I was impressed with this young man when he threw down a 5th place time in the Olympic downhill--he truly seems to be on a run of good form.
7th in Kitzbuhel, 5th at the Olympics and now a 3rd and a 4th at Kvitfjell--and his first WC podium in the bargain.
Longtime lurker here and while I'm no ski racer I've always kept an eye on the sport since I picked up "Right on the edge of crazy" years ago (and then watched one of the book's subjects Tommy Moe actually win the Olympic Gold medal not long afterwards--it felt like a validation of sorts).
It seems that the exposure that ski racing receives here (and arguably the state of skiing itself) hasn't progressed significantly in the 20 years between then and now. A string of results like these with a WC podium thrown in is a staggering achievement for a young American downhiller and yet in an age when even the nondescript and witless are celebrated I actually had to do several Google searches to piece this all together.
I suppose I've been moved enough to make my first post(?) after hearing for the umpteenth time how the U.S. Winter Olympics team under-performed (again). Frankly, given the quality and level of support these kids receive (Shaun White aside) it's magnificent that they even did so well. A country gets the champions it earns--and, as far as Winter sports go, the American public is firmly in arrears.
In any event, here's a shout to out to young Ganong in the meager form of a new thread on Epic Ski and the best to him at the World Championships and beyond. Perhaps he is the coming man.