Erin Mielzynski had a historic breakthrough on March 4, 2012 when she won the World Cup slalom race in Ofterschwang, Germany. She was the first Canadian to win a World Cup slalom race since Betsy Clifford in 1971. Sitting fifth after the first run, Mielzynski actually started the second run after such greats as Austrian Marlies Schild and German Maria Riesh. When she took the lead after her second run, she had to wait for the final four skiers before the victory was secured.
Mielzynski made her World Cup debut in November 2009. Until she stood atop the podium, her previous best World Cup result had been 13th. Since that victory, Mielzynski has recorded five other top-10 finishes, including a bronze medal in the slalom in Zagreb on January 4, 2013.
After making her Olympic debut with a 20th place finish in the slalom at Vancouver 2010, Mielzynski competed at her first FIS World Championships in 2011. She finished 16th in the slalom, but posted the fastest time of the second run by almost a second. She followed that with a 17th place finish at the 2013 FIS World Championships. Mielzynski made her second Olympic appearance at Sochi 2014, highlighted by a 21st place finish in the giant slalom.
World Cup Gold Medallist in slalom at Ofterschwang (March 4, 2012)… World Cup Bronze Medallist in slalom at Zagreb (January 4, 2013)…
Getting into the Sport: Used to compete in water skiing and won silver in jump at the 2006 World Junior Championships before focusing on alpine skiing… Used to beg the chairlift operators at Georgian Peaks to allow her one more run at closing time… Outside Interests: Enjoys reading, cooking and crafting as well as activities such as road cycling and squash… Wishes she was artistically or musically talented… Would like to become a veterinarian when she is no longer competing… Odds and Ends: Nicknames: E.R. (which her dad called her when she was little) and Air… Looked up to Hermann Maier because of the way he persevered through serious injuries sustained in ski and motorcycle crashes… Two of her favourite quotes are Gandhi’s “Be the change you wish to see in the world” and “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”… Describes herself as perfectionist, determined and over-thinker… Favourite Olympic memory was hugging her family at the finish line after the course inspection… Says that Joannie Rochette’s performance in Vancouver after her mother’s passing was one of the most courageous things she’s seen in sport… Always wears a “Believe” necklace for races…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
FIS World Championships: 2013 – 17th (SL); 2011 – 16th (SL)