Megan McJames

Thank you for making it possible for me to end another ski-season strong!

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This month I was able to wrap up the Overall North American Cup title, this qualifies me for every World Cup race for the 2016-17 season!

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The last race series of the winter was U.S. National Championships in Sun Valley where I was able to ski into 2nd place in the super combine and 3rd place in the giant slalom:

http://www.skiracing.com/stories/shiffrin-takes-u-s-champs-gs-to-end-series

I was also able to participate in a Fast and Female event in Sun Valley that was all about inspiring the next generation of female skiers:

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Thanks to all of you for being a part of my team, as an independent skier it means the world to me to have so many supportive people believing in my racing!

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January’s race schedule called for another European adventure…

Possa di Fassa, ItalyThe trip started in beautiful Possa di Fassa, Italy where I had lots of fun training giant slalom with the West Team girlies!

Giant Slalom Training with the West Team Girlies!

#westteamisthebestteam

World Cup GS in Flachau, Austria

World Cup Giant Slalom in Flachau, Austria

I was lucky enough to have my Dad keeping me company in Europe and being my support team at the World Cup races in Flachau and Maribor!

World Cup GS in Maribor, Slovenia!

World Cup Giant Slalom in Maribor, Slovenia

Race Day in Maribor

Race Day in Maribor

The weather made snow conditions tough on race day, but also made for beautiful sunsets along the Drava river!

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Downtown Maribor, Slovenia

The Infamous Kitzbuhl Downhill

Kitzbuhl, Austria

Dad & I decided to spend New Years watching the men race the infamous Kitzbuhl downhill.  There was so much excitement for ski racing and I was very impressed by the male athletes throwing themselves down such a challenging course!

Thank you Pinky's Hut for making out stop in Kitzbuhl possible!

Thank you Pinky’s Hut for making our stop in Kitzbuhl possible!

IMG_0584Then it was back too work!  I had so much fun training and eating pizzas with the World Cup girls in San Candido, Italy. Being back with the team was not only fun, but pushed my skiing to the next level!

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San Candido, Italy

San Candido, Italy

Then it was back to Eastern Canada and U.S. for a long series of Noram Races:

NorAms Switch Gears to Whiteface Speed

IMG_0642It is always fun to win, but even better with a friend! Congrats on your GS comeback Resi Stiegler!

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Thank you to everyone who makes podiums possible for me with their support!

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So many crazy, fun, beautiful, fast girls on the circuit; hanging out with friends new & old!

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” 

-The Alchemist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For me, December was full of holiday celebrations, family-time, travel and skiing….just like it is supposed to be!

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Christmas Cookies are a must!

Christmas Cookies are a must!

Before I hit the road, I had a Christmas cookie decorating party with my mom and Cody Marshall!

Before I hit the road, I had a Christmas cookie decorating party with my mom and Cody Marshall!

My first races of the month were the North American Cups in beautiful Panorama Mountain Resort, British Columbia

My first races of the month were the North American Cups in beautiful Panorama Mountain Resort, British Columbia.

It is always nice to stand on the top of a podium!

It is always nice to stand on the top of a podium!

Playing Catch Up with the Canadian Norams – Skiracing.com

And then off to Europe! Where we spent Christmas in Innsbruck Austria.

And then off to Europe! Where we spent Christmas in Innsbruck, Austria.

I was lucky enough to have my mom and brother keeping me company!

I was lucky enough to have my mom and brother keeping me company!

I hope everyone got to see the full moon on Christmas! This is a Italian church in St. Vigilio.

I hope everyone got to see the full moon on Christmas, this is an Italian church in St. Vigilio!

Early Mornings in the French Alps!

Early Mornings in the French Alps!

The last stop was the World Cup giant slalom in Lienz Austria where I was very happy to score my first World Cup points of the season with a 25th place :-)

The last stop of our trip was the World Cup giant slalom in Lienz Austria where I was very happy to score my first World Cup points of the season with a 25th place:-)

More to come soon!

Thank you for your support!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I spent the month of November doing lots of skiing, racing and hanging out with great friends from the ski community!

I had some really fast runs but am still working on managing my expectations for myself to turn those fast runs into happy race days:-)

I want to wish everyone a HAPPY HOLIDAY season!!!

I feel very grateful for my life in the mountains am always looking for an excuse to celebrate!  I spent Thanksgiving at the Aspen Winternational with my Dad and boyfriend Cody Marshall & will celebrate Christmas racing in Europe with my mom and little brother Kevin!!

Beautiful View at Copper Mountain GS Training

Beautiful View at Copper Mountain GS Training

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First Podium of the Season...in Slalom!!

First Podium of the Season…in Slalom!!

Echo Mountain, Colorado

Echo Mountain, Colorado

Fall Baking = Apple Pie

Fall Baking = Apple Pie

The one & only Sarah Schleper #teamrouge

The one & only Sarah Schleper #teamrouge

Little fans & friends cheering me on at the #aspenwinternational !!!

Little fans & friends cheering me on at the #aspenwinternational !!!

Lots more races & updates to come!

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 THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

A huge thank you to everyone who attended my event, the fundraiser was a huge success and a fun party! Photo Credit: Lauren Loberg

A huge thank you to everyone who attended my Follow Your Dreams Benefit II, the fundraiser was a huge success and a fun party! Photo Credit: Lauren Loberg

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After event planning, I was ready to get back out into the mountains!!!

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A beautiful autumn view from the top of the Living Room Rocks hike in Park City

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The Wasatch Mountains❤❤❤
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My last mountain bike ride of the season; Wasatch Crest with Dear Old Dad

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My three favorite men: Cody, Dad & Kevin (my little brother:-) )

Happy Birthday to Me! Thank you to Chelsea, Cody, Mom and Barb for my welcome home birthday celebration with lots of cake and gifts!!!

Happy Birthday to Me! Thank you to Chelsea, Cody, Mom and Barb for my birthday celebration!  Lots of cake and gifts!!!

Awesome training in Hintertux, Austria! Thank you to Sarah Schleper & team Mexico for letting me join you!

Awesome training in Hintertux, Austria! Thank you to Sarah Schleper & team Mexico for letting me join you.

The race hill for the World Cup Opener in Soelden, Austria. It was steep and icy! Thank you to Pat Duran with Volkl skis for getting me out of the start house!

The race hill for the World Cup Opener in Soelden, Austria. It was steep and icy!!!  Thank you to Pat Duran with Volkl skis for getting me out of the start house!

I found my European fan club after the race in Soelden. I can't believe I have one , so cool!

My European fan club cheering me on At the World Cup in Soelden, so cool!

Happy, healthy & ready to race!

Off to Colorado in November to greet winter and start race season…

Here are some photos from my most recent training trip to La Parva, Chile.  Thank you to Western Region for letting me join, it was one of the least stressful & most productive ski trips I have been on in a while!

Slalom Happiness On My New #volklskis !  Photo Credit: Maddy Smith

Buenos Días La Parva

Buenos Días La Parva!

Y Buenas Noches!

y Buenas Noches!

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I was so happy to be back on snow with my buddies Julia Ford and Abby Ghent!

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Slack Lining into the Sunset

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Lamb BBQ for Chilean Independence Day!

Whole Lamb BBQ for Chilean Independence Day!

Powder Day!

Big Smiles for a Powder Day!

Even in Slalom Gear!

Even in Slalom Gear! #t2foundation #brikousa #lekiusa

I can't wait to get back to this next week in Europe! #teamviper

I can’t wait to get back to this next week in Europe! #teamviper

Please join us…..

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Follow Your Dreams Benefit II

Support Megan’s 2015-16 Alpine World Cup Season

 

October 2nd 6-9pm

2002 Silver & Bronze Rooms, 1415 Lowell Avenue, Park City

Heavy Appetizers, Cash Bar, Silent Auction and

Live Music with Motherlode Canyon Band

 

All proceeds will be used towards Megan’s training, travel, competition and equipment expenses as she independently races World Cup giant slalom next winter.

 

You will be missed…..

If you cannot make the event, please consider supporting Megan’s ski racing dreams by donating online HERE!

 

Along with tax deductions, donations of $200 or more will get a signed bib from the World Cup circuit!
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