Hurt Earns Career First Giant Slalom Podium
Stifel U.S. Ski Team's own AJ Hurt continues to wow this season, earning her first-ever giant slalom podium on Saturday, Feb. 10, in Soldeu, Andorra, where she finished third overall after starting the second run in the sixth position. She finished just 0.15 seconds behind the day's winner, Switzerland's Lara Gut-Behrami, and 0.14 off second-place finisher New Zealand's Alice Robinson.
Hurt, 23, is the first U.S. woman other than Mikaela Shiffrin to grace a giant slalom podium since Lindsey Vonn in 2015. It's also her personal best in the discipline and her second podium in one season. Coming off an injury that took her out of the game for 2022-23 makes her success so far in 2024 even more surreal.
"I didn't really know what to expect coming into today because I've never been here before," said Hurt. "I was hurt all last season, so I'm excited to be back; I'm excited even to be ski racing at all. So I went as hard as I could, and I'm glad this is the outcome."
Today, Hurt's result in the giant slalom moved her into position to qualify for her first World Cup Finals, another milestone accomplishment in the 2023-24 season. Not to mention, she shared the podium with a lifelong ski buddy, Robinson, who she skied alongside at Palisades Tahoe when the two were cutting their teeth trying to get their first World Cup starts.
In addition to Hurt's success, Paula Moltzan was able to squeeze into a stacked top 15, finishing 11th overall and hanging on to her top 15 position in the giant slalom overall standings.
Mikaela Shiffrin did not ski. However, she is back on snow, and working on testing her knee, to see when she will be able to return to racing.
Up next, Hurt and Moltzan, as well as Lila Lapanja, will represent the U.S. in Sunday's slalom. First run kicks off at 4:30 a.m. ET on skiandsnowboard.live, with second run starting at 7:30 a.m. ET.
Women's giant slalom
Women's slalom (name/bib)
Paula Moltzan (3)
AJ Hurt (33)
Lila Lapajna (42)