American skier Ganong faces new challenge: college 

click to enlarge Squaw Valley's Travis Ganong, who won a World Cup ski race two months ago, has enrolled in classes at Sierra Nevada College. - ALESSANDRO TROVATI/AP FILE PHOTO
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  • Squaw Valley's Travis Ganong, who won a World Cup ski race two months ago, has enrolled in classes at Sierra Nevada College.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Two months after winning his first World Cup victory, American skier Travis Ganong is facing a new challenge: college.

The 26-year-old from Squaw Valley has enrolled in the ski business and resort management program at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village on Lake Tahoe's north shore.

Program leader Tim Cohee praises Ganong, saying the program could help make him "as big a powerhouse behind the scenes" as he is on downhill ski courses.

To complete the program, students find a mountain and create a plan to build their own resort.

Ganong, who recently bought a home near Tahoe City, California, won the downhill at Santa Caterina, Italy, on Dec. 28.

He came fifth in the Olympic downhill in Sochi a year ago and earned his sole previous World Cup podium shortly afterward by placing third in Kvitfjell, Norway.

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