Mikaela Matthews began skiing bumps in Europe while her family lived in Denmark. She never looked back. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Freestyle)
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Her success began early on, and in 2006 she was the top ranked J3 in the U.S. In 2008 Matthews came in third in moguls and dual moguls at the NorAm Cup event in Val St. Come, Quebec. She continued her success in 2009, earning first place in the 2009 NorAm Cup in Arapahoe Basin and 11th in the 2009 U.S. Championships at Squaw Valley.
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 season on the World Cup tour and finished ranked 22nd in the World Cup moguls standings.
The 2013 season proved to be Matthews' best with her career-first World Cup podium in Inawashiro, Japan, and silver at U.S. Championships. Her 2014 season started strong but a crash in Lake Placid resulted in an arm injury that took Matthews out for the rest of the Olympic season. But prepare to see a lot from her in 2015!
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