Winter Games Athletes
Few competitors, if any, can match Schild’s gaudy list of accomplishments. But for all she has done, the three-time Olympic medalist is still seeking a gold medal to punctuate her resume. Schild was initially more interested in the downhill event, but turned her focus to the slalom and giant slalom after undergoing multiple knee surgeries by age 19. Her first Olympic performance was forgettable, as she failed to finish her race in Salt Lake City. She soon discovered success on the World Cup circuit, however. Schild has placed among the top-3 finishers in the World Cup season standings in slalom every year from 2004-2012, except for 2009 when she was sidelined for the entire season due to a broken leg. Her second trip to the Olympics was much more impressive, as she captured silver in the combined event in 2006 and bronze in slalom in addition to a 17th-place finish in giant slalom. Four years later, Schild claimed another silver medal in slalom in Vancouver. She missed most of the 2012-13 World Cup season after tearing ligaments in her right knee. Schild bounced back in a big way on Dec. 29, earning her 35th career first-place finish in a World Cup Slalom event to surpass Swiss legend Vreni Schneider’s all-time mark. Anything less than another medal in Sochi would likely be considered underwhelming considering her track record.