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      Another in the long line of Squaw Valley powder hounds (Julia Mancuso, Marco Sullivan, Travis Ganong), Bryce Bennett blasted onto the U.S. Ski Team in the same way he hucks cliffs at Squaw – by going big. An invite to a 2011 spring tryout camp proved to be the only opportunity he needed, successfully punching a ticket onto the team by showing coaches that his form on the hard stuff is just as solid as it is in the fluff.

      Bennett solidly planted himself as a legit all-around threat during the 2013 season. He earned top 10's in downhill and combined at the FIS Alpine Junior World Championships, a silver medal in downhill at the U.S. Championships, and a top 10 finish in the NorAm overall standings despite not racing the full tour.

      Bennett had skiing in the bloodline before he was born. His mother worked at Alpine Meadows Resort and Dad was a former telemark racer. They had him on skis at age two and it wasn't long before he was a regular at the Squaw Valley Mighty Mite program. "They had some amazing Mighty Mite coaches at Squaw," says Bennett. "They just got you so pumped for skiing, no matter what the weather was doing." By eight, he'd decided he was going to race in the Olympics.

      While he may be too young to have seen the 80's classic film RAD, Bennett used to be a BMX racer and that dirty love easily evolved into mountain biking. When not on the dirt trails around Squaw on a bike or on foot, you'll find him on the golf course. "I've had some good weeks, the last one I was two over on 18," he said. He’s also a big friend of fish, as long as they are at the end of his fly rod. "My favorite spot is the Truckee River, but you'll never get me to tell you where my holes are."



      2nd, DH, U.S. Championships, Copper Mountain, CA, 2013
      Top 10 in both DH and Combined at Junior World Championships, 2013
      6th, Combined, Roccaraso, ITA, Junior World Championships, 2012
      Junior podiums in DH, SG, GS, SL, and combined at U.S. Championships, 2012
      1st, GS, Junior National Championships, Aspen, CO, 2009