Since Sochi…

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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2-time Olympian!

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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!

~Become a Part of the Journey~

Two successful weeks in Europe….

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

November in Colorado

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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A Successful First Trip

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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Summer is Ending, Race Season is Beginning

Eight credit hours aced at Westminster college + Funds for ski racing raised + Six pounds of muscle gained + Equipment dialed on winter snow + Technician/manager Pat Andrews hired + 52 days on-snow including my first coaching experiences at the Ligety/Weibrecht camp and Keely’s Camp for Girls and a Trip to New Zealand = Can’t wait for ski season!

Thank you to all of my friends, family, sponsors and the donors who made this progress possible!!!

This is a photo update of my summer break through my favorite pics……great times……..

Kelly took me into every half-pipe and terrain park at PCMR last spring!

Kelly took me into every half-pipe and terrain park at PCMR last spring!

Can't wait for more powder days!  Last Day at Alta 2013

Can’t wait for more powder days!
Spring day at Alta with my little bro

No more bachlorette parties!

Bachlorette party in the mountains!

Utah desert! Great trip with great friends!!!

Utah Desert
Great trip with great friends!!!

My brother is a college graduate, so proud :-)

My brother is a college graduate, so proud :-)

Besties in Paradise!

Besties in Paradise!

Maui Congratulations to Jesse and Christina on their marriage and baby girl!

Maui Vacation:
Congratulations to Jesse and Christina on their marriage and baby girl!

Wedding Cake Success!

Wedding Cake Success!

Congratulations to Jess and Adam, Beautiful VT wedding #jessandadam2013

Congratulations to Jess and Adam, Beautiful VT wedding
#jessandadam2013

A little "friendly" competition in Mt Hood, Cody on the blue course and me on the red!

A little “friendly” competition in Mt Hood, Cody on the blue course and me on the red! #ligetyweibrecht13

Greatest group of coaches, skiers and friends!

Greatest group of coaches, skiers and friends! #girlsmovingmountains

Family Crest Ride, UT

Family Crest Ride, UT

Bee's Game anyone?

Bee’s Game anyone?

Beautiful New Zealand, Great training #teamgroundswell

Beautiful New Zealand, Great training #teamgroundswell

Podium with a View, New Zealand

Podium with a View, New Zealand

Floating the River Cataract Canyon

Floating the River
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Boat Babes

Boat Babes

Great Group of Girl Friends!  #sheecock

Great Group of Girl Friends!
#sheecock

Home :-)

Home :-)

"You can tell it is an Aspen tree by the way it is."

“You can tell it is an Aspen tree by the way it is.”

Happy 26th Birthday to me!

Happy 26th Birthday to me!  LOVE funfetti!

small garden success

small garden success

Pumpkin Spice Latte!

Pumpkin Spice Latte!

Last hike before the snowfall!

Last hike before the snowfall!

“It’s impossible.” said pride.

“It’s risky.” said experience. 

“It’s pointless.” said reason.

“Give it a try.” whispered the heart. 

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

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The Last Fundraising Push of the Summer!

Logo Credit: Alpine Promotions

Thank you Alpine Promotions for the awesome logo!

You’re Invited! 

Please join us for my “Race to Sochi” benefit on September 28th in Park City, UT!

If you can’t make my event, please show your support by donating to my online crowd-funding goal and receive SWAG!

All the information can be found at https://www.rallyme.com/rallies/235

Thank you!

Back to Work!

Logo Credit: Alpine Promotions

Thank you Alpine Promotions for the awesome logo!

The PLAN:

I am putting together an individualized program with the goal of making the jump from North American Cups to breaking through on the World Cup circuit next season.  I have seven North American Cup titles to my name, including the overall title last season that guarantees me world cup starts in every event next season and, therefore, a real shot at the Olympics in Sochi!  Racing world cup independently again next season will allow me to create an individualized program to support my athletic needs but will also be a large financial commitment that I am working hard to fundraise for.  To have the necessary support while traveling and competing next winter, I will be hiring a technician/manager.  I am looking for donors and sponsors that can be advertised on my next year’s uniform and/or helmet to make my ski racing goals financially possible.  All donations are appreciated, large or small, and will be used towards training, travel, competition and equipment expenses. 

To make donations tax deductible, I am working with the World Cup Dreams Foundation.  They do take a small cut so I am asking that only donations of $200 or above use this option.  If you use the button below, I will send you an official thank you with the World Cup Dreams Foundation’s tax ID #.  For all other much appreciated donations, please use the button above.
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Thank you to everyone who has shown me support during my ski career!  You are a part of my olympic journey and hope you come back to this site to follow my adventures this winter as I post updates from the #roadtosochi!   
Thank you to Bob, Merritt, Cody, GMVS and Rowmark for making my first camp of the summer in Mammoth a success! #TeamGroundswell

Thank you to Bob, Merritt, Cody, GMVS and Rowmark for making my first camp of the summer in Mammoth a success! #TeamGroundswell

Follow your Dreams

Thank you to Sue Haas McJamesScott Mcjames, Kevin McJames, Bill McJames, Cody MarshallPatrick Andrews, Heli Krug, POC, Leki, T2 Foundation, Swix wax, Lange, Lauren Loberg, Margie Lapanja, Ryan Cornish, Wizbang hats, Podium Ski Service, Park City Ski Team, Rowmark, Snowbird Ski Education Foundation and all my friends, individual donors and sponsors who made an exciting season possible by believing in me and my skiing. As the North American Cup Overall winner  for the season, I have my own world cup spot in every event next season and that makes the 2014 Sochi olympics a real possibility!  So, now what?!  ADVENTURE IS OUT THERE!…..details on my plans to follow as I am able to put them together :-)

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Noram Overall Podium: (left to right) Jackie Wiles, Me, Abby Ghent
So excited!

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Sharing the National Championship GS podium with some amazing skiers: (left to right) Mikeala Shiffrin, Julia Mancuso and Me

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Thanks to Mom and Dad for coming to Squaw Valley to give me their support!
A little apres ski on the beach of Lake Tahoe!

Ski Racing: McJames proves point winning overall NorAm title

Also, I am sending healing vibes to all the tough ladies dealing with injury and health issues after this ski season!  I can’t wait to be ripping with you ladies again soon!

A home away from home -Jackson Hole, WY

Four Days of Racing at Snow King Resort

Four Days of Racing at Snow King Resort

I had the best fan club out there thanks to my dad and the Demler family!

I had the best fan club out there thanks to my dad and the Demler family!

After all these years I finally won the Wild West overall!

After all these years, I finally won the Wild West overall!

And sometimes you need a break from heard snow! Hiking Teton Pass with Anna Goodman!

And sometimes you need a break from hard snow! Hiking Teton Pass with Anna Goodman!