In a remarkable turnaround, U.S. Ski Team racer Resi Stiegler of Jackson Hole placed second today in a World Cup slalom in Ofterschwang, Germany.
The podium finish was the first of her career in the World Cup and comes after a string of injuries caused her to miss most of the 2008-10 seasons.
“This is a huge breakthrough and I worked really hard for this,” Stiegler said. “Results are difficult to get even if you are skiing really fast. I almost don’t have words for how I feel.”
Stiegler finished only five-hundredths of a second behind winner Erin Mielzynski of Canada in the two-run race, held on a slushy course. Marlies Schild of Austria was third, locking up the World Cup slalom title.
Since returning from her injuries, Stiegler had been unable to achieve consistent results and considered retiring from the team. “This year was a crazy year,” she said. “Never in my life did I ever want to just throw it in, and I’ve had that feeling so many times this season. I think in the end I knew I worked so hard coming back from so many things I was just determined.”
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