The daughter of a three-time Olympic medalist, American Resi Stiegler has seemingly spent as much time under the surgeon’s knife as on the ski slopes. She made her first Olympic team in 2006 but has seen her trajectory grounded by a devastating string of injuries. She comes into the 2013-14 season having completed a full off-season training block healthy. If she can maintain that, she can provide the U.S. technical team with a potent second punch in the slalom and giant slalom behind teen Mikaela Shiffrin.
- 2007: U.S. Championships – Gold (slalom, giant slalom)
- 2005: Junior World Championships – Silver (super-combined)
- 2003: Junior World Championships – Bronze (slalom)
Things to know:
1. If there has been one constant in Steigler’s career it’s injuries. In 2005, the day before the World Cup opener in Soelden, she suffered bone fractures in her ankle and heel, and tore the interosseous membrane, the ligament that holds the tibia and fibula together, in her left leg. In 2007, she broke her left forearm and right shinbone and tore ligaments in her right knee in a crash during the giant slalom in Lienz. Stiegler returned from that injury in time for the 2009 World Championships in Val di’Isere, where she finished 19th in slalom. A week later, she broke a foot falling off a step in France. In November of that year, she fractured her left tibia and femur while training in Colorado and was forced to miss the Vancouver Olympics. In March of 2012, two weeks after earning her first World Cup podium in slalom in Ofterschwang, Germany, she tore her left ACL.
2. Stiegler’s father, Josef “Pepi” Stiegler, won three Olympic medals for Austria in Alpine skiing. At the 1960 Games, he won silver in the slalom then followed that up four years later with gold in the slalom and bronze in the giant slalom. Stiegler was named for Resi Hammerer, a friend of her father’s who won bronze in the women’s downhill at the 1948 St. Moritz Games. Pepi Stiegler suffers from multiple sclerosis. Stiegler’s mother, Carrie, was a ski instructor and put her daughter on skis for the first time at age 2. She has a younger brother, Seppi, who was an NCAA champion for the University of Denver ski team. Stiegler is godmother to Resi, her namesake and daughter of four-time Olympian Sarah Schleper.
3. Stiegler splits her off-season time between her home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and in Maui, where her boyfriend, professional windsurfer Kevin Pritchard, lives. Stiegler has a passion for the outdoors, particularly camping, hiking, swimming and biking, but is also an avid photographer and into art and fashion. She can also play the fiddle.