“From Small Town to World Cup”
Lila Lapanja is a true-blue local: her parents met while studying at Sierra Nevada University, she grew up attending local Incline Village schools, playing outdoors as often as possible and skiing at Diamond Peak, with her father coaching her along the way. At just 16 years of age, Lapanja was nominated to the U.S. Ski Team, where she quickly gained accolades as a top junior racer, winning the 2014 and 2016 North America Cup championship slalom titles. Also in 2016, in her comeback year after injury, Lapanja scored her first World Cup points in Flachau, Austria. In the 2019-20 season, she won her 3rd North America Cup Slalom Overall Title.
Lapanja recently sat down for an interview with the IVGID Winter Quarterly (yourtahoeplace.com), where she discussed her journey as a professional skier. In her career, she has stood on seven U.S. National Championship podiums, and has represented her country at the World Cup, and at two World Junior Championships. Her alpine skiing standings at the launch of the 2020-21 season ranked her #2 in the U.S. and top-23 in the world. Her goal is to qualify for the 2022 Winter Olympics, which are now less than a year away.
She is also very proud to be a student ambassador at Sierra Nevada University, where she’s able to focus on her career goals while getting her education. With the support of SNU, Lila recently created an on-line performance series called “Prime Training with Lila” where she discusses movement and mobility through simple exercises. These videos, shared via social media, have been a great tool for anyone wanting to learn more about getting in shape via the perspective of a professional athlete. As the season changes from snowy to springtime, Lapanja keeps in competitive shape “off the hill” by biking, hiking, and training at the numerous IVGID facilities.
After returning from five months in Europe training and competing on the World Cup, Lapanja now shifts her focus to wrapping up her 2020-21 season at the U.S. National Championships in Aspen, Colorado from April 13 - 16, preceded by local competitions at Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows on April 6 - 8, 2021. For more information on Lila and to follow her Olympic and World Cup journey, please visit www.lilalapanja.com.