Kelly Sildaru

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Kelly Sildaru
Kelly Sildaru.jpg
Kelly Sildaru during the Winter Youth Olympics in Lausanne, Switzerland in January 2020
Country Estonia
Born (2002-02-17) 17 February 2002 (age 18)
Tallinn, Estonia
Height170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
World Cup career
Seasons2018
Individual wins3
Indiv. podiums5
Indiv. starts5
Overall titles0
Discipline titles0

Kelly Sildaru (Estonian pronunciation: [ˈkelʲˑi ˈsilˑdɑ.ru]; born 17 February 2002) is an Estonian freestyle skier.

Biography[edit]

Sildaru won a gold medal in the slopestyle event in the 2016 Winter X Games beating Tiril Sjåstad Christiansen.[1] With this win, at age 13, Sildaru became the youngest gold medalist to date at a Winter X Games event, and the first person to win a Winter X Games medal for Estonia. She is also the youngest to win two X Games gold medals

Sildaru has won the women's slopestyle on the 2015[2] and 2016[3] Dew Tour.

During the Big Air competition of the 2017 Winter X Games Norway, Sildaru became the first woman to ever land a Switch 1260° Mute and a 1440° during a competition.[4]

Because of her young age, the first World Cup event she was allowed to participate in was on 27 August 2017 in Cardrona, New Zealand. She won the slopestyle competition.[5]

Despite being the gold medal favorite for the women’s slopestyle event in 2018 Winter Olympics, she missed competing in the Games because of a knee injury.[6]

However, in the 2020 Youth Olympic Games she won a gold medal for the Women's Freestyle Skiing.[7]

World Cup results[edit]

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[8]

Season standings[edit]

 Season   Age  Overall Slopestyle Halfpipe Big air
2018 15 94 21 18
2019 16 29 10 4
Standings through 11 April 2019

Race Podiums[edit]

  • 3 wins – (2 SS), 1 (HP)
  • 5 podiums – (2 SS), 3 (HP)
No. Season Date Location Discipline Place
1 2017–18 27 August 2017 New Zealand Cardrona, New Zealand Slopestyle 1st
2 1 September 2017 New Zealand Cardrona, New Zealand Halfpipe 2nd
3 2018–19 23 November 2018 Austria Stubai, Austria Slopestyle 1st
4 7 December 2018 United States Copper Mountain, USA Halfpipe 1st
5 9 March 2019 United States Mammoth, USA Halfpipe 2nd

World Championships results[edit]

  • 1 medal – (1 gold)
 Year   Age   Slopestyle   Halfpipe   Big air 
2019 16 CNX Gold

Junior World Championships[edit]

  • 7 medals – (6 gold, 1 silver)
 Year   Age   Slopestyle   Halfpipe   Big air 
2017 14 Gold Gold N/A
2018 15 Gold Gold Silver
2019 16 Gold Gold

Winter X Games results[edit]

  • 8 medals – (5 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze)
 Year   Age   Slopestyle   Superpipe   Big air 
2016 13 Gold
2017 14 Gold Silver
2018 15 injured: did not compete
2019 16 Gold Silver Bronze
2020 17 Gold Gold 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jason Blevins and David Krause (29 January 2016). "Teen skier Kelly Sildaru becomes youngest Winter X Games gold medalist". The Denver Post. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  2. ^ "13-YEAR-OLD KELLY SILDARU WINS WOMEN'S TOYOTA FREESKI SLOPESTYLE AT DEW TOUR". Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Kelly Sildaru Skis Away With Women's Ski Slopestyle Pro Competition Win". Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Kelly Sildaru: väga hea tunne on esimese naisena 1440-kraadine hüpe teha". Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  5. ^ Estonian teenager Kelly Sildaru wins World Cup slopestyle 27 August 2017, stuff.co.nz
  6. ^ "Injury robs Pyeongchang of teen slopestyle phenom Sildaru". Reuters. 10 January 2018. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Lausanne 2020 | Results". www.lausanne2020.sport. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Kelly Sildaru". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 1 September 2017.

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Anett Kontaveit
Estonian Young Athlete of the Year
2016–2019
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Saskia Alusalu
Estonian Female Athlete of the Year
2019
Succeeded by
Incumbent