oldest World Champion in alpine skiing history in Wednesday’s super G.
Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) was again the top American down the dark Kandahar downhill, this time finishing 12th.
Travis Ganong led five Americans into the top 30 with his second career World Cup downhill victory Friday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
Travis Ganong paced three Americans into the top 20, finishing 11th in Friday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G in Kitzbuehel, Austria.
Rescheduled events from Courchevel for the ladies, and Lake Louise for the men kick off this week’s schedule in Semmering, Austria and Santa Caterina, Italy.
Travis Ganong and Steven Nyman were the only Americans to finish in the points at Friday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G.
Steve Nyman led the American’s in the first downhill of the season in 15th Saturday at the Audi FIS Ski Alpine World Cup.
Travis Ganong and Ryan Cochran-Siegle led the U.S. Team to seventh-place and 15th-place respective finishes in Friday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G.
The U.S. men’s alpine team has accomplished almost every major feat on the Audi FIS Ski World Cup—Olympic gold, World Championship gold, slalom and giant slalom titles, Hahnenkamm gold—that is, except for winning the coveted downhill title.
Laurenne Ross finished fifth Thursday and wrapped up the Audi FIS Ski World Cup season with seven top-five results in downhill and super G.
Steven Nyman scored his fourth-straight downhill podium, finishing second at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals to wrap up the season.
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Travis Ganong knows how to pick a line down a racecourse and in the backcountry, but it was the line set by his older sisters, Megan and Ali, that helped reel him into ski racing. He launched his World Cup career in 2010 and has quickly become a leading member of the future downhill greats club.
Teammate Steven Nyman called it in Dec. 2012 when he told Ganong “you’ve got next” after Nyman won the famed Saslong downhill (for the second time) in Val Gardena, Italy. Ganong believed in Steven by warming up for the Olympics with downhill seventh and super G sixth in Kitzbuehel, a personal best World Cup weekend. He then trumped his own deck in Sochi by notching fifth in the Olympic downhill to lead the U.S. Ski Team, which included heavy favorite Bode Miller. The taste was sweet, but Ganong wanted top three and knew he had the ability to make it happen. So he did. Just one week after the Olympics, the young man from Squaw Valley finished third in a World Cup super G in Kvitfjell, Norway to cap his best ever World Cup season and safely stake his claim as one of the next great American downhillers.
Ganong really did have next—just after teammate Nyman snagged his hat trick victory in Val Gardena, Ganong made the big leap to the top of the podium this season, snagging the victory at the Santa Caterina downhill. From there, Ganong went on to crush it at Vail/Beaver Creek World Championships, with a second place finish in front of a massive crowd and ended up a career best 11th ranked in the downhill standings. Ganong started the 2016 season off with a bang in Lake Louise, finishing 3rd in downhill and 4th in super G. He would go on to snag six top 10 World Cup finishes and looks forward to finding the podium again in 2017.
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