Ski Cross World Junior Championships Team Announced
Park City, UT, March 21, 2023 – U.S. Ski & Snowboard has formally announced the six athletes that have been selected to represent the United States at the 2023 Ski Cross World Junior Championships, which will take place in San Pellegrino, Italy, March 25-28.
The 2023 team is composed of some of the strongest young athletes in the country who will compete at the international capital of snow sports on the Costabella slope at San Pellegrino Pass.
On the women's squad, Morgan Shute has had a strong season so far, with a win at Gore Mountain Ski Area NorAm Cup and six NorAm top-10 results since December. Along with Shute is her teammate from Carabassett Valley Academy Maggie Swain and Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Lindsey Labaugh. Swaine has four top-10’s in NorAms with a fifth place in Nakiska, Canada. Labaugh also snagged four top-10’s, highlighted by her third place at Gore.
"The World Juniors are an important international benchmarking event and are a stepping stone to higher-level international competition in the future like the World Cup," said Chip Knight, Athletic Development Director at U.S. Ski & Snowboard. "It’s an honor to be named to represent our country!"
On the men's side, Tanner Murphy, Jack Mitchell and Walker Robinson will represent the red, white and blue. Aleyska Ski Club’s Murphy has had a strong year, taking home second place at the National Championships at Copper Mountain Resort and three first place trophies at the NorAm Cups. Mitchell, who was on the podium in third at the NorAm Cup at Gore and in the top-10 three times, is ready for the next step. Robinson also joins the team, hailing from Team Summit Colorado, with six NorAm World Cups starts this season, landed in the top-10 in three of them.
The 2023 Junior Worlds will include individual ski cross and a team event for both men and women. Live timing will be provided by the International Ski Federation (FIS).
2023 Ski Cross World Junior Championships Athletes
Name – hometown, club, birthdate
Morgan Shute – Allendale, NJ, Carrabassett Valley Academy, 9/13/2006
Maggie Swain – Kingfield, ME, Carrabassett Valley Academy, 7/10/2006
Lindsey Labaugh – Avon, CO, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, 4/10/2005
Tanner Murphy – Tahoma, CA, Alyeska Ski Club, 3/3/2005
Jack Mitchell – Wenatchee, WA, Mission Ridge Ski Team, 3/3/2003
Walker Robinson – Frisco, CO, Team Summit Colorado, 6/27/2006