The SnowBrains Podcast #27 | Travis Ganong – Badass World Cup & Olympic Ski Racer, World-Class Freeskier

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“The one simple thing that I do [to get into the right mindset before a race] is 10 seconds before I go, when I’m in the start gate, I always kind of hit the pause button and look out from the start… and I just give myself a little time to have perspective. I’m like, wow, I’m so lucky… it always makes me smile, which I think also triggers something in my mind.”

– Travis Ganong

My guest today is Travis Ganong. Travis is a badass World Cup & Olympic ski racer who just got third place in Super G in Colorado this month.

  • Travis made the US Ski Team at age 15
  • He’s been ski racing in the World Cup since 2009
  • He’s won 2 World Cup Downhill Races
  • Travis was the 1st American male ever to win Germany’s Garmisch downhill
  • Travis has podiumed 4 times in World Cup Downhill
  • He’s had 38 Top-10 finishes on the World Cup
  • He got 5th place in Downhill at the 2014 Sochi Russia Olympics
  • Travis was 9th overall in World Cup Downhill in 2014
  • He won 2 US Championship Titles in Downhill and 1 in US Championship Title Super G

And even more impressive to me, Travis is an insanely talented Freeskier who was already been in Warren Miller and TGR ski movies. I’ve freeskied with Travis including Palisades Tahoe’s legendary Chimney and the guy absolutely rips.

Legendary freeskier Cody Townsend said this about Travis’ freeskiing:

“If Travis hung up his downhill boards today, he’d be one of the better big-mountain skiers in the world tomorrow.  Even though backcountry big-mountain skiing takes a high level of experience and mental preparation, Travis’ pure physical skills on a pair of skis could put him on any film trip with any film crew.”

Please enjoy!


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The SnowBrains Podcast Episode #27 – Travis Ganong – Badass World Cup & Olympic Ski Racer, World-Class Freeskier

Recorded on November 20, 2021, in the Park City, UT (Miles Clark) and Lake Tahoe, CA (Travis Ganong).

This episode was edited by Jared White.

Music by Chad Crouch.

Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark.

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