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Travis Ganong

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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.

 

http://www.rgj.com/viewart/20140228/SPORTS/302280053/Skiing-Squaw-Valley-s-Travis-Ganong-gets-1st-career-podium-World-Cup-circuit

 

 

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.

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I will second that motion...

 

3 cheers for the US Ski Team!

 

:ski:ski:ski

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I am fortunate to spend time for Travis from time to time, he comes into our shop and we do a good amount of work with him on his boots. What a very nice young man, which is not surprising because his whole family is very nice. Go Travis.
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I am fortunate to spend time for Travis from time to time, he comes into our shop and we do a good amount of work with him on his boots. What a very nice young man, which is not surprising because his whole family is very nice. Go Travis.

 

 

This.....

 

I talked with his parents at the BC downhill either 2 or 3 years ago and they were very nice and laughed gently at my complaining about the expense of ski racing for my young girls and just said to the effect of "you ain't seen  nothing yet" and they got us a short conversation with him and some autographed posters for their "Evil Layer"

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I am fortunate to spend time for Travis from time to time, he comes into our shop and we do a good amount of work with him on his boots. What a very nice young man, which is not surprising because his whole family is very nice. Go Travis.

I had heard that Travis is one of the few racers with a really big foot. This true? Does he break the belief, superstition, that no racer shall be in a boot greater than 28?

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Perhaps a little known fact is that Travis is also a tremendous freeskier with some if the toughest lines at Squaw to his credit (and in conditions that others won't even touch). He is a real Squaw skier.

My copy of Squallywood has a reprinted story from a guy who fell from the High Line on Eagles Nest. He ends it by saying: I heard Teavis Ganong stuck it in bad snow, this guy should be on the World Cup". Guess what-he is:-).

P.s. Both of my kids have Travis' signature on their helmets.
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Yup, not only an awesome skier but a first class guy with it.  Surprisingly for a down hiller he is not that big a guy either. Also another great 2 Tahoe guys to watch for - Nick Daniels and Bryce Bennett

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I had heard that Travis is one of the few racers with a really big foot. This true? Does he break the belief, superstition, that no racer shall be in a boot greater than 28?

Just confirmed with Schaff..he is in a 305mm shell, nothing unusual. 

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Originally Posted by Tog View Post
 

I had heard that Travis is one of the few racers with a really big foot. This true? Does he break the belief, superstition, that no racer shall be in a boot greater than 28?

Just confirmed with Schaff..he is in a 305mm shell, nothing unusual. 

Only if his foot is a 13. :)

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tog,

 

in terms of tahoe foot/boot sizing lore, you may be mixing travis up with bryce bennett, also from squaw, and getting some world cup action this season. bryce has a huge foot that is outside the norm of largest shell size that atomic makes in a race boot.

 

jim

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I rode with Bryce Bennett on a chair a couple of times, he is a pretty tall guy...

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Perhaps a little known fact is that Travis is also a tremendous freeskier with some if the toughest lines at Squaw to his credit (and in conditions that others won't even touch). He is a real Squaw skier.

My copy of Squallywood has a reprinted story from a guy who fell from the High Line on Eagles Nest. He ends it by saying: I heard Teavis Ganong stuck it in bad snow, this guy should be on the World Cup". Guess what-he is:-).

P.s. Both of my kids have Travis' signature on their helmets.

Yup, took some laps with him and Marco whilst we had some pow in Portillo, both rippers and stoked to see him doing well this season. 

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Doesn't he also date Canadian SL skier Marie-Michele Gagnon?

 

 

Oh to be a World Cup ski racer.  If they ever get married, she just has to move one letter of her last name. 

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Doesn't he also date Canadian SL skier Marie-Michele Gagnon?




Oh to be a World Cup ski racer.  If they ever get married, she just has to move one letter of her last name. 
I don't know about that; she's a tough woman, and he's a softie, so maybe he'll be the one reversing the letters in his name. wink.gif Or maybe they'd take each other's surnames, so one would be Ganong-Gagnon, and the other Gagnon-Ganong.

I just watched the last races, and now I can hardly wait until next season. Will Ted train in speed to make a serious run at the overall? Will Travis finally reveal his true freaky nature? Will Shiffrin ascend to heaven? ;-)
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