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Macuga, Mickel First on Day One of U.S. Freestyle Selection Events

By Leann Bentley
January, 9 2023
Alli Macuga, Kasey Hogg
Alli Macuga and Kasey Hogg go 1-2 on the first day of Moguls Selections competition in Winter Park, Colo.

The U.S. Freestyle D-Team moguls athletes filled the podium spots for both men and women on the first day of the U.S. Freestyle Selection Events in Winter Park, Colo. Alli Macuga and Charlie Mickel won the day with their teammates right there with them on the podium.

For the men, Mickel "really went for it" and came out on top. On top of the podium in third was fellow National team athlete Dylan Marcellini. "Today definitely went well for qualifiers and finals, I did what I needed to do to get into the next round and it worked out!" said Mickel. "Definitely means a lot to win this event because it's all the top U.S. guys and it feels good to be on top!"

"I want to give a huge thanks to the Winter Park Competition Center for putting up a great event today," said Dylan Marcellini. "The course was awesome, the jumps were great and I was glad to see it!"

On the women's side, four-time NorAm podium and two-time Junior World Championships podium finisher, Macuga, was once again on top to cap off day one. "First, I want to thank everyone here for putting on a great event," Macuga said, post-competition. "Stoked to see the athletes putting down some really good runs and I'm excited to see what they have for the rest of the days to come!" Right there with Macuga was the 2021 U.S. National Moguls Champion, Kasey Hogg in second. 

"It was an awesome day out there," said Hogg. "The course was better than ever this year and we had great competition. Super excited to be here and excited for the rest of the competition!" 

Also on the podium were U.S. club athletes, LuLu Shaffer in third for the women and Landon Wendler in second for the men. 

The U.S. Freestyle Selection Events are used to qualify skiers to earn starts in the U.S. World Cups and the NorAm competitions. The top regional mogul and dual mogul athletes from the U.S. Ski & Snowboard member clubs, along with athletes from Australia, Japan, The Netherlands, Italy, and the U.S. Freestyle Team are in Winter Park to compete. 

Competition resumes on Wednesday, Jan. 11 for the moguls event, followed by dual moguls on Thursday, Jan. 12.