Landmark Podiums for McDonald and Lemley in Alpe d’Huez
Cole McDonald scored his first career World Cup podium, finishing third, and Elizabeth Lemley took her first individual moguls World Cup podium, also in third place, in Alpe d’Huez, France.
McDonald had been dancing around the podium, finishing eighth, fifth and fourth between the first three races of the season in Ruka, Finland and Idra Fjall, Sweden, and finally secured his first ever World Cup podium in Alpe d’Huez.
Lemley continues to be on a roll, having threatened the podium for the last year before bursting onto it in Idra Fjall when she won her first World Cup in dual moguls. She quickly followed up that result with another podium, scoring third in Friday’s individual moguls event in France. She threw a cork 7 grab to cork 7—an impressive trick for the 16-year-old skier.
Jakara Anthony of Austria won for the women with Perrine Laffont of France in second. Ikuma Horishima of Japan was first for the men and Mikael Kingsbury of Canada was second.
The team stacked in women into the top 10, with Jaelin Kauf in sixth, Tess Johnson in seventh and Alli Macuga in 10th. Olivia Giaccio finished 16th. Kasey Hogg was just out of finals in 17th.
The men's team was also strong, with last week’s double podium star Nick Page taking fifth and Dylan Walcyzk in eighth. Landon Wendler just missed qualifying for finals and took 19th. Ian Beauregard was 43rd and Charlie Mickel 49th.
The team moves on to Sunday’s dual moguls competition before taking a holiday break.