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Masters Welcomes Coaches with a Complementary Membership

By Lauren Beckos
December, 15 2022
Willy Camp Coaches at the Masters Summer Fun Nationals Race on Mt. Hood
Willy Camp Coaches at the Masters Summer Fun Nationals Race on Mt. Hood

Starting this 2022-2023 season, all U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine Coaches will have a complementary Alpine Master membership automatically added to their account. Thank you for your hard work and dedication in your sport! We hope you will check out the Masters 2022-2023 Schedules for All Divisions and join us for a race.

There are many benefits to participating in a masters race as a coach:

  • Participation in one masters race earns you 2 continuing education credits. This can be used once every two years. Submit using the continuing education request form after the race. See the framework instructions for more information about continuing ed credits that you are required to get to maintain a current coach's certification.
  • Practice what you preach. Doing what you teach your athletes gives you insights that you don't get from the sidelines. It is informative, valuable, and makes you a better coach.
  • It’s YOU time! Have fun! Remember how exhilarating it is to feel the speed, rhythm, and adrenaline of a ski race. Reconnect with why you first fell in the love with alpine ski racing.
  • Set a course and then get to race it! Contact the masters event organizer to see if a course-setter is needed if you would like to set. (The masters course-setting matrix is available here.)
  • No special gear needed besides a FIS-legal helmet! Masters do not have ski requirements. Throw down on those cheater GS skis or any other skis you've got in your quiver that you love!

Masters racing provides opportunities for adults of all ages and abilities to compete against their peers in alpine ski races across the United States. Masters is a multi-generational, passionate, fun-loving group. Come for the races, stay for the life-long friendships and love of the sport.

For more information about the Masters group in your area:

Division    Website
Central Division    midwestmasters.org
Eastern Division (New England)    nemsracing.org
Eastern Division (Mid-Atlantic)    mamasters.org
Eastern Division (Southern)    saraski.org
 Far West    farwestmasters.org 
Intermountain/Northern    intermountainmasters.org 
Pacific Northwest    pnwdivision.org/masters 
 Rocky    rmmskiracing.org  

 

For more information regarding the Masters program please visit usskiandsnowboard.org/masters.

Sustainability

U.S. Ski & Snowboard, a national and global leader in snow sports, is committed to addressing climate change and stewarding sustainability of winter sports. Millions globally are inspired by winter sports and enjoy healthy, active lifestyles in winter environments. Climate change threatens our winter environments with receding glaciers, rising sea levels, volatile weather cycles and less snowfall.

Wright Top 15 in World Championships Alpine Combined

By Sierra Ryder
February, 6 2023
Bella Wright Skis the Super-G in Alpine Combined
Bella Wright Skis to a top 15 in the Alpine Combined Event at World Championships (CC: Getty Images)

Isabella Wright lead the way for the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team squad in the 2023 World Championships alpine combined event on Monday with a 13th place.  The alpine combined event consisting of one super-g run and one slalom run.

“I think with my Super G run it kind of started off with over skiing and some mistakes,” said Wright. “But I think at the end of the day, I'm happy I made it to the finish line and was able to get a top to bottom run and experience this track for Wednesday's race.”

After the first run, Mikaela Shiffrin was sitting in the fourth fastest spot. Several racers did not choose to ski the slalom portion, thus bumping Shiffrin from sixth to fourth. For the slalom run, Shiffrin was sending it, but got off her groove towards the bottom of the run, causing her to straddle and be disqualified.

“For me, my run felt very good, it was everything I wanted to do in a slalom run, and of course it is disappointing not to finish,” said Shiffrin. “In the end it’s the World Championships, you go for gold and sometimes it doesn’t work out.”

The winner of the alpine combined went to Italian skier Frederica Brignone with a 1.62 advantage over second place Swiss skier Wendy Holdener.  Third place went to Austrian skier Ricarda Haaser.  

Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team members Breezy Johnson and Tricia Mangan also raced but did not finish the super-g run.

The women will now have a downhill training run on Feb. 7th and a super-g on Feb. 8th. The men will now compete in the alpine combined on the Courchevel track Feb. 7th.

RESULTS

Women's alpine combined

HOW TO WATCH

Tuesday, Feb. 7

5:00 a.m. - men's combined (super-G) - Peacock, skiandsnowboard.live

8:30 a.m. - men's combined (slalom) - Peacock, skiandsnowboard.live

 

U.S. Ski & Snowboard, Kappa, POW Launch Climate Change-Themed Race Suit at Alpine World Championships 

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
February, 6 2023
Climate Suit
U.S. Ski & Snowboard, Kappa and Protect Our Winters launch a climate change-themed speed suit. (Kappa)

COURCHEVEL, France, February 6, 2023 - U.S. Ski & Snowboard, in partnership with Kappa and Protect Our Winters (POW) announce a race suit designed to elevate climate change as a priority for snowsports. The Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team will wear the suit in front of the world during the 2023 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in Meribel-Courchevel, France Feb. 6-19, 2023.

Climate change is an existential threat to the future of skiing. In the 2022-23 winter alone, teams around the world have seen the devastating effects of a warming climate with canceled races due to lack of snow, tracks made entirely of machine-made snow and athletes racing in 50-degree temperatures in the middle of winter. A warming winter is one of the biggest threats as athletes and fans look at the future of snowsports. 

U.S. Ski & Snowboard partnered with POW, a leading nonprofit organization advocating for systemic solutions to climate change, and Kappa, the team uniform partner, to bring to life a unique vision of climate change on the athletes’ speed suits. 

travis ganong
Travis Ganong shares the newest Kappa suit, a collaboration with Protect Our Winters. (Kappa)

“From the initial vision and concept to the product in hand, we at U.S. Ski & Snowboard, POW and Kappa have created a suit that represents and brings attention to a warming climate,” said Sophie Goldschmidt, President and CEO of U.S. Ski & Snowboard. “Although a race suit is not solving climate change, it is a move to continue the conversation and show that U.S Ski & Snowboard and its athletes are committed to being a part of the future.”

The race suit is designed by Kappa and produced in Italy with 100% Italian fabrics in a factory certified in terms of environmental sustainability. "We are proud, as the Official Technical Sponsor of U.S. Ski & Snowboard, to be part of this initiative in support of POW and its fight against the climate change crisis," says Lorenzo Boglione, Vice Chairman of BasicNet S.p.A. The race suit features large chunks of icebergs sailing in the ocean, based off a satellite photograph of an expanse of ice breaking due to high temperatures. The design draws attention to the importance of taking a global view of the present-day situation.

The suit also bears a POW logo on the neck, showcasing the importance of the organization in U.S. Ski & Snowboard and Kappa’s fight against the warming climate, as well as an illustration of the POW snowflake logo on the leg.

“POW and U.S. Ski & Snowboard are aligned on the urgency of uniting the snowsports industry and community on meaningful advocacy on climate,” said POW Executive Director Mario Molina. “This World Championships suit designed by Kappa makes a statement that athletes, brands and winter enthusiasts worldwide can get behind. By coming together, we can educate and mobilize our snowsports community to push for the clean energy technologies and policies that will most swiftly reduce emissions and protect the places we live and the lifestyles we love.”

“As a POW Alliance member for the last few years, it's really cool to partner with the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team through POW to wear these Kappa speed suits for the 2023 FIS World Championships,” said Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team racer Travis Ganong. “These will help bring awareness to climate change and melting glaciers and shrinking snowpacks around the globe and how that affects our sport directly. We’ve had so many canceled races this year so it's definitely happening in real time as we speak.”

The Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team will wear the suits throughout the World Championships. Suits will be sold at auction after the World Championships with proceeds going to POW. 

About Kappa®
Kappa® is one of the brands owned by BasicNet SpA, an Italian company that also owns Robe di Kappa®, Jesus Jeans®, K-Way®, Superga®, Sabelt®, Briko® and Sebago®, leading clothing, footwear and accessories brands for sport and leisure. BasicNet operates worldwide through a network of entrepreneurs who, under license, produce or distribute products with the Group’s trademarks. BasicNet provides these companies with research and development, product industrialization and global marketing services. All business processes take place solely via the internet, which makes BasicNet a “fully web integrated company”. BasicNet, based in Turin, has been listed on the Italian Stock

About U.S. Ski & Snowboard
U.S. Ski & Snowboard is the Olympic National Governing Body (NGB) of ski and snowboard sports in the USA, based in Park City, Utah. Tracing its roots directly back to 1905, the organization represents nearly 200 elite skiers and snowboarders in 2022, competing in seven teams; alpine, cross country, freeski, freestyle, snowboard, nordic combined, and ski jumping. In addition to fully funding the elite teams, U.S. Ski & Snowboard also provides leadership and direction for tens of thousands of young skiers and snowboarders across the USA, encouraging and supporting them in achieving excellence. By empowering national teams, clubs, coaches, parents, officials, volunteers, and fans, U.S. Ski & Snowboard is committed to the progression of its sports, athlete success, and the value of team. For more information, visit www.usskiandsnowboard.org.

About Protect Our Winters (POW)
Protect Our Winters is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps passionate outdoor people protect the places and lifestyles they love from climate change. Founded in 2007 by professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones, POW is a community of athletes, scientists, creatives and business leaders advancing non-partisan policies that protect our world today and for future generations. For more information, visit www.protectourwinters.org

For more information, please contact:
Benedetta Beria d’Argentina, Kappa®, beriadargentina@basic.net
Courtney Harkins, U.S. Ski & Snowboard, courtney.harkins@usskiandsnowboard.org
Leigh Capozzi, Protect Our Winters, leigh@protectourwinters.org

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USA Third in Toblach Team Relay

By Leann Bentley
February, 5 2023
relay
Jessie Diggins, Rosie Brennan, Hailey Swirbul and Julia Kern all smiles after clinching third in the Toblach Team Relay. (Nordic Focus)

Another race weekend wraps up for the U.S. Cross Country team with the ever-so-exciting team relay. In the 4x7.5k relay format, both the men and women landed their teams in the top ten with the women leading the team on the podium in third.

It was another sunny day in Toblach, with fans lining the entire course, the vibes were high as they always are on team relay days. “We love relay days, we really do," said Diggins.

The U.S. Cross Country athletes Jessie Diggins, Julia Kern, Hailey Swirbul and Rosie Brennan skied a smart and fast race to end the day in third, while Alayna Sonnesyn, Lauren Jortberg, Sarah Goble and Alex Lawson were seventh. For the men, Finn O’Connell, Kevin Bolger, Hunter Wonders and Scott Patterson put the pieces together to land within the top ten in ninth place.

It was a challenging 7.5k course that allows little rest. With fourteen teams for the men and nine for the women, all athletes were quick out of the start with no signs of slowing down before tagging off their teammate. As the team relay format goes, there were two legs of freestyle and two of classic.

With little room for error, the U.S. teams capitalized on their fast transitions between each racer to post solid results to close out the three day race weekend. “I am so so proud of all of our teams,” said Diggins. “Everyone skied their heart out. It was a really challenging course, especially if you were skiing alone. It was just so much working. Overall, I was really proud of the team today because everyone just pushed the limits.”

Now, everyone will rest before they gear up for the FIS Nordic World Championships in Plancia, Slovenia at the end of February.

RESULTS

Women

Men

Kauf Second, Soar Third at Deer Valley

By Lara Carlton
February, 5 2023
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Jaelin Kauf and Hannah Soar went 2-3 in Dual Moguls in the 2023 Intermountain Health Freestyle International on Feb. 4, 2023. (Steven Kornreich/U.S. Ski Team)

The greatest show on snow did not disappoint, the Americans took two podiums on the final night of the 2023 Intermountain Health Freestyle International at Deer Valley Resort in front of 7,000 fans. Jaelin Kauf and Hannah Soar went two-three in Dual Moguls, a podium combination the two women shared the last time the event was held under the lights in 2020

Kauf battled France’s Perrine Laffont in the Big Final, and pushed with everything she had, but got worked a bit in the middle section and finished the night in second, her 23rd career podium. “Tonight was awesome,” said Kauf. “I was really hoping to take that top spot tonight but I was really happy to be on the podium with my teammate Hannah.”

It was Day Five skiing Champion for those competing and by the end of the night, all competitors were just hoping to hang on for one more run. “After I dueled Hannah, in the finish area, I was worked,” reflected Kauf. “Skating over to the snowmobile was thinking ‘I am so exhausted. Pull it together for this last run.’ It’s a big day out here, skiing five duals and three training runs.”

Kauf and Soar met in the semi-finals for a round of American friendly fire, where Kauf advanced to the Big Final and Soar to the Small. Soar dueled Japan’s Rino Yanagimoto, making it first over the line to claim the third place finish, her first podium of the season and her fifth overall. 

“The magic was just completely back here and it was super awesome to be part of it,” said Soar. “There were parts of me that didn't feel like I had it in me anymore to get through a whole Deer Valley night. It's a lot out there. The course itself is really challenging, so I was just really proud to pull through and get third place with my teammate Jaelin. Deer Valley is a skiers’ course and I’m a skiers’ skier so it was awesome to get to show that off tonight and get back on the podium.”

Seven American women represented the U.S. in Finals: Kauf, Soar, Elizabeth Lemley, Olivia Giaccio, Alli Macuga, Tess Johnson, and Kasey Hogg. Lemley made it through to the Quarter Final round and ended the night in seventh. Olivia finished ninth, Macuga finished 13th, Johnson finished 14th, and Hogg 16th.

August Davis finished 23rd, Kylie Kariotis finished 29th and Lulu Shaffer 30th. 

Cole McDonald was the lone American to qualify for Finals. He met Canada’s Elliot Vaillancourt in that round, but didn’t advance and finished the night in 10th. This was McDonald’s first Dual Mogul World Cup start under the lights in front of his hometown crowd. 

“You can feel the energy from the top,” said McDonald. “Even though I didn't cross that line first I could feel the roar of the crowd. I remember standing as close to the front [of this event] trying to get a view, and now being out in the front and being on that big screen and having everybody know my name and having everybody see me up there just feels so amazing.”

Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury took his 78th World Cup win, Australia’s Matt Graham finished second and Sweden’s Walter Wallberg finished third. 

Dylan Marcellini finished 17th, Dylan Walczyk finished 18th, Nick Page finished 19th, Landon Wendler finished 20th, Charlie Mickel finished 28th, Ryan Tam finished 38th, Garrett Marley finished 51st, and Peyton Billeisen finished 54th. 

Moguls competes next in Chiesa in Valmalenco Feb. 11.

RESULTS
Women’s Dual Moguls
Men’s Dual Moguls 

 

Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team Announces 2023 World Championships Team

By Sierra Ryder
February, 4 2023
Courchevel
The Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team named 21 athletes to the 2023 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Courchevel/Meribel, France, February 6-19, 2023.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard is pleased to announce the 21 athletes that will represent the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team at the 2023 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Courchevel/Meribel, France, February 6-19, 2023.

The team is highlighted by the most decorated American athlete in World Alpine Ski Championships history, Mikaela Shiffrin, who has 11 World Championship medals. Shiffrin is also an 85-time World Cup winner—the winningest woman alpine skier in history. Shiffrin has had a tremendous season with 11 victories and 15 podiums across three disciplines this season, already clinching a record seventh World Cup slalom title.

This year’s World Championships team features multiple World Cup podium finishes across the team, including Paula Moltzan with her second place in Semmering, Austria, and Travis Ganong who scored a third place on the famous Kitzbühel, Austria downhill. Shiffrin and Moltzan went 1-2 in the Semmering night slalom, the first time Americans have gone 1-2 in a technical race since 1971. Ganong achieved a career goal of a podium on the Hahnenkamm.

Beijing 2022 Olympic silver medalist Ryan Cochran-Siegle is also on the roster after multiple top-10 results in the speed events this season. Plus, Nina O’Brien continues her impressive comeback from an injury sustained in Beijing, recently throwing it into the top 10 in giant slalom. They’ll be joined by Breezy Johnson, who is on the rise after her knee injury last season that kept her sidelined for the Olympics. Johnson has had several top 10 results in downhill this comeback season.

“This season has already been a tremendous season for the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team with Mikaela Shiffrin’s historic wins, Paula Moltzan’s consistency, and our men’s speed showing very strong results on one of the most difficult speed tracks on the circuit,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine Director Patrick Riml. “I am confident that these named athletes will continue to achieve a high level of performance on the World Championships stage bringing home medals across a variety of events.”

“This year’s Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team is the definition of success, resilience and teamwork,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard CEO Sophie Goldschmidt. “We are proud of what they have accomplished to make the World Championships, and can’t wait to see the success that lies ahead for them in France.”

This year’s World Championships event will be split between Courchevel and Meribel, with the men racing in Courchevel and the women in Meribel. Fans can follow all of the action in France on NBC, CNBC, Peacock and skiandsnowboard.live, with the NBC family broadcast presented by Stifel.

 2023 FIS SKI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM
(Name, hometown, ski club, birthdate, past World Championship teams)
*Denotes first World Championships team

Women’s Team:

  • Katie Hensien (Redmond, Wash.; Rowmark Ski Academy/University of Denver; 12/1/1999; 2021)
  • Breezy Johnson (Victor, Idaho; Rowmark Ski Academy; 1/19/1996; 2017, 2021)
  • Tricia Mangan* (Buffalo, N.Y.; Holimont Race Team, Dartmouth; 3/7/1997)
  • Paula Moltzan (Prior Lake, Minn.; Buck Hill Ski Team/Ski & Snowboard Club Vail/University of Vermont; 4/7/1994; 2015, 2019, 2021)
  • Nina O’Brien (San Francisco, Calif.; Burke Mountain Academy/Palisades Tahoe Ski Team; 11/29/1997; 2019, 2021)
  • Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.; Burke Mountain Academy/Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 3/13/1995; 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021)
  • Ava Sunshine* (Edwards, Colo.; Burke Mountain Academy; 6/20/2002)
  • Isabella Wright (Salt Lake City, Utah; Snowbird Sports Education Foundation; 2/10/1997; 2021)

 Men’s Team:

  • Erik Arvidsson* (Woodside, Calif.; Palisades Tahoe Ski Team/Bear Valley Education Foundation, Middlebury College; 9/3/1996)
  • Bryce Bennett (Tahoe City, Calif.; Palisades Tahoe Ski Team; 7/14/1992; 2017, 2019, 2021)
  • Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, Vt.; Cochran’s/Mount Mansfield Ski & Snowboard Club; 3/27/1992; 2013, 2017, 2019)
  • Tommy Ford (Bend, Ore.; Mt. Bachelor Ski Education Foundation; 3/20/1989; 2011, 2015, 2017, 2019)
  • Travis Ganong (Olympic Valley, Calif.; Palisades Tahoe Ski Team; 7/14/1988; 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021)
  • Jared Goldberg (Holladay, Utah; Snowbird Sports Education Foundation; 6/15/1991; 2015, 2017, 2021)
  • Sam Morse* (Carrabassett Valley, Maine; Carrabassett Valley Academy, Dartmouth; 5/27/1996)
  • Brian McLaughlin* (Topsfield, Mass.; GMVS, Dartmouth, Global Racing; 6/24/1993)
  • Kyle Negomir* (Littleton, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Dartmouth; 10/3/1998)
  • River Radamus (Edwards, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 2/12/1998; 2021)
  • Ben Ritchie (Waitsfield, Vt.; Green Mountain Valley School; 9/5/2000; 2021)
  • Jett Seymour (Steamboat, Colo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club/University of Denver; 11/5/1998; 2021)
  • Luke Winters (Gresham, Ore.; Sugar Bowl Academy; 4/2/1997; 2021)

2023 FIS World Ski Championships Live Coverage Presented by Stifel Schedule

All times EST
Check local listings, subject to change.

Monday, Feb. 6
5:00 a.m. - women's combined (super-G) - Peacockskiandsnowboard.live
8:30 a.m. - women's combined (slalom) - Peacockskiandsnowboard.live

Tuesday, Feb. 7
5:00 a.m. - men's combined (super-G) - Peacockskiandsnowboard.live
8:30 a.m. - men's combined (slalom) - Peacockskiandsnowboard.live

Wednesday, Feb. 8
5:30 a.m. - women's super-G - Peacockskiandsnowboard.live

Thursday, Feb. 9
5:30 a.m. - women's super-G - Peacockskiandsnowboard.live

Saturday, Feb. 11
5:00 a.m. - women's downhill - Peacockskiandsnowboard.live
2:30 p.m. - women's super-G - NBC* 

Sunday, Feb. 12
5:00 a.m. - men's downhill - Peacockskiandsnowboard.live
3:00 p.m. - men's downhill - NBC*

Tuesday, Feb. 14
6:15 a.m. - mixed team parallel slalom - Peacockskiandsnowboard.live
11:00 a.m. - men's and women's parallel slalom - Peacockskiandsnowboard.live

Wednesday, Feb. 14
6:00 a.m. - men's and women's parallel slalom - Peacockskiandsnowboard.live

Thursday, Feb. 16
4:00 a.m. - women's giant slalom (run 1) - Peacockskiandsnowboard.live
7:30 a.m. - women's giant slalom (run 2) - Peacockskiandsnowboard.live

Friday, Feb. 17
4:00 a.m. - men's giant slalom (run 1) - Peacockskiandsnowboard.live
7:30 a.m. - men's giant slalom (run 2) - Peacockskiandsnowboard.live

Saturday, Feb. 18
4:00 a.m. - women's slalom (run 1) - Peacockskiandsnowboard.live
7:30 a.m. - women's slalom (run 2) - Peacockskiandsnowboard.live
2:30 p.m. - women's giant slalom - NBC*

Sunday, Feb. 19
4:00 a.m. - men's slalom (run 1) - Peacockskiandsnowboard.live
7:30 a.m. - men's slalom (run 2) - Peacockskiandsnowboard.live
3:00 p.m. - women's slalom - NBC*

*encore presentation 

Mastro and Blackwell Third in Mammoth

By Leann Bentley
February, 4 2023
Maddie Mastro
Maddie Mastro competes in the halfpipe at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain.

Maddie Mastro and Chase Blackwell put down solid runs to land on the podium to close out the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain.

On another windy day in Mammoth, the athletes descended into the pipe in-between wind gusts to put on a show for the fans. Mastro led the women by finishing in third and Blackwell was on the podium for the first time in his career, also in third. 

At the bottom of the pipe, with Mastro's friends holding cutouts of her face, the cheers were loud for the Mammoth local. With three runs through the pipe, Mastro put together a solid run including her signature double crippler and scored in the 80's to land herself next to second place finisher Xuetong Cai of China and the winner of the day, Ono Mitsuki of Japan. 

Mastro was the only U.S. Snowboard Team athlete that competed in finals but earlier in the week several athletes dropped into the pipe. U.S. Snowboard Team rookie athlete Sonora Alba qualified in 13th and non-named athletes representing the U.S., Zoe Kalapos, Kinsley White, Lola Cowan, Kaylie Neal and Kaili Shafer all competed. 

For the men, Blackwell stole the show by scoring his best World Cup result of his career. With Valentino Guseli of Australia and Ruka Hirano of Japan in first and second, Blackwell felt what it was like to stand on the podium in front the loud Mammoth crowd. Along with Blackwell in the finals was teammate Jason Wolle, who finished the day in tenth. From qualifications, U.S. Snowboard Team athletes, Joey Okesson, Noah Avallone, Lucas Foster and Levko Fedorowycz all competed. There were several non-named athletes who represented the U.S., including Kade Martin, Elijah Pyle, Ryan Wachendorfer and Huck Palmiter. 

Now, the snowboard teams rest and train before the World Championships in Georgia. 

RESULTS

Women

Men

Despite Fall, Diggins Rallies For Second-Straight Podium in Toblach

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
February, 4 2023
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Jessie Diggins skied to her second-straight podium, finishing second in the 10k freestyle individual start inToblach, Italy Saturday. (© Modica/NordicFocus)

Despite taking a fall, Jessie Diggins skied to her second-straight podium, finishing second in the 10k freestyle individual start FIS Cross Country World Cup in Toblach, Italy, on a sun-baked Saturday.

Racing in alternating slushy, and icy conditions due to the warm-spring-like weather, Rosie Brennen just missed the podium by less than five seconds, finishing fifth. Julia Kern was 10th and Hailey Swirbul was 26th. In the men’s 10k race, Scott Patterson was 14th.

Diggins was pacing herself onto the podium throughout the first of two 5k laps. However, at the start of the second lap, while she was skating down an icy shaded section, she caught her left ski tip on snow just off the side of the track and fell.

“I hit my left knee, honestly really hard, spun around and got back up, and kept going as hard as I could,” Diggins said, racing through the pain and numbness, she was able to maintain her podium pace. “I kind of put it behind me, and I was really proud of how I skied the rest of the course.”

Brennen too was pleased with her effort on the fast, challenging course. “The skiing was mostly very fast with a few wet sections and I wanted to do my best to hold an even pace and push a bit on every section,” Brenna said. “I did this to the best of my ability but ended up on the wrong side of a tight battle for third. I am happy with my focus today and felt that I was able to push hard the whole time so with that I am satisfied with the result.”

Up next, Sunday features a 4x7.5k classic/freestyle team relay. “I hope we see some cooler temps and can get back to winter. But most importantly, it's relay day tomorrow!” Brennen said. 

RESULTS
Women’s 10k freestyle individual start
Men’s 10k freestyle individual start

 

Seymour Seventh, Winters 12th in Chamonix

By Sierra Ryder
February, 4 2023
Two in Top 15 in Chamonix Slalom
Seymour Celebrates his Best Result in Chamonix (CC: Getty Images)

It was an electric day in Chamonix, France with our Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team men putting two in the top 15. Jett Seymour led the men’s team with an incredible first run from bib 59 to 11th place, then he knocked it out of the park on a very tricky course set to ski into second, and ultimately got seventh place. Seymour made a mind blowing 52 bib jump.

“I am so stoked, first World Cup points,” said Seymour. “I have been skiing well the past two years and have not been able to put it together, but I would not be able to do it without my coaches and teammates the past two years.”

Luke Winters also with a solid slalom day in 12th place. Winters moved into the 16th place position after first run. Winters skied solid on his second run and moved up four spots securing a top 15 result.

“It was good to come down into 16th first run, I felt a lot better today skiing,” said Winters. “But so happy for Jett Seymour, first World Cup points ever, awesome.”

The conditions were impeccable in Chamonix on Saturday with the sun shining down, a solid surface for all racers, and a great crowd of fans.  The race was extremely exciting not only for Seymour, but also for a former Stifel U.S. Ski Team member, AJ Ginnis. He went from bib 45 to his first ever podium in second place. This is also the first podium for the country of Greece, who Ginnis currently represents. First place went to Swiss skier Ramon Zenhaeusern, and third place to Swiss teammate Daniel Yule.

Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team member Ben Ritchie also raced; he did not qualify for a second run.

The slalom men will not focus on the next races at World Championships in Courchevel/Meribel, France, Feb. 6-19th. 

RESULTS

Men's slalom