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Silver for Shiffrin in World Championships Slalom

By Courtney Harkins
February, 18 2023
Shiffrin Courchevel
Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates her World Championships silver medal with Laurence St-Germain (gold) and Lena Duerr (bronze). (Getty Images/Agence Zoom - Giovanni Auletta)

Mikaela Shiffrin of the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team won her third medal to finish out the 2023 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Meribel-Courchevel, taking second place and a silver medal in the slalom. It is Shiffrin’s 14th World Championship medal in her career—the most of any alpine skier in the modern era.

Laurence St-Germain, a University of Vermont All-American who races for Canada, continued Canada’s incredible World Champs by winning a gold medal. This was the first time St-Germain has finished in the top five in a World Cup-level ski race and it is the first slalom gold for Canada in 63 years. Laurence started bib 18, finished third after first run and jumped up to the top of the podium after an aggressive second run. Lena Duerr of Germany, a regular on slalom Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup podiums, was third to win her first career World Championship medal.

“Today was incredible,” said Shiffrin. “It was such a joy to race today, especially after the last two weeks and everything that has happened. … I was so happy with my first run and really happy with a lot of sections on my second run. Here and there, I backed off a little bit and it’s not enough for gold. And Laurence—what an exciting day for the Canadian team! Really really happy for them.”

Shiffrin held the lead after first run, but tricky light and deteriorating snow, along with exhaustion following a long two weeks of racing, slowed her down to finish just behind St-Germain in second place.

“For me, it wasn’t the conditions; it was the end of two weeks,” said Shiffrin. “If I’m a little bit tired, I cannot move quick enough in slalom. I can move quick enough, of course, I have a silver medal, but somebody can move faster. I know how I want to ski it, but I didn’t execute it the whole way from top to bottom so it’s not enough for gold. You can lose a second so fast.”

Shiffrin holds more World Champs medals than any athlete in modern alpine skiing history. She broke the record with her gold medal win in the giant slalom on Thursday and continues to build on the record with her 14th medal today. She also has seven World Championship gold medals, which is tied for the record of most gold medals in history.

Katie Hensien, who won a World Championship gold in the team event earlier in the week, finished 26th. “I was really happy about my first run—some mistakes but all in all some solid skiing,” said Hensien. “Second run wasn’t it for me, but I’m happy to take away two runs today. Plus my GS performance, I’m happy I’m taking the right steps forward and it’s showing.”

Rounding out the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team, Nina O’Brien did not finish her first run and Ava Sunshine did not finish the second. Paula Moltzan announced that she would be returning back to the U.S. for surgery after breaking her hand in the team parallel where she won gold and plans to return to the World Cup when she has recovered.

The athletes now head back to the World Cup circuit to finish out the year, with Shiffrin eying Ingemar Stenmark’s record of 86 World Cup wins. Shiffrin currently has 85 wins, one victory shy of the overall record. She is expected to compete next in Kvitfjell, Norway.

The World Championships wraps up tomorrow, Feb. 19, with the men’s slalom. Catch the replay of Shiffrin's gold medal-winning World Championships GS on NBC this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. ET and today's slalom race on NBC tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. ET. 

Women’s slalom

2023 FIS World Ski Championships Live Coverage Presented by Stifel Schedule

All times EST
Check local listings, subject to change.

Saturday, Feb. 18
2:30 p.m. - women's giant slalom - NBC*

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

*encore presentation 

USA Nordic Sport Names 2023 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Teams

By USA Nordic
February, 17 2023
Ski jumper
Casey Larson competes earlier this season. (USA Nordic)

Park City, Utah (February 17, 2023) – The United States will be well represented at the International Ski Federation’s (FIS) Nordic World Ski Championships for Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined. USA Nordic Sport (USANS) has named a total of 17 athletes to compete in the events from February 22 – March 4, 2023, in Planica, Slovenia.

Five men and women qualified to represent the United States in Ski Jumping. It will be the fourth World Championships appearance for Casey Larson (Barrington, Ill.), the third for Andrew Urlaub (Eau Claire, Wis.) and second for Decker Dean (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) and Erik Belshaw (Steamboat Springs, Colo.). Tate Frantz (Lake Placid, N.Y.) will be making his first World Championships appearance. For Women’s Ski Jumping, this will be the second appearance for Annika Belshaw (Steamboat Springs, Colo.), Anna Hoffmann (Madison, Wis.) and Paige Jones (Park City, Utah), while Josie Johnson (Park City, Utah) and Sam Macuga (Park City, Utah) will make their World Championships debut.

Five men and two women qualified to represent the United States in Nordic Combined. It will be the fourth World Championships appearance for Ben Loomis (Eau Claire, Wis.), the third for Jared Shumate (Park City, Utah) and second for Grant Andrews (Steamboat Springs, Colo.). Stephen Schumann (Park City, Utah) and Niklas Malacinski (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) will be making their World Championships debut in Planica. For Women’s Nordic Combined, both Annika Malacinski (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) and Alexa Brabec (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) will be making their second appearance at World Championships.

“I am very proud to announce this years World Championship team. From the women’s side, this has been our most successful season in many years. The team has been working very hard this past year and we’ve been very pleased with the progress they’ve shown in their results,” said USA Nordic Men’s and Women’s Ski Jumping Coach, Anders Johnson. “For Anna, Annika and Paige, this will be their second world championships, while Sam and Josie will get a chance to see what it’s like to compete at World Championships for the first time. Planica has been sort of a ‘home away from home’ for the athletes for many years. So, being able to see the valley filled with fans, family and friends, will be an amazing experience that I’m sure the athletes will remember for their entire lives.”

“We are excited to have these five athletes represent USA Nordic at the World Championships in Planica this month. For the first time in a long time, we have four athletes going into the Championships that have scored World Cup points,” said Men’s Nordic Combined Team Director, Nick Hendrickson. “All of these athletes have been competitive at World Cup this season and our trend is continuing to climb. We are looking forward to both the individual and team events in Planica, including the mixed team relay with the Women’s team, which will be the first time this event is at the Championships. Best of luck to all of the athletes, and we hope to have all our supporters following the events.”

This will be the second World Championships for both Alexa and Annika,” said Women’s Nordic Combined Head Coach, Tomas Matura. “We want to showcase all of the hard work we have been putting in during the past few months. We have had some good results leading up to the Championships, and I hope the athletes can set some new personal bests.”

“The World Championship is the culmination of our season,” said USA Nordic Sport CEO, Adam Provost. “Our coaches and athletes have spent the entire year training for the event. I’m looking forward to seeing all the hard work pay off for our athletes. This should be a great two weeks for Team USA.”

2023 USA Nordic FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Teams

Men’s Ski Jumping
Erik Belshaw, 18, Steamboat Springs, Colo., Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club

Andrew Urlaub, 21, Eau Claire, Wis., Flying Eagles Ski Club

Decker Dean, 22, Steamboat Springs, Colo., Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club

Casey Larson, 24, Barrington, Ill., Norge Ski Club

Tate Frantz, 17, Lake Placid, N.Y., New York Ski Education Foundation 

Women’s Ski Jumping
Annika Belshaw, 20, Steamboat Springs, Colo., Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club

Paige Jones, 20, Park City, Utah, Park City Ski & Snowboard

Josie Johnson, 16, Park City, Utah, Park City Ski & Snowboard

Sam Macuga, 22, Park City, Utah, Park City Ski & Snowboard

Anna Hoffmann, 22, Madison, Wis., Blackhawk Ski Club

Men’s Nordic Combined
Ben Loomis, 24, Eau Claire, Wis., Flying Eagles Ski Club

Jared Shumate, 23, Park City, Utah, Park City Ski & Snowboard

Stephen Schumann, 22, Park City, Utah, Park City Ski & Snowboard

Niklas Malacinski, 19, Steamboat Springs, Colo., Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club

Grant Andrews, 25, Steamboat Springs, Colo., Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club

Women’s Nordic Combined
Annika Malacinski, 21, Steamboat Springs, Colo., Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club

Alexa Brabec, 18, Steamboat Springs, Colo., Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club

2023 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Competition Schedule

Wednesday, February 22nd

Thursday, February 23rd

  • 11:00am EST – FIS Ski Jumping Women’s Individual HS100 Event – Planica, Slovenia, Streaming on

Friday, February 24th

Saturday, February 25th

  • 6:15am EST – FIS Ski Jumping Women’s Team HS100 Event – Planica, Slovenia, Streaming on
  • 11:00am EST – FIS Ski Jumping Men’s Individual HS100 Event – Planica, Slovenia, Streaming on

Sunday, February 26th

  • 11:00am EST – FIS Ski Jumping Mixed Team HS100 Event – Planica, Slovenia, Streaming on

Tuesday, February 28th

Wednesday, March 1st

  • 11:30am EST – FIS Ski Jumping Women’s Individual HS138 Event – Planica, Slovenia, Streaming on

Thursday, March 2nd

Friday, March 3rd

  • 11:30am EST – FIS Ski Jumping Men’s Individual HS138 Event – Planica, Slovenia, Streaming on

Saturday, March 4th

  • 10:30am – FIS Ski Jumping Men’s Team HS100 Event – Planica, Slovenia, Streaming on


About USA Nordic Sport
USA Nordic Sport (USANS) is the National Leadership Organization for the original Olympic disciplines of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined in the United States. Founded in 2007, USANS is a 501 (c)(3) committed to ensuring the survival and success of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined throughout the country. Built by alumni and driven by former athletes, we are focused on growing and promoting our sports while operating international elite team programs with the goal to be the best in the world. USA Nordic “Elite Athletes” represent the best in the country in their sports and compete as a team at the national and international levels. More information on USA Nordic can be found at or its social media channels @usanordic.

Radamus 12th in World Championships Giant Slalom

By Sierra Ryder
February, 17 2023
Radamus Celebrates Second Run
Radamus Celebrates Second Run (CC: Getty Images)

On Friday’s World Championships giant slalom, River Radamus led the way for the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team with a 12th place finish. Radamus notably the third fastest on his second run.

“I was disappointed in my first run, did not feel like I pushed hard enough,” said Radamus. “I realized I had nothing to lose so I laid it all out on my second run.”

First run was very difficult conditions with an extremely icy track and long course, leading to fatigue and mistakes by many skiers causing large gaps from the winning time. Almost five seconds separated first place and 30th.  On second run the time gaps closed a little making room for both Radamus and U.S. skier Brian McLaughlin to make moves up the results list.

The new giant slalom World Champion crown went to Swiss skier Marco Odermatt, who now has two gold medals from these races. Second place went to fellow teammate Loic Meillard and third place went to Austrian skier Marco Schwarz.

Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete Tommy Ford also raced; he did not finish second run.

Now Radamus, Ford and McLaughlin will prepare for the Stifel Palisades Tahoe Cup giant slalom, part of the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup, later this month.

“I am really excited, never raced at Palisades before and I have been missing racing for a home crowd so I can’t wait to go put on a show,” said Radamus.

The final men’s event for World Championships is the slalom on Sunday.


Men's giant slalom


Saturday, Feb. 18

4:00 a.m. - women's slalom (run 1) -

7:30 a.m. - women's slalom (run 2) -

2:30 p.m. - women's giant slalom - NBC*

Sunday, Feb. 19

4:00 a.m. - men's slalom (run 1) -

7:30 a.m. - men's slalom (run 2) -

3:00 p.m. - women's slalom - NBC*

*encore presentation 

2023 Copper Mountain Dew Tour Preview

By Carly Margulies
February, 16 2023
David Wise catching air in the Halfpipe.
The Dew Tour is returning to Copper Mtn, Feb. 24th-25th. (Mike Dawsy)

Next weekend, Copper Mountain Resort in Copper, Colo. will welcome back the best freeskiers and snowboarders for two days of unrivaled competition at the Dew Tour. Skiers and snowboarders from around the world will travel to Copper and compete in various events. Dew Tour kicks off Feb. 24th and goes until Sunday, Feb. 26th. 

This year, 14 U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes were invited to compete in the slopestyle, halfpipe, super streetstyle, and superpipe high air & best trick jam contests. Dew Tours signature super streetstyle competition will be doubled in size this year which will allow for a larger, more diverse athlete pool and gives onsite spectators a better viewing experience. All invited halfpipe competitors will get the chance to compete in the superpipe high air & best trick jam, where they will showcase their amplitude, creativity, and style. 

Olympic gold medalist Alex Hall will be competing in the Dew Tour slopestyle event after having a very successful season thus far, with a silver medal at the Laax Open and multiple top 10 results. Hall will be a great skier to watch out for as he is hungry to add more podiums to his repertoire this season. Joining him will be teammate Colby Stevenson who is coming off of a win at the Kings & Queens of Corbet's in Jackson Hole, Wyo., as well as a gold medal at the Aspen X Games slopestyle event.  

Reigning 2021 Dew Tour gold medalist, Alex Ferriera, will be returning to the halfpipe to claim his title on Saturday, Feb. 25th, along with several teammates who have been around the world competing in World Cups, most recently in Calgary, Canada and Mammoth Lakes, Calif. 

On the snowboard front, Colorado locals Red Gerard and Taylor Gold are set to drop in. Gerard will compete in slopestyle and Gold in halfpipe. U.S. Snowboard Pro Team athlete Sonora Alba will be one of the halfpipe ladies to look out for during this event. Alba's first Dew Tour was back in 2020 which secured her a spot to the U.S. Burton Open and eventually landed her onto the U.S. Pro Snowboard Halfpipe team in 2021. In the 2022-23 season, the snowboarders have competed around the world, most recently in halfpipe and slopestyle contests in Laax, Switzerland, Aspen, Colo., Mammoth Mountain, Cali., and Calgary, Canada. 



  • Alex Hall
  • Colby Stevenson 
  • Aaron Blunk 
  • David Wise
  • Alex Ferreira 
  • Matt Labaugh


  • Red Gerard
  • Kaitlyn Adams
  • Sonny Alba
  • Bea Kim
  • Taylor Gold 
  • Ryan Wachendorfer 


For the most up to date schedule, click here.

Feb 25th, 2023

  • Men's Ski Superpipe Final
  • Women's Snowboard Superpipe Final 
  • Women’s Snowboard Super Streetstyle Qualifier and Final
  • Men’s Ski Super Streetstyle Qualifier and Final

Feb 26th, 2023

  • Men’s Snowboard Superpipe Final
  • Superpipe High Air & Best Trick Jam presented by U.S. Air Force
  • Women’s Ski Super Streetstyle Qualifier and Final
  • Men’s Snowboard Super Streetstyle Qualifier and Final

How to Watch 

Dew Tour (Available with Live Scoring!) 


Slush the Magazine 



Shiffrin World Champion in Giant Slalom

By Courtney Harkins
February, 16 2023
Mikaela Shiffrin Courchevel
Mikaela Shiffrin reacts to winning the World Championships gold in Meribel. (Getty Images/AFP - Alain Grosclaude)

On a sunny day in the French alps, Mikaela Shiffrin of the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team won gold in the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships giant slalom. It is her 13th World Championships medal, securing her the record of the most individual World Championships medals from any skier in the modern era.

Nina O’Brien continued her fantastic World Championships after winning gold in the team event earlier this week, taking 11th place in the GS and a scorching second-fastest time in the second run.

Shiffrin, who has five GS wins on the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup this season, held the lead after the first run by .12 seconds over hometown French skier Tessa Worley. She skied confidently at the top of the run, but a bobble near the finish made the win uncertain. However, when she crossed the line, she had the lead by .19 seconds. Shiffrin gasped at the time, put her head in her hands and lay down in the snow.

Shiffrin had raced the giant slalom on the same track at World Cup Finals last season and had also held first place after first run, but finished in seventh after second run. It made this win that much sweeter.

“I feel really emotional right now," said Shiffrin after the race. “After last year's finals here, I was leading in the first run and the second run in the sun and I lost so much time, I was so sure it was going to be the same thing today. I’ve never been that nervous in my life. I honestly can’t believe it.”

It was Shiffrin’s first ever gold medal in a World Championships giant slalom and her seventh World Champs gold in history; she has gold in four slaloms, a super-G and an alpine combined from previous years. She had medaled in GS in the previous three World Champs, but this was her first win in the event. She had also not won a gold in any of her previous 10 events in the Olympics or World Championships until today.

“The most important thing all season is if I can just focus on really good skiing, so I tried to do the same today,” said Shiffrin, who is just one World Cup win away from becoming the winningest alpine skier of all time. “It was hard today. You get to World Championships and you want the medal so much and you get nervous—and it’s just harder!”

The win also broke the tie she set on February 8 with Norwegian skier Kjetil André Aamodt for the most individual World Championships medals in the modern era with 12 medals. Shiffrin now holds 13—and the record for the most medals. Having only started 16 World Champs races in her career, she has an 81% chance of taking home a medal every time she gets in the start gate.

Behind Shiffrin, Worley fell in her second run in did not finish. Federica Brignone of Italy took the silver and Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway was bronze.

Rounding out the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team, Katie Hensien was 23rd. Hensien also had a very strong second run, placing seventh in the run and only .28 seconds off of Shiffrin.

This brings Shiffrin’s tally to two medals in Courchevel-Meribel. She took home a silver in the super-G last week, and will look for another medal in the slalom on Sunday.

The men next race giant slalom tomorrow, Feb. 17. Watch the re-air of the women’s giant slalom on Saturday at 2:30pm ET on NBC presented by Stifel.

Women's giant slalom

2023 FIS World Ski Championships Live Coverage Presented by Stifel Schedule

All times EST
Check local listings, subject to change.

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

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

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

*encore presentation 

Stevenson Wins Kings & Queens of Corbet's

By Carly Margulies
February, 15 2023
Colby hugging fellow competitor after landing run
Colby Stevenson hugging a competitor after landing his run.

This past week, Feb. 4-11, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyo., held their sixth annual Kings & Queens of Corbet's event. U.S. Freeski Team athlete Colby Stevenson, who this season alone has won an X Games gold medal and had numerous top-10 World Cup results, was selected to participate and ultimately ended up winning the entire thing.

The King's & Queen's of Corbet's is a prestigious event held annually at one of the most legendary couloirs in the World. Invited skiers and snowboarders came together to huck themselves off of a 10-20 foot couloir into a steep chute with rock walls on each side. Throughout the 'course' there are several man-made features to give the athletes a chance to show more than one trick. First, you drop into the couloir and on the way to the bottom there are two large jumps that you can choose to go off of, otherwise, you are skiing and riding down variable backcountry terrain until you hit the finish area. Thankfully for the athletes, it had just snowed a good amount the night before the event, which provided soft landings for each competitor to showcase their tricks. 

Stevenson was one of the 24 invited athletes to compete at the most famous line in North America. Days prior to this event, Stevenson had just competed at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix in Mammoth Lakes, CA, as well as X Games in Aspen, CO, where he earned a gold and silver medal. Following his success in the slopestyle world, he was able to translate those skills to the big mountain where he took the top spot for the Kings & Queens of Corbet's, among some of the best freeride skiers in the World. 

Stevenson reflects on what this experience meant to him, "It was so fun to compete in my first big mountain competition, and have it be in the famous Corbet's Couloir. Pretty wild to go from a month of slopestyle skiing straight into it, but was definitely in the competition mindset. Every person that agrees to do that event has a screw loose, so it was fun to watch everyone send it. I'm excited to push this side of my skiing a lot more in years to come." 

We look forward to seeing more backcountry skiing from Stevenson in the near future.




Kings & Queens of Corbet's 2023

Minnesota Set to Host a FIS Cross Country World Cup at Wirth Park in Minneapolis in 2024

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
February, 15 2023
Jessie Diggins leads the pack in a classic race earlier this 2022-23 season. (NordicFocus)


The Loppet Foundation will host the Loppet Cup over President’s Day weekend in February 2024 in Theodore Wirth Park


Release courtesy of The Loppet Foundation

MINNEAPOLIS, February 15, 2023  — The Loppet Foundation, Share Winter Foundation and U.S. Ski & Snowboard will welcome the best cross country ski racers in the world to Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Wirth Park for the COOP FIS Cross Country World Cup over President’s Day weekend, Feb. 17-19, 2024.* The Loppet Foundation and Share Winter will serve as hosts of the Loppet Cup, taking place on the Loppet’s world class cross country ski trails - setting the stage for one of the only World Cups to be held in a major metropolitan area - and the first on U.S. soil in two decades. 

The FIS Cross Country World Cup Tour is the annual global tour for elite athletes, comprised of a series of distance and sprint races over the course of each winter season. Expected to be present at the Loppet Cup is three-time Olympic medalist Jessie Diggins. Diggins is a native of nearby Afton, Minnesota and was the first American athlete to win a gold medal in Olympic cross country ski competition. She was key to securing this international competition for Minnesota. Other U.S. and Minnesota-local athletes will also be representing the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team in the Loppet Cup, a unique chance to ski in front of a hometown crowd. 

“I’m excited to give ski fans from around the U.S. a chance to see the action up close for the first time in over 20 years,” said Diggins. “I am so proud to represent Minnesota as one of the first American athletes to win Olympic gold in cross country, and now to bring the sport I love to the state I call home.”

The Loppet Foundation was ready to host a World Cup in mid-March 2020. The event was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Loppet Foundation looks forward to hosting in 2024 while building on the preparation for the event in 2020.

The 2024 Loppet Cup, hosted by Share Winter Foundation, will be free and open to the public, with races held on Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18 and a free community ski day on President’s Day, Monday, February 19.  

“The Loppet is thrilled to bring the world to Wirth Park and to showcase on an international stage the work this organization is doing to expand access to the sport of cross country skiing and the outdoors,” said Claire Wilson, executive director of the Loppet. “While it is unusual for an event of this size and scope to be hosted by a small nonprofit, we believe it is important to shine a light on our unique venue in the heart of a city where the wellbeing of all is promoted through outdoor adventure. We look forward to sharing our vision for a just and equitable winter sport environment with the world - while also cheering on our favorite athletes on the same trails where hundreds of Minnesotans have learned to love cross country skiing.”  

“We are thrilled to work with the Loppet Foundation and Share Winter Foundation to bring back a cross country World Cup to the states,” said President and CEO of U.S. Ski & Snowboard Sophie Goldschmidt. “We know that this event will be a huge success and allow our athletes to showcase their incredible talent in front of a community that has always supported this sport.”

“Share Winter is excited to partner with the Loppet Foundation to bring this spectacular event to the community and we  hope it will inspire the next generation of skiers,” said Constance Beverley, CEO of the Share Winter Foundation.

“The Loppet Cup is yet another in a string of world-class sporting events Minnesota is hosting,” said Executive Director for Explore Minnesota Lauren Bennett McGinty. “We are proud to be a four season destination for sports enthusiasts from all over the world, and no one does winter quite like Minnesota. With more than 2,000 miles of groomed cross country ski trails, skiing is a highly accessible sport which can be done in every corner of the state. Winter sports and related businesses are integral to driving and sustaining Minnesota’s tourism economy, and we cannot wait to share our great state with the world. We encourage residents and visitors alike to start planning their 2024 President's Day Weekend now!”

Preceding their arrival in Minneapolis, World Cup athletes will descend on Alberta, Canada to complete two sprint races and two distance races from February 9-13 as part of their North American visit. “We are thrilled to collaborate with the Minneapolis organization in helping raise the profile of cross country skiing as we get set to host two North American stops for the COOP FIS Cross Country World Cups.” said Norbert Meier, Events Chair, Alberta World Cup Society.

Come learn more and see some of the nation’s top racers on the course at the announcement celebration event on Saturday, February 18 at The Trailhead (1221 Theodore Wirth Parkway, Minneapolis) at 11am. Remarks will be made by former Minneapolis mayor RT Rybak, Share Winter Foundation, the Loppet Foundation, and Explore MN. More information on the World Cup event will be available on the event’s official website,, or on Facebook and Instagram @loppetcup.

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The Loppet Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that connects people to the outdoors through experiences that grow community. Since 2002, the Loppet Foundation has worked to create high-quality public events, youth education, and outdoor recreation programs for the local community. Learn more at

Share Winter Foundation (Share Winter) is a non-profit grantmaking organization working to improve the lives, health, and fitness of youth through winter sports, and create a more diverse, inclusive, and welcoming winter sports community. Share Winter works closely with carefully selected grantees to build efficient, effective, sustainable winter sports programs and pipelines to ongoing winter sports participation. Through our partnerships, we strive to make winter sports accessible to a broader, more diverse community and share winter with 100,000 youth by 2028. Learn more at

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


*Pending final date confirmation by the International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS).


O’Brien and Radamus Race Individual Parallel

By Sierra Ryder
February, 15 2023
O'Brien Races in the Parallel
Nina O'Brien Races in the Individual Parallel (CC: Getty Images)

In Wednesday’s individual parallel event at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athletes River Radamus and Nina O’Brien raced straight after a gold medal team event performance and qualifier the day prior.

After a run on both the red and blue courses, O’Brien and Radamus did not make it on to the next round, however their spirits remained high.

“I think this event is fun and I'm really happy that I qualified for the final. It was close at the end, and I tried,” said O’Brien. “I felt really locked in, skiing with a lot of confidence so I was excited to come in today but didn't risk enough on the first run I think I should have shifted into another gear,” said Radamus.

The winner for the women’s parallel went to Norwegian skier Maria Therese Tviberg, the silver went to Swiss skier Wendy Holdener and bronze went to Thea Louise Stjernesund. On the men’s side, the gold went to German skier Alexander Schmid, second place went to Austrian Dominik Raschner and third place went to Norwegian skier Timon Haugan. Regardless of Wednesday’s results, both American skiers are very excited about the golden result from Tuesday.

“I'll take the tradeoff of yesterday for being a little bit more tired today and not coming out firing the way I wanted to,” said Radamus.

“This is the first medal ceremony ever for me. I think we're all excited,” said O’Brien.

On Tuesday, the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team skied to gold in the team parallel event. It was the first time USA has gotten a medal in this event at a World Championships.

Looking ahead it is a very busy technical event schedule for skiers racing multiple events with the women’s giant slalom on Thursday, men’s giant slalom Friday and slalom to close out the World Championships on Saturday and Sunday.

“It's a busy last few days for sure, but I feel like my skiing it's in a good spot," said O'Brien. "I'm so excited for GS."

The women’s giant slalom kicks off in Meribel at 3:45 a.m. ET.

Women's parallel
Men's parallel


Thursday, Feb. 15
3:45 a.m. - women's giant slalom -

USA Wins Gold in the World Championships Team Event

By Courtney Harkins
February, 14 2023
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The Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team celebrates winning gold on the podium at the Courchevel-Meribel World Championships. (Getty Images - Alex Pantling)

The Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team dominated the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships team event, taking home their first ever parallel gold medal and the team’s second medal of the World Champs. The team was made up of athletes Nina O’Brien, Paula Moltzan, Tommy Ford and River Radamus for the starters, and Katie Hensien and Luke Winters as substitutes.

It was a bright and sunny day in Meribel, France on a short parallel race track that pits teams against each other from the start to the finish. Teams have a maximum of six competitors (four starters and two substitutes) with two men and two women. In each heat, teams face each other and race head-to-head with the first skier crossing the line to secure a point for their team. The first team to three points advances to the next round. If the heat is tied, the team with the fastest combined team between their quickest woman and man skier move onto the next round.

The Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team came in and quickly defeated Poland to make it to the quarterfinals, then took three of the four races in the semifinals against Italy to advance to the medal round. In the semifinals, the U.S. beat their North American compatriot Canadians to move onto the gold medal round where they faced the team event 2021 World Champions, the Norwegians.

“It’s incredible,” said Radamus. “To have it in my first event as a team makes it even more special to me. I love this team. All these people have been pushing so hard at this for a long time so to finally reach the summit for this team is really special.”

It was a close race that kept everyone on their toes. O’Brien had some trouble, but eeked out a win over Kristin Lysdahl. Radamus kept it close versus Alexander Steen Olsen, but lost by .04 seconds. The undefeated Moltzan faced Thea Louise Stjernesund and the two tied, which meant it came down to Ford to bring home the win. Ford faced Timon Haugan, who got stuck in the start gate and Ford was able to ski down into his teammates’ arms for the win.

The was the first ever medal in this event for the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team, who just missed the medals in the 2022 Olympic Games, taking fourth place. It is also the first medal for all six athletes and the first team gold of the 2023 World Championships.

“It feels unbelievable,” said O’Brien. “But it’s six-times sweeter to share it with my teammates. We didn’t expect it. I felt really good about our team and knew we were skiing fast, but anything can happen in parallel. I’m really proud of everyone on our team and really happy to be a part of it.”

“It was great to be out there with the family, the team,” said Ford. “We all have strong skiing and I had faith in them and I just put down the best skiing I could. It just shows that we have some depth—we train together, we travel together all the time and we’re always pushing each other. It’s fun to actually work together!”

The Norwegians took silver. The Canadians continued their impressive World Championships performance with a bronze medal.

The parallel events continue next with men’s and women’s parallel qualifiers taking place today, Feb. 14, and finals tomorrow, Feb. 15.

Team event

Marino Takes Home the Win in Calgary, Henricksen Second

By Leann Bentley
February, 13 2023
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Julia Marino celebrates atop the podium in Calgary. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

The U.S. Snowboard team had a big showing across the board in Calgary, highlighted by pro athletes Julia Marino and Dusty Henrickesen, who are on a hot streak after both winning in Mammoth and taking first and second in Calgary. 

The Calgary Snow Rodeo hosted its second World Cup of the season, in perfect timing for athletes to get one more contest under their belt before some of the team travels to Georgia (the country!) for the 2023 Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships. With both the men and women competing in slopestyle and halfpipe, the U.S. had several athletes not only advance to finals but many in the top-five. 

Julia Marino took home her second first-place trophy of the past two weeks. She won the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, traveled straight to Calgary and walked away with another win. For the men, Dusty Henricksen also shined, by taking home second-place a week after being atop the podium in Mammoth. 

Marino and Henricksen Atop FIS Overall Standings

Marino, who made it clear that she would be hard to beat from the get-go, kept the momentum rolling into the finals, where she threw down a perfect 50-50 to frontside lipslide to fakie on the rail section to a switch backside bluntslide cork 900 weddle and backside 720 melon. She finished the slopestyle finals with a high score of 78.36 and nabbed her seventh career World Cup win. With her win in the Calgary Snow Rodeo, Marino takes hold of the top spot on the FIS Snowboard slopestyle World Cup standings - 83 points ahead of her nearest competitor. With the yellow bib in hand, Marino also moved into third place on the Park & Pipe overall standings. 

Henricksen has had a break-out season with three podiums, one win and two second places. Going into World Championships, Henricksen also takes the number one spot in the FIS Snowboard slopestyle standings, and similar to Marino, is third overall for the Park & Pipe overall FIS standings. 

Along with Henricksen, there were several U.S. men in the finals. Chris Corning, who is coming off a podium result in Mammoth finished the weekend in the top-10, in ninth. Along with Corning, there were four more in the finals. Jake Canter had a great run and landed himself in the fifth position, with Brock Crouch not far behind in seventh. Fynn Bullock-Womble was 14th and Sean FitzSimons 15th. 


Men's Slopestyle

Women's Slopestyle