Winter Games Athletes
McPhie’s parents are both ski instructors, but she didn’t fully pursue the sport until giving up gymnastics at age 12. The U.S. team is no doubt thankful she did, as the moguls specialist heads to Sochi for her second Olympics with back-to-back national titles on her resume. Yet she’ll be looking for a better performance than her showing at the Vancouver Games, where she finished 18th in moguls. McPhie did quite well on the World Cup circuit last season, finishing on the podium five times in 2013 with three victories, but has struggled somewhat recently. Her best finish was a fourth-place result Jan. 9, and she’s finished no higher than sixth in four other World Cup events this year. She is a three-time NorAm champion in moguls (2005-06, 2009) and also won World Cup rookie of the year in 2007. She placed fourth in dual moguls at the 2011 world championships and was fourth in both moguls and dual moguls at worlds two years later. McPhie, who became the first moguls skier with a Red Bull sponsorship in 2012, admits that during her early years in the sport she was “petrified” of jumps. She has since become renowned for those very skills.