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lila'S
STORY

Being a ski racer is my destiny: I was born in a snowstorm, started skiing when I was two, was racing by age six and was named to the U.S. Ski Team when I was sixteen years old. My dad, a former racer for Slovenia, was my coach as a junior on the Diamond Peak Ski Team at Lake Tahoe and is now my mentor on the world stage.

 

I have been racing independently since 2017-18, successfully winning NorAm Cups and scoring World Cup points. This past season, despite winning two National Championship titles, racing successfully head-to-head against team members, securing automatic WC starts in slalom for 2021-22 and feeling stronger and faster than I have ever been in my career, The U.S. Ski Team chose not to re-nominate me due to their age-based criteria: I am 26 years young.

 

I now must finance my entire season leading into this Olympic year while organizing all of my travel, team support, training and racing—and working toward my college degree. I am very proud to be the Northstar Alpine Race Team Ambassador and want to teach the young racers that an athlete's success is measured not only by the way one can ski under pressure and win; true success is attained through grace, kindness, resilience, enthusiasm and the pure joy of skiing fast!

 

Thank you for your support!