Name: Lila Lapanja
Sport: Alpine Skiing
DOB: 12/3/1994
Birthplace: Truckee, Calif.
Hometown: Incline Village, Nev.
College: Sierra Nevada University, Business
Team/Club: Diamond Peak Ski Team & Northstar Alpine Race Team AmbassadorTeams
Coach(es): Vojko Lapanja, Eric Dasko
Personal: Parents are Margie and Vojka Lapanja...Motivated by her dad, Vojka Lapanja and Bode Miller...Goals are to win medals at the Olympic Games and World Cup, win as many races as possible and have fun doing it, inspire other to believe in their dreams and to be a leader in her sport...Introduced to skiing on the bunny hill at Diamond Peak by chasing Easter eggs...Grew up racing with her dad in the Father-Daughter division...Has dual citizenship in the United States and Slovenia...Loves animals, nature and the environment...Favorite movie is "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron"...Lives in Lake Tahoe, which she notes as being one of the most beautiful places on the planet...Hobbies include playing tennis, mountain biking, ping-pong, soccer, horseback riding, writing poetry, listening to music and reading...Always does a pre-race warm up and often meditates; wears a favorite necklace, depending on the race...Is an international ambassador for the Snow Leopard Trust, and organization that works to protect the endangered big cats...Proud to be the Northstar Teams Foundation Alpine Race Ambassador to inspire and work with young ski racers