Seymour Seventh, Winters 12th in Chamonix
It was an electric day in France with the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team men putting two in the top 15 in the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup in Chamonix. Jett Seymour led the men’s team with an incredible first run from bib 59 to 11th place, then he knocked it out of the park on a very tricky course set to ski into second, and ultimately got seventh place. Seymour made a mind-blowing 52 bib jump.
“I am so stoked, first World Cup points,” said Seymour. “I have been skiing well the past two years and have not been able to put it together, but I would not be able to do it without my coaches and teammates the past two years.”
Luke Winters also with a solid slalom day in 12th place. Winters moved into 16th place position after first run. Winters skied solidly on his second run and moved up four spots securing a top 15 result.
“It was good to come down into 16th first run. I felt a lot better today skiing,” said Winters. “But so happy for Jett Seymour, first World Cup points ever, awesome.”
The conditions were impeccable in Chamonix on Saturday with the sun shining down on a solid surface for all racers, and watched by a great crowd of fans. The race was extremely exciting not only for Seymour, but also for a former Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team member, AJ Ginnis. He went from bib 45 to his first ever podium in second place. This is also the first podium for the country of Greece, who Ginnis currently represents. First place went to Swiss skier Ramon Zenhaeusern, and third place to Swiss teammate Daniel Yule.
Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team member Ben Ritchie also raced; he did not qualify for a second run.
The slalom men will not focus on the next races at World Championships in Courchevel/Meribel, France, Feb. 6-19th.