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Megan McJames had a small epiphany when she started racing in a NorAm against some European World Cup skiers - and was surprisingly close to them. By the end of the 2006 season, she had hit a trifecta: she was the NorAm overall, super G and giant slalom champion. Now all that's left is a completely injury free season and more miles on the World Cup venues.

McJames was bouncing back and forth between World Cup, Europa Cup and NorAm races for most of the year and was starting to get things figured out with her new ski setup (Dynastar to Fischer) when she fractured her left heel while in Park City after the World Championships.

The short trip home turned into six weeks on crutches and a lot of time to look forward to next season. Like her teammate Chelsea Marshall, McJames is big into baking and took full advantage of the time off to start her own catering business with Marshall. Check out // and instantly get hungry.

Healing complete, she continued her bouncing routine, doing well in NorAms and taking third in giant slalom at the 2013 U.S. Championships. Now she looks toward her second chance at the Olympics.

"I was so excited to come home for a little break after a busy month of ski racing.  It turned out was home for the rest of ski season due to a broken heel bone.  A piece of my left heel bone broke off in my boot while skiing at Park City Mountain Resort.  On a positive note I didn't need surgery.  While this wasn’t how I planned to end my season I took the time off to regroup and reflect so I can go into next season prepared and strong. Also, to keep myself busy, I took some online classes as well as baking…of course!"

McJames started skiing at 2 at Alta - where her parents were instructors, but since the ski area didn't have a racing program, she joined the Park City Ski Team when she was 8. “I kinda grew up ripping around there,” she recalled. She skied well enough to make the 2005 Junior World Championships squad and then again during her breakout season of ’06 as she took over the NorAm circuit and made a major move toward becoming a World Cup regular.

McJames is all about baking and learning how to become a professional baker. She took the next step in that direction with a part-time job at a Park City Bakery. "I am hoping this job will allow me to learn a lot about preparing food and also how to run a bakery. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first few days at my new job and don’t feel that dipping cookies in chocolate and decorating tarts can be called work," she said. Other summer passions include mountain biking once in a good while, firing a rifle…it's good for rehab.



2010 U.S. Olympic Team Member

2011 Alpine World Championships
- 29th in slalom
- 34th in giant slalom

2009 FIS Alpine World Championships Team Member

- sidelined for last quarter with broken heel

- Giant slalom points in Lienz, Austria and Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

- Career best 14th in Soelden, Austria giant slalom to open the season

- 17th in Lienz, Austria giant slalom

- Career first World Cup points with 28th in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy giant slalom

- 2010 NorAm super combined champion
- 2010 U.S. super combined champion
- 2008 NorAm GS champion
- 2006 NorAm overall, super, GS champion (3 wins)
- 6th in combined at ’06 Junior Worlds


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