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Alpine Skier Megan McJames Headed To Third Olympic Winter Games, Joins Shiffrin In Giant Slalom

By Gary R. Blockus | Jan. 06, 2018, 8:30 a.m. (ET)


Two-time Olympian Megan McJames has joined fellow 2014 Olympian Mikaela Shiffrin as U.S. qualifiers in giant slalom for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

McJames, 30, from Park City, Utah, qualified for her third Olympic Winter Games based on criteria that include world cup results as a top-three finisher, top-five finisher, top-10 finisher, and then on world cup points if less than two skiers meet those criteria.

Shiffrin has two wins, a second- and third-place finish in giant slalom this season, but met the qualification criteria based on points last month when it was ensured no other U.S. woman could surpass her there.

As the only other American with world cup points in giant slalom, McJames earned world cup points with her 29th-place finish in Killington, Vermont, on Nov. 25, 2017.

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McJames clinched the Olympic qualifying spot following the final world cup giant slalom competition of the qualifying period in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia on Saturday.

After being cut from the national team in 2012, McJames has been competing on the international circuit at her own expense, with fundraising efforts to cover the cost of travel, race entries, dryland training, coaching and other funding.

Carson Footwear of Oregon sells Megan McJames-branded neck warmers, with all proceeds going to fund her career.

McJames placed 30th in the women’s giant slalom at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 and 32nd in the event four years earlier in Vancouver in 2010.

Gary R. Blockus is a journalist from Allentown, Pennsylvania who has covered multiple Olympic Games. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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