Faces of 2015: Getting to know the U.S. Ski Team
Editor’s note: Vail/Beaver Creek is hosting the Alpine World Ski Championships Feb. 2-15. Here’s a look at most of the U.S. Ski Team members, many of whom will be competing here in February.
Favorite race course: Beaver Creek downhill.
Pre-race ritual: I run every training run and every run all summer in training and try to keep consistent for the race. Before the race, it’s breathing and relaxation techniques.
Item you can’t travel without: Flip-flops.
Celebrity crush: Mila Kunis.
Favorite race course: Kitzbuhel, Austria, downhill. It’s kind of the Super Bowl of ski racing. It’s the gnarliest, steepest and has the most history. I’ve had a lot of success there, and I love going back there every year.
Pre-race ritual: I put my left boot on before my right boot always. I have to drink a certain amount of my drink mix, and a banana before every run. I always take a free run before the race and do something that scares me, like jumping off a cat track, to get ready to send it on these big runs.
Item you can’t travel without: Powder skis. My coaches and ski techs always laugh at me.
Celebrity crush: Marie-Michele (Gagnon), she’s a really fast ski racer from Quebec and is also my girlfriend. She’s a celebrity in the Great White North.
Favorite race course: Beaver Creek downhill — they do the best job in preparation and the crowd is awesome.
Pre-race ritual: Stretching.
Item you can’t travel without: Tennis racket.
Celebrity crush: Jennifer Connelly from “Blood Diamond.”
Favorite race course: Kranjska Gora, Slovenia – that’s one of the first courses that I had a lot of success on.
Pre-race ritual: I think I’m lucky that I don’t have any. We’re an outdoor sport and there are so many changes that it’s hard to maintain true continuity.
Item you can’t travel without: Foam roller.
Celebrity crush: Jessica Alba.
Favorite race course: Wengen (Switzerland).
Pre-race ritual: Nothing. I just try to get my head in the right place.
Item you can’t travel without: Ski boots.
Celebrity crush: My wife, she’s a pro beach volleyball super stud.
Favorite race course: I can’t really pick one. Beaver Creek is up there. It has a little bit of everything. Val Gardena in Italy is incredible. You leave the ground probably 35 times.
Pre-race ritual: Not really.
Item you can’t travel without: Guitar. I’ve brought it with me everywhere on the road since I was 15 or 16.
Celebrity crush: Alana Blanchard.
Favorite race course: Beaver Creek downhill. Even just freeskiing Birds of Prey is so much fun.
Pre-race ritual: It’s to have no superstitions.
Item you can’t travel without: Bose headphones.
Celebrity crush: Charlize Theron.
Favorite race course: Alta Badia in GS.
Pre-race ritual: Just keeping my head clear. I also buckle my boots the same way most of the time.
Item you can’t travel without: Sketchbook.
Celebrity crush: Beyonce.
Favorite race course: Lake Louise (Alberta) in downhill and super-G.
Pre-race ritual: I’m particular with my clothes. I wear certain colors, match everything and lay it out the night before. I always wear a piece of jewelry that reminds me of family.
Item you can’t travel without: iPad.
Celebrity crush: Tiger Woods.
Favorite race course: Cortina, Italy, in downhill.
Pre-race ritual: I listen to music.
Item you can’t travel without: My phone.
Celebrity crush: Clint Eastwood.
Favorite race course: Aspen is always home base for me.
Pre-race ritual: I dance at the start. I pump up the jams, stuff like Beyonce and hip-hop.
Item you can’t travel without: Ear plugs and eye mask.
Celebrity crush: Blake Griffin.
Favorite race course: Aspen GS.
Pre-race ritual: I listen to music, get in a squat in the start gate and take a deep breath.
Item you can’t travel without: A baby blanket my mom made for me when I was a baby.
Celebrity crush: McDreamy from “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Favorite race course: Lake Louise (Canada) in downhill. It’s so beautiful and picturesque.
Pre-race ritual: I don’t really have one, but on race day I tend to be quiet and keep to myself.
Item you can’t travel without: Cell phone with international data.
Celebrity crush: Madison Bumgarner.
Favorite race course: The Aspen downhill and super-G have everything — it’s flat, scary and steep, and crazy at the bottom. It’s a serious downhill.
Pre-race ritual: None.
Item you can’t travel without: A pillow It’s good having something you know you can get a good night’s sleep on.
Celebrity crush: David Beckham.
Favorite race course: Cortina (Italy) in super-G.
Pre-race ritual: I make sure I’m warmed up.
Item you can’t travel without: A book.
Celebrity crush: Johnny Depp.
Favorite race course: Bansko, Bulgaria.
Pre-race ritual: I don’t have any. If I were to find something and it didn’t work out, I’d psych myself out.
Item you can’t travel without: My guitar or violin.
Celebrity crush: Ryan Gosling’s “Notebook” character.