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U.S. Kicks Off 2022 Freeski & Snowboard Junior World Champs With Five Medals

By Annie Fast
March, 8 2022
Junior World Championships Course
An overview of the Junior World Championships course at Leysin. Photo: Martin Steffen

The Leysin 2022 Park & Pipe Junior World Championships kicked off Tuesday with U.S. freeski & snowboard athletes earning five halfpipe medals.

Snowboard Halfpipe Results 

Fifteen-year-old Bea Kim, a first year U.S. Snowboard Team rookie from Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team earned silver in women’s halfpipe. This follows a stellar season where she earned four NorAm halfpipe podiums. Rounding out the U.S. riders, Lola Cowan finished in 14th, with Olivia Lisle in 17th, Skylar Koeppe in 19th and Kaylie Neal in 20th. 

In men’s snowboard halfpipe, Levko Fedorowycz earned eighth place, followed by Kade Martin in ninth, Connor Cavanagh in 11th and Noah Avallone in 12th. 

U.S. Snowboard halfpipe coach Danny Kass and Ben Wisner provided guidance to these athletes.  

Women's Halfpipe Results
Men's Halfpipe Results

Freeski Halfpipe Results

In men’s freeski halfpipe, two skiers earned podium spots, with Matt Labaugh taking silver and Ben Fethke in the bronze position. Eugene Morris earned sixth place among the field of 21 men.

The women’s division also saw U.S. freeskiers dominate with Kathryn Gray taking silver and Piper Arnold earning bronze.

U.S. Freeski halfpipe coach Ryan Carey was at the top of the pipe providing direction. 

Men's Halfpipe Results
Women's Halfpipe Results

Up Next: Slopestyle & Big Air 

The action is just getting underway as the world’s best up-and-coming freeskiers and snowboarders continue to battle it out for medals in big air and slopestyle.

Freeski Slopestyle & Big Air

Freeski big air qualifications kick off on Wednesday, March 9th, followed by finals on Thursday. Slopestyle qualifications are on Saturday, March 12, finishing the weekend with finals on Sunday.

The U.S. women’s roster includes U.S. Freeski Rookie rider Bella Bacon, plus Alex Thisted, Kathryn Gray, and Elaina Krusiewski. On the men’s side, it’s U.S. Freeski Rookie skier Troy Podmilsak, Matt Labaugh and Colby Johnson. 

Snowboard Slopestyle & Big Air

Snowboard slopestyle qualifications kick off on Wednesday, March 9th, followed by slopestyle finals on Thursday. Then it’s on to big air qualifications on Saturday and big air finals on Sunday. 

The U.S. women’s snowboard field is stacked with Kaitlyn Adams, Alyssa Moroco, Veda Hallen, Rebecca Flynn and Ella Sorensen for the girls. The deep men’s field includes U.S. Snowboard Rookie rider Fynn Bullock-Womble, Lucas Ferry, Evan Wrobel, Jaxson Moon, Hayden Tyler and Brooklyn DePriest. 

U.S. Snowboard slopestyle coach Eric Beauchemin and Nichole Mason will be on hand to help guide these riders.