Snow tunnels and ice falls in Sweden:
Sometimes, when a race series doesn’t go your way, you just have to go out and enjoy the mountains with friends:
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, Leki, Yetti 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!
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
A couple more pictures from the journey:
“Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing you will be successful.”
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!
“Racing is a game, try to win it but never forget to enjoy!” -French Ski Team
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……
As always, donations toward my journey are very much appreciated!