Tommy Ford grew up skiing out of Mt. Bachelor in Oregon. He has been a strong force on the alpine scene since the beginning. Ford locked four gold medals at the 2006 U.S. Junior Championships. Ford officially joined the team in 2009 and went on to score World Cup points in his rookie season and then grab a spot on the 2010 Olympic team for giant slalom. Ford is a three-time Olympian, after he had to sit out the 2014 Olympics due to a big injury he suffered at the end of the 2013 season. He recovered well and bounced back for the upcoming seasons.
Ford won his first World Cup on home soil at the Birds of Prey, Beaver Creek, giant slalom in the 2020 season. In that same season he also secured a third place in Niigata Yuzawa Naeba, Japan. Ford continued his strong giant slalom skiing in the 2021 season with another podium, a second place in the Santa Caterina, Italy giant slalom World Cup.
When Ford is not ski racing, he enjoys rock climbing, drawing, photography and more.
"Winning doesn't need to be a priority"
9 Things You Didn't Know About Tommy Ford
- 1. At the 2019 Birds of Prey giant slalom, Tommy won by a margin of .80. He became the first American male to win a World Cup since teammate Travis Ganong won a downhill on Jan. 27, 2017, and the first American male podium finisher since Ted in January of 2018 in Garmisch, Germany. This result ended the longest drought for the Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team since the late 1990s.
- 2. With his first World Cup win, Tommy joined Ted Ligety and Bode Miller as the only American men to win a World Cup tech race since Phil Mahre’s last World Cup win in 1983!
- 3. In 2020, Tommy had his career-best season, finishing the season ranked fifth in the world in giant slalom.
- 4. Tommy began skiing by walking around his yard in his skis when he was a little boy. He loved the snow and the smiles it creates!
- 5. One of Tommy's favorite memories is ping pong game against Chef Brett Eisen in Ohau, New Zealand..
- 6. If he could choose one actor to play him in a biographical film, he says it'd be Bruce Lee, "because I want to be like him." He adds that Bruce Lee is his favorite athlete because he's well-rounded.
- 7. Off the hill, Tommy is involved with BGL International Freilassing, which is a soccer team comprised of many different nationalities, "I am involved because it is a simple game that can bring together people of different backgrounds and inspire joy."
- 8. He's into rock climbing, drawing, surfing, camping, snapping photos and mountain biking...and he does a lot of these activities with girlfriend and teammate Laurenne Ross.
- 9. "My mother and father both raced and coached. My brother also raced so I have been around racing all of my life. I started with MBSEF around the age of seven. From there I just kept having fun and racing."
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His most impressive season, though, was the 2018 season. He kicked it off with a bang, landing his best-ever World Cup top 10 and it was onward and upward from there. Ninth in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia and then ended the season with a career-best eighth place in Åre, Sweden. That kind of steady progression bodes well for 2018-19, especially considering Åre will be hosting World Championships.
In 2019, Tommy had the best season of his career, finishing the season ranked ninth in giant slalom in the world. During the 2020-21 season, Tommy was once again off to a solid start, grabbing four top-10 results in six starts, including another podium (second-place) at Santa Caterina, Italy. Unfortunately, a horrific crash in the second of two Adelboden, Switzerland giant slalom races sidelined him for the remainder of the season. He'll look to come back strong for the 2021-22 season, en route to Beijing 2022.