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Countdown to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games

U.S. Alpine Ski Team Announces Additions to 2021-22 Staff

By Megan Harrod
May, 17 2021
Forest Carey
Head Men's Coach Forest Carey celebrates Tommy Ford's 2019 Xfinity Birds of Prey FIS World Cup victory at Beaver Creek, Colo. (Eric Schramm Photography)

Following spring planning meetings, the U.S. Alpine Ski Team has announced key staffing changes for the 2021-22 season, which has already kicked off with initial prep period camps at official training sites at Squaw Valley and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Calif.

Despite unforeseen challenges associated with COVID-19, the Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team posted their best collective result in years, grabbing 18 podiums and four victories across five athletes—led by two-time Olympic champion and six-time world champion Mikaela Shiffrin, with three victories, and Olympian Ryan Cochran-Siegle with two podiums and his career-first World Cup victory. The staff worked tirelessly to follow protocols and keep their athletes safe and healthy, so athletes could focus on skiing. 

As the U.S. Alpine Ski Team heads into an important Olympic year, with Beijing 2022 on the horizon, it is vital to have a solid, strong support staff behind the athletes recently nominated to Team. Alpine Director Jesse Hunt believes the adjustments made heading into the upcoming season, coupled with the fact that there is strong consistency in the program, will do just that. 

On the men’s side, key changes include longtime U.S. Ski Team coach Forest Carey moving into the men’s head coach position, and another U.S. Ski Team coaching veteran Ian Garner working into the men’s head tech coaching role. Hunt is positively fired up for this adjustment for a number of reasons. 

"The men's team is evolving in a positive direction with Forest Carey taking on the men's head coach role. He brings great operational expertise and coaching knowledge as well as respect from the current staff and athletes to the position. Filling in his footsteps as head tech coach will be his long-standing assistant Ian Garner. Forest and Ian have been the backbone of the World Cup tech side for many years, and their knowledge and experience will be embraced by the whole men's team." 

“Ian has contributed his competency to every level of the U.S. Ski Team,” added Carey. “Our current athletes and Ian’s colleagues are fortunate to have him running the tech group.” The crew has been hard at work at Squaw Valley. Carey added, “We are going now with training. I look forward to providing the guys with all the support we can to help them reach the top.”  

Other changes on the men’s tech side include Max Lamb making the move from Europa Cup assistant up to World Cup assistant tech coach, and Michael Bansmer as a new addition to the team in the Europa Cup assistant coach/strength and conditioning role. Bansmer joins the team from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC) where he has been a successful men's FIS coach. 

The men's speed side remains consistent with the exception of Canaan Pollock replacing longtime U.S. Ski Team employee Chris Beckman as a seasonal assistant coach, as Beckmann moves on to new challenges. Pollock grew up in West Virginia, but made the move westward to Squaw Valley, Calif., before landing in Switzerland with his wife. He has most recently coached for a regional team in Switzerland before joining the U.S. Ski Team.

On the women's side, all the key coaches are returning at every level which provides valued consistency moving into the Olympic year. The one addition to a veteran staff on the women's side will be Coley Oliver, who joins the Europa Cup staff as an assistant coach/strength and conditioning/athletic trainer. Having raced for the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Wildcats as an NCAA All-American, Oliver brings collegiate racing experience as well as academy (Stratton Mountain School) and international coaching experience (Team X Alpine) to the position. 

Oftentimes, the team behind the team goes unnoticed as they work day in and day out to ensure athletes are set up for success. They are, as many would say, the “unsung heroes.” There are the servicemen who spend hours in the wax room, laboring over skis and tinkering with boots, bindings, and plates in order to find those precious hundredths that will decide who is on the podium or not. Of course, the coaches, who work 26-hour days, carrying gates, setting up safety nets, watering courses to the wee hours of the morning, throwing salt, setting courses, analyzing and reviewing video, driving for hours on end to the next FIS Ski World Cup destination, chasing snow and planning, and beyond. 

The physios are an athlete’s best friend and often their biggest hype person. They wake up in the morning with the athletes and work on the mountain...but their real work doesn’t begin until the afternoon, ensuring the athlete’s bodies are recovering from on-hill and strength and conditioning sessionsmuch like a mechanic working on a race car after a day on the track. And, of course, the strength and conditioning coaches, whose job it is to make our athletes strong and confident in their bodies...and carry that confidence from the gym to the hill. The list goes on and on. 

"I am truly excited to announce our experienced head coaches and our developing young American staff,” Hunt commented. “We have a great combination of successful veteran coaches and up-and-coming American coaches. Our next generation of great American coaches and athletes are in this team."

The men’s speed team is still on the mountain at Mammoth, then all of the teams will head into a strength and conditioning block before getting back on snow again later in the summer heading into the season, which kicks off at Soelden, Austria on October 23-24, 2021.

 

2021-22 U.S. Freeski Team Nominations

By Andrew Gauthier
May, 13 2021
Colby
Colby Stevenson at the 2021 Aspen FIS Snowboard & Freeski World Championships slopestyle finals. (@usfreeskiteam - Sarah Brunson)

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced its U.S. Freeski Team halfpipe, slopestyle, big air and skicross nominations for the 2021-22 season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season. 

A total of 27 pro-level and 15 rookie freeskiers have been nominated to the 2021-22 U.S. Freeski Team.

Leading the way into the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic season for the U.S. Freeski contingent is a deep group of veteran athletes. For the men, the star-studded cast includes the 2021 Land Rover U.S. Grand Prix Champion Aaron Blunck, 2021 FIS slopestyle and overall Crystal Globe winner Colby Stevenson, five-time X Games medalist Alex Hall as well as Olympic medalists David Wise, Alex Ferreira and Nick Goepper. Olympic medalists Brita Sigourney, Devin Logan and seven-time X Games medalist Maggie Voisin return to set the tone for the women.

The 2021-22 team will field three new rookie team athletes including Wy’East Academy’s Konnor Ralph,  Stratton Mountain School’s Charlie Gnoza, and Aspen’s own Tristan Feinberg. Hanna Faulhaber, Marin Hamill, and Rell Harwood all graduated from the rookie to the pro team following breakthrough seasons. 

U.S. Skicross athlete Tyler Wallasch was nominated as the sole member of the U.S. Skicross Team following a career-best season complete with three top-ten World Cup finishes.  

Each athlete accepting the nomination to the U.S. Freeski Team receives world-class program support, along with access to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard USANA Center of Excellence, as well as athletic benefits including sport science, sports medicine, and education opportunities.

An official U.S. Freeski Team announcement will be made in the fall.
 

2021-22 U.S. Freeski Team Nominations
(Hometown; Club; USASA Series; Birthdate)

HALFPIPE
PRO TEAM
Women

  • Brita Sigourney (Carmel, Calif.; Intermountain Series; 1/17/90)
  • Devin Logan (West Dover, Vt.; Mount Snow Academy; Southern Vermont Series; 2/17/93)
  • Annalisa Drew (Andover, Mass.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; Southwest Colorado Series; 5/28/93)
  • Carly Margulies (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Freeski Team; Unbound Series; 12/24/97)
  • Abigale Hansen (June Lake, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Freeski Team; Unbound Series; 5/26/98)
  • Hanna Faulhaber (Carbondale, Colo.; Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club; Rocky Mountain Series; 9/04/04)

Men

  • Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; Rocky Mountain Series; 4/12/96)
  • Alex Ferreira (Aspen, Colo.; Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club; Aspen/Snowmass Series; 8/14/94)
  • Birk Irving (Winter Park, Colo.; Winter Park Freeride Team; Rocky Mountain Series; 7/26/99)
  • David Wise (Reno, Nev.; 6/30/90)
  • Lyman Currier (Boulder, Colo.; Winter Park Freeski Team; Rocky Mountain Series; 8/28/94)
  • Hunter Hess (Bend, Ore.; Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation; Central Oregon Series; 10/01/98)
  • Taylor Seaton (Avon, Colo.; 7/16/90)
  • Jaxin Hoerter (Breckenridge, Colo.; Rocky Mountain Series; 7/17/00)
  • Cassidy Jarrell (Aspen, Colo.; Rocky Mountain Series; 8/31/99)

ROOKIE TEAM
Women

  • Svea Irving (Winter Park, Colo.; Winter Park Freeride Team; Rocky Mountain Series; 2/27/02)
  • Riley Jacobs (Oak Creek, Colo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; Rocky Mountain Series; 8/14/2003)

Men

  • Hunter Carey (Winter Park, Colo.; Winter Park Competition Center; Rocky Mountain Series; 6/12/02
  • Connor Ladd (Lakewood, Colo.; Rocky Mountain Series; 9/26/03)
  • Dylan Ladd (Lakewood, Colo.; Winter Park Competition Center; Rocky Mountain Series; 8/29/01)
  • Sammy Schuiling (Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; Rocky Mountain Series; 7/16/00)
  • Tristan Feinberg (Aspen, Colo.; Rocky Mountain Series; 4/23/2003)

SLOPESTYLE / BIG AIR
PRO TEAM
Women

  • Maggie Voisin (Whitefish, Mont.; Park City Ski and Snowboard; Big Mountain West Series; 12/14/98)
  • Caroline Claire (Manchester Center, Vt.; Stratton Mountain School; Southern Vermont Series; 2/2/00)
  • Darian Stevens (Missoula, Mont.; Missoula Freestyle Ski Team; 10/29/96)
  • Rell Harwood (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski and Snowboard; Big Mountain West Series; 6/1/01)
  • Marin Hamill (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski and Snowboard; Big Mountain West Series; 4/5/01)

Men

  • Alex Hall (Salt Lake City, Utah; Park City Ski and Snowboard; Big Mountain West Series; 9/21/98)
  • Mac Forehand (Winhall, Vt.; Stratton Mountain School; Southern Vermont Series; 8/4/01)
  • Colby Stevenson (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski and Snowboard; Big Mountain West Series; 10/3/97)
  • Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg, Ind.; Cork Technologies and Consulting; Rocky Mountain Series; 3/14/94)
  • Willie Borm (Chaska, Minn.; Midwest Freeskiing Association; 5/21/97)
  • Cody LaPlante (Truckee, Calif.; Squaw Valley Freestyle and Freeride Team; North Tahoe Series; 2/15/02)

ROOKIE TEAM
Women

  • Grace Henderson (Madbury, N.H.; Waterville Valley BBTS; New Hampshire Series; 4/28/01)
  • Bella Bacon (Ellicottville, N.Y.; Agenda Freeski; Western New York Series; 1/29/04)
  • Jay Riccomini (He/Him, Port Matilda, Penn.; Team Summit Colorado; Rocky Mountain Series; 3/12/2004)

Men

  • Hunter Henderson (Madbury, N.H..; Waterville Valley BBTS; New Hampshire Series; 12/28/2002)
  • Richard Thomas (Orono, Minn.; Park City Ski and Snowboard; Upper Midwest Snow; 8/16/01)
  • Troy Podmilsak (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski and Snowboard; Big Mountain West Series; 8/23/2004)
  • Konnor Ralph (Helena, Mont.; Wy’East Mountain Academy; Mt. Hood Series; 1/27/2003)
  • Charlie Gnoza (South Londonderry, Vt.; Stratton Mountain School; Southern Vermont Series; 8/2/2003)

SKICROSS

  • Tyler Wallasch - (Los Angeles, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Ski & Snowboard Club; The Unbound Series; 6/8/94)



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2021-22 U.S. Snowboard Team Nominations

By Andrew Gauthier
May, 12 2021
Jamie Anderson
Jamie Anderson at the 2021 Aspen FIS Snowboard & Freeski World Championships snowboard slopestyle qualifications.(@ussnowboardteam - @markclavin)

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced nominations for the U.S. Snowboard Team halfpipe, slopestyle, big air and snowboardcross disciplines for the 2021-2022 season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season. 

2021-22 U.S. Snowboard Team nominations include 36 pro-level and 15 rookie and development level riders.

Chloe Kim, Maddie Mastro, and Jamie Anderson approach the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic season with a stronghold on the women’s contest scene. The depth of the men’s slopestyle team is as deep as ever led by rising star Dusty Henricksen and defending Olympic gold medalist Red Gerard. Shaun White will once again represent the U.S. Snowboard Halfpipe Team in pursuit of his fourth Olympic gold medal. White will be joined by veteran Taylor Gold, who will be looking for redemption from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

New to the U.S. Snowboard Team this season is rookie athlete Bea Kim. Kim is a Mammoth Mountain athlete and has a great model to follow with all six U.S. Snowboard Women’s Halfpipe Team members being direct results of the Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team, illustrating the complementary partnership between U.S. Ski & Snowboard and the famed California resort.

The U.S. Snowboardcross Team also has new talent hitting the slopes including Tyler Hamel, Cody Winters and Connor Schlegel. Making the jump to the Pro Team is Meghan Tierney and Stacy Gaskill following massive strides in 2020-21. Veterans Faye Gulini, Lindsey Jacobellis, Hagen Kearney, Mick Dierdorff, and Jake Vedder will look to carry momentum from this past season into the heart of the Olympic qualification process. 

Each athlete accepting their nomination to the U.S. Snowboard Team receives world-class program support, along with access to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard USANA Center of Excellence, as well as athletic benefits including expert coaching, sport science, sports medicine, and high-performance staff, and education opportunities.

An official U.S. Snowboard Team announcement will be made in the fall.

 

U.S. Snowboard Team
2021-22 Team Nominations
(Hometown; Club; USASA Series; Birthdate)

HALFPIPE
PRO TEAM
Men

  • Chase Josey (Hailey, Idaho; Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation; Big Mountain West Series; 3/31/95)
  • Taylor Gold (Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; Rocky Mountain Series; 11/17/93)
  • Chase Blackwell (Longmont, Colo.; Jim Smith Club; Rocky Mountain Series; 2/27/99)
  • Joey Okesson (Southbury, Conn.; Okemo Mountain School; Southern Vermont Series; 8/23/2002)
  • Toby Miller (Truckee, Calif; Tahoe Select Snowboard Team; North Tahoe Series; 2/14/00)
  • Lucas Foster (Telluride, Colo.; Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club; Rocky Mountain Series; 9/17/99)
  • Shaun White (Carlsbad, Calif.; Southern California Series; 3/9/1986)

Women

  • Chloe Kim (Torrance, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 4/23/00)
  • Maddie Mastro (Wrightwood, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 2/22/00)
  • Sonora Alba (San Pedro, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 7/16/2006)

ROOKIE TEAM
Men

  • Jack Coyne (Edwards, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; Rocky Mountain Series; 1/17/2002)
  • Jason Wolle (Winter Park, Colo.; Jim Smith Club; Rocky Mountain Series; 11/30/99)
  • Fynn Bullock-Womble (Mebane, N.C.; BK Pro; Rocky Mountain Series; 2/3/05)

Women

  • Tessa Maud (Carlsbad, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 10/10/03)
  • Alexandria Simsovits (Calabasas, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 9/30/04)
  • Bea Kim (Palos Verdes, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 1/25/2007)

SLOPESTYLE / BIG AIR
PRO TEAM
Men

  • Red Gerard (Silverthorne, Colo.; Rocky Mountain Series; 6/29/00)
  • Chris Corning (Silverthorne, Colo.; Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club; Rocky Mountain Series; 9/7/99)
  • Dusty Henricksen (Mammoth Lakes, Calif; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 2/2/03)
  • Kyle Mack (West Bloomfield, Mich.; Great Lakes Snow Series; 9/6/97)
  • Judd Henkes (La Jolla, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 4/3/01)
  • Brock Crouch (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 8/22/99)
  • Luke Winkelmann (Blowing Rock, N.C.; Kirk’s Camp; Rocky Mountain Series: 12/18/00)
  • Lyon Farrell (Haiku, Hawaii; Rocky Mountain Series; 11/22/98)
  • Sean FitzSimons (Hood River, Ore.; Mount Bachelor Sports Education Foundation; Central Oregon Series; 9/22/00)

Women

  • Jamie Anderson (S. Lake Tahoe, Calif.; South Tahoe Series; 9/13/90)
  • Julia Marino (Westport, Conn.; Southern Vermont Series; 9/11/97)
  • Hailey Langland (San Clemente, Calif.; Tahoe Select Snowboard Team; Tahoe Series; 8/2/00)
  • Ty Schnorrbusch (Monroe Township, N.J.; Tru Snowboarding, Rocky Mountain Series 5/15/02)

ROOKIE TEAM
Men

  • Jake Canter (Evergreen, Colo.; Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club; Aspen Snowmass Series; 7/19/03)
  • Fynn Bullock-Womble (Mebane, N.C.; BK Pro; Rocky Mountain Series; 2/3/05)
  • Liam Johnson (Savage, Minn.; G Team; Upper Midwest Snow Series; 11/26/2004)

Women

  • Courtney Rummel (West Bend, Wisc.; Midwest Best Series; 11/12/03)
  • Jade Thurgood (Salt Lake City, Utah; Park City Ski & Snowboard; Big Mountain West Series; 1/27/02)
  • Addie Gardner (Riegelsville, Penn.; Auburn Ski Club; Maine Mountain Series; 2/19/2002)
  • Isabella Gomez (Issaquah, Wash.; Auburn Ski Club; Inland Northwest Series; 9/11/01)

SNOWBOARDCROSS
Men

  • Mick Dierdorff (Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; Rocky Mountain Series; 4/30/91)
  • Jake Vedder (Pinckney, Mich.; International Snowboard Training Center; Rocky Mountain Series; 4/16/98)
  • Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, Mich.; Superior Series; 12/17/81)
  • Alex Deibold (Manchester, Vt.; Stratton Mountain School; Southern Vermont Series; 5/8/86)
  • Hagen Kearney (Norwood, Colo.; International Snowboard Training Center; Rocky Mountain Series; 11/6/91)
  • Senna Leith (Vail, Colo.; International Snowboard Training Center; Rocky Mountain Series; 4/8/97)  
  • Connor Schlegel (Edwards, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; Rocky Mountain Series; 3/13/2002)
  • Cody Winters (Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; Rocky Mountain Series; 4/20/2000)
  • Mikey LaCroix (Shrewsbury, Mass.; Park City Ski & Snowboard; Maine Mountain Series; 7/12/98)

Women

  • Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, Vt.; Stratton Mountain School; Southern Vermont Series; 8/19/85)
  • Faye Gulini (Salt Lake City, Utah; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; Rocky Mountain Series; 3/24/92)
  • Meghan Tierney (Eagle, Colo.; Board Stars Race Team; Rocky Mountain Series; 1/15/97)
  • Stacy Gaskill (Golden, Colo.; International Snowboard Training Center; Rocky Mountain Series; 5/21/00)  

DEVELOPMENT GROUP
Women

  • Livia Molodyh (Hubbard, Ore.; Park City Ski & Snowboard; Mt. Hood Series; 6/30/99)
  • Anna Miller (Orem, Utah; International Snowboard Training Center; Rocky Mountain Series; 7/16/1996)

Men

  • Tyler Hamel (Bethel, Maine; Gould Academy; Maine Mountain Series; 7/12/2004)


 

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Dziemian Retires, Draws Up Bright Future

By Lara Carlton
May, 12 2021
Nessa Dziemian
Nessa Dziemian at the 2021 U.S. Freestyle Moguls Championships at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

Nessa Dziemian is hanging up her competitive mogul skis after six years on the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dziemian was born and raised in Hampstead, N.H., and started skiing with the Loon Mountain Freestyle when she was seven where she “spent every weekend” on the slopes.

“I was just following my family friends and my brother and what they did,” she reflected. “And they went over to freestyle after ski school. I tried it out for a day and fell in love with it.”

After a few years Dziemian moved up to Waterville Valley’s Black & Blue Trail Smashers (WVBBTS) to foster her mogul skiing talent. She won her first of three Junior National Championships with WVBBTS. When she was 16 Dziemian enrolled into Carrabassett Valley Academy in order to focus on her goal of making the U.S. Ski Team. She also skied for Park City Freestyle before achieving that goal. 

Dziemian made the U.S. Ski Team for the 2015-16 season after winning the NorAm Tour and Dual Moguls National Championships (and placing second in Moguls National Championships) the season prior. Over the course of her career, Dziemian had 32 World Cup starts, 10 top-10 World Cup finishes, five National Championships podiums and skied on the 2019 World Championships team. 

Looking back on her career, Dziemian is most proud of helping push the sport forward. “Prior to making the U.S. Ski Team, I was really accomplished in jumping. I was the first female mogul skier to throw a cork 1080 on snow. That was a huge accomplishment in my life.” In her last competition at the 2021 U.S. Moguls Freestyle National Championships, Dziemian won the singles title by throwing a cork mute. She was the first female mogul skier to do so in a run that counted (Kai Owens threw the same trick a few weeks prior at World Championships after DNFing in the beginning of her run). 

“Throughout my career I just tried to push women’s sport and bring (the) joy of the sport to others. I felt like I was able to do that.”

One of Dziemian’s favorite memories speaks to her spirit. “Morgan Schild and I dueled in Apex (this was a NorAm way back when). Morgan is such a good skier. We both skied over the finish line at the same time, and both threw the same tricks: back X to cork 7. We were some of the first girls to throw these tricks, and this was even cooler because in a dual. Being that close, neck in neck, the whole time was pretty sweet. I’ll never forget that.”

Dziemian is grateful for the opportunity to have skied for her country, to be part of the best women’s mogul ski team in the world, and the many lasting friendships forged on snow in the bump lane. She thanks her family, friends, teammates, coaches, staff and fans for their support.

Dziemian is excited for the next chapter, which will take place in Canada, at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, in Vancouver, B.C. Dziemian plans to study illustration and looks forward to bringing people joy through design. 

Follow Dziemian’s personal Instagram account @nessamnn as she creates her planned freelance business and new website. 

 

 

 

2021-22 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team Nominations Announced

By Lara Carlton
May, 10 2021
Aerial Ski Team
Kaila Kuhn, Tasia Tanner, Winter Vinecki, Eric Loughran, Ashley Caldwell and Justin Schoenefeld are among the 27 athletes nominated to the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team for the 2021-22 Olympic Season. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced its U.S. Freestyle Ski Team nominations for the 2021-20 Olympic season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season. Twenty-seven aerials and moguls athletes have been nominated to the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team. 

The 2021-22 team is highlighted by an experienced group of World Cup, World Championship, and Olympic athletes, including three-time Olympian and three-time World Championships medalist Ashley Caldwell; World Cup winner Winter Vinecki; and the women’s mogul #powHERhouse, who finished 2020-21 with four ranked in the top six overall: Hannah Soar (3), Kai Owens (4), Jaelin Kauf (5) and Tess Johnson (6). 

There is no such thing as an off season in the lead-up to the world’s premier winter sporting event, and athletes are already hard at work preparing for their chance to represent the red, white and blue at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. Moguls is skiing the #LongestSeasonInUtah at Snowbird in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah, for their first on-snow prep camp. Aerials is back to lifting and trampoline training at the USANA Center of Excellence in Park City, Utah. Both teams will be in residence throughout the summer at Official Training Site Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah. 

The 2021-22 FIS Freestyle World Cup calendar is expected to be confirmed by the International Ski Federation (FIS) later this month. The 2022 Olympic Winter Games are scheduled for Feb. 4-20 in Beijing, featuring Team Aerials, a new Olympic medal opportunity for those athletes.

Each athlete accepting the nomination to U.S. Ski Team receives world-class program support, along with access to the USANA Center of Excellence, as well as athletic benefits including elite coaching, sport science, sports medicine, high performance staff, and education opportunities.

An official U.S. Freestyle Ski Team announcement will be made in the fall.

2021-22 Freestyle Nominations
(Hometown; Club; Birthdate)

U.S. Mogul Ski Team
Men

  • Casey Andringa (Boulder, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 10/6/95)
  • Jesse Andringa (Boulder, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 12/15/97)
  • Joel Hedrick (Fort Collins, Colo.; Winter Park Competition Center; 5/30/97)
  • Alex Lewis (Carlisle, Mass.; Killington Mountain School; 11/16/99)
  • Nick Page (Park City, Utah; Wasatch Freestyle Foundation; 8/1/02)
  • Landon Wendler (Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Steamboat Winter Sports Club; 10/12/2000)
  • Brad Wilson (Butte, Mont.; Wasatch Freestyle; 6/5/92)

Women

  • Olivia Giaccio (Redding, Conn.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 8/15/00)
  • Tess Johnson (Vail, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 6/19/00)
  • Kasey Hogg (Park City, Utah; Wasatch Freestyle Foundation; 1/8/2003)
  • Madison Hogg (Park City, Utah; Wasatch Freestyle Foundation; 2/15/2001)
  • Jaelin Kauf (Alta, Wyo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 9/26/96)
  • Kai Owens (Vail, Colo.; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail; 8/16/04)
  • Morgan Schild (Pittsford, N.Y.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 8/25/97)
  • Hannah Soar (Somers, Conn.; Killington Mountain School; 6/4/99)

U.S. Aerial Ski Team
Men

  • Quinn Dehlinger (Cincinnati, Ohio; Elite Aerial Development Program; 6/8/02)
  • Chris Lillis (Pittsford, N.Y.; Bristol Mountain Freestyle Team; 10/4/98)
  • Eric Loughran (Pelham, N.H.; Loon Mountain Freestyle; 12/4/95)
  • Justin Schoenefeld (Lawrenceburg, Ind.; Elite Aerial Development Program; 8/13/98)

Women

  • Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, Va.; Elite Aerial Development Program; 9/14/93)
  • Karenna Elliott (Cincinnati, Ohio; Park City Ski and Snowboard, 5/24/00)
  • Kaila Kuhn (Boyne City, Mich.; Park City Ski and Snowboard; 4/8/03)
  • Dani Loeb (Pintlala, Ala.; Park City Ski and Snowboard; 8/10/01)
  • Megan Nick (Shelburne, Vt,; Elite Aerial Development Program; 7/9/96)
  • Megan Smallhouse (Reno, Nev.; Park City Ski and Snowboard; 1/16/01)
  • Tasia Tanner (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski and Snowboard; 7/26/02)
  • Winter Vinecki (Gaylord, Mich.; Park City Ski and Snowboard; 12/18/98)

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A Letter To My Younger Self - Rosie Brennan

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
May, 6 2021
Swirbul, Brennan

Davis U.S. Cross Country Team athlete Rosie Brennan sat down with the FIS to reflect on the past season.

#fiscrosscountry​ athletes can be so proud of what they achieve over and over again, taking one step at a time. It's been a long way and the FIS takes a look back with Brennan and what she would tell her younger self.

2021 Club Excellence Conference

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
May, 5 2021
CEC21

We are excited to announce that registration is now OPEN for the 2021 Club Excellence Conference!

We invite all club leaders, coaches, board members, volunteers, officials and others to join us in a collaborative day of learning. Presentations will include strategically curated content based on the three pillars of Athletics, Business/Operations, and Community/Culture. Coaches who attend will receive 8 continuing education credits to keep certifications current.

Monday, May 17th, 2021 

10:00 AM – 5:30 PM Mountain Daylight Time (MDT)

Schedule *Subject to change - check back as we will be posting more detail in the near future.

Registration Options:

  • Individual registration: $40.00: REGISTER HERE
  • Group of 5-9 attendees 5% discount
  • Group of 10+ attendees 10% discount 
  • If you are interested in the conference, but cannot join the live date – you can still register and will receive all communication, recordings and resources from the conference and you will still qualify for continuing education credit.

For group rates please contact anna.hosmer@usskiandsnowboard.org with a list of attendees and emails then call 435.647.2050 to register. Participants on your list will still need to register individually to gain access to the webinar join link but will be provided a coupon code for pre-paid registration. 

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2021-22 Davis U.S. Cross Country Team Nominations Announced

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
May, 5 2021
Jessie Diggins
World Cup and Tour de Ski Champion Jessie Diggins is among the 20 athletes nominated to the Davis U.S. Cross Country Team for the 2021-22 Olympic season. (Nordic Focus)

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced the Davis U.S. Cross Country Ski Team nominations for the 2021-22 Olympic season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season.

The 2021-22 team is highlighted by an experienced group of World Cup, World Championship, and Olympic athletes, including Olympic gold medalist and 2021 FIS Overall Champion Jessie Diggins; two-time World Cup winner Rosie Brennan; and 2020 FIS Junior World Championship double-gold medalist Gus Schumacher.

Schumacher, who just two years ago was a member of the Development Team, moved from the B Team up to the A Team following a break-out season that included more than a dozen top-30 World Cup results. JC Schoonmaker, who was on the Development Team last season, also joins Schumacher on the A Team this season after posting numerous top 30 World Cup results. Diggins, Brennan, and Hailey Swirbul, who picked up her first career World Cup podium last season, were also nominated to the A Team.

B Team nominations include Julia Kern, Katharine Ogden, Kevin Bolger, Scott Patterson, Logan Hanneman, and Sydney Palmer-Leger, who moves up from the Development Team.

The 2021-22 team features 10 Development Team athletes, including numerous members with junior and U23 World Championships medals to their credit. Zanden McMullen joins the Development Team this season following his results at the 2021 Junior World Championships, including a fifth-place result in the 10 km skate. Also returning to the Development Team are Sophia Laukli, who competed in her first World Cup races, and the 2021 World Championships this past season; and Hannan Halvorsen, who also competed in her first World Cup races - scoring World Cup points in the freestyle sprint events.

Athletes nominated to the team will all be invited to the first training camp of the season May 15-28 at Mt. Bachelor / Bend, Oregon. Team training camps will follow July 25 through Aug. 7 on Eagle Glacier in Alaska; and October 4-18 in Park City, Utah. The 2021-22 FIS Cross Country World Cup season kicks off Nov. 26-29 in Ruka, Finland. The 2022 Olympic Winter Games are scheduled for Feb. 4-20 in Beijing.

Each athlete accepting the nomination to U.S. Ski Team receives world-class program support, along with access to the USANA Center of Excellence, as well as athletic benefits including elite coaching, sport science, sports medicine, and high performance staff, and education opportunities.

An official Davis U.S. Cross Country Ski Team announcement will be made in the fall.

2021-22 Cross Country Nominations
(Hometown; Club; Birthdate)

A TEAM
Women

  • Rosie Brennan (Anchorage, Alaska; Alaska Pacific University Ski Nordic Center; 12/21/88)
  • Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.; Stratton Mountain School Elite Team; 8/26/91)
  • Hailey Swirbul (Aspen, Colo.; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center; 7/10/98)

Men

  • Gus Schumacher (Anchorage, Alaska; Alaska Winter Stars; 7/25/00)
  • JC Schoonmaker (Tahoe City, Calif; University of Alaska Anchorage/Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy; 8/12/00)

B TEAM
Women

  • Julia Kern (Waltham, Mass.; Stratton Mountain School Elite Team; 9/12/97)
  • Katharine Ogden (Landgrove, Vt.; Stratton Mountain School Elite Team; 11/17/97)
  • Sydney Palmer-Leger (Park City, Utah; Sun Valley Gold Team/University of Utah; 2/4/2002)

Men

  • Kevin Bolger (Minocqua, Wisc.; Sun Valley Gold Team; 4/11/93)
  • Scott Patterson (Anchorage, Alaska; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center; 1/28/92)
  • Logan Hanneman (Anchorage, Alaska; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center; 6/2/93)

DEVELOPMENT TEAM
Women

  • Hannah Halvorsen (Truckee, Calif.; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center; 2/19/98)
  • Novie McCabe (Winthrop, Wash.; Methow Valley Nordic Team/University of Utah; 12/15/01)
  • Kendall Kramer (Fairbanks, Alaska; Alaska Winter Stars/University of Alaska Fairbanks; 6/25/02)
  • Sophia Laukli (Yarmouth, Maine; Middlebury College; 6/8/00)

Men

  • Johnny Hagenbuch (Ketchum, Idaho; Sun Valley Gold Team; 10/1/2001)
  • Luke Jager (Anchorage, Alaska; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center/University of Utah; 1/17/00)
  • Noel Keeffe (Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club/University of Utah; 8/24/99)
  • Zanden McMullin (Anchorage, Alaska; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center/Montana State University; 5/31/2001)
  • Ben Ogden (Landgrove, Vt.; Stratton Mountain School Elite Team/University of Vermont; 2/13/00)
  • Hunter Wonders (Anchorage, Alaska; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center; 8/7/98)

 

2021-22 U.S. Alpine Ski Team Nominations Announced

By Megan Harrod
May, 3 2021
U.S. Alpine Ski Team Women's Tech Team
Members of the U.S. Alpine Ski Team women's tech team pose after training in Toblach, Italy during the 2020-21 season. (Ryan Mooney - U.S. Ski Team)

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced the U.S. Alpine Ski Team nominations for the 2021-22 competition season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season.

Two-time Olympic champion and six-time world champion Mikaela Shiffrin and Bormio, Italy super-G victor Ryan Cochran-Siegle are among 44 athletes nominated to represent the U.S. Ski Team for the 2021-22 season. The Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team had more depth during the 2020-21 season than they’ve experienced in years, grabbing 18 podiums and four victories across five athletes—led by Shiffrin, with three victories, and Cochran-Siegle with two podiums and his career-first World Cup victory. 

Add to that four World Championship medals for Shiffrin, two World Junior Championship medals, including Ben Ritchie’s gold in slalom and AJ Hurt’s bronze in slalom, and career-first podiums by Paula Moltzan in the parallel and Breezy Johnson with four-straight third-place finishes in downhill, and it’s clear the team was absolutely firing from all cylinders and feeding off of each other’s success. Let’s not forget continued success by 2019 Xfinity Birds of Prey victor Tommy Ford, who snagged second place in an early-season Santa Caterina, Italy’s giant slalom. 

During the 2020-21 season at the World Cup level, the North American events—including the much-anticipated Homelight Killington Cup in Killington, Vt., Xfinity Birds of Prey at Beaver Creek, Colo., and Lake Louise speed series—were sadly canceled, in an effort to minimize travel and find efficiencies in an already complicated nearly 80-race schedule. The NorAm calendar was impossible as well, due to travel restrictions between the United States and Canada. The crew looks forward to 2021-22, hoping for more normalcy and a return to the North American races.  

The 2021-22 season will kick off with the FIS Ski World Cup opener in Soelden, Austria October 23-24, and will feature the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, China, from February 4-20, 2022. Due to COVID-19, the Olympic test events in 2020 and 2021 were canceled, so both the men and the women will head into the Olympics without having skied the tracks.  

The 44 athletes nominated will be supported by a strong coaching staff, committed to “winning at every level,” which is Alpine Director Jesse Hunt’s mantra. “We are inspired by this group of nominated athletes that not only endured but excelled in one of the most difficult seasons in memory. They persevered through a pandemic and remained determined to achieve greatness in spite of the daily challenges. It is a truly extraordinary group and we are proud to announce their nomination to the team in an Olympic year.”

Alpine athletes at all levels and across disciplines have already begun training for the 2021-22 season, kicking off pre-season camps at Official Training Sites Mammoth Mountain and Squaw Valley in California. 

Each athlete accepting the nomination to U.S. Ski Team receives world-class program support, along with access to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Center of Excellence, as well as athletic benefits including elite coaching, sport science, sports medicine, and high-performance staff, and education opportunities.

A 2021-22 staff announcement will be forthcoming, while an official U.S. Alpine Ski Team announcement will be made in the fall.

2021-22 U.S. Alpine Ski Team Nominations
(Hometown; Club; Birthdate)

A TEAM
Women

  • Breezy Johnson (Victor, Idaho; Rowmark Ski Academy; 1/19/1996)
  • Paula Moltzan (Prior Lake, Minn.; Buck Hill Ski Team/Ski and Snowboard Club Vail and University of Vermont; 4/7/1994)
  • Nina O’Brien (Edwards, Colo.; Burke Mountain Academy/Squaw Valley Ski Team; 11/29/1997)
  • Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.; Burke Mountain Academy/Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 3/13/1995)

Men

  • Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, Calif.; Squaw Valley Ski Team; 7/14/1992)
  • Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, Vt.; Cochran’s/Mount Mansfield Ski & Snowboard Club; 3/27/1992)
  • Tommy Ford (Bend, OR; Mt. Bachelor Ski Education Foundation; 3/20/1989)
  • Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, Calif.; Squaw Valley Ski Team; 7/14/1988)
  • Steven Nyman (Sundance, Utah; Park City Ski and Snowboard/Sundance Ski Team; 2/12/1982)                     

B TEAM
Women

  • Keely Cashman (Strawberry, Calif.; Squaw Valley Ski Team; 4/4/1999)
  • AJ Hurt (Carnelian Bay, Calif.; Squaw Valley Ski Team; 12/5/2000)
  • Alice Merryweather (Hingham, Mass.; Attitash Race Team/Stratton Mountain School; 10/5/1996)
  • Jacqueline Wiles (Aurora, Ore.; White Pass Ski Club; 7/13/1992)
  • Isabella Wright (Salt Lake City, UT; Snowbird Sports Education Foundation; 2/10/1997)

Men

  • Erik Arvidsson (Woodside, CA; Squaw Valley Ski Team and Middlebury College; 9/3/1996)
  • Sam DuPratt (Park City, UT; Park City Ski Education Foundation; 11/28/1993)  
  • Bridger Gile (Aspen, Colo., Aspen Valley Ski Club/Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 10/15/1999)
  • Jared Goldberg (Holladay, Utah; Snowbird Sports Education Foundation; 6/15/1991)
  • Jimmy Krupka (Waitsfield, Vt.; Green Mountain Valley School and Dartmouth College (7/15/1998)
  • Sam Morse (Carrabassett Valley, Maine; Carrabassett Valley Academy; 5/27/1996)
  • Kyle Negomir (Littleton, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 10/3/1998)
  • River Radamus (Edwards, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 2/12/1998)
  • Ben Ritchie (Waitsfield, VT; Green Mountain Valley School; 9/5/2000)
  • Jett Seymour (Steamboat, Colo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and University of Denver Ski Team; 11/5/1998)
  • Luke Winters (Gresham, Ore.; Sugar Bowl Academy; 4/2/1997)

C TEAM
Women

  • Katie Hensien (Redmond, Wash.; Rowmark Ski Academy; 12/1/1999)
  • Nicola Rountree-Williams (Edwards, Colo.; Loveland Ski Area; 7/7/2002)
  • Zoe Zimmermann (Gilford, N.H.; Burke Mountain Academy; 5/16/2002)

Men

  • Isaiah Nelson (Wayzata, MN.; Buck Hill Ski Racing Club; 4/3/2001)

DEVELOPMENT TEAM
Women

  • Mary Bocock (Salt Lake City, UT; Rowmark Ski Academy; 10/3/2003)*
  • Ava Sunshine Jemison (Edwards, Colo.; Burke Mountain Academy; 6/20/2002)*
  • Storm Klomhaus (Boulder, Colo.; Team X Alpine and University of Denver Ski Team; 7/17/1998)
  • Lauren Macuga (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski & Snowboard; 7/4/2002)
  • Allie Resnick (Vail, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 9/1/2001)
  • Emma Resnick (Vail, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 7/23/2003)
  • Dasha Romanov (Thornton, Colo.; Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation; 5/3/2003)*
  • Alix Wilkinson (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.; Squaw Valley Ski Team; 8/2/2000)

Men

  • Justin Bigatel (Park City, UT; Burke Mountain Academy; 4/29/2003)*
  • Camden Palmquist (Eagan, Minn.; Team Summit Colorado; 4/15/2003)*
  • Trent Pennington (Shalimar, Fla.; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail; 5/8/2002)
  • Jay Poulter (Bondville, Vt.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club/Stratton Mountain School; 7/1/2003)*
  • Cooper Puckett (Steamboat, Colo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 3/31/2003)*
  • Ryder Sarchett (Ketchum, ID; Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation; 7/28/2003)*
  • Jack Smith (Sun Valley, Idaho; Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation; 4/24/2001)

*Newly named to the U.S. Ski Team

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Cross Country Team Posts Historic Season

By Tom Horrocks
April, 30 2021
Team Shot
The Davis U.S. Cross Country Team racked up two World Cup overall titles; the first American FIS Tour de Ski overall victory, five World Cup victories, and 14 World Cup podiums. (U.S. Ski & Snowbboard)

To say that the Davis U.S. Cross Country Team experienced a historical season, would be an understatement! This past season, the team racked up two World Cup overall titles; the first American FIS Tour de Ski overall victory, five World Cup victories, and 14 World Cup podiums.

Most importantly, many of the younger athletes took advantage of numerous World Cup and World Championship starts to score numerous top 30 results, and gain a significant amount of experience competing against the best athletes in the world.

With the COVID pandemic eliminating all pre-season team camps, shuffling the World Cup schedule, and severely restricting the amount of pre-season on-snow training, the team went into the 2020-21 season with cautious optimism. Some normalcy was found as the traditional season-opening event took place in Ruka, Finland, however, it pretty much ended there as the second World Cup of the season in the Nordic hotbed of Lillehammer, Norway, was canceled due to the pandemic.

Not all was lost early-season though. A number of U.S. athletes live and train in Anchorage, and thanks to early-season snow, they came into Ruka with a number of on-snow days, ready to fight for results. Rosie Brennan and Hailey Swirbul opened the season with top-20 classic sprint results in Ruka, then Brennan backed that up with an eighth-place finish in the 10k classic, followed by a fifth-place finish in the 10k freestyle pursuit to finish fifth overall in the Ruka Mini Tour. On the men’s side, Gus Schumacher flashed a glimpse of what was to come for the remainder of the season, picking up his first career World Cup points with a 24-place “Time of Day” result in the 15k pursuit.

Following a rare week off, Brennan came into the second World Cup event of the season in Davos, Switzerland, on fire - taking not only her first World Cup victory in the freestyle sprint, but her second career World Cup win the following day in the 10k freestyle. As a bonus, she also shared the podium with her teammate as Swirbul picked up her first career podium result, finishing third. Brennan also took the overall World Cup leader’s bib and both the sprint and distance leader’s bibs. 

Davos provided a huge turning point for the Americans as 10 U.S. athletes scored World Cup points in the sprint, including Logan Hanneman, who posted a career-best World Cup result in ninth; Kevin Bolger in 13th; Simi Hamilton in 14th; JC Schoonmaker a career-best 18th; and Schumacher with a career-best sprint result in 25th. Sophie Caldwell Hamilton also finished fifth; Julia Kern was 11th; Jessie Diggins 13th; and Swirbul was 19th. Hannah Halvorsen finished 38th in her return to World Cup racing.

Caldwell Hamilton racked up the team’s fourth podium of the season, taking second in the freestyle sprint in Dresden, Germany. Meanwhile, Halvorsen picked up her first career World Cup points, advancing to the heats and finishing a career-best 23rd.

Heading into the 15th Annual FIS Tour de Ski, Diggins was just finding her form for the season’s first big goal - “My goal is to give it a really good, honest shot at an overall podium,” she said prior to the first event. After finishing third in the opening sprint, Diggins grabbed her second-straight podium, finishing third in the 10k classic mass start, with Brennan in sixth. The next day proved historic, with Diggins and Brennan going 1-2 in the freestyle pursuit and the overall standings. Diggins and Brennan went 1-2 again as the Tour moved to Italy in the 10k individual freestyle. Meanwhile, Schumacher skied an impressive race, leading the U.S. men in the 15k freestyle and finishing a World Cup career-best 14th. 

Halfway into the eight-stage event, Diggins and Brennan were sitting 1-2 in the overall standings, with Schumacher poised to post the best U.S. men’s finish in the history of the TdS. In the final three events, Diggins held her lead, Schumacher posted a career-best 8th-place in the 15k classic mass start, and Brennan got bit by the bad luck bug but rallied to finish sixth overall. Schumacher finished 19th in the final stage to post the best Tour de Ski finish ever for an American man; Swirbul finished 18th overall; and Katharine Ogden finished a career-best 23rd overall. But of course, the big story was Diggins’ overall victory - the first for an American!

“Wow!” Diggins said after completing her eighth Tour de Ski and taking a huge lead in the overall World Cup standings. “This is a lifelong goal...it really means a lot.”

Just a couple of weeks after her historic TdS win, Diggins achieved the season’s most impressive victory in Falun, Sweden, winning the 10k freestyle individual start against a staked World Cup field that included Norway’s Therese Johaug, who finished second, by just 2.1 seconds. Schumacher also posted another top-10 World Cup result, finishing ninth in the men’s 15k. Diggins added another World Cup podium the following weekend in Sweden, further extending her World Cup lead.

With the remaining World Cup schedule in flux, all eyes turned to the 2021 World Championships in Oberstdorf, Germany. And while the Americans did not win a medal at the World Champs, there were numerous incredible performances, from Diggins fourth-place finish in the 10k freestyle; to Sadie Maubet Bjornsen and Rosie Brennan teaming up to finish fifth in the team sprint, and Diggins, Brennan, Maubet Bjornsen and Swirbul finishing fourth in the team relay. 

Not to be overshadowed by the women, the U.S. men put up some impressive results at the World Champs. In the men’s team relay, Simi Hamilton, David Norris, Scott Patterson, and Schumacher teamed up to post the best 4x10k relay finish in decades for the Americans, finishing eighth. Add in Patterson’s 10th-place finish, and Norris’s 16th place result in the 50k classic, and the U.S. men had a lot to cheer about.

Other notable World Championship results included Sophia Laukli posting three top-30 results in her first World Championships; Ben Ogden finishing 17th in the classic sprint; and Hunter Wonders 31st in the skiathlon and 37th in the 50k classic.

But the icing on the season’s cake was Jessie Diggins becoming only the second American to win the FIS Cross Country overall World Cup Crystal Globe, and the first American woman to win the title.