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, Leki, Yetti 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!
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!
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
A couple more pictures from the journey:
“Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing you will be successful.”
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!
Thank you to #yettiapparel, #fischersportsalpineski, #POC, #leki and #Lange for making us look sharp in our outfits!
“Racing is a game, try to win it but never forget to enjoy!” -French Ski Team
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……
As always, donations toward my journey are very much appreciated!
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……..
A little “friendly” competition in Mt Hood, Cody on the blue course and me on the red! #ligetyweibrecht13
“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!
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
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.
Thank you to Sue Haas McJames, Scott Mcjames, Kevin McJames, Bill McJames, Cody Marshall, Patrick 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
Sharing the National Championship GS podium with some amazing skiers: (left to right) Mikeala Shiffrin, Julia Mancuso and Me
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!
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!
This mid-season Europe trip was different than any I have taken before; we raced a lot and it felt like we were constantly loading and unloading the van.
Building confidence, working hard, finding my love of ski racing, tears, pain, fast runs, slaying mental demons and over coming challenges!
Now for a few off days of eating American food and then off to race in Vail!