River Radamus hails from Edwards, Colorado where he learned to ski on the slopes of Vail, alongside his parents who are coaches. Radamus showed promise from an early age, named to the team in 2016. He is a three-time Youth Olympic Games gold medalist; he is the first to achieve this feat. Radamus also won two Junior World Championships gold medals, one in super-G and one in giant slalom. Radamus finished just off the podium at the Beijing 2022 Olympics, in fourth place. He was also part of the team event that won gold at the 2023 World Championships event.
When Radamus is not skiing he enjoys surfing, mountain biking and traveling.
"My parents were full time coaches when I was young. It was hard for them to carry me around and do their work, so they put me on skis before I could walk. It was easier for them to push me around that way."
8 Things You Didn't Know About River Radamus
- 1. River is a three-time Youth Olympic Games (YOG) gold medalist - the first to achieve this feat.
- 2. River is in the process of creating his own foundation to improve access and affordability to the sport of ski racing.
- 3. River's favorite track on the World Cup is Alta Badia. He says, "if you designed a GS hill in a lab, you couldn’t make one any better. The hill has all the variables you could ask for - from steeps to rolls, 180° trail turns and even a jump. It’s just perfect in every way."
- 4. He scored his first World Cup points in 2018 at Alta Badia, Italy, when he landed in 24th.
- 5. River won two Junior World Championship gold medals (super-G and giant slalom) and one silver medal (team event) in 2019, and was an integral part of the best men's alpine junior team in the world.
- 6. In the past he has donated his prize winnings from certain races to Protect Our Winters, a nonprofit dedicated to climate advocacy. “I think as an athlete and appreciator of the outdoors, it's important for me to work to preserve the natural wonder I get to enjoy, and make sure it's around to be enjoyed by future generations.”
- 7. A few things you may not know about him: he speaks English, Spanish, OK German. He also likes to spend his downtime surfing, mountain biking and traveling. He spends about a month a year in Central America surfing and decompressing. Favorite athlete? Nikola Jokić. Why? The best passing big man in NBA history. Always one step ahead of the game.
- 8. "Team is crucial to me. My team is the reason I am where I am today. Our crew is really tight-knit. We push ourselves and each other extremely hard. We hold each other to a really high standard on and off hill, and hold each other accountable..."