American Downhiller- The Legend of the Men's Team
POC USA is proud to present “American Downhiller-The Legend of the Men's Team,” a feature film on the history of the U.S. men’s downhill team.
The history of American Downhillers goes back more than 50 years, and long before the advent of the World Cup. The foundations were laid down by pioneers like Buddy Werner and Billy Kidd in the 1950s and ’60s. Followed by the likes of Bill Johnson, whose brash personality and unapologetic style led to Olympic glory in the mid-80s, and today’s generation, led by Steven Nyman, which are able to draw upon a rich tradition and a historic bond.
American Downhillers have always felt they had something to prove.
The World Cup is primarily played out at ‘home’ for Europeans, where the sport’s biggest names are immortalized by legions of fans and an adoring media. It’s against this backdrop that the brotherhood of today’s American Downhillers is built and pays homage to the spirit of legends like Johnson, A.J. Kitt, Tommy Moe, Bode Miller, and Daron Rahlves, as they forge a new team identity that prioritizes cooperation and friendship.
It’s a bond that has propelled the team to flourish on the World Cup and built a camaraderie that spans the test of time.
"I'm proud to call myself an American Downhiller. Hopefully, I can build on the legacy created by the original American Downhillers who came before me, and inspire the next generation of young skiers in the U.S. to follow in our footsteps." - Travis Ganong
Executive Producers: Joe Jay Jalbert, Jay Jalbert, David DeMartini, Elizabeth Reeder
Producers: Claire Brown & Scott Lyons
Director of Photography: Susie Theis
Edited by: Susie Theis & Claire Brown
Narrated by: American Downhiller Steve Porino