Like teammate Heather McPhie, Eliza Outtrim is an excellent example of patience and dedication paying off for a member of the US moguls team.
Competing on the FIS Freestyle moguls World Cup since the 2005-06 season, Eliza didn't score her first World Cup podium until late in 2010, when she secured a victory at the last tour stop of the year in Sierra Nevada, SPA. However, through the next two seasons - her first two seasons spent full-time on the World Cup circuit - Eliza would only score one more podium, while often finding herself outside the top-10.
Then, just over a month into 2012-13 World Cup season, everything changed for Eliza.
She began the year with three unspectacular results - 10th, 15th, and 28th, respectively - before finding another gear and pushing her way into the mogul world elite over the course of the next 9 events. In those events, Eliza registered four podiums (including a 2nd place at the Olympic test event in Sochi) while never finishing lower than 9th place.
It was a season good enough to place her at 4th in the moguls world rankings, and her emergence helped to round out a powerful American ladies team that includes the above-mentioned McPhie and world #1 Hannah Kearney.