- 2009: First World Cup points
- Three FIS super G wins in 2008
- 8th overall in Europa Cup DH standings
- 4th in 2008 Nationals slalom
- 3rd in 2008 Nationals combined
- Won 2008 Noram DH in Lake Louise
- 3rd overall and in SG in 2006 NorAm points (1 win)
- Won 2006 NorAm super G-1 at Big Mountain, Mont.
- 2nd in 2006 NorAm GS-2 at Mont Ste. Anne, QUE
- 2nd, 3rd in 2003 EC DHs (Innerkrems, AUT)
Without any daycare nearby in her hometown of Big Sky, Mont., Keely Kelleher's parents dropped her at the resort's ski school. That's where she developed her passion for skiing and then for competing. After a couple of Europa Cup podiums in 2003, her racing fever was tested before the 2004 season when Kelleher broke her right leg in preseason training. A few more injury plagued seasons followed with 2008 marking her return to 100 percent and it worked as she scored her first World Cup points.
In only her second season racing World Cup, Kelleher let coaches and her confidence know she was ready with a breakthrough performance in St. Moritz just before Christmas in 2008. After days of heavy snow and cancellations, Kelleher punched to 27th in super G, only the second of four races scheduled for the famed Swiss resort. "I'm so excited. It's taken a lot of injuries and a lot of hard work to get back to where I used to be. It's like a big huge weight off my shoulders. I've raced in quite a few World Cups now and I always get close or I suck," Kelleher said about the performance. "Today I went for it and I squeaked in there." It was her first World Cup points and propelled her to score a few more times as the World Cup rolled to Bulgaria. On what most competitors called the most technical track they'd ever seen, Kelleher racked up points in the second downhill and another super G. Not finished there, she went tech in Alaska at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships and finished third in giant slalom before capping the season with three FIS podiums at the Mammoth Mountain Spring Series FIS races, including a giant slalom win. The results launched her to B Team status with the U.S. Ski Team and set Kelleher up nicely for a season filled with World Cup starts.
She started racing at about age 7 but turned up the heat as a J2 - "That's when I decided I wanted to be a ski racer." She enrolled in Rowmark
and credits Coaches Olle Larsson and Todd Brickson with her major improvements.
FIRST WORLD CUP
Dec. 1, 2007 - Lake Louise, ALB (44th in DH)
2004 - Kelleher broke her right leg during final preseason training in November 2003, deleting her entire 2004 season and much of 2005.
But, she took a positive out of the missed racing: "I learned how much I love ski racing."
"Keels on Wheels"...I'm a Montana girl...Writes a column called "Keely's Corner" for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle...My parents sold The Lone Peak Lookout newspaper; my father's a real estate broker, my mother is self-employed...Older sister, Brenna, is a former junior world kayaking champion. I grew up chasing her on the Gallatin River; I was a competitive kayaker for a while - Brenna went to kayaking and I went to ski racing, but kayaking's still my No. 2 all-time favorite thing to do. My younger brother, Conor, goes to MSU...My favorite team is Notre Dame where my grandfather and great-grandfather played football; my great-grandfather, an immigrant from Ireland, roomed with another European immigrant - Norwegian native Knute Rockne...I love reading, music and anything outdoors...My favorite charity is Big Sky Kids, which works with kids with cancer.
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