Front Range

To Russia, With Love

Meet Colorado’s Olympic hopefuls.

January 2014

New Castle

Started Skiing: Age 2

Top Finish: 1st, World Cup 2013, Austria

Average Downhill Speed:
65–75 mph 

Training Regimen: Four hours on snow and then gym workouts (including spinning, core, upper body) for one to two hours

Favorite (Other) Winter Olympic Sport to Watch: Hockey

Encore: McKennis, who once considered quitting skiing to pursue competitive equestrian events, was on the 2010 U.S. Olympic Ski Team.

Finding the Edge: “At times you feel out of control: I don’t like this feeling, this sensation. I don’t know if I’m going to make it down. Those are usually the fastest runs—when you’re right on the edge of crashing or missing a gate.”