U.S. Names 2009 Whistler Cup Team

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 9, 2009 2:04 pm

If you’ve ever been out-skied on a black diamond by a 12 year-old, it was probably one of these kids. Eighteen American mini phenoms (nine boys, nine girls) will be on hand to ski against other young athletes from around the globe at the 2009 Whistler Cup. The event hosts racers ages 11-14 for three days of slalom and giant slalom competition at the Whistler-Blackcomb resort in British Columbia. Over 390 athletes from an estimated 17 countries will be on hand to race hard.

Leading the way for the U.S. will be Mikaela Shiffrin (Lyma, NH) of Burke Mountain Academy. Shiffrin stunned the competition last season as she took three gold medals at the Whistler Cup. “It’s a great experience,” Shiffrin said. “There are so many countries competing here. It’s one of the only places where everyone can be together and compete.”

Also on top of the pack will be Buck Hill’s Paula Moltzan (Prior Lake, MN), Bridger Ski Foundation’s Eric Haferman (Bozeman, MT) and Bobby Moyer (Aspen) of the Aspen Valley Ski Club, who all had top 15 finishes in the Topolino Cup.
 “I qualified for the Whistler Cup through super G and GS, which aren’t my strong events, but somehow I managed to do well in them,” Moltzan said. “Now that I am here, I’m super excited to start racing. Whistler has really good terrain.”

Yes, Whistler does have amazing terrain. And you won’t see any heli mute grabs out of these kids, but they’ll be so fast, you may not even see them at all.