Tasha Nelson, a former 8- year member of the Buck Hill Team, was a regular member of the US World Cup team over the past five years. She was on the US Ski Team for 7 years. Tasha represented the United States in Nagano, Japan in 1998, as well as Salt Lake City, USA in 2002, and was a member of the 1999 US World Championship Team. Tasha retired from ski racing following the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Sterling Grant is currently a member of the U.S. Ski Team. Sterling won the 2006 and 2009 Nor-AM slalom titles and will be racing World Cup races in the upcoming season! Sterling was a member of the 2007 U.S. World Junior team.
Michael Ankeny is the #1-ranked Slalom skier in the world for his age group. Michael was named to the U.S. Development Team in 2008 and 2009. He is a U.S. Junior National Slalom Champion and a member of the 2009 U.S. World Junior Team. Michael continues to strive toward his goals as a member of the Buck Hill Ski Racing Team.
Ryan Wilson was named to the U.S. Development Team in 2009. Ryan elected to accept a scholarship from the University of Utah where he will be a freshman in the fall.
Kristina Koznick has regularly placed in the top ten overall World Cup Slalom standings since 1997. Kristina has five World Cup wins to her credit! She had her best year in 2001-2002, finishing 2nd overall in the World Cup Slalom rankings. She's also a four-time US National Championship Slalom champion! Kristina skied in the Olympics in 1998, 2002, and 2006, and was a member of the World Championship Team in 1997, 1999 and 2001. Kristina retired from ski racing following the 2006 Olympics as one of our country's most successful ski racers.
Paula Moltzan qualified for the Topolino and Whistler Cup Championships in 2009--both premier international youth championships. Paula was a silver medal winner in both competitions! Paula is the #1 slalom skier for 15 years olds in the country!
In the 2008/2009 season, over twenty Buck Hill racers qualified for various Junior Olympics! Our J3 women racers dominated the competition at Vail, winning more medals than any other team present.
Buck Hill had a standout performance at the Junior Nationals held in Aspen, Colorado with 6 Team members qualifying.
Many of Buck Hill's younger racers had outstanding performances last year. The Team had 3 qualifiers for the Whistler Cup, a prestigious international junior's race held in Canada each spring.
Over the years, dozens of college scholarships have been awarded to Buck Hill Ski racers to major colleges and universities in the United States. Hundreds of local and national races have been won by Buck Hill racers. At the Junior Olympics and previous Junior Nationals, a total of 68 gold medals, 47 silver medals, and 32 bronze medals have been won by our racers. Cory Carlson, Lori Greeley, Susan Holes, Mike Meleski, Biere Marceau, Joe Levins, Tim Hanson, Kristina Koznick, Martina Sailer, Tasha Nelson, Lindsey Vonn, Sterling Grant, and Michael Ankeny were or currently are on the US Ski Team. Over 100 FIS races were won by Buck Hill team members over the last 30 years.
The success of the team over the years is due in large part to the efforts of the Program Director, Erich Sailer. There is no one better in the country at developing junior ski racers. Buck Hill was recognized as the Ski Team of the Year by USSA in 2008. The system that Erich has installed over the years is also very important. Each coach with the team has participated and benefited from this system as a junior racer. The coaches know the system well, believe in the system and are dedicated to giving something back to the sport of ski racing. In recognition of Erich's dedication, he was inducted into the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame in 2006. Congratulations, Erich!