At just 14, Kjersti Moritz of Edwards, Colorado, is already making a name for herself. The young Ski and Snowboard Club Vail athlete found herself on numerous U16 podiums this past season, continuing her success from the 2017-2018 season as a second-year U14.

One of Moritz’s high points of this past season was her first-place finish in giant slalom followed by a second-place finish in super-G at the U16 National Junior Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado. After watching the first three competitors fall in the super-G race under worrying circumstances, Moritz maintained her focus and overcame her nerves. “I wasn’t really thinking about anything except trying to go my fastest,” she says.

Moritz and her twin sister, Liv, both started skiing at nine years old through the park and pipe program at SSCV before transitioning to ski racing. “We only had each other,” Moritz remembers, mentioning that she and her sister were the only girls in their group. Moritz’s mother, Kaia, voiced that this made the transition easier for the girls. …

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