EVENT - ALPINE SKIING
HEIGHT 5'6" WEIGHT 125 lbs
- 2014 Olympic Winter Games, 30th place in women's giant slalom
- 2010 Olympic Winter Games, DNF in women's slalom
Team Years: 4
Club: Park City Ski Team School Park City Winter Sports School/Westminster College
Equipment: Dynastar, Look, Lange, POC, Swix, Slytech
Sponsors: Team Tommy, H2O Overdrive
Megan McJames had a small epiphany when she started racing in a NorAm against some European World Cup skiers - and was surprisingly close to them. By the end of the 2006 season, she had hit a trifecta: she was the NorAm overall, super G and giant slalom champion. Now a regular on the World Cup circuit, McJames is looking to become the next young champion from Park City.
McJames didn't waste time getting things rolling with the '09 season propping a World Cup personal best 14th in giant slalom at the annual season kick off in Soelden, Austria. She scored a few more GS points in Aspen as well before moving to Lake Louise and a series of speed races. Unfortunately a tricky high-speed side hill traverse bumped McJames directly into a panel and snapped her wrist. Two weeks later she was back in the World Cup gate at Semmering and not long after that scoring more points in Maribor, but never really found the consistency after her accident. "This season I experienced everything from a personal best on the World Cup circuit to my fist major injury with a broken wrist, to my coach teaching me to go with the flow," said McJames. And go with the flow she did through the spring scoring a slew of podium finishes to cap the season including a second in GS at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships at Alyeska, AK - during a week that saw everything from volcanic eruptions to 108 inches of snow.
McJames started skiing at 2 at Alta - where her parents were instructors, but since the ski area had no racing program, she joined the Park City Ski Team when she was 8. "I kinda grew up ripping around there," she recalled. She skied well enough to make the 2005 Junior World Championships squad and then again during her breakout season of '06 as she took over the NorAm circuit and made a major move toward becoming a World Cup regular.
All about outdoor sports...soccer, tennis, mountain biking, hiking and of course skiing. Growing up through organizations like the Park City Ski Team and the Winter Sports School have allowed me to pursue my dreams in the mountains. On my off time, I am a student at Westminster College and enjoy baking.
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