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Gold Takes Second at Dew Tour Halfpipe

By Carly Margulies
February, 26 2023
Taylor Gold stands on the podium in second at the Dew Tour (Getty Images)
Taylor Gold stands on the podium in second at the Dew Tour (Getty Images)

On a flat light day at Copper Mountain, Colo., Dew Tour held its second day of events, including the men's snowboard halfpipe finals. 2x Olympian, and 2x Copper Mountain Toyota U.S. Grand Prix winner, Taylor Gold, stomped his fourth and final run to secure a second place finish. Japanese rider Ayumu Hirano took home the win, along with teammate Raibu Katayama who placed third. 

Gold earned a silver medal with a score of 91.33 with a run that included a McTwist, into a front 1260 tail grab, into a double chuck 1080 melon grab to indie grab switch up, into an air to fakie melon grab, into a cab 1080 with a roast beef grab. After falling on his first three of four runs, Gold was relieved to finally put one down when it counted most. 

"Conditions out in the pipe today were surprisingly really good," said Gold. "It was forecasted to not be so nice today, so we got super lucky and it ended up being somewhat sunny. The pipe was running good too, so it was ideal." 

Gold reflected on his accomplishments. "I'm really stoked on getting second," said Gold. "It was kind of nice because it just felt a lot more mellow this year, just a little bit more loose and fun. The vibes at the top of the pipe were a lot more enjoyable versus last year where it was really intense. It felt really good to put one down at the end, as I was kind of struggling to land one during my first three runs. I was just happy to land one!"

Following his second place finish in the halfpipe event, Gold strapped back into his board and headed to the top for the superpipe jam cash event. The snow was coming down hard at this point, but the athletes were still catching big airs up to 22 feet high. 

Up next, Gold plans on going on a road trip with his filmer to find deep powder. 

Men's Halfpipe

Diggins, Kern Team Up and Win Bronze at Worlds

By Leann Bentley
February, 26 2023
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Jessie Diggins and Julia Kern celebrate their bronze medal at World Championships in the team sprint. (Nordic Focus)

Jessie Diggins and Julia Kern teamed up for the freestyle team sprint at World Championships and took home the bronze medal. With new snow coating the Julian Alps, both men and women put forward their fastest sprinters for the team sprint. On the same 1.4km course from the classic sprint two days prior, today’s race featured a qualification round and 3x1.4km final round. With over 34 teams in the qualification for the men and 26 for the women, both athletes' qualifying times combined together decided the 15 teams that would move onto the final.

Thorough the qualification round, the women representing the red, white and blue came out on top, qualifying first with their combined time. Diggins and Kern, both feeling strong and ready, put the pieces together and had forward momentum with their number one spot for the afternoon race. For the men, Ben Ogden and JC Schoonmaker teamed up. Earlier in the week, Schoonmaker was top ten in the 1.4km classic sprint, finishing the day in ninth place - teamed up, the young but strong duo skied a fast and technically sound sprint race and ended the qualifications within the top three.

With thousands of fans once again filling the grand stands on all sides of the stadium, the atmosphere was filled with cheers that could be heard miles away. The course was slow at the start but the more athletes skied over the track, the faster it became. When it came to race time, everyone was ready. With qualifications deciding the 15 teams moving onto the final, the U.S. teams were a definite threat. 

Diggins and Kern led the final race until the last lap. With both women skiing three laps of the 1.4km lap, the strategy was to stay out of trouble, ski smart and fast and compete for your team and your relay-mate. “I really truly feel like we earned a medal,” said Diggins. “It’s not like we lost a gold, rather we earned a bronze! We earned the right to be proud of a really hard race and even if there was no medal we went out there and prepared and supported each other and believed and skied a good, hard, honest race and that is what makes me proud!”

For Kern, this was her first-ever World Championships podium.

“It’s really exciting (bringing home a medal to the United States),” said Kern. “I think it is really exciting. I think we are growing the sport the best we can in the U.S. and we hope that this inspires people back home and keeps developing our sport in the U.S. to become bigger and bigger!”

On the 10 year anniversary of the team sprint medal in Val di Fiemme, the U.S. women put the pieces together to bring home another team sprint medal and this time, with Kern and Diggins. 

“I love team sprinting,” said Diggins. “Any time you race for the team as a whole, you really bring your best and that is what we did today. It was really special.”




Johnson Top 15 in Crans Montana Downhill

By Sierra Ryder
February, 26 2023
Breezy Johnson skis through tough downhill conditions (Getty Images)

Breezy Johnson led the way for the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team in the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup downhill in Crans Montana, Switzerland. The event was scheduled to go off the day before, but was canceled due to weather and pushed to Sunday.

“Conditions were tough running early,” said Johnson. “We kept having start stops, which is a lot of hurry up and wait.”

Johnson has been recovering this season, after injuring her knee prior to the 2022 Olympics, and was excited to have scored a solid result. 

“I'm happy that I kept the focus going. I feel like I didn't ski my best today but I'm really happy to still be in the top 15 and feel like I'm still pushing forward,” said Johnson.

Italian skier Sofia Goggia snagged her fifth downhill win for the season. Second place went to fellow Italian Federica Brignone, and third place went to first time podium finisher Laura Gauche of France, who started bib 26.

Tricia Mangan, Lauren Macuga and Keely Cashman raced, finishing in 30th, 36th and 40th place, respectively. Bella Wright did not finish.

The next series for women’s speed will be in Kvitfjell, Norway, March 1-5.

Women's downhill

Back-to-Back Silver for Kauf at World Championships

By Lara Carlton
February, 26 2023
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USA celebrates Jaelin Kauf's double silver medals at the 2023 FIS World Ski Championships in Bakuriani, Georgia. (Mike Page - ID One)

Jaelin Kauf is silver again at the Freestyle World Ski Championships in Bakuriani, Georgia, after taking the second spot in dual moguls. Kauf left nothing on the snow and gave it her all in the big final, battling France’s Perrine Laffont until the end. 

“That last run against Perrine was [the most fun] I’ve had in such a long time,” she said. “I could just tell we were neck-and-neck the whole way down. That’s exactly what you want for one and two.

“To be on the podium two days back to back made for a really fun World Champs and event here in Bakuriani. I was definitely going for the gold both days but I’ll settle for second. I wanted to just go out and ski my run all day and leave nothing out there, and I didn’t.”

Sunday’s medal makes four career World Championships medals for the 26 year old. It was a podium repeat of Saturday with Laffont taking gold and Austria’s Avital Carroll with the bronze. 

Hannah Soar had a grueling bracket, dueling every other American woman to make it to the small final. She met Olivia Giaccio in the round of 16 and Elizabeth Lemley in the quarterfinals. 

“We qualified 2, 3, 4, 5 yesterday so arguably some of the hardest people to duel in the event, regardless of it being team versus team,” Soar commented. “I was excited to lay down those first two duels with Olivia and Liz and have them lay down their great runs too. Definitely nail-biters.”

Soar went against Carroll in the small final for the battle of the bronze but didn’t have the speed to ski over the line first, and ended the day in fourth - her career-best World Championships result. 

“Versus Avital, I gave it my all but was just a little too slow to pull off that bronze today,” said Soar. “But it was exciting to be out there and I definitely gave it my best. And I had a whole cheering squad here from Vermont, and it was awesome to make the final four with them here.”

Lemley ended the day in fifth in her dual moguls World Championships debut and Giaccio placed ninth - topping her best World Champs finish from Saturday. 

Nick Page was the top American man, ending the day in seventh - his career best World Championships finish. Page bested Finland’s Simi Salonen in the round of 16 but met Australia’s Matt Graham in the quarterfinals. It was a tight duel but Graham advanced, and eventually went on to earn bronze. Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury won, making history with his sixth consecutive World Championships gold, remaining undefeated in World Championship competition since 2019. Sweden’s Walter Wallberg took silver. 

Dylan Marcellini finished 12th in his dual moguls World Championships debut. Dylan Walczyk finished 18th and Cole McDonald finished 21st in his first dual moguls World Championships.

Moguls now breaks until World Cup Finals in Kazakhstan in March. 

Women’s Dual Moguls
Men’s Dual Moguls

Kim Podiums in Dew Tour Halfpipe

By Carly Margulies
February, 25 2023
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Bea Kim celebrates her podium at the Dew Tour. (Getty IMages)

At the first day of Dew Tour, U.S. Snowboard Team rookie team member Bea Kim secured her first ever pro-level podium at her first time competing in the Dew Tour halfpipe, landing in third place.

"This event means a lot to me because it's Dew Tour and it's just something in the snowboarding industry that I have looked up to since I was a little girl," said Kim. "It is insane to be here for my first time and to land on the podium. I just tried to put down a run and have fun, and it worked out!"

It was a beautiful day at Copper Mountain with a little breeze, and athletes lauded the pipe. Gaon Choi of South Korea was first and Patti Zhou, at only 11 years old, was second. U.S. Snowboard Team's Sonny Alba was fourth and Summer Fenton was fifth.

"Last year I was injured during the Dew Tour, so I was happy to land my run," said Alba. "The pipe was perfect!"

Women's halfpipe

Wise Second, Blunck Third at Dew Tour Halfpipe

By Carly Margulies
February, 25 2023
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David Wise and Aaron Blunck stand on the podium in second and third at the Dew Tour. (Getty Images)

On a bluebird, pristine day, Dew Tour held its first event: the men's freeski halfpipe finals, where 2x Olympic gold medalist David Wise took second and teammate Aaron Blunck was third. Canadian Brendan Mackay took the win.

Wise earned his silver medal with a score of an 87.00 with a run that included a switch right 900 tail grab, into a switch double 1080 Japan grab, into right 900 tail grab, into a left double 1260 mute grab, and ending it off with a right double 1260 mute grab. After landing his first of four runs, Wise said, "I have three more runs to go; I don't know what to do next." Thankfully for him, this run secured him into that second place for the entirety of the event. 

Wise now flies to the Bakuriani World Championships tonight. "I like when the competition schedule is tight like this, because it gives me a little less time to overthink things," said Wise. "It's like, alright, we're going to show up and there is one day of practice, there's the finals, then we're going to get on an airplane to go to Georgia. Then there is one day of practice in Georgia, then there's qualifiers, and then were going to take a day off, and then there's finals. It just goes boom, boom, boom.

"I kind of excel in that chaotic environment, maybe because I'm a parent and I have raised children. So, I am stoked. I really was just happy that the sun was out and that the pipe was nice today. So to put down some solid runs felt good!"

Blunck claimed his third place with a score of an 84.00 with a run that included a right 1080 tail grab, into a switch down the pipe double cork 900, into a switch right 700, into a left double cork 900, and ending the run off with a right double cork 1260 tail grab. 

"Conditions out here today in Copper were all time," said Blunck. "It was a beautiful, bluebird day. It has been a busy week up here at Copper, so we're stoked. To finish my season off with a podium is huge for me. It's been a really rough season battling injuries, so it is nice to have one finish on top and now go finish the season skiing in deep snow and build some jumps."

Alex Ferreira just finished off the podium in fourth with a score of an 82.33. Hunter Hess placed sixth with a 70.66 and rookie team member Matt Labaugh placed seventh in his first ever Dew Tour appearance. 

Men's halfpipe

Steffey Top American in Stifel Palisades Tahoe Cup Giant Slalom

By Courtney Harkins
February, 25 2023
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George Steffey celebrates his first World Cup points at the Stifel Palisades Tahoe Cup. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Steve Kornreich)

An enormous crowd showed up to the Stifel Palisades Tahoe Cup to watch the best men tech racers in the world race the first Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup at Palisades Tahoe since 2017. George Steffey was the top U.S. man in the giant slalom, scoring his first career World Cup points in 21st place.

Marco Schwarz of Austria won the race in a thrilling fashion, with 2022 overall World Cup winner and first run winner Marco Odermatt just missing a victory by .03 seconds and finishing second. Rasmus Windingstad of Norway was third.

An enormous storm dropped two feet of fresh powder on Palisades Tahoe Friday, and while it made for a fantastic powder day, it made racing questionable for Saturday. But the course workers labored throughout the night to get the famed Red Dog hill ready for a giant slalom. The California crowd arrived in droves to sunshine and warm temperatures, and the race went off without a hitch.

Steffey, a native of Lyme, New Hampshire and Stratton Mountain School graduate, was 26th after first run and battled a cranker of a second run to take 21st overall. It was his first World Cup points score, having bounced between World Cups and Europa Cups for the last few years. “That’s a huge weight of my shoulders,” said Steffey. “I’ve been trying to crack into the top 30 for a long time—several years now. I’m really psyched to have finally done it and super grateful that the first time was at home. So much energy—I could hear the crowd coming down that last pitch. It was really just an incredible experience.”

Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete River Radamus put down a fast first run, leading the first few splits, but got his arm caught in a panel, which set him down to 18th place. On his second run, he went all out, but took a gate too tight over the pitch and did not finish. “My mentality was to push myself to the limits and see what I get away with,” said Radamus. “The course set and the snow necessitated charging to succeed today. I was happy with my mentality first run—I laid it all there; I wasn’t skiing conservatively. I felt like I was doing the same second run. Obviously the results aren’t what I want, but I have to understand that’s the risk of pushing it as hard as I can.”

The U.S. men were thrilled to be in front of the home crowd and racing on home snow in front of friends and family, even if second runs didn’t happen for everyone. Patrick Kenney and Brian McLaughlin did not qualify for second run. Tommy Ford went down hard on his first run and did not finish. He is OK.

The race also marked the first public Stifel Bibbo Award, an award given to the racer that moved up most in the ranks. Belgian skier Sam Maes took home the win and a monetary award after moving up from bib 37 to 14th place.

The men gear up for slalom on Sunday to wrap up the tech weekend at home. Watch the race LIVE on Outside for free starting at 12:30 p.m. ET. 

Men’s giant slalom

(all times ET)

February 26, 2023
12:30 p.m. - men's slalom, run 1 - LIVE on Outside+
1:00 p.m. - men's giant slalom - NBC*
4:15 p.m. - men's slalom, run 2 - LIVE on Outside+

March 4, 2023
10:00 a.m. - men's slalom - CNBC*

*delayed broadcast

Four in the Top 30 in 15km Skiathlon

By Leann Bentley
February, 25 2023
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Sydney Palmer-Leger skis the skate portion of the 15km skiathlon at the 2023 World Championships. (Nordic Focus)

Four U.S. women were in the top 30 for the 15kmsSkiathlon at the 2023 World Championships. With 7.5km of classic to start the race and 7.5km of skate to bring it home, the field of 50 women skied a fast-paced race on the third race of the championships. 

The forecasted rain and wind held off for race day and instead the glaring sun came out to play, creating a spring skiing-esque feel. Instead of dealing with the rain, athletes and support staff were seen cutting their race suits to t-shirts and shorts to deal with the heat. 

With a mass start, the strong field of women descended onto the first half of the course, which features a long downhill into a technical 180-degree turn at the lowest part of the track. Three classic tracks span the narrow course and, as it goes in mass starts, there was carnage. Unfortunately, on the second lap of the classic course, Rosie Brennan who was leading the entire field of skiers got caught up in the deep, powdery snow and lost a ski, sending her back nearly a minute from the leader. 

"I have never had that happen before," Brennan said. "I had a moment of not knowing what to do. At first I thought maybe my boot just came off the binding, but then I went to pick up my ski and I realized it was the binding. Luckily one of my coaches was there with one of my skis." 

Brennan pushed on with a spare ski. Throughout the next several kilometers and through the transition zone she continued to pick athletes off and move up the ranks to 19th place. 

"I feel like... I am at the World Championships representing my country and I have to give it my best until the very end," said Brennan. 

A highlight of the day was young athlete Sydney Palmer-Leger skiing to a top 20 in her first ever World Championships race. Palmer-Leger has a few World Cup starts to her resume but this was her first time on the World Championships stage. Nerves aside, Palmer Leger led the pack of four U.S. women throughout the entire race and ended the day in 20th place. Aside from a top 20 in her first World Champs, this was her first ever skiathlon for the 21 year old, making her result even more impressive.

“Getting top 20 at my first World Championships was pretty amazing," she said. "I didn’t have any expectations how it was going to go and I just went out there to have some fun and I definitely succeeded!”

Hailey Swirbul skied a consistent race and crossed the finish line in 26th and Sophia Laukli was in the top 30 in 29th. Among the crashes in the first few kilometers, Laukli broke a pole and skied with a reserve pole until lapping through the stadium where a staff member was there with a new one. Despite the broken pole, Laukli skied strong and added another top 30 to her resume. 

Winning the day was Ebba Andersson of Sweden and in second was teammate Frida Karlsson. Astrid Oeyre Slind of Norway was third. 

Now, the women will reset and look forward to the next races. Tomorrow, the men and women will race the team sprint. Watch LIVE on

Women's skiathlon


Sunday, Feb. 26 -

5:30 a.m. ET - Team Sprint, Skate, Men’s and Women’s 

Tuesday, Feb. 28 -

6:30 a.m. ET - 10k, Skate, Women’s 

Wednesday, March 1  -

6:30 a.m. ET - 15k, Skate, Men’s 

Thursday, March 2 -

6:30 a.m. ET - 4x5k Relay, Classic/Skate, Women’s

Friday, March 3 -

6:30 a.m. ET - 4x10k Relay, Classic/Skate, Men’s

Saturday, March 4 -

6:00 a.m. ET - 30k, Classic, Women’s

Sunday, March 5 -

6:00 a.m. ET - 50k, Classic, Men’s 

Silver for Kauf in Moguls World Championships

By Lara Carlton
February, 25 2023
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USA celebrates Jaelin Kauf's silver medal at the moguls FIS World Ski Championships in Bakuriani, Georgia, on Feb. 25. (ID One - Mike Page)

Jaelin Kauf earned her first singles moguls World Championship medal in Bakuriani, Georgia, on Saturday claiming silver. This is her third World Championships medal in the four she’s competed at. Kauf continued her season’s speed streak, skiing the fastest run of the women’s super final round and earning a score of 83.56.

“I’m really stoked,” she said in the finish area. “I was really toying around with the idea of that last one to do cork on the bottom air and really go for that top spot. But I’ve never had a World Champs medal before in singles. I just focused on skiing my same run, putting it down, skiing it fast and nailing those turns.”

Kauf is having a time of a season skiing fast and confidently, and making it look effortless on the bump track.

“I am really focused on my strengths and that’s skiing the speed and executing the jumps that I have to a really high level. I feel like I’m really pushing the sport and it’s really fun, pushing the speed, seeing if I can max it out every event.”

The American women made a statement on Saturday with Kauf, Olivia Giaccio, Hannah Soar and Elizabeth Lemley all qualifying for finals in the first qualification round, going 2, 3, 4, and 5, respectively. World Championship format differs from typical World Cup format in that each athlete has two chances to qualify for finals, which features 18 per gender instead of the usual 12. 

Lemley made her World Championships debut on Saturday, running first out of the gate to kick off the event and setting the tone for the rest of the women. The 17-year-old joined Kauf in the Super Final round, but unfortunately DNFd and finished the day in sixth. 

“I was pretty nervous but I laid down a good run,” Lemley reflected after qualifications. When asked if she liked going first, she answered, “Nope! Hated it.”

In finals Giaccio performed back full to cork 7 and skied a strong middle section, but didn’t quite nail the landing of her bottom air and finished the day in 12th, her career-best World Championships result. Soar finished the day in 8th, her best singles World Championships finish as well. 

France’s Perrine Laffont won her second consecutive World Championship title and Austria’s Avital Carroll rounded out the podium with bronze. 

On the men’s side Nick Page was the lone American to make finals, qualifying eighth in the first qualification round, excusing him from running a second time. In finals Page stomped his top cork 7 grab and skied a strong middle section, but had a mistake in landing his bottom cork 10, and finished the day in 15th - his career-best World Championships finish. 

Dylan Marcellini and Cole McDonald each made their World Championships debuts. Marcellini had a strong first qualification run, coming in 11th, narrowly missing the ninth position cutoff. He took another run, but it wasn’t enough to make it to finals, and he finished the day in 20th. McDonald finished the day in 30th. Dylan Walczyk also competed, and finished in 24th. 

Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury earned his seventh World Championship gold medal, Australia’s Matt Graham took silver and Sweden’s Walter Wallberg took bronze.   

Moguls continues World Championship competition with Duals on Sunday. 

“Same thing for tomorrow,” said Kauf for her game plan. “Focus on the speed, be the first out of the gate and first to cross the finish line, and hopefully move up one place.”

Women's Moguls
Men's Moguls

Patterson Top 20, Wonders Top 30 in Men's 30k Skiathlon

By Leann Bentley
February, 24 2023
Scott Patterson skis in the 30k skiathlon. (Nordic Focus)

Not every day of cross country ski racing can include firm snow with perfect tracks, and today was no exception. Despite the challenging conditions, the U.S. men posted solid results among the strong field in the men's 30k skiathlon, highlighted by a top-20 result from Scott Patterson, who was 19th overall.

The skiathlon race features both techniques - skate and classic. Throughout the 30km of distance, athletes started the first 15km with the classic technique, then transitioned straight to the skate technique for the second 15km. 

For the classic portion of the race, the course led the skiers downhill for the first 1-1.5km. With technical turns at high speeds in a pack of 64 skiers, it was hard not to get tangled up; there were a few significant crashes that led to several broken poles and broken skis. Moving forward, the U.S. men consistently skied within the same pack. Within seconds of each other, Patterson was 18th going into the stadium for the first lap. Wonders and Gus were right behind him in the top 30. At the 6km marker, Patterson dropped back by only a few skiers, again in a large pack and was positioned in 26th, Hunters 30th and Schumacher 35th. 

After the first 15km of classic skiing, all athletes skied through the exchange zone to switch to their skate skis and poles, and began the second half of the race, this time on a new course.

With Simon Hegstad Krueger of Norway leading the way, he eventually put some space between him and his teammate Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, the winner of yesterday's 1.4km individual classic sprint. With the snow getting choppier each lap, the athletes pushed through. 

"This course has some really long working sections and with the snow, it made them even longer," said Schumacher. "I just tried to ski as well as I could, and I finished the race to prove that I can and to keep practicing fighting through." 

At the end of the day, Norway swept the podium. Krueger won, Klaebo was 4.09 seconds behind in second and Roethe was third. For the U.S. Patterson scored a World Championships top-20 result, Wonders was 24th and Schumacher 38th. 

"It was a good race! I skied a very consistent race which I am happy with, with good transitions into skate." said Wonders. "Overall I am happy with the performance!" Teammate Patterson was similar in his post-race response. "Today was fine!" he said. "I never really feel like I could find the top gear but it was a fine start to World Championships but I am definitely looking forward to more racing!" 

Now, the men will have a rest day and the women will race the 15k Skiathlon tomorrow, Feb. 25. 




Saturday, Feb. 25 -

8:00 a.m. ET - 15k Skiathlon, Classic/Skate, Women’s

Sunday, Feb. 26 -

5:30 a.m. ET - Team Sprint, Skate, Men’s and Women’s 

Tuesday, Feb. 28 -

6:30 a.m. ET - 10k, Skate, Women’s 

Wednesday, March 1  -

6:30 a.m. ET - 15k, Skate, Men’s 

Thursday, March 2 -

6:30 a.m. ET - 4x5k Relay, Classic/Skate, Women’s

Friday, March 3 -

6:30 a.m. ET - 4x10k Relay, Classic/Skate, Men’s

Saturday, March 4 -

6:00 a.m. ET - 30k, Classic, Women’s

Sunday, March 5 -

6:00 a.m. ET - 50k, Classic, Men’s