Year Inducted: 2014
In the history of World Cup racing, few U.S. alpine women have excelled to the point of Kristina Koznick. With a total of 20 podiums, and 55 top 10 results out of 156 starts, she became a member of the U.S. Ski Team at age 15.
Her top results were in 1997-’98 and 2001-’02. Twice in the slalom category she podiumed in 2nd place for the FIS Crystal Globe, an outstanding accomplishment not easily obtained by World Cup racers. Koznick competed on three Olympic teams (1998, ’02, ’06) and took part in six World Championships between 1996 and 2006.
Koznick’s first World Cup start took place in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire during the World Cup Finals in 1991 at the age of 15. Her first World Cup scoring was 1993 in Haus im Ennestal, Austria at 17. She scored enough points to finish in 21st place. Her race career extended from 1993 until 2006 and she was the top scorer in the U.S. slalom for 11 seasons.
Ski Racing magazine selected Koznick as “U.S. Female Jr. Alpine Racer of the Year” in 1993 and the “Top Alpine Ski Racer of the Year” 1998-2000 and again in 2002. She grew up skiing Buck Hill, Minnesota, under the guidance of Erich Sailor until she made the U.S. Ski Team.
Since her retirement from the World Cup circuit in 2006, she has worked with NBC and Universal Sports as a ski racing commentator. She started her own coaching and ski clinic business located in Wolcott, Colorado.
*1998 & 2002- 2nd Place FIS Crystal Globe, overall slalom
*1995-2005- five National Slalom Titles, plus three 2nd place finials
*1998-2003- six 1st Place FIS World Cup slalom
*1997-2005- 10 2nd Place FIS World Cup slalom
*1998-2004- four 3rd Place FIS World Cup slalom