By Gary R. Blockus | Jan. 09, 2018, 3:52 p.m. (ET)

 

Resi Stiegler is headed to her third Olympics.

Following the FIS World Cup in Flachau, Austria on Tuesday, Stiegler qualified for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Stiegler, 32, from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is the daughter of Josef “Pepi” Stiegler who won a gold medal in slalom and a bronze in giant slalom for Austria at the Olympic Winter Games Innsbruck 1964.

She has earned 52 world cup points in slalom this season.

Reigning Olympic slalom champion already qualified in slalom for PyeongChang and Stiegler joins her as the only other U.S. woman to earn world cup points this season.

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This season she placed 26th at the world cup in Flachau, 14th in Zagreb on Jan. 3, 25th in Lienz on Dec. 28, and 21st at both the Killington and Levi world cups in November.

Stiegler finished 29th in giant slalom at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, and was 11th in combined and 12th in slalom in 2006.

After suffering a torn ACL in January 2015, Stiegler now looks to be regaining her form at just the right time.

Stiegler is a six-time member of the U.S. world championship team. Her top world cup finish came with a second place in slalom at Ofterschwang, Germany in 2012. She also has three fourth-place finishes that came in 2006 and 2007. Stiegler broke onto the world scene as a 17-year-old, finishing 10th in combined and 19th in slalom in her first world cup appearance in 2003.

Gary R. Blockus is a journalist from Allentown, Pennsylvania who has covered multiple Olympic Games. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.