With World Cup experience now in the bag, Paula Moltzan is ready to take her talent to the next level–namely NorAm titles and hopefully more shots at the World Cup stage. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom/Christophe Pallot)
The ladies Tech Team is ready for this season's first U.S. World Cup.
Mikaela Shiffrin skied conservatively on the steep Levi Black pitch to drop out of contention after the first run and finish 11th in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom opener.
World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin dominated last year's Audi FIS World Cup slalom in Levi with a 1.06 wire-to-wire victory.
The U.S. women’s technical team ushered in the “summer season” last week, wrapping up a two-week slalom and GS camp at Loveland Ski Area in Colorado.
Two-time Olympian Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) finished one one-hundredth of a second behind Canadian Marie-Michelle Gagnon Saturday as women's slalom officially wrapped up the 2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships in Squaw Valley.
Olympic slalom gold medalist and World Cup slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) continued her storybook season Thursday with victory in the 2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships giant slalom.
Katie Ryan (Aspen, CO; Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club) took an agressive line Monday to open women's speed competition at the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships with fifth in super G, just .24 from the podium.
Paula Moltzan (Lakeville, MN; Buck Hill Ski Team/Ski and Snowboard Club Vail) continued her strong skiing Friday with fourth in the FIS Alpine Junior World Championships slalom, just .49 from the podium.
Paula Moltzan (Lakeville, MN; Buck Hill Ski Team) produced the best big race result of her young career Thursday with sixth in the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships giant slalom to open women's competition in Jasna.
This weekend the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup tour travels to Levi, Finland, where top U.S. athletes Mikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety will race slalom alongside a strong list of starters.
Slalom ace David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) and rising star Paula Moltzan (Lakeville, MN) combined for a U.S. Ski Team sweep of the Audi New Zealand Winter Games slalom podium Tuesday at Coronet Peak.
Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) captured the first U.S. title of her career with a mere .01 second super G victory over Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) Friday at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association named a group of 15 elite athletes to compete at the 2013 FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championship scheduled for Feb. 19-28 at Le Massif and Mont Ste Anne, Quebec.
All eyes will be watching Mikaela Shiffrin, Julia Mancuso and potentially Lindsey Vonn when the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational takes over the historic Colorado ski town Thanksgiving weekend with a pair of Audi FIS Alpine World Cup tech races.
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Like a certain other Minnesotan (namely Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn), Paula Moltzan made the move to Colorado's famed Ski and Snowboard Club Vail from her roots at Buck Hill. That was in August 2010. Fast forward five seasons and she has World Cup starts under her belt and a sure shot at gaining more high-profile race experience in 2015.
Moltzan ran the gamut during the 2014 season. She opened the year with NorAm podiums and quickly turned them into a World Cup start in Flachau, Austria, which she followed up with a pair of top-10 finishes at the Junior World Championships. She was chasing a Sochi start, and when that didn’t pan out, Moltzan rebooted and turned her focus toward making the 2015 FIS Alpine World Championships team for a chance to race on snow she knows very well–namely Beaver Creek, CO.
When I was 11 years old I joined the Buck Hill Ski Racing Club, where the world-renowned coach Erich Sailer instilled his passion for ski racing in me. He taught me how to train hard while riding the rope-tow almost every night. I can’t even begin to tell you the number of times he told me that I was ‘skiing to slow and that I needed to go faster if I wanted to win.’ Because of Eric I had great success as a J4 and J3 racer winning Medals at the USSA Junior Olympics, Canada’s Whistler Cup, and Italy’s Topolino Cup.
When I turned 16, I moved to Colorado with my dad to train with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail. While at Vail, coach Dan Strip helped me polish my technical and speed racing techniques. Within the year, just after my 17th birthday, I was invited to the U.S. Ski team.“
4th, SL, Junior World Championships, Jasna, SVK, 2014