Once regarded as one of the top overall skiers in the world, Nicole Hosp is making a comeback from a devastating knee injury that kept her out of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. The Torino Olympic silver medalist in slalom and seven-time World Championships medalist, figures to contend for a podium spot in super-combined at the Sochi Games.
- 2013: Bronze (super-combined), 15th (slalom)
- 2011: World Championships – 12th (super-G, super-combined), 18th (slalom)
- 2009: World Championships – 23rd (giant slalom)
- 2007: World Championships – Gold (giant slalom), Bronze (downhill), 4th (super-G), 6th (super-combined)
- 2007: World Cup standings – 1st (overall, giant slalom)
- 2006: Olympics – Silver (slalom), 4th (giant slalom), 5th (combined)
- 2005: World Championships – 5th (giant slalom)
- 2003: World Championship – Silver (combined), Bronze (slalom)
- 2002: Junior World Championships – Bronze (downhill)
Things to know:
1. Once regarded as one of the leading all-around ski racers in the world, Hosp’s career trajectory has been derailed by injuries. In 2004, she broke an ankle while jogging, cutting short a season in which she had seven podium finishes in 11 races. In 2005, she broke her left hand during slalom training in New Zealand. The most devastating injury came in 2009, when she tore her right ACL in Soelden. She missed the rest of the 2010 season, including the Vancouver Olympics. She has made a slow and steady recovery and excels more in the technical disciplines and combined now.
2. Hosp’s best season on the circuit came in 2007, when she won gold in the giant slalom and bronze in the downhill at the World Championships in Are, Sweden, and took World Cup season globes in the giant slalom and overall standings. She scored four of her 11 career World Cup victories that season.
3. Hosp burst onto the global scene as an 18=year-old in 2002 when she came out of nowhere, literally, to win the season-opening World Cup giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, besting a field that included six-time Olympic medalists Janica Kostelic of Croatia and Anja Paerson of Sweden. Later that year, she won bronze in the downhill at the Junior World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy.