Team Canada Erin Mielzynski PyeongChang 2018

Erin Mielzynski


Erin Mielzynski had a historic breakthrough on March 4, 2012 when she won the World Cup slalom race in Ofterschwang, Germany. She was the first Canadian to win a World Cup slalom race since Betsy Clifford in 1971. Sitting fifth after the first run, Mielzynski actually started the second run after such greats as Austrian Marlies Schild and German Maria Riesh. When she took the lead after her second run, she had to wait for the final four skiers before the victory was secured. Mielzynski made her World Cup debut in November 2009. Until she stood atop the podium, her previous best World Cup result had been 13th.

Since that victory, Mielzynski has recorded 12 other top-10 finishes as of January 2018, including a bronze medal in the slalom in Zagreb on January 4, 2013. After making her Olympic debut with a 20th place finish in the slalom at Vancouver 2010, Mielzynski competed at her first FIS World Championships in 2011. She finished 16th in the slalom, but posted the fastest time of the second run by almost a second. She followed that with a 17th place finish at the 2013 FIS World Championships. Following her second Olympic Games at Sochi 2014, Mielzynski had a very successful world championships in 2015 where she was the captain of the Canadian team that won silver in the team event and posted a career-best sixth place finish in the slalom.

A little more about Erin…

Getting into the Sport: Used to compete in water skiing and won silver in jump at the 2006 World Junior Championships before focusing on alpine skiing… Used to beg the chairlift operators at Georgian Peaks to allow her one more run at closing time… Outside Interests: Enjoys reading, cooking and do-it-yourself projects (metal jewelry stamping, natural beauty products, painting) as well as activities such as surfing, paddle boarding, camping and outdoor adventures… Trying to learn how to play guitar… Would like to become a veterinarian or animal physiotherapist when she is no longer competing… Odds and Ends: Nicknames: E.R. (which her dad called her when she was little) and Air… Looked up to Hermann Maier because of the way he persevered through serious injuries sustained in ski and motorcycle crashes… Favourite Olympic memory was hugging her family at the finish line after the course inspection at Vancouver 2010… Says that Joannie Rochette’s performance in Vancouver after her mother’s passing was one of the most courageous things she’s seen in sport… Always wears a “Believe” necklace for races… In grade 9 she drew a picture of herself racing at the 2010 Winter Games… Favourite motto: Progress not perfection…

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
2010 VancouverSkiing - AlpineSlalom - Women20
2014 SochiSkiing - AlpineGiant Slalom - Women21
2014 SochiSkiing - AlpineSlalom - WomenDNF
2018 PyeongChangSkiing - AlpineTeam - Mixed9
2018 PyeongChang Skiing - AlpineSlalom - Women11

Notable International Results

Olympic Winter Games: 2018  9th (team), 11th (SL); 2014 – 21st (GS), DNF 1 (SL); 2010 – 20th (SL)

FIS World Championships: 2017 – T-5th (team), 15th (SL); 2015 – SILVER (team), 6th (SL); 2013 – 17th (SL); 2011 – 16th (SL)