Julia Mueller-Ristine poses with Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn on the eve of her final YOG race (Doug Haney/U.S. Ski Team)
INNSBRUCK, Austria (Jan. 20) - Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club racer Julia Mueller-Ristine (Aspen, CO) capped her 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games with 12th in slalom, less than 24 hours after meeting Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO). Vonn was in Innsbruck for a few hours to meet with all Youth Olympic athletes, but spent some time talking privately with Mueller-Ristine. The Youth Olympics close Sunday with men's slalom, featuing Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athlete Alex Leever (Vail, CO).
Julia Mueller-Ristine capped the Youth Olympics with 12th in slalom, her best performance of the Games
The Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club athlete met hero Lindsey Vonn the day before the final race
She moved up six spots in the second run after finishing the opening run in 18th
Mueller-Ristine was 17th in super combined and 24th in giant slalom at Innsbruck
Slovakian Petra Vlhova won the race
Alpine competition closes Sunday at the Youth Olympics with men's slalom
QUOTES Oh my gosh, she’s an amazing speaker and athlete. At one point, she was where I am now, and I‘m trying to work my way up in my sport to get where she is today. I think everyone on the U.S. Ski Team is amazing, but Lindsey definitely stands out.
I could ski a lot better. I feel like I should be able to ski with these girls. Just being here, it really makes me think about my training, and how badly I want it.
The top girls, they’re racing Europa Cup, they’re on the national team for their country. So it’s definitely something I need to work on for myself. It’s really fun to watch them and know that I need to work to get to that level.