INNSBRUCK, Austria — Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club racer Julia Mueller-Ristine capped her 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games with 12th in slalom, less than 24 hours after meeting Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn.
Vonn was in Innsbruck for a few hours to meet with all Youth Olympic athletes, but spent some time talking privately with Mueller-Ristine.
“Oh my gosh, she’s an amazing speaker and athlete,” Mueller-Ristine said. “At one point, she was where I am now, and I‘m trying to work my way up in my sport to get where she is today. I think everyone on the U.S. Ski Team is amazing, but Lindsey definitely stands out.”
Friday’s finish was Mueller-Ristine’s best performance of the Games. She moved up six spots in the second run after finishing the opening run in 18th. Mueller-Ristine was 17th in super combined and 24th in giant slalom at Innsbruck. Slovakian Petra Vlhova won Friday’s slalom.
“I could ski a lot better. I feel like I should be able to ski with these…