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Easy Green: U.S. Ski & Snowboard Launches New Sustainability Initiative, Sets Carbon Impact Goals 

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
January, 24 2024
easy green

U.S. Ski & Snowboard officially announced Easy Green, a new climate change-focused initiative focused on amplifying the conversation around climate and driving widespread commitment to sustainable practices across skiing and snowboarding. 

Named after an “easy green” trail at a resort, the initiative embodies the idea that making sustainable choices when skiing and snowboarding can be easy. Easy Green marks a step forward in U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s dedication to becoming stewards of sustainability in winter sports, knowing millions globally are inspired by snow sports and enjoy healthy, active lifestyles in diverse global settings. As climate change poses a growing threat to these sports, Easy Green drives a collective commitment to sustainable practices through five easy actions and recognizes the urgent need to secure the future of our winters. 

“U.S. Ski & Snowboard is focused on using our platform for the greater good, especially when it comes to the climate,” said Sophie Goldschmidt, President and CEO of U.S. Ski & Snowboard. “The industry and our audience listen to our voice, and we will begin using it to engage the winter sports community to focus on sustainable practices. To help protect the future of our sports, to continue to be able to witness our athletes compete at the highest level of skiing and snowboarding for years to come and to continue rewriting history, we must act now, be more proactive and do more.”

Under the Easy Green initiative, U.S. Ski & Snowboard outlined three main goals: (1) reduce the organization’s own impact, (2) offset its carbon footprint through credits and (3) utilize its leadership position, working closely with athletes to increase awareness. 

  1. To begin reducing its carbon impact, U.S. Ski & Snowboard created a sustainability task force with leaders in the climate change industry to guide actions. So far, actions have included actively using solar power at U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s headquarters in Park City, Utah, implementing a full hybrid fleet of Toyota vehicles, employing a carpool program and remote work for employees, and continuously promoting sustainable practices at all levels of business, including events and travel.
  2. U.S. Ski & Snowboard secured funding to offset 10% of the organization’s carbon footprint this season and has begun a fundraising campaign to offset 100% or more of its carbon footprint by 2030. To do so, the organization is working closely with various partners, including Greenly to continue to measure its carbon footprint and Anew Climate, one of the largest developers of forestry credits, to help offset its carbon impact in the forests of Wisconsin, the home of the nation’s largest cross country ski race, the American Birkebeiner. 
  3. Knowing the impact athletes and sports have on and off the snow, U.S. Ski & Snowboard is also utilizing its platform to educate and drive action through unique awareness campaigns. As an example, the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team wore climate change-themed race suits at the 2023 FIS Ski World Championships in collaboration with Kappa and Protect Our Winters, and hosted the World Cup for Climate at the Stifel America’s Downhill at Aspen. These significant efforts led Protect Our Winters to honor U.S. Ski & Snowboard with the prestigious Jake Burton Award, recognizing the organization’s vital role in promoting cultural change toward climate action. With programs like Easy Green, U.S. Ski & Snowboard is committed to continuing and expanding impactful awareness initiatives.

“I’m really proud to see the steps U.S. Ski & Snowboard is taking to collectively use our voices and create positive change,” said Olympic champion and Protect Our Winters board member Jessie Diggins. “We have many hills to climb with regards to climate change, but we’re charging forward and I’m excited to see the focus on offsetting our carbon footprint as well as taking everyday actions to reduce our impact in the first place.” 

The sustainability commitment and launch of Easy Green are supported individually and with the help of U.S. Ski & Snowboard partners, including: Protect Our Winters, an athlete-founded nonprofit that focuses on protecting the places and experiences they love from climate change; the National Ski Areas Association’s Sustainable Slopes, a program for ski areas to commit to sustainable practices across their operations; the Green Sports Alliance, the environmentally focused trade organization that convenes stakeholders from around the sporting world to promote sustainable communities; and the International Ski & Snowboard Federation’s (FIS) IMPACT Program, created to guide FIS and its key stakeholders through the current and future global sustainability challenges. U.S. Ski & Snowboard aims to propel the conversation and take concrete action toward a more sustainable future. 

U.S. Ski & Snowboard remains committed to advancing sustainable practices and instigating a cultural shift towards a greener future. Easy Green is a step in the right direction with more to come. For more information, please visit



U.S. Ski & Snowboard is the Olympic and Paralympic 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 competing on 10 teams: alpine, cross country, freestyle moguls, freestyle aerials, snowboard, freeski, nordic combined, ski jumping, Para alpine and Para snowboard. In addition to 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

U.S. Ski Jumping Team, U.S. Nordic Combined Team Announce 2024 FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships Teams  

By USA Nordic
January, 22 2024
Erik Belshaw
Erik Belshaw in a competition earlier this season. (Nordic Focus)

Park City, Utah (January 22, 2024) - U.S. Ski & Snowboard officially announced the 17 athletes competing in ski jumping and nordic combined at the 2024 FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships in Planica, Slovenia, Feb. 6-11, 2024, the site of the 2023 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. 

The ski jumping team is highlighted by Erik Belshaw, Tate Frantz and Josie Johnson, who are all a part of the U.S. Ski Jumping Team. Belshaw’s career-best finish at the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships came in 2023 in Whistler, Canada, where he placed 11th overall in the Individual HS104. Johnson recently took home a medal in the 2024 Youth Olympic Games, showing that she’s one of the strongest young ski jumpers in the world. All three compete regularly on the World Cup. 

On the nordic combined side, the Junior World Championships roster is highlighted by U.S. Nordic Combined Team athletes Alexa Brabec and Caleb Zuckerman. This will be the fifth Junior Worlds for Brabec, with her highest finish coming in Zakopane, Poland in 2022, finishing 12th overall in the HS105/5km event. It will Zuckerman’s third Junior Worlds. 

“I’m very excited to announce this year’s Junior World Championship team for ski jumping and nordic combined. On the ski jumping side, we have a very strong team led by Tate and Erik. Both athletes have strong medal potential and we’re excited to see them compete,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Sport Director Anders Johnson. “On the nordic combined side, we have a young team, most of which have never competed internationally, so it's very much about gaining valuable competition experience.”

"Our junior athletes love to compete and there isn't a bigger stage than Junior World Championships in Planica," said Adam Provost, CEO of USA Nordic. "We have high expectations going into this week and our athletes are ready to go. I'm excited and proud of our teams; they have earned the right to represent the United States and go against the best in the world. It should be a fun week to watch." 


(Name, hometown, ski club, birthdate, past Junior World Championship teams)

*Denotes first Junior World Championships team 


  Estella Hassrick (Madison, WI; Blackhawk Ski Club; 5/21/2006; 2023)

  Josie Johnson (Park City, UT; Park City Ski & Snowboard; 10/3/2006; 2022, 2023)

 Sandra Sproch (Chicago, IL; Norge Ski Club; 11/9/2007; 2023)


  Erik Belshaw (Steamboat Springs, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 8/23/2004; 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023)

  Jason Colby (Steamboat Springs, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 5/21/2006; 2023)

  Maxim Glyvka (Fox River Grove, IL; Norge Ski Club; 3/26/2006; 2022, 2023)

  Sawyer Graves* (Steamboat Springs, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 9/30/2008)

  Tate Frantz (Lake Placid, NY; New York Ski Educational Foundation; 3/28/2005; 2022, 2023) 


(Name, hometown, ski club, birthdate, past Junior World Championship teams)

*Denotes first Junior World Championships team


  Alexa Brabec (Steamboat Springs, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 10/8/2004; 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023)

  Ella Wilson* (Steamboat Springs, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 3/4/2008)

  Haley Brabec* (Steamboat Springs, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 6/6/2007)

  Kai McKinnon* (Lake Placid, N.Y.; New York Ski Educational Foundation; 5/6/2008)


  Arthur Tirone* (Steamboat Springs, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 2/8/2008)

  Augie Roepke* (Park City, UT; Park City Ski & Snowboard; 5/9/2008)

  Caleb Zuckerman (Norwich, VT; Ford Sayre Ski Club; 11/1/2005; 2022, 2023)

  Ian Carmack* (Park City, UT; Park City Ski & Snowboard; 10/29/2008)

  Skyler Amy (Anchorage, AK; Alaska Winter Stars/Team AK Ski Jumping; 11/19/2005; 2023)


Tuesday, Feb. 6th

Men’s Nordic Combined HS102/10km PCR

  Women’s Nordic Combined HS102/5km PCR

Wednesday, Feb. 7th

  Women’s Ski Jumping Individual HS102

  Nordic Combined Mixed Team HS102/4x5km

Thursday, Feb. 8th

  Men’s Ski Jumping Individual HS102

Friday, Feb. 9th

Women’s Ski Jumping Team HS102

Men’s Nordic Combined HS102/10km

Women’s Nordic Combined HS102/5km

Saturday, Feb. 10th

  Men’s Ski Jumping Team HS102

  Women’s Nordic Combined Team Sprint HS102/2x4.5km

Sunday, Feb. 11th

  Ski Jumping Mixed Team HS102

  Men’s Nordic Combined Team Sprint HS102/2x7.5km

Stephens Third in Veysonnaz Giant Slalom

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
January, 22 2024
photo at Veysonnaz

The U.S. Para Alpine Ski Team kicked off the second phase of their season in Veysonnaz, Switzerland, where Laurie Stephens landed on her first podium of the season in the giant slalom. 

The event brought the largest field of athletes seen so far this season, increasing the level and depth of the competition. It was an overcast day on the course, causing flat light and shadows throughout, which proved challenging for many competitors, seeing a high number of DNFs and DSQs.

Seven time Paralympic medalist Laurie Stephens led the way for the U.S. women, finishing third in the women’s sitting event. This is Stephens' first World Cup podium of the season, adding to her impressive repertoire of achievements. In the women’s standing event, Allie Johnson finished ninth. 

On the men’s side, Ravi Drugan finished 14th in the men’s sitting event. Patrick Halgren was 16th in the men’s standing event, followed by Spencer Wood in 18th. Andrew Haraghey, Andrew Kurka and Matthew Brewer did not finish.

The team takes on another giant slalom in Veysonnaz on Tuesday, Jan. 23, slated to begin at 3:30 a.m. ET. 


Riccomini Scores Career-First World Cup Podium, Forehand Second in Laax

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
January, 21 2024
Mac Forehand
Mac Forehand in Laax, Switzerland. (Mike Dawson, U.S. SKi & Snowboard)

The Laax Open wrapped up competition this morning with the second year of men’s and women’s freeski finals in Laax, Switzerland. The Stifel U.S. Freeski team continued to show dominance in the sport with seven athletes set to drop in the innovative and progressive slopestyle course. Jay Riccomini took home his first career podium on the women’s side, while Mac Forehand was second among the men.  

It was a wild start on the women’s side with France’s Tess Ledeux taking an uncharacteristic fall and Rell Harwood slipping off the first downrail, a feature proven to be costly for many riders throughout competition. Riccomini turned things around in his first World Cup finals appearance and found himself in podium position after run one, behind heavy hitters Mathilde Gremaud from Sweden and China’s Eileen Gu. Riccomini improved his score with a clean and highly executed second run that led to his first career World Cup podium, ending the day in third place.

The Stifel U.S. Freeski Team was stacked on the men’s side, with five out of 12 competitors representing the stars and stripes, but the pressure was on with no U.S. athletes in podium position after run one. Forehand found himself in 11th place as he dropped in for run two, but backed up his top spot in the FIS park & pipe World Cup standings, executing a stylish and technical line that moved him into second place with only teammate Alex Hall left to drop. Hall laced together an impressive final run and put the results in the judge’s hands, who ultimately scored him fourth overall. Teammates Colby Stevenson finished the day in sixth, Konnor Ralph tied his best World Cup result with seventh place and Cody LaPlante wrapped up his Laax Open campaign in 12th.

The Stifel U.S. Freeski Team sits in second overall in the Nation’s Cup standings as they turn their attention to the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix in Mammoth Mountain at the end of the month.


Shiffrin Wins in Slovakia, Earns 95th World Cup Victory

By Mackenzie Moran
January, 21 2024
Mikaela Shiffrin sports a crown after win in Jasna Slalom.
Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates on the podium after her 95th World Cup victory, the women's slalom in Jasna, Slovakia, on January 21, 2024. (Photo by VLADIMIR SIMICEK/AFP via Getty Images)

Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete Mikaela Shiffrin earned her 82nd slalom win, 95th World Cup victory and 150th World Cup podium on Sunday, Jan. 21, in Jasna, Slovakia, further solidifying her dominance in the discipline standings and the race for the overall World Cup Crystal Globe.

However, something, or rather someone, was missing in the battle for the slalom win today and her absence did not go unnoticed by Shiffrin. Slovakia's own Petra Vlhova, who sustained an ACL injury in Saturday's giant slalom, was not there to push Shiffrin to her absolute limit. The absence felt even more significant in front of Vlhova's home crowd.

Yet the Slovakian fans continued to cheer loudly and proudly for Shiffrin and the rest of the women's field. This did not go unnoticed by the slalom champion, who acknowledged and thanked the crowd for sticking around to celebrate the sport and its competitors, even without their country's top athlete to root for.

"It's pretty amazing to race for this crowd; it gives me feelings like Killington, which is quite special," said Shiffrin.

Stifel U.S. Ski Team athletes Paula Moltzan, AJ Hurt and Lila Lapanja all qualified for the second run with varying results. Moltzan finished the race 18th overall, while Lapanja finished 27th, scoring her first World Cup points in three years after a difficult second run. Hurt came into the last pitch with some serious speed but was unable to hang on to her edge and slid out of the course. Fortunately, she is okay.

The women's alpine circuit will now move on to a speed series in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, where the women will compete in two downhills and one super-G. After taking a brief hiatus from speed the week prior to recover from sickness, Shiffrin will be joining the speed women to compete in the series Friday through Sunday.

Races will be available to stream live on, starting on Friday, Jan 26. at 5:00 a.m. ET.


Kauf, Giaccio go Two-Three in Val St. Côme Dual Moguls

By Ryan Odeja - Stifel U.S. Ski Team
January, 20 2024
Jaelin Kauf and Olivia Giaccio stand on the dual moguls podium in Val St. Côme, Canada
Jaelin Kauf and Olivia Giaccio stand on the dual moguls podium in Val St. Côme, Canada. (FIS Freestyle - Mateusz Kielpinski)

It was another cold evening in Val St. Côme as the Stifel U.S. Freestyle Ski Team moguls athletes took on the first dual moguls event of 2024, with Jaelin Kauf and Olivia Giaccio on the podium in second and third, respectively. 

The U.S. women have been a force to be reckoned with throughout the first period of this season's competition schedule, with six sitting in the top 10 in the overall World Cup moguls standings. Currently, Jaelin Kauf sits second, Olivia Giaccio fourth, Hannah Soar fifth, Tess Johnson seventh, Liz Lemley eighth and Alli Macuga ninth.  

During the qualification rounds, the U.S. athletes avoided going head-to-head, which allowed them to advance eight into the finals. Kasey Hogg narrowly missed the quarterfinals as she dueled against third place overall moguls-ranked Rino Yanagimoto. Alli Macuga and Tess Johnson also dueled in the 1/8th finals, where Macuga used her speed out of the gate and massive bottom air to advance over her teammate. 

On the men’s side, Nick Page and Cole McDonald went huge in the second air in the 1/8th finals but were bested with speed by Japan’s Takuya Shimakawa and France’s Benjamin Cavet, respectively. Page finished 11th and McDonald 14th. Outside the finals was Dylan Marcellini in 24th, Dylan Walczyk in 27th and Landon Wendler in 29th. Nash Lucas also earned valuable experience in his first World Cup dual moguls start, finishing 43rd. 

It was a battle of the American women in the quarterfinals, with Jaelin Kauf, Alli Macuga, Hannah Soar and Olivia Giaccio going head-to-head for two spots in the semis. The women know how to turn it on in the bumps and push each other while immediately smiling and hugging in the finish. 

Olivia Giaccio bested Hannah Soar 18 to 17 in the quarterfinals in one of the tightest duals of the night. In the other heat, Kauf advanced over Alli Macuga. Kauf and Giaccio met in the semifinals, where Kauf moved on to the big finals and Giaccio to the small. Soar finished fifth, followed by Macuga in seventh, Kasey Hogg in 10th and Tess Johnson in 16th.  

Kauf and Jakara Anthony dueled once again in the big finals. Kauf, unfortunately, took a nasty fall in the big final and did not finish but ultimately finished on the podium in second place alongside Giaccio, who finished third. This is both Kauf and Giaccio's fifth podium of the season, showcasing their incredible strength and consistency. 

The team is heading to Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, for the first of two World Cups on home snow this season. They will compete at the United Airlines Waterville Freestyle Cup presented by ID One USA in moguls and dual moguls on Jan. 26-27. 


Shiffrin Second in Jasna Giant Slalom; Hurt Seventh

By Mackenzie Moran
January, 20 2024
Mikaela Shiffrin stands on the podium with Sweden's Sara Hector and New Zealand's Alice Robinson.
Mikaela Shiffrin stands on the podium in second, with Sweden's Sara Hector in first and New Zealand's Alice Robinson in third. (Getty Images).

Mikaela Shiffrin started the weekend in Jasna, Slovakia with a solid second-place finish in the giant slalom behind Sweden's Sara Hector on Saturday, Jan. 20. A challenging first run knocked many of the tour's top giant slalom skiers off their game. Still, Shiffrin was able to hang on in the slick, turny course and make the best out of a day that took a turn for the worse for many, including her rival in the overall and slalom standings, Petra Vlhova.

The weekend was meant to celebrate one of the sport's fiercest rivalries, highlighting the ongoing battle between Shiffrin and Slovakia's hometown hero – Vlhova. However, Vlhova's first run ended in a crash and an unfortunate ACL injury, taking her out of competition for the remainder of the season. 

"Of course, it was a bittersweet day for many reasons," Shiffrin wrote in an Instagram post following the race. "The sport will not be the same without your energy, beautiful skiing and our battles, but I know you'll come back hungrier and stronger"

Shiffrin's 149th career World Cup podium bumped her up in the giant slalom standings, where she currently sits in third. She maintains her lead in the overall standings as well.

AJ Hurt had another career-best finish, skiing into seventh in the giant slalom, her first top-10 result in the discipline. Hurt's score on Saturday bumped her into the top 15 of the women's World Cup giant slalom standings and continues to boost her confidence for the remainder of the season as she looks to build on the new-found consistency she is having in her skiing on race day.

"The snow was very icy, and I was a little nervous because usually I'm not as strong on ice, but I feel like the confidence from the last few weeks has really helped. I knew if I just skied the way I've been training and the way I've done the last few races that I could put down a few good runs, so it feels good to do that," said Hurt.

Paula Moltzan clocked a top-20 finish in the giant slalom, finishing the day 16th overall. The Bocock sisters, Mary and Elisabeth, both did not make the second run but were able to get another World Cup start under their belt.

Sunday, Jan. 21, the women continue the weekend in Jasna with one last competition in the slalom. 

Women's slalom

Slalom (name/bib number)
Mikaela Shiffrin (5)
Paula Moltzan (9)
AJ Hurt (29)
Lila Lapanja (44)

Women's slalom, Jasna, Slovakia, Run 1 – 3:30 a.m. ET,
Women's slalom, Jasna, Slovakia, Run 2 - 6:15 a.m. ET, 

Marino Wins in Laax, Bea Kim Snags Career-First Halfpipe Podium

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
January, 20 2024
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Julia Marino celebrates winning the slopestyle competition at the 2024 Laax Open. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

The Hydro Flask U.S. Snowboard Team took on Europe’s most prestigious snowboard event for an exciting night of slopestyle and halfpipe finals in Laax, Switzerland.

Sunny skies and ideal weather conditions set the scene over the Crap Sogn Gion for the women’s and men’s slopestyle finals. The innovative eight-hit course included unique transition features including a side-hit jump, a variety of rails and a quarter pipe that posed a technical speed challenge for riders. The unique course and a stacked men’s and women's finals made for an entertaining morning of world-class snowboarding.

Reigning slopestyle Crystal Globe champion Julia Marino picked up right where she left off with an aggressive first run that put her in the top spot from the start. Austria’s Anna Gasser and Germany’s Annika Morgan both landed top-to-bottom runs that threatened the top spot on the podium, but Marino remained unphased in her second run and extended her lead by three points. The judges awarded Marino’s creative line with a score of 83.08, securing the Laax Open title for the second time in her career, and her fourth-straight slopestyle World Cup victory dating back to last season.

“It definitely feels good to come through with another win,” said Marino in a post-contest interview. “This is always such an incredible course, but it is really challenging, so to be able to link that run together meant a lot. I’m really happy with how we all rode."

On the men’s slopestyle side, Olympic champion Red Gerard was unable to string together his first run but showed composure under pressure and laid down a clutch run two to land in sixth place overall. Teammate Brock Crouch put together a stylish top-to-bottom run and finished the day in eighth place, adding another top 10 result to his resume.

On the halfpipe side of competition, Olympic champion Chloe Kim made her highly anticipated return to World Cup competition and ended her first contest back in fourth place, but all eyes were on the junior of the team, 16-year-old Bea Kim, who landed her first ever World Cup podium ending the day in second place. The Mammoth Mountain native showed no signs of pressure under the lights, lacing together a textbook second run to earn a spot on the podium. Overall halfpipe World Cup leader Maddie Mastro, Korea’s Gaon Choi and Japan’s Sena Tomita did not start.

On the men’s side, Chase Blackwell was the top finisher for the Hydro Flask U.S. Snowboard team, securing his best result of the season with an impressive fourth-place finish against a field full of heavy hitters. Chase Josey was unable to put down a full run in finals but continues to show an ever-growing impressive bag of tricks after landing a cab-dub-12 in yesterday’s semi-finals, a first in his career.

The Hydro Flask U.S. Snowboard Team continues its World Cup campaign with the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix in Mammoth Mountain at the end of the month.




Diggins, Brennan Back Together in Top 10

By Leann Bentley - Stifel U.S. Ski Team
January, 20 2024
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Jessie Diggins leads the sea of athletes on the first lap of the 20k classic in Oberhof, Germany. (NordicFocus)

On the second day of racing in Oberhof, Germany, the historic venue of the 1931 FIS World Ski Championships, Jessie Diggins and Rosie Brennan secured another round of top-10 results in sixth and 10th, respectively, in the challenging 20k classic mass start event.

In contrast to the gloomy conditions witnessed during Friday's sprint, the sun illuminated the Oberhof venue, providing a crisp and fast course for the athletes. The men started the day's races, with 66 competitors taking off onto a six-lap technical and demanding course.

The 20k race presented steep descents leading into technical corners, resulting in minor chaos in the men's race—American Scott Patterson broke a pole but managed to ski back into contention quickly after. Navigating the right track and executing a tactical race became crucial for athletes to keep in the race. Among the U.S. male competitors—Zak Ketterson, JC Schoonmaker, Gus Schumacher, Peter Wolter and Patterson—Ketterson led the team, finishing 40th, closely followed by Schumacher in 44th.

It was Schumacher's first race back since the Tour de Ski was cut short due to sickness. "I felt surprisingly good after sickness," he said. "My muscles feel sharp and my breathing is feeling strong, which I’m super encouraged by. Maybe not quite where I was before it, but that doesn’t feel far off."

In the women's race, the 20k classic differed significantly in terms of weather compared to the previous 20k classic in Davos, Switzerland, where Brennan and Diggins clinched second and third positions on the podium.

Today's race was characterized by pivotal moments, with different leaders emerging nearly every lap. Whether it was a trio of Swedish skiers, Kerttu Nikkanen of Finland, local skier Victoria Carl, or Diggins and Brennan themselves, predicting the leader through the laps was unpredictable. The race was marked by strategic approaches, made evident in the reluctance to lead at various course sections, where the lead pack would often come to a standstill, waiting for someone to take charge.

"Today was really interesting," said Diggins when asked about what her race strategy. "It just seemed like the kind of course that was pretty tricky for people to ski away. My strategy ended up going for the bonus points. But what I'm most proud of today was playing to my strengths, skiing calm, finding my way through when I needed to and hanging tough all the way through to the finish."

As the laps progressed and lap six approached, Diggins and Brennan were in contention for the podium, competing alongside the eventual winner, Frida Karlsson of Sweden, and second place finisher Germany's Katharina Hennig. Despite their efforts falling short of a podium finish, both American skiers secured positions in the top 10, adding critical points to their overall standings. Sophia Laukli continued her strong season with a 28th place finish, while Julia Kern closely followed in 33rd.

Looking ahead to tomorrow's 4x7.5k relay, Diggins maintains her lead in the overall World Cup standings, boasting a 279-point advantage over the second-placed Linn Svahn of Sweden. Rosie Brennan sits the third position, trailing Diggins by 388 points.

Don't miss the excitement of the 4.7x5k team relay tomorrow on, with the women's race starting at 4:50 a.m. ET and the men's race at 7:10 a.m. ET.


4:50 a.m. ET - women's 4x7.5k relay, Oberhof, Germany -
7:10 a.m. ET - men's 4x7.5k relay, Oberhof, Germany -

Cochran-Siegle, Morse Top 20 at Hahnenkammrennen

By Sierra Ryder - Stifel U.S. Ski Team
January, 20 2024
Ryan Cochran-Siegle races to a 16th place in the Hahnenkammrennen. (Getty Images)

On the picture perfect sunny Hahnenkammrennen day in Kitzbühel, Stifel U.S. Ski Team athletes Ryan Cochran-Siegle and Sam Morse posted top 20 results in 16th and 17th, respectively. 

The atmosphere was electric at the famed downhill with more than 50,000 ski racing fans packing the sides of the hill to watch the world’s fastest race down the Streif. Coming off an excellent day where he was just .01 off the podium in Friday's downhill, Cochran-Siegle ran first for the U.S. squad and slid into the top spot. But his day for a podium on the Streif would have to wait because Swiss skier Marco Odermatt and French skier Cyprien Sarrazin are skiing speeds on another level. Odermatt first went into the lead by over a second. But he was one-upped by Sarrazin who annihilated the field, winning by 0.91 seconds for his second win of the weekend. Rounding out the podium was Italian force Dominik Paris. 

“It was tougher today for sure. I was trying to give it the best fight I could but needed to stand over the skier a little bit more and carry more energy,” said Cochran-Siegle. “This has been my best week in Kitzbühel by far, so I'm glad to get some good memories and embrace what the Streif is.” 

The downhill was full of excitement with many skiers punching it into the top 10 and top 15 from bibs further back in the field. Morse continued a strong weekend of skiing with another top 20 finish from outside the top 30. Bryce Bennett was 39th and Wiley Maples 42nd. Jared Goldberg did not finish but he is OK. 

The speed men will now prepare for a pair of super-G races in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany Jan. 27-28, while the slalom men will race on Sunday in Kitzbühel. 

Men's downhill

4:30 a.m. ET - men’s slalom, run 1, Kitzbühel, Austria - Peacock 
7:30 a.m. ET - men’s slalom, run 1, Kitzbühel, Austria - Peacock