Pacesetters at National Championships
03.07.2017 | Bill Madsen
After a storied 18-year career, Olympic champion Julia Mancuso hung up her tiara and took a victory lap in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy this season. Mancuso’s first FIS Ski World Cup was in 1999, and her first World Cup podium was a super-G silver in Cortina. Known for her renegade style and her ability to perform on the big stage, Mancuso donned a tiara on the podium in 2006 and 2010 when she won Olympic gold and silver.
As a Lake Tahoe native, Marco learned to ski on some of the most legendary terrain in the world. With 16 years on the U.S. Ski Team under his belt, Marco has competed in five World Championships and is a four-time Olympian. This year, Marco traveled with NASTAR to various Pacesetting Trials and Regional Championships across the nation.
A four-time Olympian, AJ Kitt has become a living legend at NASTAR Nationals as well as the NASTAR Pacesetting Trials. After 11 years on the U.S. Ski Team’s World Cup circuit, he traveled as a National Pacesetter for over 15 years. His consistent skiing style has earned him a reputation as a power skier. AJ is a great ambassador for the NASTAR program and he is always happy to share his knowledge of the sport with recreational racers.
The most decorated male American Downhiller and Super G skier in history, Daron Rahlves, might be an athletic animal but guess where his roots were planted? In a NASTAR course at Alpine Meadows alongside his parents and his grandparents every Saturday during the winter. Daron has won 12 World Cup races, had 28 World Cup podium spots and seven U.S. National Titles on top of four Olympic game appearances.
A Minnesota native, Claire Brown grew up racing under the lights at Buck Hill before joining the University of Denver Pioneers eventually going on to take home 24 career FIS wins. At the University of Denver, she earned NCAA All-American honors and helped her team win two National Championships. After graduating with a degree in finance and marketing, she relocated to Park City and now enters her seventh season as Publisher at Ski Racing Media.
Travis Ganong (injured)
Travis grew up only minutes away from Squaw Valley and has raced for the U.S. Ski Team for 12 years specializing in speed events. Two-time World Cup winner, Ganong started the 2016 season off with a bang in Lake Louise, finishing 3rd in downhill and 4th in super G. He has gone on to snag six top 10 World Cup finishes and this season, he had to sit out the Olympics due to a season ending knee injury.
Bill Hudson was raised in Squaw Valley, California. An eight-year U.S. Ski Team racer and 1988 Olympic Team member, skiing is in his blood, as his mother (Sally) was also an Olympian (Oslo, 1952). Hudson graduated from North Tahoe High School and attended Dartmouth College. He qualified for the U.S. Ski Team his freshman year and ultimately graduated from the University of Utah. Bill is a Real Estate agent in Truckee-North Tahoe. He lives in Squaw Valley with his wife Kathrin and children Sophia, Bodie, and McCoy.
Tamara Mckinney won four World Cup season titles, most notably the 1983 overall, the only American woman to hold that title for a quarter century, until Lindsey Vonn in 2008. McKinney's other three season titles were in giant slalom (1981, 1983) and slalom (1984). She was a world champion in the combined event in 1989, her final year of competition. Her half-brother Steve McKinney was a record holding speed skier. If you are interested in Squaw Valley real-estate she has the answers. Visit her at Tamara McKinney Luxury Group.
Nate Holland is a four-time Snowboard Cross Olympian and seven-time Winter X Games gold medalist. He broke records when he won five gold medals back to back at the X Games, earning him big-time bragging rights with the record for most medals won in a row in a Border Cross race. Recently returning home to Truckee, Calif. from PyeongChang after the Olympics, Nate adds to the long list of legends who get to call Tahoe home.