US Ski Team’s Lindsey Vonn joined the Briko Team 4 years ago.
Her success in the gates is well documented, and her popularity and international following has grown considerable even with her injuries which have kept her out of the race course much of the last two seasons. We wish her a healthy recovery and can’t wait to see her in her hometown of Vail, Colorado for the 2015 World Championships. She’s raced to 4 OVERALL WORLD CUP Victories, 13 single year WORLD CUP Victories, and over 50 wins!
David was born in Minnesota in 1984 and began his skiing career on the small but famous slopes of Buck Hill. When he was 10 years old, his family moved west to the Rockies, growing up in Crested Butte, Colorado and attending the Crested Butte Academy through high school.
After falling short on making the US Ski Team after high school, David decided to continue his education and enroll in Dartmouth College where he made a giant breakthrough in his skiing career with the Dartmouth Ski Team. He became the NCAA Slalom Champion as a freshman in 2005 and helped the Big Green become the overall NCAA Champions as captain of the ski team in 2007. He graduated in 2008 with a double major in Engineering and Earth Sciences and turned his attention to ski racing at the highest level.
Working his way up the ranks for the last 8 years, David has become the #1 slalom skier in the US! He’s currently 14th in the world in the slalom after a great 2015/16 season, which included a career best 4th place finish in the Val d’Isere World Cup slalom. He topped off the 2015/16 season with a slalom win at the 2016 US Alpine National Championships in Sun Valley, ID, his 5th national title.
He has worked hard the past few years to establish himself in the giant slalom standings as well. Last year, he posted a career best finish at the Beaver Creek World Cup GS, coming from a starting position of 66 to finish in 16th place! With David moving up the ranks now in two disciplines, he has his sights set on the podium for the 2016/17 season and beyond.
He is excited to be working with Briko, the helmet he grew up skiing with in his youth. Briko gives me “a wonderful fit and excellent protection in a helmet and goggle setup that look great”, so all
“I have to worry about is skiing fast when it matters!”
Oregon’s own, Laurenne, joined Briko recently in July 2014.
She’s an accomplished four discipline threat, but a natural speedster as her best results have come in DH and SG, racing to an 11th in DH at the Sochi Games. Off the snow, she’s an avid musician and artist – taking classes at the Univ of Oregon. Her switch to Briko was for many reasons,
It’s become increasingly difficult to find a company that feels like a family in the ski world, but Briko immediately felt like one to me. I feel well supported and truly cared for–and adding Briko to that list of sponsors makes me feel even more proud to represent such a welcoming dedicated company. Their helmets fit great, and most importantly, feel incredibly safe. I can’t wait to get in the start gate and race this year.
Colorado native Alice Mckennis grew up on a ranch riding horses in the summer and chasing her older sister down the slopes at the local ski mountain in the winter. What started out as a winter activity to bide the time til summer turned into a full blown obsession for the young racer. As Alice grew older and moved up the ranks one thing was clear, she loved to go fast! That love and passion for speed was apparent when Alice was named to the US Ski Team in 2008 and started racing on the World Cup the next season.
Bursting onto the stage with top ten results in her first season Alice has never slowed down even with multiple knee injures. In 2013 Alice won the World Cup Downhill in St. Anton, Austria, satisfying a lifelong dream but further feeding her fire for the sport of ski racing. Now armed with experience, fully healthy and prepared for this upcoming season Alice has her sights on the World Cup podium again.
“Safety! Ski racing is a dangerous sport and I have experienced the perils of the sport firsthand many times. Knowing that I am safe with Briko and protected allows me to push my limits while knowing I have the best possible product out there protecting me!”
“I love the passion Briko shows for the sport of ski racing! I can relate so well to the whole Briko family and team and feel the same drive for the sport”.
Megan McJames is a two-time Olympic skier who loves adventure, mountains, baking and laughing with friends and family!
At 2-years old Megan learned to ski at Alta Ski Resort in Utah. She grew up doing many outdoor sports including mountain biking, hiking, camping, soccer and tennis but fell in love with the sport of skiing!
For the past four winters Megan has raced as an independent athlete and is proud to have been nominated to the 2014 Olympic team that went to Sochi and the 2015 World Championship team that raced in Vail/Beaver Creek. She has guaranteed World Cup starts for all of the 2016/17 season and will again be racing World Cup without the support of the national team, with the goal of establishing herself as a contender at the international level!
Megan believe’s that she belongs in the mountains……
“I’m aligned with Briko because my story is one of athletic perseverance, passion, and work ethic. I see the same in the products, the company personnel, and the other members of the Briko Team.”
Michael’s also a Briko Team member who rose from the slopes of Buck Hill. He first started skiing at the age of 6 and quickly fell in love with the sport. The Buck Hill program coached him to multiple national titles while still in high school. He made the US Ski Team when he was 17 years old and has been racing NorAm, EuropaCup, and World Cups ever since. Recent results include a top twenty finish in the 2016 World Cup slalom at Kitzbuhel, Austria, and a third place finish at the 2016 US National Championship slalom. When Michael is not skiing during the spring, he attends Dartmouth College and is well on his way to earning an engineering degree. In his off time he enjoys biking, tennis, soccer, and water sports.
“I love the fit, the feel, the look, the safety, and Briko has your back if anything is needed – it’s a well run company with a family feel”.
When Patricia was just 2, her parents strapped her twin brother William and her into two teeny pairs of skis, and let them go at the top of the Bunny Hill. William made it to the bottom first and thereby Tricia spent the majority of her early years trying to keep up with William and her two older brothers, Connor and Peter, a quest that sparked her love of competition and going fast!
The Mangan’s are a skiing family of eight. She was homeschooled during middle school as were her four brothers and little sister (trophies to the parents!). There she learned to be super focused early in the morning and get her ‘schoolwork’ done so she could play with her siblings and explore outside in the afternoon. Then this time turned into ski time.
Unlike ski racing academies where the focus is training and racing, she grew up skiing at HoliMont, where she did a lot of freeskiing and occasionally trained during the week and always had the competition of her twin brother close by which pushed her on the slopes.
At 15, she qualified for U16 Nationals and ended up 4th overall, despite being ranked almost last in the Skills Quest evaluation, and was thus named to the U18 National Training Group! Then with a lot of travel and studying on the road, but enrolled as senior in Buffalo, she was named to the USST D Team where last season she had more ups than downs, and finished the season with two podiums in SG and Combined at the US Nationals against many of the top women on the USST. The success propelled her onto the C Team for this coming season!
“I’m incredibly excited for the year ahead, and tremendously grateful for the opportunity to continue to chase my dream of World Cup and Olympic success.”
When not on snow, “I study bio-medical engineering at Dartmouth College and I can’t get enough of adventuring outside and finding new places to do thrilling things with my friends – cliff jumping, biking, or good old fashioned exploring! When I am lucky enough to be home, I love spending time with my five siblings and parents, partaking in various sports, heated debates, and unrivaled excitement.”
Cecily is from Saranac Lake, New York and grew up skiing in the strong NYSEF program at Whiteface Mountain just outside of Lake Placid, the site of two Olympic Winter Games. Cecily joins the USA’s C Team for the 2017 season after coming off a breakout 2016 season with 9 podiums including 5 wins – this gave her the honer of earning the Golden Ski Award! Some key wins included her first NorAm downhill at Lake Louise, and the DH at the North American Junior Championships at Copper Mountain. And finished out the season by winning a FIS DH in Aspen.
She loves to go fast and says she
“chose Briko’s Vulcano FIS helmet because it makes me feel safe and secure, and I can keep my focus on the course”.
She fits well on Briko’s alpine women’s team with fellow speedsters Lindsey, Laurenne, and Alice.
When Cecily isn’t skiing, she enjoys hiking, paddling and trail running, as well as time with her family and dog Moon. And as a true Upstater, still claims Whiteface as her favorite ski mountain!