Charlie Brennan

BRENNAN: Meet Ainsley Profitt, Top Skiing Prospect & Olympic Hopeful From St. Louis

Charlie Brennan
September 24, 2018 - 6:08 pm

It’s hard to believe but one of the nation’s top ski prospects gearing up for the 2022 Olympics is from…St. Louis!

She is St. Charles resident Ainsley Profitt, who is heading to Copper Mountain, Colorado to race on the U.S. Ski Development Team. Not only is Profitt the only skier from Missouri to make the team, she is pretty much the only one on the team not from a typically cold or mountainous state.

The 17-year-old Profitt spent her high school freshman year at Incarnate Word Academy in Normandy but studied online her sophomore and junior years to accommodate her training. This summer she practiced in New Zealand. Her top speeds on the slopes reach 79 mph and that’s without a seatbelt. 

She trained for four years at the Hidden Valley Ski Resort  in Wildwood, and today is the first alpine athlete from Hidden Valley to make the U.S. Alpine Ski Team.  Profitt met ski coach Dave Coulter ten years ago in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He invited her to train at Hidden Valley.

Crested Butte is her favorite ski area (except for Hidden Valley, of course) and her favorite snow is in Roundhill, New Zealand. In off-mountain training, Profitt does a lot of plyometric exercises, like single-leg jumps and jumping on boxes. She says she uses visualization techniques and positive self-talk.

After Copper Mountain, it’s off to Canada and then Europe.  Every time she travels, she has to pack eight sets of skis which she packs and carries herself.

Most importantly, Ainsley Profitt grew up listening to KMOX Radio from the back seat of her mom’s car. I’ve always said good things happen to people who listen to the Voice of St. Louis.