Congratulations Alice McKennis, Olympian |

Congratulations Alice McKennis, Olympian

Alice McKennis skied with the best.

Alice McKennis is an Olympian. The 20-year-old, who grew up on a ranch outside New Castle, made her Olympic debut on Feb. 17, and there’s no reason to think that there won’t be more in her future. In 2014, and again in 2018, there’s a good chance that she will again be wearing red, white and blue and skiing for Team USA.

Her performance was not what she had hoped. It was a thrilling day for the U.S. as Vail’s Lindsey Vonn won gold and Julia Mancuso claimed the silver.

Wow, what a day for the USA.

McKennis had a rough day. Officially, her time was taken off the board and she was disqualified.

But it was what she did after she skied off course that should leave us all proud and looking forward to her future.

The bumpy downhill course in Whistler, British Columbia, knocked McKennis off balance and she missed a gate. But this was her first Olympics and she didn’t go to Canada to not cross the finish line. She went back up and around the gate and skied the rest of the course, hitting the last jump and gliding across the 2010 Olympics women’s downhill finish line.

No, she did not get an official time, but it didn’t matter. She gained plenty of experience, had an amazing time and she will always be known as an Olympian.

There’s no doubt that this New Castle woman did us all proud here in Garfield County.

Just to think about how quickly she went from skiing with the U.S. developmental squad to being named one of 10 women on the U.S. Olympic Team.

Not bad for a girl who grew up riding horses on the New Castle family ranch and skiing at Sunlight Mountain Resort. Not bad at all.

She will undoubtedly be disappointed with her performance and wish she would have done better, but this wasn’t her year.

However, getting that Olympic experience under her helmet will prepare her for better days. She admitted that the Olympics are like no other event she’s ever seen.

Alice McKennis, 2010 Olympian, skied with the best on the greatest stage in sports. She will forever be an Olympian. And who knows what will happen in the future. She’ll be 24 when the 2014 Winter Games arrive. Lindsey Vonn is 25, and now has a gold medal.

Anything is possible and McKennis has shown that she can ski with the best in the world.

Now that the 2010 Games are over for Alice McKennis, there’s really only one thing left to say.

Congratulations Alice, you did us proud. Good luck in the future.

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