One of the most exciting racers on the FIS Freestyle ski cross World Cup tour, Katrin Mueller seems to ski by the mantra of "All or Nothing." While it's a style that often puts her right on the edge of control - and sometimes tips her over that edge - it has also made her one of the most successful ladies on the tour over the past three season and a critical part of the powerful Nations Cup-winning Swiss ski cross team.
A native of Dielsdorf, SUI, Katrin made the jump from Alpine to Freestyle in 2006-07, and in that first season won the Small Final for 5th place at the 2007 Junior World Championships. Progressing directly to the World Cup circuit in her next season, Katrin had a somewhat inauspicious start, recording a DNF in her first race while registering a 7th place two events later that would stand up as her best result of her rookie season.
The next season, she would complete only one race before injuring her knee and being forced to the sidelines until 2009-10.
However, in her return from that injury she came back hard, registering five top-10 appearances and just barely missing out on her first career podium at home in Meringen-Hasliberg, SUI. That first podium would have to wait until 2010-11 season, when she would score a 3rd place in Grasgehren and establish herself from there on out as a consistent top-3 threat at any event, in any venue.
2011-12 proved this as Katrin registered four podiums, including her first victory at Bischofswiesen/Goetschen, and finished the season as the third-overall ranked ski cross athlete on the World Cup tour.
While she took a small step backwards in 2012-13 (she locked in only two podiums and finished the season as the 5th overall ranked lady), Kathrin was back in a big way in 2013/14, locking up two wins and a second-place result and finishing fifth overall, despite not starting a World Cup race after 25 Jan., due to another knee injury.
With her knee recovered for 2014/15, expect Kathrin Mueller to once again be in the hunt for the podium at every event she enters.