Megan McJames will make her second appearance at the Olympics in Sochi where she will compete in the slalom and giant slalom. After being cut from the national team two years ago, she successfully raised funds to continue competing and wound up winning the continental giant slalom championship in 2012, kick-starting her return to the Games.
- 2011: World Championships – 29th (slalom), 34th (giant slalom)
- 2010: Olympics – 32nd (giant slalom)
- 2009: U.S. National Championships – Silver (giant slalom)
Things to know
1. After competing in the Vancouver Olympics, McJames was among a handful of skiers cut from the U.S. Ski Team even though she hadn’t lost her international status. She, along with Hailey Duke, Katie Hartman, and Lena Andrews formed “Independent Ski Racing,” to help raise funds and maintain the level of training required to continue their pursuit. In 2012, she won the NorAm Cup title in giant slalom, earning guaranteed World Cup starts in the event last season. It was the launch of her bid to return to the Games.
2. McJames was 14 years old when the 2002 Salt Lake City Games were held in her backyard. “I had tickets to the skiing events, and it was really cool to see the best in the world competing, and inspiring to see where I could go,” She said. “Also, [2010 Olympic teammate] Sarah Schleper was racing. I got her autograph.”
3. McJames began skiing at the age of 2 and joined the Park City Ski Team six years later. She attended the Winter Sports School in Park City, graduating in 2005. In 2008 she recovered from a broken wrist suffered in a World Cup super-G crash in Lake Louise to win the NorAm Cup giant slalom title. Her younger brother Kevin started out in Alpine ski racing, but moved on to big mountain skiing, a judged skiing competition involving skiing in open terrain, on different types of snow, and cliff-jumping.