Thank you to Sue Haas McJames, Scott Mcjames, Kevin McJames, Bill McJames, Cody Marshall, Patrick Andrews, Heli Krug, POC, Leki, T2 Foundation, Swix wax, Lange, Lauren Loberg, Margie Lapanja, Ryan Cornish, Wizbang hats, Podium Ski Service, Park City Ski Team, Rowmark, Snowbird Ski Education Foundation and all my friends, individual donors and sponsors who made an exciting season possible by believing in me and my skiing. As the North American Cup Overall winner for the season, I have my own world cup spot in every event next season and that makes the 2014 Sochi olympics a real possibility! So, now what?! ADVENTURE IS OUT THERE!…..details on my plans to follow as I am able to put them together
Also, I am sending healing vibes to all the tough ladies dealing with injury and health issues after this ski season! I can’t wait to be ripping with you ladies again soon!
This mid-season Europe trip was different than any I have taken before; we raced a lot and it felt like we were constantly loading and unloading the van.
Building confidence, working hard, finding my love of ski racing, tears, pain, fast runs, slaying mental demons and over coming challenges!
Now for a few off days of eating American food and then off to race in Vail!
Ski racing, as with life, is a mix of good and bad days. In this past month I have had some good results in super g and slalom but have had to put some extra time in figuring out my giant slalom. Sometimes it is best to just take a step back, start from the beginning and, of course, take sometime to celebrate my favorite time of year with friends and family. A little powder skiing never hurts anything either
A special thank you to Cody Marshall, Snowbird Sports Education Foundation and Podium Ski Service for getting me dialed in before I head back over to Europe for January! Wishing everyone a healthy and happy holidays!!
Anyone who has ever partied with ski racer chicks would never call them ladies. A woman who can squat 400 pounds and shin gates at 50 miles an hour is not a lady, she’s a Motherfu**** Amazon Warrior. -PowderMag
As we head to Aspen this weekend for my second world cup of the season, I am thankful for this opportunity to follow my ski racing dreams. Thank you friends, family and supporters AND Happy Thanksgiving!
Independent Ski Racing spent the month in europe training hard for the quickly approaching ski season!
We were on the search for snow when we arrived and I was excited to end up in a place I had never skied, Stelvio, ITA.
The road to get up to the Stelvio glacier was crazy!
And then the season began with the World Cup Opener in Solden, AUT! Anyone who has seen the results knows that mistakes were made and that it was not my best result but, regardless, the season with my new team has begun and I am very excited! I am home for a week to regroup and rest up before we head out to Colorado for more training and racing. The goal for the next month is to bring my skiing from training in to my races!
She had never experienced the World Cup race scene in Europe and we went up to watch the boys race on Sunday. I was taking notes on Ted’s impressive skiing, CONGRATS on the big win!
If you haven’t checked out Independent Ski Racing’s article in SKIING magazine please do: http://www.skinet.com/skiing/articles/independent-ski-racing
Good luck to Hailey Duke in Levi!!!
Time flies when you are chasing your dreams and this summer was full of fundraising, mountain adventures and baking!
Independent Ski Racing LLC. is organized and all members are gearing up for the winter season!!! We have four athletes (Hailey Duke, Katie Hartman, Lena Andrews and myself), two ex-Swedish national team coaches (Helmut Krug and Jonas Lind) and a technicion/team manager (Pat Andrews).
After earning a giant slalom world cup spot for the upcoming season and feel that I owe it to myself to take advantage! For me, Independent Ski Racing LLC. is about making fast turns, pure and simple. I have worked my whole life for an opportunity on the world cup and to give myself the best chance for success against international competition next season I have been fundraising, working out, meeting with a sports psychologist from Pyramid Performance consulting and traveling to Mount Hood for on-snow training camps. My ultimate goal is to compete at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. To do this, I will need to re-earn a world cup spot for the 2014 season by scoring world cup points next season or winning another title on the North American Cup circuit.
I have been working really hard this summer to make the financial side of this this project possible and I want to say thank you to everyone who has supported me and my teammates so far! ”It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.”
Since Independent Ski Racing is a limited liability corporation we are fundraising under the Athlete Project and each athlete is shooting to raise $50,000 to cover the equipment and logistical expenses involved with traveling the World Cup Circuit this upcoming season! All funds raised go directly to our travel, training and racing expenses. If you haven’t already, please check out http://athlete-project.com/megan-mcjames/ to learn more, donate or share sponsorship opportunities! *Donations of $250 or more are tax-deductible!
Thank you to all of the Park City ladies who attended my two Salaam Clothing Trunk Shows and my mom and Margie for their help organizing these events. We had a blast trying on cloths, drinking wine and eating appetizers!
My other passion is baking so I worked at a high end bakery this summer and learned a lot!
Look what I can do:
The next move will be to Europe for prepare for this season’s world cup opener in Solden, AUT on October 27th!