The 2014 Olympic season proved to everyone else what Travis Ganong already knew: he was ready to officially add his name to the list of next great American downhillers. (Getty Images/AFP/Alexander Klein)
Sunshine and excellent racing conditions will greet athletes Wednesday when the 2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships kick off on Red Dog at Squaw Valley.
Bode Miller rallied to an impressive third in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G final Thursday, closing the men’s speed events for the 2014 season.
Ted Ligety tied for second to score his first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup podium in downhill.
Olympic super G silver medalist Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) needed a solid Audi FIS Alpine World Cup result Sunday and he got one, finishing seventh in the final super G before the World Cup Finals.
Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA), who 24 hours earlier stamped the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup top three of his career, finished fourth Saturday, a mere .05 from a second downhill podium in Kvitfjell.
Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) charged to fifth on the steep and fast course of the 2014 Sochi downhill on Sunday, pulling out the best finish of his career during his first-ever Olympic appearance.
Bode Miller finished .66 seconds ahead of Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal to take the victory in the final downhill training run Saturday at the Sochi Olympic venue.
Today, the USSA announced a strong team of 20 alpine athletes, including three Olympic gold medalists, to represent the USA in Sochi. (Photo: Mickael Kappeler/AFP/Getty Images)
Reigning super combined world champion Ted Ligety skied an inspired slalom run to take second in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super combined in Kitzbuehel, the final race of the U.S. Olympic qualification period.
Victory at the famed Hahnenkamm downhill eluded Bode Miller yet again as the Olympic champion finished third in Kitzbuehel.
“In our sport there are so many people that are involved in helping us out on every single level, and people believing in us is how we end up believing in ourselves to compete on the highest level.” – Three-time U.S. Champion Travis Ganong
Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) made another positive stride toward his first Olympic Winter Games with a tie for 10th in a rugged Bormio downhill to lead the U.S. Ski Team.
Five-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) continued to build speed on the Road to Sochi with fifth Saturday in the 46th Saslong Classic downhill in Val Gardena, Italy.
Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) charged through difficult visibility on upper half of the Saslong super G and made an incredibly athletic move at the final gate to lead the U.S. Ski Team with eighth in Val Gardena.
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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.
I've been methodically building my career over the last four or five years in the World Cup and getting better and better each year and lowering my ranking and gaining more confidence. Now I'm at a point where I know my skiing's good and I can be relaxed. That's a really fun place to be because then you're just having fun every race.
The World Cup podium was a really big step in my career. I always told myself I'd get to this point. It was just a matter of time. I've had enough time now racing all these hills and I'm comfortable. I'm also stronger than I was last year and I'm more fit.
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