Lalive, Caroline A.
Date of Birth:
August 10, 1979
City/State of Birth:
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Olympics and Events Attended:
1998 Olympics, Nagano, Japan ~ Combined/Giant Slalom
2002 Olympics, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA ~ Combined/Downhill/Giant Slalom
2006 Olympics, Torino, Italy ~ Alpine Skiing
Lalive was born in Truckee, California in the heart of a beautiful mountain area. She started skiing at the age of two. Being that her father is Swiss, skiing was literally in her blood. They moved to Switzerland where she started skiing in the Alps. She first dreamed of being part of the Olympics in 1988. From that day forward she made winning a gold medal part of her daily motivation. Lalive and her family moved to Steamboat in 1995. She graduated from Lowell Whiteman School in 1997.
Blood, sweat, and tears doesn’t even come close to describing the sacrifices Lalive made for her alpine skiing career: blown out knees, torn ligaments, a punctured lung, and a shattered femur and kneecap for a total of nineteen injuries, including 13 that required multiple surgeries (30 total surgeries). Still, she kept pushing, enduring long and painful recoveries to compete at the World Cup level for 13 seasons and fighting with everything she had to remain a top ranked skier.
Lalive competed in the 1998 and 2002 Olympic games, was the combined gold medal winner at the 1999 World Juniors Championships, recorded seven top-10 finishes in the 2003 World Cup tour and finished 10th in downhill and 13th in slalom and combined at the 2003 World Championships in St. Mortiz, Switzerland. She was supposed to have competed in her third Olympics in 2006 but had to miss it due to a severe injury.
“I had a great career and amazing opportunities, but there are those parts that were super painful,” she says. “There were a lot of great moments and a lot of heart breaking moments, but it has all defined who I am today.”
Lalive married fellow Olympic skier Nelson Carmichael in 2012, and they have one child, Freya, born in 2015. Caroline is now a Makeup Artist at Caroline Lalive Makeup Artistry.