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)
For one athlete, it was a career day, but for an American coach, it was an historic day at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom Friday.
Paula Moltzan (Lakeville, MN) and Lila Lapanja (Incline Village, NV) joined Stigler in qualifying for the second run, and both scored their first career World Cup points.
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) did it again on Sunday, winning her second Aspen Winternational slalom in two days.
World Cup action kicks off this weekend in Aspen and Lake Louise.
Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Vail, CO) took victories at the Coronet Peak Night Slalom, part of the Audi Quattro Winter Games NZ on Friday night.
The 2015/16 alpine season starts now with spring training camps in Mammoth Mountain and Arapahoe Basin.
The NorAm Finals wrapped on Monday in Waterville Valley, NH and Burke Mountain, VT with Michael Ankeny, Tim Kelley, Paula Moltzan, Megan McJames and Tommy Ford qualifying for World Cup starts and Michael Ankeny taking the overall win.
U.S. Ski Team's Paula Moltzan claimed the first ever gold medal in slalom for a U.S. woman at the FIS Alpine Junior World Championships in Hafjell, Norway.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association named a group of 16 elite athletes to compete at the 2015 FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships scheduled for March 6-13 at Hafjell, Norway.
The Vail/Beaver Creek community turned out in force to cheer on their hometown superstar, Mikaela Shiffrin (Vail, CO) in Saturday’s slalom, and Shiffrin treated her family, friends and fans to a triumphant show.
During Tuesday’s World Champs nations team event, the Canadians stole the show with a silver medal, defeated by the indelible Austrians. The American team made it to the first two rounds, but was ousted in the quarterfinals, tying for fifth.
The U.S. Ski Team has announced the addition of Brandon Dyksterhouse to its women’s technical team as part of a unique partnership with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail.
The women raced under the lights in Flachau, Austria for the last Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom before the World Championships. Mikaela Shiffrin had a speedy second run, skiing from eighth place to grab third place overall.
With two nearly perfect runs, Mikaela Shiffrin never let go of first place at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup, taking her first slalom win of the season against a stacked field in Austria.
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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 made the big leap to the World Cup circuit during the 2015 season, and though she had glimpses of brilliance, it proved to be difficult for her to put two runs together. The one-month break for the World Cup tech skiers enabled Moltzan to travel on the Europa Cup circuit and ski some FIS races that helped her to regain confidence and at World Championships, she snagged her first top 30 result, landing in 20th in slalom in front of a big crowd full of family and friends. From there, Moltzan took the momentum to Junior Worlds and became the first American woman to win a slalom gold. She capped the season off with two second place finishes at U.S. Alpine Championships in Sugarloaf, ME.
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.“
1st, SL, Junior World Championships, Hafjell, NOR, 2015