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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. 

      FIRST TRACKS
      “My Mom started me skiing early. I would tag along with her while she was giving other young kids skiing lessons at Buck Hill. By age five I was eager to join Buck’s Development Team. I’m very competitive and had lots of fun winning D-Team races on the weekends at Buck Hill and other local slopes. I think I started dreaming about becoming an Olympic ski racer after wining NASTAR Nationals in Park City and meeting all of the U.S. Ski team members that were setting pace times and hanging with all the athletes.

      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.“

       

      Highlights

      4th, SL, Junior World Championships, Jasna, SVK, 2014
      6th, GS, Junior World Championships, Jasna, SVK, 2014
      First World Cup start, Aspen Winternational, 2013
      2nd, SG, U.S. Championships among juniors, 2013