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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.

      The end of my season didn't go very well with a few too many DNF's and shoulder problems. But I just got right shoulder surgery yesterday, which should prevent future dislocations. My labrum (ligament) was completely torn and my socket bone was quite worn down due to frequent movement and dislocations.

      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.

      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 diving into the books at Dartmouth. If time allows, he’s all about kicking the soccer ball, listening to hip-hop and attempting to slack line.



      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