East Coast Olympian and slalom specialist Nolan Kasper saw his first NorAm race during the 2007 season and quickly upgraded his starting status to the World Cup level in time for the 2010 Olympics. The confidence and experience proved to be a catalyst, as Kasper exploded during the 2011 season to win the Europa Cup slalom title and take his first World Cup podium.
After missing nearly all of the 2013 season due to an ACL/MCL injury, the eastern slalom rocket was back for 2014. It took Kasper a few races to find his stride, but his timing couldn’t have been more perfect. It was Kitzbheuel, the final race of the 2014 Olympic qualification period. He finished 18th and punched a ticket to Sochi, where he upgraded that result to 13th to be the top American slalom finisher at the Games.
A cartilage tear in his knee suffered in December 2014 sidelined Kasper for two full seasons. The last time Kasper was on a World Cup start list was January of 2015 when he raced in Schladming, Austria, at the world famous Night Race. Kasper did not qualify for a second run that night and underwent surgery on his knee shortly thereafter. He made his return to World Cup action in Wengen, Switzerland in January of 2018, with the PyeongChang Olympic Games right around the corner.
Slalom is probably the most painful discipline in skiing because the smallest thing can take you out of a race. I had some good races and made a lot of good turns this season, but I also had my fair share of bad luck. That’s slalom; it makes you feel like banging your head on the wall sometimes. But then you have a good race and then it’s probably the most fun discipline to ski. Your outlook completely changes.
Kasper started skiing at New Jersey's Hidden Valley when he was three. He raced on the junior circuit on the East coast and attended Burke Mountain Academy in Vermont before getting a call-up to the U.S. Development Team in 2007. In March 2009, Kasper claimed a bronze medal in slalom (one place behind Olympic teammate Tommy Ford) at the Junior World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, climbing another rung on the U.S. Ski Team ladder. He hasn't looked back.
OFF THE SNOW
Kasper is a student at Dartmouth, and thanks (or no thanks) to injuries, he's well ahead of where he expected to be at this point in his college career. His summers are spent in Park City, chasing the nordic skiers around the Wasatch Mountains on road bikes.
- Burke Mountain Academy
- 2010 Vancouver
- 2014 Sochi
- 2018 Pyeongchang
- Dartmouth College
- Years on Team: 7
13th, SL, Sochi, RUS, 2014
24th, SL, Vancouver, CAN, 2010
Teams: 2011, 2015
15th, SL, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER, 2011
First podium (2nd, SL, Kranjska Gora, SLO, 2011)
Finished 17th in 2011 season for SL after starting year ranked 56th
Scored points in two races during rookie season to make 2010 Olympic Team
2011 Europa Cup SL champion (five podiums)
2010 NorAm SL champion
2009 SL bronze at Junior Worlds
2009 ESWA Golden Ski Award Winner
2006 Four silvers at Jr. Nationals