U.S. Ski Racer Travis Ganong Announces Retirement

Julia Schneemann | | Industry NewsIndustry News
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Travis Ganong announces his retirement from ski racing. | Picture: Travis Ganong’s Instagram Account

Two-time Olympian and World Championships silver medalist Travis Ganong announces his retirement from Alpine ski racing after 17 years on the U.S. Alpine Team. The FIS World Cup in Aspen will be his last domestic race. His final race will be in Soldeu, Andorra, at the FIS World Cup Finals. 

“I achieved my goals by winning World Cups, earning a medal at the World Champs, fighting for podiums at multiple Olympics, and capping it off last month in Kitzbühel with a podium on the Hahnenkamm was an honor. Being an American Downhiller for almost 18 years has been a wild ride!”

– Travis Ganong

Ganong can look back on a long, successful career. He made his World Cup debut at 21 years of age in the 09/10 season and went on to win two Downhill FIS World Cups in Santa Caterina, Italy, in 2014 and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, in 2017. He has podiumed six times, most recently at the famous ‘Streif’ race course in Kitzbühel, Austria, in January 2023. He competed at two Olympics and just missed earning a medal in the downhill in Sochi, finishing fifth. He has competed in seven FIS Alpine World Championships and won Silver in Beaver Creek in 2015.

Saturday’s Downhill podium: 1st Aleksander Kilde, 2nd Johan Clarey, 3rd Travis Ganong | Picture: Hahnenkammrennen Instagram Page


“It’s time to transition from ski racing back to the place it all started: a true love for skiing and experiencing an adventurous life lived outdoors. I am excited to continue this journey with the partners who have supported me throughout my career.”

– Travis Ganong

Ganong is also a staunch advocate for the environment, acting as a Protect Our Winters athlete alliance member to lead the charge toward change within the alpine ski industry. He will speak on a panel about sustainability at the World Cup in Aspen this weekend alongside Aspen Skiing Company’s SVP of Sustainability, Auden Schendler, among others.

The 34-year-old plans to continue celebrating his love for the outdoors and skiing by pursuing more backcountry-centered adventures in his home of Truckee, California, with his fiancé and longtime partner — and fellow World Cup skier — Marie-Michèle Gagnon of Canada, who is also retiring. 

“As an organization, we are so proud of what Travis has accomplished in his long and successful ski racing career. His consistency and talent have always shown through, and we wish him all the luck in his future endeavors. He will always be a part of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard family.”

– U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO Sophie Goldschmidt

Ganong retires alongside his longtime teammate and friend Steven Nyman, who announced earlier in the week that he would be retiring at the FIS World Cup in Aspen.

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