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5-9
Weight
165
 

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Aspenite Katie Ryan was on a bus with 120 other Aspen High School seniors when she learned she'd been called up to the U.S. Development Team. That was 2011. Since then, the miles on snow have paid their dividends, with Ryan making a huge leap after the 2012 season straight up to the U.S. B Team.

How'd she do it? The simple answer is fast skiing, which won her the 2013 and 2014 NorAm downhill titles, a second in the overall and a fifth in the Junior World Champs super G. Ryan plans to continue her fast skiing into the 2015 season with the love of the sport you’d expect from an athlete who grew up in Aspen.

KATIE SAYS
I’m currently savoring life. It’s a tinge bitter at the moment, but at least I can taste that. It also tastes sweet and light. I didn’t race up to my expectations at the Junior World Championships in Jasná, Slovakia, but it was for reasons that are my own. This was disappointing, even heart breaking. Yet the trip was also filled with fantastic adventures, bold moves and kindred friendship. 

The book of the trip was “The Power of Now”, a reread for me, but just as valuable the second time around. That’s what I’m doing – living in the moment, savoring life.

FIRST TRACKS
Late to skiing, Ryan picked up the boards at age five after moving from Dallas to Aspen. She fell in love with snow and began skiing as a Powder Panda, working up to the Aspen Valley Ski Club’s race program by age 10. Fitted in a one-piece yellow suit (nick-named SunKist), she barely kept up the first couple years. She proceeded to get faster and faster, taking extra training laps and trying to keep up with men's downhiller Wiley Maple while he bombed down Ajax Mountain.

Her first real achievement was winning J2 Nationals slalom and super G during the ’09 season. She missed the cut during her first tryout for the U.S. Development Team. The following season she proved her mettle by following up a mid-season broken arm with Junior SuperG gold at the 2012 U.S. Alpine Championships–her second race back.

OFF THE SNOW
When she’s not on the road, home life in Aspen consists of spending time with younger sisters Maggie and Annie, shredding Ajax Mountain and roaming the Roaring Fork Valley on skis, bike, or foot. Ryan spends five months of the off-season in Park City, UT training at the Center of Excellence, taking classes at Westminster, playing beach volleyball and mountain biking.  

 

Highlights

NorAm DH Champion, 2013 and 2014
Silver, DH, U.S. Championships, 2013
Gold, SG U.S. Junior Championships, 2012