Hometown: Park City, Utah
Olympic experience: Three-time Olympian (2010, 2014 and 2018).
What it means to be an independent athlete: McJames was cut from the U.S. ski team in 2012, but has continued competing internationally anyway. Without the team's financial support, she's responsible for covering 100 percent of her training and competition costs.
How she covers skiing and living expenses: Private donations, grants, sponsorships, fundraising, prize money and part-time work as a coach in the summers.
What she wishes fans knew about the financial realities of the sport: She estimates costs for U.S. ski team members who have to pay to be on the team range from $15,000 to $25,000 per season. As an independent skier, her costs are even higher.
Biggest money stressor: Herbudgetfor one season of independent racing in the World Cup circuit during a non-Olympic year is $50,000, not including coaching. She hasn't had a full-time coach since she's been skiing independently.
Just for fun: She likes listening to singer Josh Ritter to calm her nerves before a race.