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Aspenite Katie Ryan was on a bus with 120 other Aspen High School seniors when she learned she'd been called up to the U.S. Development Team. That was 2011. Since then, the miles on snow have paid off, with Ryan making a huge leap after the 2012 season straight up to the U.S. Alpine B Team.
How'd she do it? The simple answer is fast skiing, which earned her the 2013 NorAm downhill title and a top 10 in super G at the Junior World Championships. But the life of a ski racer literally, and figuratively, has its peaks and valleys.
If her NorAm title was her peak, then her blown ACL just before the NorAm Finals and Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships was her valley.
Without the injury she would have been in the hunt for the overall NorAm title. Good thing she's a fighter and has a long, long career ahead.
First order of business is getting strong. If all goes well, I hope to get a few World Cup starts next season and generally work toward making the A Team as a five-event skier.
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