Before she became one of the world’s top skiers, Petra Vlhova was a little girl with a speech impediment and a love for riding motorbikes growing up in the shadow of the Tatra mountains in Slovakia.

Her father and manager, Igor Vlha, who ran a canteen at the Jasna resort where Vlhova made her first outings on the slopes, remembers that she learned skiing “way before she could talk.”

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