Keefe Gorman is a director of investments and wealth management with Merrill Lynch. When not serving clients of Merrill Lynch's Ithaca, New York location, he enjoys a range of outdoor pursuits. An avid skier, Keefe Gorman has competed in the World Pro Ski Tour (WPST) multiple times.
In 1969 Bob Beattie , the then-current ski coach for the U.S. Olympic team, created World Pro Skiing, using the dual-slalom format. As opposed to Olympic skiing, the race format readily engaged audiences. Beattie’s incarnation of the series lasted until 1982, when he left the organization and racers went on strike, when Ed Rogers, an ally of World Pro Skiing, created the U.S. Pro Ski Tour. The competition gained a foothold in sports broadcasting on multiple networks, but it did not find a lasting home, with Fox hosting its last races in 1998.
In the succeeding years interest in competitive skiing continued to grow, so in the 2017-2018 season Rogers and his supporters revived the WPST, with major changes. Not only did the tour broadcast on the CBS Sports Network, but it employed a dual-slalom, single-elimination format. Announcers also engaged with fans via online polls and social media discussion of events in real time, to align with other televised sports events’ practices.
A financial solution professional, Keefe Gorman serves as the managing director at Merrill Lynch in New York. In addition to his professional activities, Keefe Gorman is a member of the World Pro Ski Tour.
Specializing in the dual format in the field of alpine ski racing, the World Pro Ski Tour hosts events across the United States. The Tour recently concluded its 2019 season with the Visit Maine Pro Ski Championships finale. The finale took place in Sunday River, Maine, with Robert Cone of Vermont winning the main event and going home with $8,500 in prize money.
The World Pro Ski Tour announced the overall season winners at the final event. Taking first place was Phil Brown of Ontario, Canada, who also earned the title of Tito’s Rookie of the Year. Brown's complete earnings were $21,600. The second place winner was Garret Driller with Alex Leever finishing in third place.
A New York investment professional, Keefe Gorman serves as a managing director at Merrill Lynch. Outside his career at Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman likes to snow ski.
To improve your skiing skills, keep the following in mind:
- Extend your arms forward. In addition to adding more stability, extending your arms ahead of your body helps you accelerate. You gain more speed the farther you stretch your arms forward, according to Billy Kidd, an Olympic medalist.
- Fix your stance. Proper body positioning helps you avoid fatiguing your leg muscles prematurely. Fight the urge to position your torso too forward or back, and work on keeping your legs directly underneath your torso. Your shoulders should point downhill to enhance control.
- Keep your knees bent. Squatting slightly helps you maintain control as well as prepares you to ski over uneven terrain. Bend knees enough that your heels stay in the boot’s heel cup. In doing so, you also correct your stance.
Keefe Gorman is a wealth management advisor at Merrill Lynch. Outside of his work with Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman is an avid skier, who has skied in many places throughout the world, including in Chile.
Traveling to Chile is an option for people who live in the Northern Hemisphere and want to extend their skiing season. This is because the ski season in Chile spans from June to October, months that are too warm for skiing in other parts of the world.
In addition to its summer skiing season, Chile also offers travelers many unique skiing experiences. At Volcan Osorno in the southern part of the country, for example, skiers can navigate the slopes of a volcano. While not skiing, they can go on snowshoeing tours to see the crater of the volcano.
Chile also provides options to even more adventurous skiers who want to go off the beaten track and ski off-trail. At Ski Arpa, skiers can participate snowcat skiing, in which a vehicle takes visitors to a remote part of the mountains. There, they can enjoy fresh, untouched powder and uncrowded skiing in a beautiful natural setting.
Currently serving as a managing director of investments at Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman is an avid skier who skied competitively while in college, making it all the way to the NCAA Ski Championships. During his time outside of work at Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman continues to enjoy the sport and maintains memberships in the Song Mountain Race Club, the New York State Masters Ski Racing Association, and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA).
Ski Racing Magazine recently announced its honorees for the U.S. Junior Alpine Skier of the Year at an awards banquet celebrating the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships at Sugarloaf, Maine. First awarded in 1975, the honor has been given to accomplished athletes who have gone on to compete in the Olympics and World Championships. Past winners include Steve Mahre, Tamara McKinney, Lindsey Vonn, and current USSA president and CEO Tiger Shaw.
A.J. Ginnis, a Green Mountain Valley School alumnus, was the men’s 2015 Junior Alpine Skier of the Year awardee. The women’s honoree was Mikaela Shiffrin, who captured the award for the sixth time.
M. Keefe Gorman works as a wealth management advisor at Merrill Lynch, where he is the managing director of a wealth management team. Prior to working for Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman spent more than a decade competing on the US Pro Mogul Tour and the US Pro Ski Tour.
Professional moguls, a discipline of freestyle skiing that involves a short run down a steep, bumpy hill, includes a judging panel of seven individuals who evaluate a run in terms of turns and air time. A competitor’s total run time is also taken into account when compiling a final score. Half of a run’s score (up to 15 points) is based on turns, which are carefully monitored by five of the seven judges. Turns can be judged in a number of ways, including the competitor’s ability to stay in their initial fall line and maintain proper moguls form while initiating turns. Carving, absorption, and extension are all taken into account as well.
Each moguls run requires the athlete to perform two jumps. Form and degree of difficulty are taken into account when scoring these jumps, resulting in a maximum 7.5 points when the two remaining judges’ air scores are averaged. Speed, the final scoring component, is scored based on a predetermined pace time, or the average time it takes to complete a course. If a rider matches the pace time exactly, they will score 5.625 of a possible 7.5 points. A perfect score in all three categories will result in a final run score of 30 points.
Michael Keefe Gorman, a broker with Merrill Lynch, serves a geographically diverse group of individual investors, businesses, and non-profits from his office in Ithaca, New York.
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