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Height
5-11
Weight
200
 

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Tim Jitloff, like so many Lake Tahoe tykes, was on skis by two and freeskied through most of his youth. He stepped up to the U.S. Development Team in 2005, the same year he captured a Junior World Championship title, and is now on the cusp of his first World Cup podium.

After flashes of brilliance earlier in his career, Jitloff has established himself as one of the best giant slalom skiers in the world…and that’s saying a lot considering his biggest competition, Ted Ligety, is the best in the world.

The 2014 season was no slouch winter for “Jit,” who popped a Europa Cup win and then a handful of World Cup top 15s, including a stunning fifth in Alta Badia, Italy to match a career best. He then went on to land 15th in the Olympic giant slalom. In all it was his best season to date and was highlighted by an 18th-place finish in the World Cup giant slalom standings.

That could have been enough for some, but not for Jitloff. Post Euroland, he came home to the Lake Tahoe area and won back-to-back giant slalom races on the 1960 Olympic race hill in Squaw Valley. One of which was his second-straight U.S. giant slalom title.

TIM SAYS
Alta Badia was about saying ‘Okay, let’s do this twice in a row without any big mistakes.’ And when I do that I’m just as capable and fast as the rest. I just felt like I was on and I was doing it right. To come to the place that is the definition of giant slalom racing and throw down a fifth, I couldn't have been happier.

Coming home to the Tahoe area and skiing two solid GS races was also really good. Those events are more about having fun than anything else, but it’s never bad to win a race and winning them at the end of the season – especially when it’s in front of family and friends – is always good for the motivation to train hard in the summer.

FIRST TRACKS
As told by the man himself, “Since I lived in Tahoe, I grew up freeskiing all my youth and in that freeskiing, I found I enjoyed the thrill of racing. I've been doing both ever since.”

OFF THE SNOW
Jitloff is officially certified in SCUBA, but he's also into wakeboarding, surfing, road biking, hockey, golf and traveling. Practically a dual citizen, Jit splits his time between Reno and Germany, where he lives throughout the season with his girlfriend, Anja.

 

Highlights

OLYMPICS
Teams: 2014, 2010
15th, GS, Sochi, 2014

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Teams: 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007
14th, SC, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER, 2011
16th, GS, Schladming, AUT, 2013
18th, GS, Are, SWE, 2007
22nd, SL, Val d'Isere, FRA, 2009
25th, SL, Are, SWE, 2007
26th, GS, Val d'Isere, FRA, 2009

WORLD CUP
Two top 10s to finish 19th in GS standings, 2014
Ranked 27th in GS, 2012
First points (20th, GS, Soelden, AUT, 2008)
First SL points (15th, Alta Badia, ITA, 2008)
First SC points (24th, Wengen, SUI, 2011)

U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS
2014, GS, Squaw Valley, CA
2013, GS, Squaw Valley, CA
2009, GS, Alyeska, AK
2009, Combined, Alyeska, AK
2008, GS, Sugarloaf, ME

OTHER
2007 NorAm giant slalom champion
2005 Junior World combined champion
2005 Ski Racing Junior Skier of the Year