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)
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.
Andrew Weibrecht just missed a podium spot to lead three Americans into the top 20 in Sunday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G.
The conditions in Norway are looking prime and the stage is set for an American Downhiller vs. Attacking Viking showdown on home turf for the Norwegians.
American downhillers gave rave reviews of the downhill course at the Jeongseon Alpine Center, site of this week’s Audi FIS Ski Alpine World Cup downhill and super G events
One year ago today, the U.S. Ski Team was anxiously anticipating the start of the 2015 FIS World Ski Championships in the United States.
Travis Ganong led five Americans into the top 30, with a sixth-place finish, in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Saturday on the Kandahar downhill track.
Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) led a trio of Americans in Saturday’s challenging Hahnenkamm downhill.
Welcome to Kitzbuehel, the Super Bowl of ski racing, where 50,000 crazed fans will descend upon this ski racing Mecca this weekend.
Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) battled through fog and flat light to lead four American’s into the top 30 on the classic Lauberhorn downhill Saturday.
Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) and his U.S. teammates tackled one of the most challenging downhill tracks on the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup circuit Tuesday, where just making it to the finish line was a victory.
Bryce Bennett led the U.S. men and scored a career-best finish at Saturday’s Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup downhill.
Andrew Weibrecht was once again the top American, finishing fifth at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G Friday.
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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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