Megan McJames

The first of three ski camps this summer in Mount Hood was a success!

The first of three ski camps in Mount Hood this summer was a success!  I will be heading back soon to coach #ligetyweibrect15 and #keelyscamp

Post Training Ice Bath Mirror Lake, OR

Post Training Ice Bath in Mirror Lake, OR

New Mountain Bikes!!! 29er!

New Mountain Bikes!!! 29er!

Pool Party

Pool parties, sunbathing…..

 & fresh fruit!

& fresh fruit!

Pre-wedding YOGA Congratulations to Shannon and Will!

Pre-wedding YOGA
Congratulations to Shannon and Will!

Home Sweet Home in Beautiful Park City!

Home Sweet Home in Beautiful Park City!

For everyone who has been asking me about my baking: chocolate cake with a maple butter cream Happy 1st Anniversary to Adam and Jess!

For Everyone Who Has Been Asking Me About My Baking: Chocolate Cake With Maple Butter Cream
Happy 1st Anniversary to Adam and Jess!

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Post Season Olympic Celebrations: a trip to the White House and Park City's own parade of Olympians!

Post Season Olympic Celebrations: a trip to the White House and Park City’s own parade of Olympians!

Camping near Goblin Valley State Park!

Camping near Goblin Valley State Park!

Slot canyon hiking!

Slot canyon hiking in Little Wild Horse Canyon!

Life is better when best friends visit!

Life is better when best friends visit!

Hunting for Easter Eggs!

Hunting for Easter Eggs!

I made dessert!

I made dessert!

10 inches of fresh powder in May?!

10 inches of fresh powder in May?!

Home is where the heart is! ❤ Utah

Home is where the heart is!  ❤ Utah

My last World Cups of the season brought me to Are, Sweden.

My last World Cups of the season brought me to Are, Sweden.  There were three races, including a night GS!  Photo Credit: Laurel Christensen

I got to meet up with a life-time friend on her European adventure, thank you for coming to cheer me on Laurel!

I got to meet up with a life-time friend on her European adventure, thank you for coming to cheer me on Laurel!

Snow tunnels and ice falls in Sweden:

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Flying over Greenland in-route to North American Cup Finals.

Flying over Greenland in-route to North American Cup Finals

Up early for slalom race day!  Sunrise over Calgary.

Up early for slalom race day! Sunrise over Calgary.

Sunrise in Nakiska!  I love the Canadian rockies!

Sunrise in Nakiska! I love the Canadian rockies!

Sometimes, when a race series doesn’t go your way, you just have to go out and enjoy the mountains with friends:

Sometimes, when a race series doesn't go your way, you just have to go and enjoy the mountains with friends!  Photo Credit: Resi Stiegler

Photo Credit: Resi Stiegler

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Photo Credit: Jackie Wiles

U.S. National Championships in Squaw Valley California

U.S. National Championships in Squaw Valley California

Beautiful Lake Tahoe

Beautiful Lake Tahoe

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Back on top of the giant slalom podium, wahoo!  Photo Credit: Resi Stiegler

Back on top of the giant slalom podium, woot-woot!
Photo Credit: Resi Stiegler

Ski Racing Magazine: McJames Concludes Champs Week with FIS GS Win

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Representing USA at Closing Ceremonies!

Representing USA at Closing Ceremonies!

On my way to top 30 in Olympic Giant Slalom in very tough weather conditions!

Enjoying the Sochi Adventure with teammates!

Enjoying the Sochi Adventure with teammates!

Thank you to everyone for the outpouring of support since the Olympic team naming, I can’t even keep up with all of the kind messages I have been receiving! I am still trying to find the right words to express how being a part of the 2014 Olympic team feels after all of the hurdles in the past four years….SO HAPPY is a start!!!  I am choosing to focus on all of the people that have supported me and believed in me up to this point, ski racing independently would not have been possible without you!  A special thank you to my mom Sue McJames, my dad Scott McJames, my little brother Kevin McJames, Bill McJames, my best friend/coach Cody Marshall, Pat and Ann-Sofie Andrews, Groundswell Athletics and Bob and Merritt Bennett, Fischer, Lange, POC, Swix, LekiYetti Apparel, Wizbang hats, Park City Ski Team, Rowmark, Podium Ski Service, Pyramid Consulting, T2 Foundation, Team America and many, many more donors, sponsors and friends!

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Happy Holidays! 

My ski career has really brought me full circle.  Picture on the left is from my d-teams year.  The picture on the right is in from of the same store seven ski seasons later!

My ski career has really brought me full circle. The picture on the left is from my d-team year. The picture on the right is in front of the same store in St. Moritz seven ski seasons later!

First time scoring World Cup points in three years!  St. Moritz, Switzerland

First time scoring World Cup points in three years!  SO HAPPY! 
St. Moritz, Switzerland

Thank you to my family, friends, donors and sponsors who stood by me on some really, REALLY hard days!  Ski racing independently wouldn’t be possible without you!

You can watch my Giant Slalom runs from St. Moritz here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8V-5p56QoA

And some more World Cup points a week later in Val D'Isere, France :-)

And some more World Cup points a week later in Val D’Isere, France :-)

Overview of the World Cup Giant Slalom in Val D’Isere from UsSkiTeam.com

A couple more pictures from the journey:

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Val D’Isere, France

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St. Moritz, Switzerland

St. Moritz, Switzerland

“Happiness is the key to success.  If you love what you are doing you will be successful.” 

-Albert Schweitzer

We successfully ended the preparation period and have started race season full swing!  After three weeks of training in Colorado my racing is off to a good start with some competitive runs, cold temperatures and fun!  I have my first two podiums of the season under my belt, a second place in FIS giant slalom and a third place in North American Cup super combine.  I will be spending the next month in Europe chasing the so far elusive World Cup result!

Beaver Creek giant slalom Photo Credit: SelkoPhoto

Beaver Creek Giant Slalom
Photo Credit: SelkoPhoto

Thank you to #yettiapparel, #fischersportsalpineski, #POC, #leki and #Lange for making us look sharp in our outfits!

Thank you to #yettiapparel, #fischersportsalpineski, #POC, #leki and #Lange for making us look sharp in our outfits!

Spectating the downhill in Beaver Creek with my dad and Pat, GO USA!

Spectating the downhill in Beaver Creek with my dad and Pat, GO USA!

Snow Angels….

Snow Angels….

…And ice crystals!

…And ice crystals!

#keelyscampforgirls reunited!

#keelyscampforgirls reunited!

Noram Giant Slalom  Photo Credit Troy Watts

Noram Giant Slalom
Photo Credit Troy Watts

Ski Racing: Loeseth Wins Opening Noram, Canada Gives Chase

“Racing is a game, try to win it but never forget to enjoy!”  -French Ski Team

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Independent Ski Racing’s first trip of the 2013 season is in the books!  We spent two weeks of October in Europe preparing for the World Cup opener in Solden, Austria.  During those two weeks I got my first powder day of the season and had amazing training on both the race hill in Solden and on injected snow on a slope called the Ice Box; thank you to the U.S. Ski Team for including me in those days of training!  I worked hard this summer to prepare myself and my program for the winter and I am happy with how things are progressing.  Each day of skiing I got faster and more comfortable.  I missed qualification in Solden by .57 hundredths of a second and will be headed to Colorado for a month of training  to find that time before Beaver Creek!

Here are some pictures of my European journey……

Stubaigletcherbahn!

Stubaigletcherbahn!

First POW tracks of the season!

First POW tracks of the season!

Zwiselstein from my hike above the Solden valley!

Zwiselstein from my hike above the Solden valley!

The Solden river is full of glacier run off and is VERY cold!

The Solden river is full of glacier run off and is VERY cold!

Amazing training on the race hill in Solden, AUT!

Amazing training on the race hill in Solden, AUT! Photo Credit: Patrick Andrews

Race day sunrise!

Race day sunrise!

Go Team Megan!

Go Team Megan!

Ski racing IS cool!!!

Ski racing IS cool!!!

As always, donations toward my journey are very much appreciated!

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