My name is Paula Moltzan and I grew up ski racing in Minneapolis, MN. and I want to win “Gold” at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi Russia.
My Mom started me skiing early. I would tag along with her while she was giving other young kids skiing lessons at Buck Hill. By age 5 I was eager to join Buck’s Development Team. I’m very competitive and had lots of fun winning D-Team races on the weekends at Buck Hill and other local slopes. I think I started dreaming about becoming an Olympic ski racer after wining NASTAR Nationals in Park City and meeting all of the US Ski team members that were setting pace times and hanging with all the athletes.
When I was 11 years old I joined the Buck Hill Ski Racing Club where the world-renowned coach Erich Sailer instilled his passion for ski racing in me. He taught me how to train hard while riding the rope-tow almost every night. I can’t even begin to tell you the number of times he told me “That I was skiing to slow and that I needed to go faster if I wanted to win”. Because of Eric,I had great success as a J4 and J3 racer winning Medals at the USSA Junior Olympics, Canada’s Whistler Cup, and Italy’s Topolino Cup.
When I turned 16, I moved to Colorado with my Dad to train with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail. While at Vail coach Dan Strip helped me polish my technical and speed racing techniques. Within the year, just after my 17th birthday, I was invited to the US Ski team. A year later I graduated High School from Vail Academy with a 3.65 GPA.