Winters Scores in Val d’Isere Slalom
Luke Winters skied into the FIS World Cup points in the first slalom race of the 2021-22 season, taking 25th in Val d’Isere, France.
Hometown hero Clement Noel of France got his ninth World Cup win, with Kristoffer Jakobsen of Sweden taking his first World Cup podium in second place. Filip Zubcic of Croatia also grabbed his first World Cup podium in third.
Hard snow and sunshine made for great conditions in Val d’Isere and the up-and-coming U.S. men’s slalom team were stoked for some racing. “Dudes were fired up,” said Men’s World Cup Slalom Coach Ryan Wilson. “Everybody has been skiing well in training. It was nice that Jakobsen was second. We were training with him before and we know where we stand with him. That’s a confidence booster for all of them.”
The U.S. men’s slalom team has been skiing strong so far this season with Winters, Jett Seymour, and Ben Ritchie headlining the team. Seymour skied well in his first run, but got tangled up in a complicated combination at the bottom and skied out just before the finish. Ritchie went down on his hip, but had fast splits below the mistake, showing that he has it in him to also make a second run. Alex Leever and Garret Driller also started but did not qualify for a second run.
Winters had a couple of major bobbles on his first run, but had enough speed to ski into the top 30 and snag a second run. He skied conservatively second run to finish 25th, scoring World Cup points and lowering his bib number for future races. Winters also found the points twice last year, including a top 20 in Chamonix, France, and he knows he has more in him heading into the Olympic season.
The men’s tech team next heads to Italy for two giant slalom races in Alta Badia December 19-20 and a night slalom in Madonna di Campiglio on December 22.