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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.

I had no idea what I would feel like kicking out of the starting gate in Sochi. I just let myself relax and let my skiing take over. I had a lot of fun and it worked out. My run was awesome. I did basically what I wanted to do. I pushed hard. I pushed huge off the jumps and had a smile on my face when I finished.

I've been methodically building my career over the last four or five years in the World Cup and getting better and better each year and lowering my ranking and gaining more confidence. Now I'm at a point where I know my skiing's good and I can be relaxed. That's a really fun place to be because then you're just having fun every race.

The World Cup podium was a really big step in my career. I always told myself I'd get to this point. It was just a matter of time. I've had enough time now racing all these hills and I'm comfortable. I'm also stronger than I was last year and I'm more fit.

Growing up minutes from Squaw Valley, he found himself in the Mighty Mites peewee program as a tyke. He devoured the opportunity. “Cliffs, chutes, pillow-lines, arcin’ turns down the Dog Leg! I couldn’t get enough,” he recalls. With his sisters showing the way, he got into the race program. He pointed to his sister Megan’s time on the U.S. Ski Team and said he wanted to follow her lead.

There isn't much 'off snow' for Ganong, who is the first to grab his fat boards on a race cancelation day. Big Mountain skiing is what it's all about and what a better place to learn than Squaw Valley. "I love freeskiing and big mountain skiing just as much as racing, and they both kind of help out the other." 



Teams: 2014
5th, DH, Sochi, RUS, 2014
23rd, SG, Sochi, RUS, 2014

Teams: 2013, 2011
18th, SG, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER, 2011
24th, DH, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER, 2011

Career first podium, 3rd, Kvitfjell, NOR, 2014
Ninth in downhill standings, 2014
18th in downhill standings, 2013
Has scored points on all of the world's top downhill tracks
Career first World Cup points in Kvitfjell, Norway, 2010

2013, SG, Squaw Valley, CA
2010, DH, Aspen, CO
2010, SG, Aspen, CO

Second in 2010 NorAm DH points
Three-time member of Junior Worlds Team