In the past 8 years I have won multiple FIS, NorAm Cup and Europa Cup races. I made my way onto the World Cup circuit and earned top ten results. I represented the United States on the 2009 World Championship Team and the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team in Vancouver. On the other side, I also battled through low times just to get there. In those 8 years I endured two knee scopes, high and low ankle sprains, a broken foot, back issues, shoulder surgery and most recently, brain surgery. I have felt support with my successes and felt the lonely feeling of falling from grace. I spent 5-years on the National Team and I have spent the last 3-years racing independently. My path so far has not been the smoothest and I have not yet met my potential. I know that those bumps in the road have slowed me down, but they also made me grow as an athlete and person. I know now that I would not change those tough experiences for the world. The lessons that I took from each “mountain” I climbed are invaluable and I consider them to be my biggest strengths.
You joined me on this journey as I took on the World Cup Circuit independent of the U.S. Ski Team. You were there every step of the way from “Brain Surgery to Beaver Creek.” Together we raised the money and I was able to race all 8 World Cup Slalom starts and was able to represent the U.S. at the World Championships in Beaver Creek, CO this season. Having left every I had on the hill I knew it was time to retire and call it a very successful career. I am proud of what I have fought through and even more proud of my skiing performance. I cannot wait to see where my hard work will take me now. Overcoming all odds, persevering, and thriving because of these challenges…that is what The Hailey Duke Project is all about.
“Together we MADE IT HAPPEN!”
Stay tuned to The Hailey Duke Project for future projects and events. In the mean time, BACK TO SCHOOL!