Easy going, always smiling Hailey Duke was competitive in Taekwondo as a teenager, making it to the national team trials before focusing on skiing. She never lost her tech focus and stuck mostly slalom on the World Cup but did jump into a giant slalom from time to time.
The 2009 and 2010 seasons were monster building blocks for Duke, who made the '09 World Championships Team on the hinges of her first World Cup points and an eighth-place finish in the Semmering, Austria World Cup slalom. She then upgraded that to an Olympic slot in 2010 thanks to a pair of World Cup scoring races in the Arctic Circle.
After working through equipment frustrations at the onset of the 2011 season she was slowed down when a shoulder injury stopped being a nag and turned into a major pain. She fought through it for a good portion of the year then opted to have the doctors do what they needed to do with the knife. She also, within a month of shoulder surgery, had a scope on her right knee. Duke quickly became a team-wide cheerleader in the Center of Excellence, but not just for alpine. She had athletes from across the spectrum working like mad to mend strong for future success.
Her parents (Larry and Jane) were ski instructors at Sun Valley, so she started skiing at 2 at Sun Valley’s Dollar Mountain. Her first race was a Kindercup event when she was 4; “I actually had to do it twice because my first go around I missed the finish to go hit my favorite jump.” Duke began racing with the McCall Ski Team in Idaho at age 8, but shifted to the Park City Ski Team in 2004. She also practiced Taekwondo, competing at the national level and at age 15 coming in 3rd at U.S. Team Trials. She no longer competes, but uses Taekwondo as a cross-training vehicle - “and it definitely works,” she said.
- Park City Ski Team
- 2010 Vancouver
- Westminster College
- Years on Team: 7
2010: 30th, slalom
2009: World Championships Team
2015: World Championships Team
2010: Points in Levi, Finland and Are, Sweden slalom events
2009: Career best eighth in Semmering, Austria slalom
2009: Points in three other events
2008: Back-to-back Europa Cup slalom wins (Lenggries, GER)
2008: 4th, Europa Cup slalom standings
2008: 2nd, U.S. Championships slalom
2007: 3rd, U.S. Championships slalom