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Formerly coached by four-time Olympian Casey Puckett, Alice McKennis knows a thing or two about speed events. Her resume speaks for itself with a World Cup downhill win, multiple World Cup super G top 10's, and a 20th in the World Cup DH standings as well as a spot on the 2010 Olympic Team during her rookie World Cup season.

McKennis is still feeling the affects of her March 2013 crash in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany that shattered her right tibial plateau into about 30 pieces. She attempted a comeback for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, but after a few mediocre NorAm races and one World Cup start, she listened to her body and called it a season.

The next step for McKennis was to get the hardware out of her leg and completely focus on getting strong for the 2015 season, when the World Championships will be hosted in her home state. It's a recovery road she's walked before. Just a few years prior, she had a similar injury on her left leg. Experience in injury recovery counts. If McKennis can go from the knife to the top of the World Cup podium once, she can do it again.

After an agonizing few weeks of trying to decide if I should continue pushing the limit and try to reach Sochi or take a step back and look towards the future, I have chosen to look towards the future. This has been the toughest decision I have ever made with my career; it was painful and still is. At times I thought I had decided fully what I was doing only to have doubts about that decision 45 seconds later.  

I have pushed everything as hard as I could to get back on snow, pushed myself to get back in gates and racing months before anyone anticipated, but one thing I can no longer push is my body. I have reached a point where the issues in my leg, caused by the plate and 11 screws in my leg, are preventing me from reaching the level of skiing I need to be at to be a contender this season and to be part of the Olympic team.

As much as I want to continue racing this season and risk everything, I have realized that my career and life aren’t just about Sochi. I have many years of ski racing left and a career I hope to have in the ski industry when I retire, and it does not make sense to put everything on the line for something I am not ready for.

McKennis grew up on a cattle ranch, but she lived close enough to the mountains for her future career path to make sense. Her father, Greg, took her to Sunlight Mountain Resort in Glenwood Springs, CO before she had even turned two. She began racing at age five, following her older sister, Kendra, who later competed on the FIS (minor league) level for two seasons. At about the same time, the girls' mother, Jill, tragically died in a car accident. The family continued to ski as a way of coping with the loss. When she was nine, McKennis joined Ski Club Vail, the club that was nurturing the all-around skills of Alpine star-in-the-making Lindsey Vonn. McKennis watched in awe and took some valuable mental notes as the U.S. Ski Team phenom, who was five years older than her, tore down the slopes. After several years of bouncing around different ski clubs in Colorado, McKennis landed with the Aspen Valley Ski Club.

McKennis was a competitive equestrian and competed in jumping, cross country riding and dressage until she was about 14, hence her appreciation of country music. When she’s not skiing or riding, you can find her at the local fishing hole, ripping on her mountain bike or enjoying the view from a tent. Also, McKennis and her dad regularly float the Colorado as well as any other stream they can find with rapids.



Teams: 2010

Teams 2013
17th, DH, Schladming, AUT, 2013

WORLD CUP (highlights)
First World Cup Victory, St. Anton, AUT, 2013
Finished 10th in World Cup downhill standings, 2013
20th in DH standings during rookie World Cup season, 2010

Nominated for 2010 Audi FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year
2009 NorAm DH and SG champion
4th in DH at 2009 Junior World Championships