Now with a NorAm slalom title under her belt and a top 10 at the Junior World Championships, Lila Lapanja is ready to make a run at the World Cup tour and hopefully the “senior” World Championships. (Mark Epstein/U.S. Ski Team)
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.
Sunshine and excellent racing conditions will greet athletes Wednesday when the 2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships kick off on Red Dog at Squaw Valley.
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.
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.
Despite narrowly missing the super G win Friday, Tommy Ford collected the eighth national title of his young career with gold in the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships combined.
Mountain Plaza roared Saturday as the 2012 U.S. Alpine Ski Team - including Olympic gold medalists Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) and Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) - was introduced during a public celeb
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Lila Lapanja had just finished her first driving lesson when she got the call from the U.S. Ski Team in early 2011. "I was so excited. I've been working so hard for it, and it's just one step closer to my dream of being an Olympic ski racer," said Lapanja, who learned of her nomination at the summit of Mt. Rose Highway.
Her career hasn’t slowed since, and she slammed on the gas pedal in 2014 when she finished sixth in the Junior Worlds slalom, nabbed the NorAm slalom title and finished seventh in the overall. She rode that momentum right into U.S. Champs at Squaw Valley, her home mountain, winning bronze in slalom. All in all, she took huge steps toward hopefully snagging some 2015 World Cup starts and a shot at competing in Beaver Creek during the “senior” World Championships when they roll into Colorado Feb. 2-15, 2015.
There’s a great team vibe. We’ve been traveling, training and living with each other for almost three years, so we have a healthy relationship off snow. On snow we’re very competitive and we push each other to keep doing our best. We’re always really positive and supportive of each other, and I always wish the best for them.
Alongside my NorAm slalom title goal I had written that I wanted to win the U.S. National slalom race. This is my best finish at a U.S. Nationals ever, so I’m super happy with how I skied. I put my whole heart out on the hill.
OFF THE SNOW
NorAm slalom champion, 2014