The Fast Facts
Hometown: Sun Valley, Idaho
College: Dartmouth College, 2007
Ski Club: Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF)
Birthdate: Jan 23, 1985
Weight: 145 lbs
High School: Wood River High School, 2003
Michael Sinnott, known since forever as Mikey ,grew up in the mountain resort of Sun Valley, Idaho where he competed in soccer, cross-country skiing, and just about everything else due to an overactive competitive drive. He attended Dartmouth College, where he went on to be named an All-American while captaining the ski team to its first NCAA championship in 30 years. After obtaining a degree in Psychology and Neuroscience, Mikey moved back to Sun Valley, and began the full time job he pursues today- a professional ski racer.
Representing the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, Mikey has climbed the podium at US National Championships in both sprint and distance events, as well as claiming title to both the Boulder MT Tour and Noquemanon ski marathons. In 2011 he was crowned the Super Tour sprint champion. Sinnott has competed internationally in World Cups, at World Junior Championships, and at Under 23 World Championships with his top result a 13th place in the freestyle sprint. In 2012, he hopes to see an increase in World Cup starts, leading into a World Championships berth in 2013 and the Olympics in Sochi, Russia in 2014.
Mikey knows he is fortunate to continue his ski racing today, and confident in continued success. He is proud to still be representing the club that taught him to ski many years ago. Mikey also races to support the Willie Neal Environmental Awareness Fund, in honor of a passionate and hardworking teammate who had dreams of changing the world. He spends as much time as he can in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho or stoking his competitive side through soccer.
Despite his high caliber racing career, Mikey maintains that the most nervous he has ever been was during the live filming of a game show, on which his family competed in 2010. He continues to push himself and strives to be a world class cross country ski racer, knowing that no other skier has the steely instincts it takes to be a success on the Family Feud.