Uphill Battle for Downhill Racer Megan McJames
June 1, 2015
Her name may not roll off your tongue like ski stars and US Ski Team members Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso, or Mikaela Shiffrin, but this Park City native who is NOT on the US Ski Team qualified to race for the USA in both Sochi and at the World Championships in Vail 2015. Roll back the clock to 1989 and a 2-year-old Megan began her ski career at Alta, Utah. Her parents were both ski pros and she had a choice, to go out on the mountain all day or sit inside at day care. She chose the mountain. Since Alta didn’t have a ski team she became a member of the Park City Ski Team and attended the Winter Sports School. When she was a senior in high school she made the US Ski Team and skied on the team for 7 years. In 2010 she suffered a small setback when she was dropped from her ski company Dynastar. Roxy owned the company at the time and didn’t have the funds to put toward ski racing. The next setback came right after that when she snapped her heel bone. She worked hard to come back from her injury, but challenges with the coaching staff left her without confidence and in 2012 she was cut from the US Ski Team. Megan knew that the best of her career was still ahead and that she hadn’t really demonstrated her full potential.
Read More on Megan McJames from The Snow Mag here.