|— Alpine skier —|
|Disciplines||Downhill, Super G,
January 19, 1978 |
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|World Cup debut||November 27, 1999
|Teams||2 - (2002, 2006)|
|Teams||2 - (2005, 2007)|
|Discipline titles||0 - (15th in SG, 2006)|
Macartney grew up in the Seattle area, in Redmond, where his parents were public school teachers. He skied at the Crystal Mountain ski area, located 76 miles (122 km) southeast of Seattle, where his parents were members of the volunteer ski patrol on weekends. Macartney did not attend a ski academy, but graduated from Redmond High School in 1996 while working his way up through regional teams in the Northwest with limited funding. He attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, where he earned a bachelor's degree in economics.
Macartney competed at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and was the first racer on the course in the downhill event at Snowbasin, eventually finishing in 29th position. He reached his first World Cup podium finish on January 29, 2006, when he placed second at the Super G in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
Injury at Kitzbühel
On his 30th birthday in 2008, Macartney competed in the Hahnenkamm downhill in Kitzbühel, Austria. The second racer on the course, he had an excellent run going until he suffered a spectacular fall just five seconds from the finish line. After descending the high-speed Zielschuss section and reaching a speed of 87.7 mph (141.2 km/h), Macartney was challenging for a top ten finish. At the final jump (Zielsprung), he was twisted left while airborne, could not recover, and crashed whilst finishing the race. He was airlifted by helicopter to a hospital in Innsbruck, said to have suffered bruising to the brain, and was put into an induced coma. He regained consciousness the next day. As Macartney did not miss a gate, he finished the race in 33rd place with a time of 1:55.91, 3.16 seconds behind the winner, Didier Cuche. Macartney's speed at the end of the Zielschuss was the highest of the race. The next closest speed was 86.5 mph (139.2 km/h) by Bode Miller, who came in tied for second.
World Cup Top Ten Finishes
|2006||16-Dec-2005||Val Gardena, Italy||Super-G||7th|
|2006 Winter Olympics|
|2007||01-Dec-2006||Beaver Creek, CO, USA||Downhill||8th|
|2008||15-Dec-2007||Val Gardena, Italy||Downhill||3rd|