World Championships 2015

Sometimes you rip it and sometimes you don’t, it has been very challenging to manage all of the details of my ski racing career by myself this season and I feel very proud to have accomplished my goal of representing the United States at the 2015 World Championships on home soil!  Thank you to everyone who supports my journey, you make it possible for me to live my dream!!!

Second run inspection at the World Championship giant slalom in Beaver Creek!

Second run inspection at the World Championship giant slalom in Beaver Creek!

Big hugs from my fan club at World Championships!  All my favorite men from left to right: dad, brother and boyfriend/coach!

Big hugs from my fan club at World Championships! All my favorite men from left to right: dad, brother and boyfriend/coach!

Racing American, But Also Racing Independently – VailDaily.com

Lots of Skiing!

The World Cup and North American Cup schedules have allowed me a break from racing the past few weeks of January and I have been using that time to do lots of skiing!

IMG_0280I am so thankful to Tim Kohl and everyone at Alta Ski Area for some amazing days on the mountain!

~Skiing Soft Snow Is Good For The Soul~

Baldy Chute, Alta

Baldy Chute, Alta

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All Smiles :-)

I also want to thank the Yates family and everyone at DataXstream for organizing such a successful event with the Wintergreen Ski Team.  It was so fun to share my passion for the sport with so many enthusiastic kids and parents. #DreamBig

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Here is a link to a video on the event by w-set TV:

Pro Skier Visits Youth Team At Wintergreen Resort

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And then, of course, I have been training hard!

Thank you to Rowmark Ski Academy and Park City Ski Team for including me in their training!

Thank you Podium Ski Service for keeping my skis fast!

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Photo Credit: Brie Pike-Springer

And THANK YOU to Cody Marshall for the coaching!

Sometimes you just need to hit some plastic!!!

Sometimes you just need to hit some plastic!!!

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And Lastly, the BIG NEWS, I will be competing for USA at the 2015 World Championships in Beaver Creek next month!!!

U.S. Names 26 Alpine Athletes to 2015 World Championships

Rise Before the Sun and Ski!

Rise Before the Sun and Ski!

Lots of Skiing!

The World Cup and North American Cup schedules have allowed me a break from racing the past few weeks of January and I have been using that time to do lots of skiing!

IMG_0280I am so thankful to Tim Kohl and everyone at Alta Ski Area for some amazing days on the mountain!

~Skiing Soft Snow Is Good For The Soul~

Baldy Chute, Alta

Baldy Chute, Alta

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All Smiles :-)

I also want to thank the Yates family and everyone at DataXstream for organizing such a successful event with the Wintergreen Ski Team.  It was so fun to share my passion for the sport with so many enthusiastic kids and parents. #DreamBig

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Here is a link to a video on the event by w-set TV:

Pro Skier Visits Youth Team At Wintergreen Resort

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And then, of course, I have been training hard!

Thank you to Rowmark Ski Academy and Park City Ski Team for including me in their training!

Thank you Podium Ski Service for keeping my skis fast!

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Photo Credit: Brie Pike-Springer

And THANK YOU to Cody Marshall for the coaching!

Sometimes you just need to hit some plastic!!!

Sometimes you just need to hit some plastic!!!

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And Lastly, the BIG NEWS, I will be competing for USA at the 2015 World Championships in Beaver Creek next month!!!

U.S. Names 26 Alpine Athletes to 2015 World Championships

Rise Before the Sun and Ski!

Rise Before the Sun and Ski!

A Month of Adventure!

Thank you for all of the new likes on my Facebook page! All of the support I have been receiving has been really uplifting on this month’s adventure! There have been some good days and some tough ones but I am grateful to be healthy and heading home for Christmas break with friends and family.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!

Beautiful Colorado!

November in beautiful Colorado!

New Snow and Good Friends

~New Snow and Good Friends~

I finally checked the Hanging Lake hike off my bucket list!

I finally checked the Hanging Lake hike off my bucket list!

I took a big crash while training in Aspen, ouch!  Thank goodness my body is stronger than my ski!

I took a big crash while training in Aspen, ouch! Thank goodness my body is stronger than my ski!

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Thank you SYNC for setting us up with cool new jackets and backpacks!

Thank you SYNC for setting us up with cool new jackets and backpacks!

The T2 crew at slalom North American Cups, Thank you T2 Foundation!  Photo Credit: Marina Knight

The T2 crew at the slalom North American Cups, Thank you T2 Foundation!
Photo Credit: Marina Knight

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I couldn’t help posting these pictures, check out this gingerbread house!

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Two of my favorite boys came to cheer for me at the World Cup in Aspen!

Two of my favorite boys came to cheer for me at the World Cup in Aspen!

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And then there was the last minute adventure to the World Cup in Åre, Sweden!

And then there was the last minute adventure to the World Cup in Åre, Sweden!

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A Month of Adventure!

Thank you for all of the new likes on my Facebook page! All of the support I have been receiving has been really uplifting on this month’s adventure! There have been some good days and some tough ones but I am grateful to be healthy and heading home for Christmas break with friends and family.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!

Beautiful Colorado!

November in beautiful Colorado!

New Snow and Good Friends

~New Snow and Good Friends~

I finally checked the Hanging Lake hike off my bucket list!

I finally checked the Hanging Lake hike off my bucket list!

I took a big crash while training in Aspen, ouch!  Thank goodness my body is stronger than my ski!

I took a big crash while training in Aspen, ouch! Thank goodness my body is stronger than my ski!

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Thank you SYNC for setting us up with cool new jackets and backpacks!

Thank you SYNC for setting us up with cool new jackets and backpacks!

The T2 crew at slalom North American Cups, Thank you T2 Foundation!  Photo Credit: Marina Knight

The T2 crew at the slalom North American Cups, Thank you T2 Foundation!
Photo Credit: Marina Knight

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I couldn’t help posting these pictures, check out this gingerbread house!

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Two of my favorite boys came to cheer for me at the World Cup in Aspen!

Two of my favorite boys came to cheer for me at the World Cup in Aspen!

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And then there was the last minute adventure to the World Cup in Åre, Sweden!

And then there was the last minute adventure to the World Cup in Åre, Sweden!

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Ski Racing Season has Officially Begun!

Independent Ski Racing just got home from a three week trip to Europe that started with a training block on the glaciers in Schnastal, Italy and Hintertux, Austria and ended racing the World Cup Opener in Sölden!  Here are some photos of the adventure:

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The view from the top of the tram at Schnastal Glacier

Thank you to Sarah Sch

Reunited!!!   (Left to Right: Sarah Schleper, Resi Stiegler and Me)   Photo Credit: Resi Stiegler

Getting ready to ski some GS with the Italian Team in Hintertux

Getting ready for a Giant Slalom session on Hintertux Glacier!  Photo Credit: Sarah Schleper

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Thank you to Team Mexico and Sarah Schleper for including me in some amazing days of training!

Getting some words of wisdom from the famous Ante Kostelic of Croatia  Photo Credit: Cody Marshall

Getting some words of wisdom from the famous Ante Kostelic of Croatia!  Photo Credit: Cody Marshall

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Thank you to coach Cody Marshall, not only for working hard the past three weeks in Europe, but for helping me believe in my self when the challenges seemed impossible to over come!

THANK YOU to “coach” Cody Marshall, not only for working hard the past three weeks in Europe, but for helping me believe in my self when the challenges seemed impossible to over come!

Always make time for a pizza stop!

Always make time for a pizza stop!

1.5meters of new snow in Sölden two days before the race!

1.5meters of new snow in Sölden two days before the race!

Me and Cody getting ready on race day in Sölden!!!

Cody and I getting ready on race day in Sölden!!!

Our work paid off and I was super excited to be one of the three America girls in the top-30 in the tough conditions of the World Cup opening GS in Sölden- bib 54 to 26th place!

skiracing.com’s Recap of October 25th’s Race

Lastly, a huge thank you to Sally Martin and Harold Kaufmann for flying me to and from Europe on Delta!

To Podium Ski Service in Park City for getting my skis ready to race!

And to DataXstream for all of your support!

Ski Racing Season has Officially Begun!

Independent Ski Racing just got home from a three week trip to Europe that started with a training block on the glaciers in Schnastal, Italy and Hintertux, Austria and ended racing the World Cup Opener in Sölden!  Here are some photos of the adventure:

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The view from the top of the tram at Schnastal Glacier

Thank you to Sarah Sch

Reunited!!!   (Left to Right: Sarah Schleper, Resi Stiegler and Me)   Photo Credit: Resi Stiegler

Getting ready to ski some GS with the Italian Team in Hintertux

Getting ready for a Giant Slalom session on Hintertux Glacier!  Photo Credit: Sarah Schleper

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Thank you to Team Mexico and Sarah Schleper for including me in some amazing days of training!

Getting some words of wisdom from the famous Ante Kostelic of Croatia  Photo Credit: Cody Marshall

Getting some words of wisdom from the famous Ante Kostelic of Croatia!  Photo Credit: Cody Marshall

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Thank you to coach Cody Marshall, not only for working hard the past three weeks in Europe, but for helping me believe in my self when the challenges seemed impossible to over come!

THANK YOU to coach Cody Marshall, not only for working hard the past three weeks in Europe, but for helping me believe in my self when the challenges seemed impossible to over come!

Always make time for a pizza stop!

Always make time for a pizza stop!

1.5meters of new snow in Sölden two days before the race!

1.5meters of new snow in Sölden two days before the race!

Me and Cody getting ready on race day in Sölden!!!

Cody and I getting ready on race day in Sölden!!!

Our work paid off and I was super excited to be one of the three America girls in the top-30 in the tough conditions of the World Cup opening GS in Sölden- bib 54 to 26th place!

skiracing.com’s Recap of October 25th’s Race

Lastly, a huge thank you to Sally Martin and Harold Kaufmann for flying me to and from Europe on Delta!

To Podium Ski Service in Park City for getting my skis ready to race!

And to DataXstream for all of your support!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Fall is Here

August ended with ten days of bluebird training in New Zealand.  This is the view from Coronet Peak ski area.

For me, August ended with ten days of bluebird training in New Zealand. This is the view from Coronet Peak ski area.

Lake Hayes, Queenstown <3

Lake Hayes, Queenstown

Thank you to everyone who helped make my training camp in New Zealand possible…..

And thank you to all of the boys who included me in their crew!

And to all of the boys who included me in their crew!

When I returned home it was fall in Utah and because I am a mountain girl, I had to get out and enjoy it!

#therearealwaysnewtrailstoexplore #dawns

There are always new trails to explore…

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And views to see!

I want to thank everyone who attended my fundraiser on September 26th, it was a huge success! I am working hard to get all my wonderful donors their tax receipts, so keep your eyes on your e-mail!

The calm before the storm!  Thank you to everyone who made this event possible: Park City Mountain Resort, Uintah Brewing, The George Greggory Band, my family and everyone who donated items to my silent auction!

The calm before the storm! Thank you to everyone who made this event possible: Park City Mountain Resort, Uintah Brewing, The George Greggory Band, my family and everyone who donated items to my silent auction!

The mini pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese I made for the

The mini pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting I made for the event seemed to be a hit!

Now it is time to get the last details for the season organized before I head to Austria for on-snow training before the World Cup opener in Soelden.  I want to thank Cody Marshall for coming to coach me in Europe, we are going to have a blast!

I can’t wait to SKI!

Lastly, September is my birthday month!  Happy Birthday celebration to me :-)

A little Happy Birthday celebration to me before all of the winter travel starts!

Fall is Here

August ended with ten days of bluebird training in New Zealand.  This is the view from Coronet Peak ski area.

For me, August ended with ten days of bluebird training in New Zealand. This is the view from Coronet Peak ski area.

Lake Hayes, Queenstown <3

Lake Hayes, Queenstown

Thank you to everyone who helped make my training camp in New Zealand possible…..

And thank you to all of the boys who included me in their crew!

And to all of the boys who included me in their crew!

When I returned home it was fall in Utah and because I am a mountain girl, I had to get out and enjoy it!

#therearealwaysnewtrailstoexplore #dawns

There are always new trails to explore…

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And views to see!

I want to thank everyone who attended my fundraiser on September 26th, it was a huge success! I have been working hard to get all my wonderful donors their tax receipts!  If you have not yet received yours, please leave a comment on this post to let me know!

The calm before the storm!  Thank you to everyone who made this event possible: Park City Mountain Resort, Uintah Brewing, The George Greggory Band, my family and everyone who donated items to my silent auction!

The calm before the storm! Thank you to everyone who made this event possible: Park City Mountain Resort, Uintah Brewing, The George Greggory Band, my family and everyone who donated items to my silent auction!

The mini pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese I made for the

The mini pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting I made for the event seemed to be a hit!

Now it is time to get the last details for the season organized before I head to Austria for on-snow training before the World Cup opener in Soelden.  I want to thank Cody Marshall for coming to coach me in Europe, we are going to have a blast!

I can’t wait to SKI!

Lastly, September is my birthday month!  Happy Birthday celebration to me :-)

A little Happy Birthday celebration to me before all of the winter travel starts!

Please join us…..

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Follow Your Dreams Benefit

Support Megan’s quest toward the 2015 FIS Alpine World Championships

 

September 26th 6-9pm

The Legacy Lodge at Park City Mountain Resort

Heavy Appetizers, Cash Bar, Live Music and Silent Auction

 

 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 at:

https://meganmcjames.wordpress.com/donate/

 

 ~Along with tax deductions, there are several SWAG options to incentivize online donations!~

http://www.dataxstream.com/2014/08/13380/