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What it's Like to be on the U.S. Ski Team

27th November 2013 | Travis Ganong

News Regions: Colorado, Canada, Rocky Mountains

Resorts in this article: Copper Mountain, Lake Louise

Travis Ganong training in Loveland, Colorado, November 6th.

Travis Ganong training in Loveland, Colorado, November 6th.

Copyright: Travis Ganong

The wait is over! Finally the long summer of training in the gym has come and gone. The months spent traveling in the Southern Hemisphere in search of “summer snow” now seem like a lifetime ago. And now, it’s game time!

As a World Cup Alpine ski racer, I spend most of my time skiing in a training environment. Meaning that I spend countless days working hard and waking up early to just train for racing. These days don’t count for anything in the grand scheme of things. Sure, I am testing equipment and learning how to ski faster, but at the end of the day, there is no trophy, podium or glory... yet. 

PHOTO GALLERY: A SUMMER IN THE LIFE OF OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL HOPEFULS

We spend lots of time on the bike during the summer training season!  Here we are in the U.S. Ski Team gym in Park City, Utah.   - © Travis Ganong

We spend lots of time on the bike during the summer training season! Here we are in the U.S. Ski Team gym in Park City, Utah.

Copyright: Travis Ganong

We train so much and travel all around the world in search of snow so that come late November, we are already in “midwinter” ski shape and ready to send it at the first World Cup race of the season. For me this winter, November couldn’t have come quicker, and I am so ready to kick off the competition season up at Lake Louise on November 28th.

I have been out in Colorado since just before Halloween skiing at Copper Mountain, fine-tuning my racing skills and dialing in the race equipment setup. I can’t wait to wake up in Lake Louise with the excitement of race day on my mind and try to fight for the top of the podium against the best racers from around the world! All ski racers and competitors live for these kinds of situations. Competition drives athletes to new heights, pushing their sport to new levels.

A typical pre dawn training session in Portillo Chile in September testing out different set ups on my Atomic skis.   - © Travis Ganong

A typical pre dawn training session in Portillo Chile in September testing out different set ups on my Atomic skis.

Copyright: Travis Ganong

Here's to the kickoff of the 2013–2014 World Cup Downhill and Super G season. Make sure to follow all my U.S. Ski teammates and me on TV all winter long leading into the Winter Olympics in Sochi. And here's to your great winter back home in the U.S. Enjoy the skiing! 

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U.S. Ski Team gym in Park City, Utah - © Travis Ganong
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