Jonna Mendes

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Jonna Mendes
— Alpine skier —
Disciplines Downhill, Super G
Club Heavenly Ski &
Snowboard Fnd
Born (1979-03-21) March 21, 1979 (age 38)
Santa Cruz, California
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
World Cup debut March 7, 1997 (age 17)
Retired May 2006 (age 27)[1][2]
Olympics
Teams 2 – (1998, 2002)
Medals 0
World Championships
Teams 4 – (19992005)
Medals 1 (0 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 9 – (19982006)
Podiums 0
Overall titles 0 – (25th in 2003)
Discipline titles 0 – (13th in SG, 2003)

Jonna Mendes (born March 31, 1979) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from the United States. She specialized in the speed events and raced for nine seasons on the World Cup circuit. Mendes competed in two Winter Olympics and four World Championships. She was the bronze medalist in the Super G at the 2003 World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland.[3]

Born in Santa Cruz on the California coast, Mendes began skiing at age four when her family moved to the Lake Tahoe area in the Sierra Nevada mountains. She made her World Cup debut in March 1997 and retired from international competition in May 2006.[2]

Mendes won three U.S. titles: two in giant slalom (2001, 2002) and one in downhill (2004). The first came at The Big Mountain in Whitefish, Montana,[4] but was followed by a broken foot the next day, incurred in a crash near the end of her second run in the slalom.[5] She repeated the next year at her home venue of Squaw Valley,[6] and won the last at Alyeska in Alaska.[7]

After racing[edit]

In 2011, Mendes became the recruiting coordinator for the new Sun Valley Ski Academy in Sun Valley, Idaho. She attended college in New York City and had been working with the U.S. Ski Team's national alpine development system for the previous four years.[8][9][10]

World Cup results[edit]

Top ten finishes[edit]

Season Date Location Discipline Place
2001 Nov 30, 2000 Lake Louise, Canada Downhill 10th
Dec 1, 2000 Downhill 6th
2002 Dec 1, 2001 Lake Louise, Canada Super-G 10th
2003 Nov 29, 2002 Aspen, USA Super G 10th
Dec 6, 2002 Lake Louise, Canada Downhill 9th
Dec 8, 2002 Super G 9th
Jan 17, 2003 Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy Super G 8th
Jan 18, 2003 Downhill 5th
Feb 28, 2003 Innsbruck, Austria Super G 8th
2004 Dec 20, 2003 St. Moritz, Switzerland Downhill 5th

Season standings[edit]

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
Slalom
Super G Downhill Combined
1998 18 105 47
1999 19 77 42 40
2000 20 65 44 28 13
2001 21 37 29 17
2002 22 67 24 29
2003 23 25 53 13 16
2004 24 64 50 23
2005 25 64 35 26
2006 26 100 58 50

World Championship results[edit]

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
 Slalom 
Super G Downhill Combined
1999 19 26 25 9
2001 21 18 20 9
2003 23 3 6
2005 25 12

Olympic results Olympic rings with white rims.svg[edit]

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
 Slalom 
Super G Downhill Combined
1998 18 32 17 14
2002 22 16 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ "U.S. skier Jonna Mendes retires". Bangor Daily News. Maine. May 3, 2006. p. C5. 
  2. ^ a b "World Championships medalist Jonna Mendes retires after 10 seasons". Ski Racing.com. May 2, 2006. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Clark, Mendes medal in Super-G". MountainZone.com. (U.S. Ski Team). February 3, 2003. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  4. ^ Corte, Tim (March 28, 2001). "GS victory surprises Mendes". Bangor Daily News. Maine. Associated Press. p. C4. 
  5. ^ "Mendes crashes, needs surgery". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Florida. March 29, 2001. p. 3C. 
  6. ^ "Mendes wins giant slalom title". Fayetteville Observer. North Carolina. wire services. March 19, 2002. p. 6C. 
  7. ^ "Freidmann captures downhill title". Star-News. Wilmington, North Carolina. March 20, 2004. p. 3C. 
  8. ^ Williams, Eric (October 11, 2011). "Mendes joins Sun Valley Ski Academy staff". Ski Racing.com. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Jonna Mendes named Ski Academy recruiting director". Idaho Mountain Express. Ketchum. October 14, 2011. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  10. ^ Cordes, Jeff (December 13, 2013). "Ski Academy a good fit for Jonna Mendes". Idaho Mountain Express. Ketchum. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 

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