Legendary Delco Women’s Sports Exhibit Athlete of the Week–“Mojca Kotac-Tiernan”
Mojca ( pronounced MOY-T-SA) started skating in 1980 at the very young age of 5 years old. She was introduced to the sport by her grandmom, who was looking for an outlet for her very energetic granddaughter. At the age of 17, Mojca qualified for her first Olympics. She was the first female skater to represent the newly declared country of Slovenia after it disbanded from Yugoslavia in 1991.
Mojca came to IceWorks in Aston, PA, Delaware County to train from 1998 until 2005. She came to Delaware County to train at IceWorks because of choreographer and coach Uschi Keszler, who is a part owner of IceWorks. Mojca came to Pennsylvania to do her summer training which she normally did in Germany in preparation for the 1998 Olympics. Mojca had a desire to train at coach Uschi Keszler’s newly opened ice facility, IceWorks Skating Complex. Uschi had developed a different approach to the sport, using unique and her personal style in her programs. It was this unique approach that drew Mojca to IceWorks Skating Complex in Delaware County. While she trained her, Mojca resided in Media, PA. It was her home for many years as she continued to qualify for the Olympics. Mojca has competed in three Olympic Winter Games, 1992 in Albertville, France, 1998 in Nagano, Japan, 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mojca was the Slovenia National Champion for 10 years. She competed in 11 European Championships in her career as well as 9 World Championships.
Today Mojca is retired from competitive skating. She currently is a full time coach at IceWorks Skating Complex teaching skaters from 5 year old beginner skaters through High School aged skaters. She is the mother of two girls, Kaya ( age 4 ) & Lena ( Age 2 )and is proud that she has stayed here in Aston, PA to make Delaware County her home.