"I didn’t quite bring it across the line on the second run [in Cortina's GS], but I’m really happy. I’m glad I went for it. I was definitely pushing the whole way down and I made some good turns. It’s actually still my best GS finish ever—a good day!"
8 Things You Didn't Know About Nina O’brien
- 1. Nina had the best season of her career in 2020-21, grabbing a career-best ninth in slalom, and a top-10 in the giant slalom at World Championships. She ended up ranked 15th in giant slalom on the World Cup start list.
- 2. Nina won the 2019 NorAm overall title, and was first in slalom, first in giant slalom, first in super-G, third in alpine combined, and sixth in downhill.
- 3. When Nina is not skiing or studying, she loves hiking, biking, watching documentaries, and collaging. She is also involved with Voice in Sport - a community to elevate women's voices in sport.
- 4. As a 17-year-old National Training Group (NTG) athlete in 2015, Nina wowed the crowd when she snagged the national title in giant slalom at U.S. Alpine Championships in Sugarloaf, Maine.
- 5. Nina has won seven national titles: super-g, slalom, alpine combined, parallel slalom (Waterville Valley, N.H., 2019), slalom, super-G (2018), and giant slalom (2015).
- 6. She is majoring in Economics and learning German at Dartmouth.
- 7. Her favorite career memory so far is scoring her first points at Killington. "It was pretty cool to be there with so many friends and east coast ski fans, it kinda felt like I got to share the moment with everyone."
- 8. One of Nina's biggest fears is Krampus, the Austrian Christmas demon!
Teams: 2019, 2021 • 10th, Parallel, Cortina d'Ampezzo, ITA • 10th, GS, Cortina d'Ampezzo, ITA • 28th, GS, Are, SWE • 34th, SL, Are, SWE •
Ranked 17th in the world in giant slalom (and 15th on the WCSL) (career-best) • 12th, GS, Lenzerheide, SUI, 2021 • 13th, GS, Kranjska Gora, SLO, 2021 • 13th, GS, Kranjska Gora, SLO, 2021 • 9th, SL, Semmering, AUT, 2020 • 19th, GS, Courchevel, FRA, 2020 • 26th, GS, Kronplatz, ITA, 2019 • 23rd, SL, Killington, Vermont, 2018 (First World Cup Points) • First World Cup Start - GS, Killington, Vt., Nov. 26, 2016
1st, Overall, 2019 • 1st, SL, 2019 • 1st, GS, 2019 • 1st, SG, 2019 • 2nd, Overall, 2018 • 2nd, SG, 2018 • 2nd, Overall, 2017 • 1st, AC, 2017 • 2, SG, 2017 • 3rd, SL, 2017 • 5th, Overall, 2016
1st, SG, Aspen, Colo., 2021 • 1st, SG, Sugarloaf, Maine, 2019 • 1st, SL, Waterville Valley, 2019 • 1st, AC, Sugarloaf, Maine, 2019 • 1st, PSL, Waterville Valley, 2019 • 1st, SL, Sun Valley, Idaho, 2018 • 1st, SG, Sun Valley, Idaho, 2018 • 1st, GS, Sugarloaf, Maine, 2015
12th, AC, Junior World Championships, Sochi, RUS, 2016 • 2x World Junior Championships team member (15-16) • World Cup debut, Nov. 26, 2016 Killington, Vt. (48th GS run 1)