Mikaela Matthews began skiing in Europe while her family lived in Denmark, and since becoming a NorAm staple after returning to the States, she's hoping the World Cup tour will take her globetrotting again.
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The 2010 season, Matthews’ rookie season on the U.S. Ski Team, saw the Team Summit product, grab four NorAm podiums and finish second in the overall NorAm standings for the second consecutive season. A shoulder injury kept Matthews out of competition for the 2011 season but she launched into 2012 ready to prove herself. She hauled in two top-10 results in her first go on the World Cup tour and finished the season ranked 22nd in the World Cup moguls standings.
Lake Placid was my first World Cup ever and I qualified for finals in sixth. Unfortunately, I blew up in my finals run and broke my thumb and partially tore a ligament. I spent the rest of the season skiing with a cast on my left hand. At the Deer Valley World Cup, I got my first top ten result at the World Cup level in duals and that finish qualified me for the second half of the World Cup tour. I went to Japan and Sweden, and had another top-ten finish in Sweden. I qualified for World Cup finals in Megeve, France and finished the season ranked 22nd on the World Cup circuit. At nationals in Stratton, VT I finished fourth in singles and sixth in duals.
I am looking forward to competing on the full World Cup circuit for the 2013 season and am hoping to have a couple new tricks under my belt. Hopefully the experience I got on World Cups this year will help to improve my consistency at that level.
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