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After a strong performance at national championships last week, in which she finished third in the giant slalom, Allie Resnick has captured her first World Cup start and is set to kick out in the Lech/Zürs parallel on Thursday. Resnick will make this World Cup appearance as a first-year U.S. Ski team member, racing alongside teammates Paula Motlzan, Nina O’Brien, AJ Hurt, and Katie Hensien.
The Vail athlete has slowly returned to skiing following an ACL tear in December of 2018. She chose to be conservative waiting 10 months before getting back on snow. In the fall of 2019, Resnick sat out the first NorAms at Copper Mountain and instead utilized the opportunity to forerun before heading back into competition.
“I was obviously nervous to start skiing again,” said Resnick. “I didn’t know how it was going to go, I didn’t have any expectations. But it was a really good season, and I was very happy to be named to the team in May.”
Resnick had been skiing alongside the national team as an invitee for the past two years and was close to making criteria. She had the world ranking and FIS points to qualify, but missed criteria in the NorAm standings. Since her NorAm season was cut short due to injury — and then ended early due to COVID-19 — she wasn’t expecting to make the team.
“I was not expecting to get named at all,” said Resnick. “For the last few years I have been an invitee and have been really close to making criteria. I was so excited when Chip (Knight) called.”
Unfortunately, shortly after Resnick was named she was faced with additional medical challenges. In July, she underwent surgery to have her gallbladder removed before summer training. After recovering, she spent her fall in Europe before requiring surgery to repair a torn thumb. While she didn’t have a full prep period going into the season, her injuries have forced her to approach training in a new way.
“I think all these injuries have made me appreciate the time I have on the snow,” said Resnick. “I take advantage now more than I did before … I think all these injuries have just changed my perspective, so I just get more out of every day.”
Returning to Copper Mountain, Resnick was excited for a training period so close to home, on a hill she knows well. When it came to the GS opener at alpine nationals, Resnick focused on letting her skis rip and having fun. She ended up winning the second run of the GS and taking third overall behind teammates Katie Hensien and Keely Cashman. Then, in the second FIS GS race, against the same field, she finished second — the top American.
Resnick claims she alternates between successful years in GS and slalom. According to history, this should be a GS year — and those results are bearing out thus far.
“I wondered if they had enough spots at Lech, I wasn’t really thinking too much about it,” said Resnick. “My coach Dan (Stripp) took me for a walk and told me I have been invited to ski in a World Cup and am leaving in three days. Katie and AJ had both qualified through U.S. nationals as well.”
Five Americans will be starting in Lech on Thursday. Resnick is excited for the opportunity to get two guaranteed World Cup runs, thanks to the parallel format, and has removed all expectations going into her first World Cup race. Resnick plans to compete in Europa Cup races the next few weeks before returning to the United States in late December.