Washington State's Colby Granstrom made a statement at the 2003 Whistler Cup races. At the year’s biggest event for J3 (13-14 years) and J4 (11-12) racers, he won both the slalom and giant slalom–at only 12 years old. A solid, all-around racer, Granstrom is a Junior World Champion, a U.S. Champion and quickly climbing the World Cup slalom rungs.
Although he didn’t hit his 2014 goal of going to Sochi, Granstrom made the best of his time on U.S. soil and wracked up the NorAm slalom title, which solidifies his slalom start for the 2015 World Cup season. It also helped when he popped some points in Schladming just prior to the Olympics. Oh, and he got married to longtime girlfriend and fellow racer Brooke Wales during the pre-2015 summer. Congrats Colby.
Granstrom, who comes from a skiing family, was a two-year-old toddler the first time he ever stood on a pair of skis. He started racing at Stevens Pass when he was five, and he was eight when he won an event for kids 12 and under from Washington, Oregon and Idaho. At 12, he won two gold medals at the Whistler Cup, a competition in Whistler, B.C., for kids 11-14 from around the world. From there it was onto the U.S. Development Team and beyond.
OFF THE SNOW
Granstrom kicks around the soccer ball and loves waterskiing and fishing. Musical taste is all over the map, but you would find both Taylor Swift and Bryon Friedman on his iPod. When not at Team camps or in Park City, you'll find him at the Team Fitness gym in Lake Stevens, coaching for PVA and hanging with his wife.
- Mission Ridge Ski Education Foundation
- Westminster College
First points, 24th, SL, Kitzbuehel, AUT, 2012
Debut, SL, Levi, FIN, 2011
U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS TITLES
2011, SL, Winter Park, CO
2014 NorAm slalom champion
2nd in 2011 NorAm overall standings
2010 Junior World Champion for super combined
Two-time member of Junior World Championships Team