Nolan Kasper will make his second trip to the Olympics this winter in Sochi where he will compete in the technical events. Hip surgery and a knee injury in the last two years have slowed his progression but he has competed solidly on the World Cup circuit as the team’s No. 3 slalom skier.
- 2011: World Championships – 15th (slalom)
- 2010: Olympics – 24th (slalom)
- 2009: Junior World Championships – Bronze (slalom)
- 2008: Junior World Championships – 15th (slalom), 23rd (giant slalom)
Things to know
1. Kasper has been bitten by the injury bug in recent seasons. He recovered from hip surgery to post a successful 2012 season but then required another minor hip procedure at the end of the winter. He appeared poised for another big comeback last season but tore his right ACL and meniscus while training in Val d’Isere in December and was forced to miss the remainder of the 2013 season, including the World Championships in Schladming.
2. In 2010, Kasper deferred his entry into Dartmouth University. Because injuries have kept him stateside and not out on the World Cup circuit, he has made far more significant progress toward his degree than originally thought he would at this point.
3. Kasper started skiing at New Jersey's Hidden Valley when he was three. He raced on the East coast junior circuit and attended Burke Mountain Academy in Vermont (the same school that has produced Olympic teammate Mikaela Shiffrin) before getting called up to the U.S. Development Team in 2007.