Kristina Koznick

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Kristina Koznick
— Alpine skier —
Disciplines Slalom, Giant Slalom
Club Buck Hill Ski Racing
Born (1975-11-24) November 24, 1975 (age 41)
Apple Valley, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
World Cup debut January 24, 1993 (age 17)
Retired July 2006 (age 30)[1]
Website koznick.com
Olympics
Teams 3 - (1998, 2002, 2006)
Medals 0
World Championships
Teams 6 - (19962005)
Medals 0
World Cup
Seasons 12 - (19952006)
Wins 6 - (6 SL)
Podiums 20 - (20 SL)
Overall titles 0 - (8th in 2002)
Discipline titles 0 - (2nd in SL, 1998, 2002)

Kristina Lyn Koznick (born November 24, 1975) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from the United States. She raced in the technical events and specialized in slalom.

Racing career[edit]

Born in Apple Valley, Minnesota, Koznick learned to ski and race at the modest Buck Hill ski area in her hometown of Burnsville, a suburb south of Minneapolis.

Koznick has six World Cup victories, 20 podiums (all in slalom), and 55 top ten finishes (4 in giant slalom, 51 in slalom). She was the runner-up in the slalom season standings twice (1998, 2002), and her best overall World Cup placing was 8th in the 2002 season.[2]

Koznick competed in three Winter Olympics (19982006)[1] Her last World Cup race was in February 2006, prior to the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, her last international event.

Following the 2000 World Cup season, a 24-year-old Koznick left the U.S. Ski Team and raced for the United States as an independent for the next six seasons, until her retirement.[3] This set a precedent, as Bode Miller would later follow in her footsteps as an independent for two seasons in 2008 and 2009.

After racing[edit]

After retiring from international competition in July 2006,[1] Koznick became a broadcaster for NBC Sports. She made her debut that December, handling post-race interviews for alpine skiing events.[4] Her most recent appearance on the network was in December 2008, covering the men's World Cup races in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

Koznick now has a beautiful family, lots of friends, and plays for the Vail Breakaways, a women's hockey team in Vail, CO.

World Cup results[edit]

Race victories[edit]

  • 6 wins (6 SL)
  • 20 podiums (20 SL)
Season Date Location Discipline
1998 29 Jan 1998 Åre, Sweden Slalom
1999 28 Dec 1998 Semmering, Austria Slalom
2000 10 Mar 2000 Sestriere, Italy Slalom
19 Mar 2000 Bormio, Italy Slalom
2002 20 Jan 2002 Berchtesgaden, Germany Slalom
2003 15 Mar 2003 Lillehammer, Norway Slalom

Season standings[edit]

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
Slalom
Super G Downhill Combined
1993 17 87 41
1994 18
1995 19 75 26
1996 20 80 40
1997 21 80 35
1998 22 11 2
1999 23 36 6
2000 24 19 5 29
2001 25 7 7 26
2002 26 8 2 22
2003 27 27 11 30
2004 28 21 8 27
2005 29 15 4 23
2006 30 31 13 28

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "U.S. skier Koznick retires after three Olympics". ESPN. Associated Press. July 12, 2006. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "PLUS: Skiing; Miller finishes fourth overall". New York Times. March 11, 2002. 
  3. ^ Svrluga, Barry (December 12, 2005). "'Team Koz': For Self and for Country". Washington Post. 
  4. ^ "Koz and Jonna Mendes, working for NBC". Ski Racing.com. December 3, 2006. 

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