Meet Resi Stiegler, a champion slalom skier. See photos, biography, and a video of Resi below.
Resi was chosen as the 2008 Lange Girl Athlete not only for her athletic skills, but also for (according to Lange) – “her enthusiasm for life and her feminine grace under pressure”.
U.S. Race Department Manager John Dwyer had this to say about Resi:
“Resi has been a role model for women of all ages for as long as I’ve known her. She is a happy, vibrant, determined, natural athlete whose love of life inspires others to participate in whatever they choose. The fact that she represents Lange, as one of the strongest young slalom skiers in the world, is an honor for us.�?
Just this past Friday, Resi was injured in a crash during her first run at the World Cup Giant Slalom in Lienz, Austria. She suffered a broken left forearm and right shinbone, her right knee had torn ligaments, and a bruised hip and face. She had lost her balance on a curve after her skis had made contact and fell. She ended up off course and went through two rows of gates and rolled over six feet (see the video below). Unfortunately, the gates did not break her fall. She is due to have surgery in the U.S. and will be out for two months.
As a biography, Resi was born on November 14, 1985 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Her father is former Austrian Olympic champion Josef “Pepi” Stiegler. So it was only natural that Resi started skiing at 2 years of age. In 2002 was her first World Cup start in Switzerland, where she finished 11th. She competed in the 2003 Junior World Championships in France and won the bronze for slalom and combined. She has had several top 10 finishes in World Cup races, and even competed during the 2006 Torino Olympic games, finishing 11th in the combined and 12th in the slalom. In 2006, she placed 1st in the slalom and giant slalom at the U.S.National Championships in Alaska as well as placing 2nd in the combined.
In 2007, she placed 15th in the Giant Slalom in Soelden, Austria during the World Cup Season Opener.
More photos and video of Resi Stiegler are below.