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Moltzan, Hurt Top 15 in Are

By Mackenzie Moran
March, 9 2024
Paula Moltzan
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The final tech series of the regular World Cup season for the Stifel U.S. Ski Team women kicked off on Saturday, March 9. Paula Moltzan and AJ Hurt finished back-to-back in the giant slalom in 10th and 11th, respectively. 

For Moltzan, finishing in the top 10 was a feat within itself, given a mistake in her first run that sent her hip dragging heading into the final gates of the race. 

"I think we're pretty darn close as a team to where we want to be, but I feel a couple of steps behind in GS right now," said Moltzan. "I think I need to find another second or so to contend with the top five, but I've had a pretty consistent GS season. It hasn't been perfect, but it's been good, so I'm happy with it."

For Hurt, this is her fifth finish in the top 15 this season. After kicking off the year in Soelden, unable to qualify for a second run, ending her giant slalom year less than half a second out of the top 10 feels good. 

"It's been a long road, but I feel like we're finally getting there," Hurt said in response to a comment about the development of the U.S. women's tech team. "Our coach, Magnus Andersson is from Sweden and he just wants us to do well and I think we want to prove him right."

On Sunday, both Moltzan and Hurt will compete in the final slalom of the regular season. Mikaela Shiffrin will also return to racing after her injury in Cortina. 

Women's giant slalom

Mikaela Shiffrin (5)
Paula Moltzan (13)
AJ Hurt (32)
Lila Lapanja (48)

4:30 a.m. - run 1, women's slalom - LIVE on
7:30 a.m. - run 2, women's slalom -  LIVE on
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