Winter Games Athletes
The promising season some have come to expect out of Ganong might just be happening in an Olympic year. The first-time Olympian comes into Russia riding a wave of momentum as he turned in a career-best World Cup race with a sixth-place finish in the super-G on Jan. 26, one day after matching his best downhill finish by taking seventh. The 25-year-old finished a personal-best 18th in the 2013 World Cup downhill standings after beginning his World Cup career in 2010. As one of the Americans' up-and-coming speed skiers, he is now in search of his first podium. Despite Sochi being his first Olympics, Ganong does have major championship experience. He skied to an 18th-place finish in the super-G and 24th in downhill at the 2011 world championships, and was also a part of the American speed team at the 2013 worlds. At the U.S. championships, Ganong won the super-G last year after capturing both the super-G and downhill in 2010.