Hall of Fame Nominee
The early 1990’s there was an emerging powerful U. S. Ski team on the World Cup Circuit. In 2003 four Americans medaled at the Alpine World Championships: Bode Miller, Erik Schlopy, Kirsten Clark, and Jonna Mendes placing 3rd in the Super-G.
Jonna specialized in Downhill and Super-G events. She raced for nine seasons on the World Cup circuit and tallied 130 World Cup starts; she competed in five events during the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics. She also raced in nine events across four World Championships in 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2005. She achieved top-10 placing three times.
Mendes competed in four invite-only Junior World Ski Championships; here, she won a silver medal for Downhill in 1998 and 1999. Mendes was also the two-time winner of Ski Racing Magazine’s prestigious Junior Skier of the Year award.
She competed at the U. S. Nationals every year from 1997 to 2004. In the events of Downhill, Super-G and GS, she scored 13 podiums, four national titles, four silver medals, plus five bronze medals.
She made her World Cup debut in March 1997 and retired from international competition in May 2006.
Jonna was the recipient of USSA’s 2008 Russell Wilder award, an annual award to recognize outstanding efforts at focusing the interests of American youth. She is currently the Sun Valley Ski Academy program director coaching young skiers.
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