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      When Minnesota born David Chodounsky fell short of making the U.S. Ski Team after high school, he enrolled at Dartmouth and won the NCAA slalom title in his freshman year. Two years later he captained the school to the NCAA overall title then graduated with a double major in engineering and geology. Now that he’s fully focused on skiing, Chodounsky has quickly risen to become the top men’s slalom racer in the U.S.

      The numbers keep going the right way for Chodounsky, who posted the best World Cup season of his career in 2014. Stats include a pair of top 10 finishes, including a personal best seventh in the Val d’Isere slalom. With all things flowing the right way, “Daver” also earned the first Olympic start of his career in Sochi.

      Unfortunately, his Olympic race ended in a DNF, but it did provide motivation to finish off the season strong. He went on to finish a career-best 19th in the World Cup slalom standings and locked the second U.S. Championship victory of his career at the Squaw Valley slalom.

      There were a lot of good things that happened this year. Mainly I know I have the speed to compete with the fastest guys. Now it’s just a matter of me bringing that speed to two race runs. I’ve been having really fast sections, but sections don’t win races.

      Unfortunately, I didn’t fare as well as I had hoped at the Olympics. I hooked a tip and straddled a gate about half way down my first run, ending my hopes to be decorated with medal of any color. Nevertheless, I lived my Olympic dream!

      After choking down the disappointment of not finishing the biggest race of my career, the magnitude of the occasion settled in, and I realized that I had just lived the moment I had been striving for my entire life. It was an incredible and unforgettable experience. It is still hard to believe that it actually happened, that I raced in the Olympic games among the worlds best, representing my country, family, and friends.

      The U.S. Championships helped close things out. I really wanted to end with a strong note because I knew I was skiing fast. It happened in Squaw Valley so I’m really happy to bring this into the off-season, to lock this away in my mind and carry that into next year.

      Being born in Minnesota, Chodounsky began skiing at two when Ma and Pa mounted a pair of whittled wooden planks and pushed him down the hill in the front yard. At seven he picked up racing and joined the local race team at Buck Hill, skiing with Lindsey Vonn under legendary coach Erich Sailer. When Chodounsky was 11, the family packed up for Crested Butte, CO to further his skiing. He attended Crested Butte Academy and continued to hone his skills at Dartmouth before making the U.S. Ski Team after the 2009 season.

      Chodounsky lives for the mountain lifestyle, as long as it involves fishing in Colorado or Utah. He spends most of his summers crushing the gym at the Center of Excellence in Park City while taking in all the outdoor recreation available in the Wasatch.




      Team: 2013, 2011

      WORLD CUP (Highlights)
      19th in slalom standings, 2014
      21st in slalom standings, 2013
      5th in Moscow parallel slalom, 2013
      Top 10 in Adelboden slalom, 2013
      Points in Zagreb, CRO, Wengen, SUI, and Schladming, AUT slalom races, 2011

      2014 U.S. slalom champion
      2009 U.S. slalom champion
      2007 NCAA overall champion
      2005 NCAA slalom champion