Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) barely missed another podium in Lake Louise on Sunday, but he took a personal-best fourth place in the Super-G race. Travis was barely nudged off the podium by the king of Lake Louise, Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, Matthias Mayer of Austria, and Peter Fill of Italy. The race was very tight, Ganong was only 6 hundredths of a second short of reaching the podium.
“It was good skiing today and solid, no big mistakes. I’m really happy. I think I lost like two-tenths in the first eight seconds, so that cost me the podium. I have bad shoulders and my thumb’s hurt so I can’t really push that hard. That’s kind of frustrating, but the skiing after that was good,” said Travis Ganong.
On Saturday, Travis laid down a fast run to place third in the Downhill race. The conditions for the Super-G race were very similar to the Downhill Conditions, including pleasant temperatures and a cloudless blue sky. Prior to Sunday, Travis Ganong’s best Super-G finish was sixth place in Kitzbuehel in 2014. Peter Fill laid down a fast Super-G run early on Sunday, but Ganong laid down a clean run to follow that left him only 0.06 seconds behind.
“I’ve always been really fast in training in super G, I just haven’t had a breakthrough like this yet in my super G career. So it’s really awesome to start chipping away at super G as well. In training I do it all the time with Svindal and these guys, we train with them and are right in there with them. It’s good to get one on race day,” said Ganong about Sunday’s race.
Travis Ganong is a Truckee, CA native, he left Lake Louise with a podium and a career-best Super-G finish, revealing that he could be a serious threat in those two disciplines on the World Cup Circuit this year. He is a superb downhill racer that has the ability to lay down solid runs in Super-G and in the backcountry. Ganong grew up only minutes from Squaw Valley and he progressed tremendously as time went on while racing there. He took full advantage of his close proximity to the ski area and skied as much as he could.
“I love freeskiing and big mountain skiing just as much as racing, and they both kind of help out the other,” stated Ganong about his passions outside of ski racing.