Born in Greece, AJ Ginnis spent his early years in Austria before moving to Vermont's famed Green Mountain Valley School, where he really started to fine-tune his skiing. Things clicked so well that he was asked to join the U.S. Development Team after a spring 2012 tryout camp. He pounced on the opportunity and uprooted again for Park City to train at the Center of Excellence. After missing the entire 2013 season with a torn ACL, Ginnis was back in the gate during the Olympic year. While he didn’t push the envelope (still gaining strength), he did win a number of FIS races and finished top 20 in giant slalom at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships in Squaw Valley.
Ginnis had a big year in 2015, getting some experience on the World Cup circuit and earning himself a podium at Junior World Championships in Hafjell, Norway and capping the season by grabbing second place in slalom at U.S. Alpine Championships in Sugarloaf, ME. After sitting a portion of the 2016 season with a torn meniscus, Ginnis was strong again in 2017 and grabbed his first World Cup points at the iconic Madonna di Campiglio night race, capping off the season with his first U.S. Alpine Championship slalom title in Sugarloaf, Maine. Let's go AJ!!
AJ Ginnis started skiing at Parnassos Mountain, Greece at the age of 2. His father ran a ski school, which made it very easy for AJ to find a passion for skiing.
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- Green Mountain Valley School
- Dartmouth College
- Years on Team: 6
First World Championships in St. Moritz, SUI (2017)
First World Cup Points, Madonna di Campiglio, ITA, 2016
2015 Ski Racing Magazine Junior of the Year
3rd, SL, Junior World Championships, Hafjell, NOR, 2015
2nd, SL, U.S. Alpine Championships, Sugarloaf, ME, 2015
1st, SL, Junior U.S. Alpine Championships, Sugarloaf, ME 2015
2nd, Parallel Slalom City Event, Europa Cup, San Vigilio, ITA, 2014