TJ Lanning calls Park City home, but he is definitely from Montana. The top-ranked junior in the world in his age group for slalom and super G in 2001, injuries have kept him from reaching the potential he showed early in his career. Indeed, with multiple top-10 finishes at the World Cup level and a trip to the World Championships, Lanning has the speed to land on the podium, but that will have to wait until at least the 2013 season.
After missing the last third of the 2009 season and nearly the entire 2010 season due to injuries (a torn ACL at Kitzbuehel in '09 and a fractured neck at the opening race of the '10 season), Lanning decided to take the entire 2011 winter off from racing. The break allowed his body to heal entirely, but he's not ready to start pushing things back into the race world. After meeting with coaches, the 2012 plan is to ski and train throughout the winter, but to hold off on jumping into the start gate until the muscle mass is back to handle the rocket-fueled speeds of the World Cup.
2007: 7th, downhill
2007: 20th, super combined
2009: Scored in five World Cup races before January
2008: Three World Cup top-10 finishes
2008: Gold Medalist, downhill, U.S. Championships
2008: Victory in Europa Cup downhill
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