But, after a recent world cup victory in St. Anton Austria, Colorado's Alice McKennis is making a name for her own. The 23-year-old is from the New Castle area, west of Glenwood Springs. It's a place her father Greg McKennis says tends to move at a slow pace, but has produced one of the fastest women on snow.
"I think she has really put it all together," McKennis said.
She started competing at the age of 7. At 19 she raced in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and recently rocked the ski world after beating Lindsey Vonn in the downhill, earning her first world cup title.
"It's been a number of years since anyone other than Lindsey Vonn has won a downhill for the US women," McKennis said.
After breaking her leg two years ago, today she's not only back on the racing course, but focused on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia.
"She's focused on Sochi and I have no doubt her goal would be to win," McKennis said.
She's put in time and hard to work to be the best, creating a strong work ethic that her father says is all part of a hard working Colorado ranch girl.
You can learn more about Alice by visiting her website at www.alicemckennis.com/