"Skiing and sports in general are becoming more serious all the time, and that's not the point...the point is to have fun while also pushing our limits and trying to accomplish our goals."
7 Things You Didn't Know About Travis Ganong
- 1. Travis free skied more than raced growing up as a kid and idolized hometown heroes like Shane McConkey. He hopes to get back to his free skiing roots once he retires from racing.
- 2. In 2016, Travis finished 3rd in downhill and 4th in Super-G at the Lake Louise World Cup, then went on to win six top 10 World Cup finished that season.
- 3. Travis gets to share being a professional skier with his girlfriend, Marie-Michele Gagnon, who is a member of the Canadian Ski Team.
- 4. He is involved with American Downhiller, an organization dedicated to giving back by coaching the next generation of American Downhillers.
- 5. When he isn't on the slopes, Travis loves mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, hanging out on Lake Tahoe (sailing, paddle boarding, swimming, boating), surfing, cooking delicious food, and helping run Pacific Crest Coffee Co.
- 6. Travis was the first American male to win the Kandahar Downhill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen 2017.
- 7. Travis grew up playing in the mountains with his sisters and twin brother. "Everything about the sport excites me - the big winter storms followed by perfect bluebird days, sharing moments in the mountains with friends, the speed, the adrenaline, the constantly changing and variable snow conditions, the travel, the way skiing is a generational sport...I can go on an on, skiing is a rad sport."
More on Travis
2015 World Championships silver medalist Travis Ganong knows how to pick a line down a racecourse and in the backcountry, but it was the line set by his older sisters, Megan and Ali, that helped reel him into ski racing. He launched his World Cup career in 2010 and has quickly become a leading member of the future downhill greats club.
Teammate Steven Nyman called it in Dec. 2012 when he told Ganong “you’ve got next” after Nyman won the famed Saslong downhill (for the second time) in Val Gardena, Italy. Ganong believed in Steven by warming up for the Olympics with downhill seventh and super G sixth in Kitzbuehel, a personal best World Cup weekend. He then trumped his own deck in Sochi by notching fifth in the Olympic downhill to lead the U.S. Ski Team, which included heavy favorite Bode Miller. The taste was sweet, but Ganong wanted top three and knew he had the ability to make it happen. So he did. Just one week after the Olympics, the young man from Squaw Valley finished third in a World Cup super G in Kvitfjell, Norway to cap his best-ever World Cup season and safely stake his claim as one of the next great American downhillers.
Ganong really did have next—just after teammate Nyman snagged his hat-trick victory in Val Gardena, Ganong made the big leap to the top of the podium this season, snagging the victory at the Santa Caterina downhill. From there, Ganong went on to crush it at Vail/Beaver Creek World Championships, with a second-place finish in front of a massive crowd and ended up a career-best 11th ranked in the downhill standings. Ganong started the 2016 season off with a bang in Lake Louise, finishing 3rd in downhill and 4th in super G. He would go on to snag six top 10 World Cup finishes. In the 2017 season, Ganong snagged his second career World Cup victory on a gnarly, real-deal Garmisch downhill track. Unfortunately, in the 2018 season leading up to the Olympics, Ganong suffered a knee injury in Bormio and was unable to make his second Olympic bid.
Growing up minutes from Squaw Valley, he found himself in the Mighty Mites peewee program as a tyke. He devoured the opportunity. “Cliffs, chutes, pillow-lines, arcin’ turns down the Dog Leg! I couldn’t get enough,” he recalls. With his sisters showing the way, he got into the race program. He pointed to his sister Megan’s time on the U.S. Ski Team and said he wanted to follow her lead.
OFF THE SNOW
There isn't much 'off snow' for Ganong, who is the first to grab his fat boards on a race cancelation day. Big Mountain skiing is what it's all about and what a better place to learn than Squaw Valley. "I love freeskiing and big mountain skiing just as much as racing, and they both kind of help out the other."