Paula Moltzan Breaks Hand During Gold Winning Team Parallel Run at World Championships

Julia Schneemann | | Industry NewsIndustry News
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Paula Moltzan on course during the World Championships in Courchevel and Méribél, France | Picture: Paula Moltzan Instagram Account

The U.S. Ski Team announced on social media before Wednesday’s Individual Parallel event that Slalom expert Paula Moltzan would not be starting due to a fracture she incurred in the Team Parallel event the day before.

Paula Moltzan was part of the Parallel team that skied to America’s first-ever Team Parallel Championship. Paula has had her best season this year, placing in the Top 5 in several Slalom events during the ongoing 22/23 World Cup season. It is unclear at this stage how long she will be out from racing.

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The Slalom Podium in Semmering: Mikaela Shiffrin (center) in 1st, Paula Moltzan (left) in 2nd, and Lena Dürr (right) in 3rd | Picture: Mikaela Shiffrin Instagram Page

Paula had previously fractured her hand during the 2022 Winter Olympics and finally had it reset in May 2022. During yesterday’s competition, she broke three fingers of her left hand on the last run of the Big Final against Norway.

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Paula Moltzan broke the same hand in the 2022 Beijing Olympics and had it fixed in May last year. It appears to be the same hand that has been fractured during the Team Parallel event | Picture: Paula Moltzan Instagram Account

Unfortunately, Team Parallel events are relatively accident prone, as skiers compete side by side, resulting in higher speeds than on individual runs and the potential of your competitor crashing into you, as evidenced by a near crash between an Austrian and Norwegian skier during yesterday’s event. It is also why Mikaela Shiffrin and other top-ranked skiers decided not to compete in the Team Parallel event.

We hope she can return to competitions for the remainder of the 22/23 FIS Alpine World Cup season. She is currently ranked 6th in Slalom and 10th in Giant Slalom, and we hope she has the opportunity to gain more FIS points before the end of the FIS World Cup season.

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