David Chodounsky is a rising member of the U.S. technical racing team who will look to make his mark at his first Olympic Games in Sochi. A standout collegiate racer, his three seasons on the national team have produced mixed results. He has not finished slalom races at the 2011 or 2013 World Championships, but scored his first World Cup Top 10 finish in December.
- 2010: U.S. Championships – Silver (slalom)
- 2009: U.S. Championships – Gold (slalom)
- 2007: NCAA Championships – 1st (overall)
- 2005: NCAA Championships – 1st (slalom)
Things to know:
1. Like most of his peers, Chodounsky got his introduction to skiing at a very early age. His parents mounted him on a pair of whittled wooden planks and pushed him down the hill in the family front yard when he was just 2 years old. At 7, he began racing for the local team at Buck Hill, where he was a teammate of Lindsey Vonn’s under legendary coach Erich Sailer. Chodounsky moved with his family to Colorado when he was 11. While there he attended Crested Butte Academy before moving on to Dartmouth, where he won the 2005 NCAA slalom title and 2007 overall championship.
2. Chodounsky was forced to cut short his 2012 season in December when he underwent knee surgery to clean up cartelage tears under the patella. He was completely recovered by May of 2013 and was able to have a full off-season of training before the Olympic year.
3. Chodounsky has competed at the World Championships twice in his career, but did not finish the first run of slalom in Schladming, Austria in 2013 and failed to finish the second run in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany in 2011. His best result on the World Cup circuit came in December when he finished seventh in the slalom in Val d’Isere, France.