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Johnson Takes Silver at 2024 Youth Olympic Games

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
January, 19 2024
josie johnson
Josie Johnson jumps to a Youth Olympic Games silver medal. (Getty Images)

Josie Johnson finished second overall in the HS109 event at the Youth Olympic Games in Gangwon, South Korea, taking home a silver medal for the United States.

In the first round, Johnson put together a 100.0 meter jump for 99.2 points, and followed up with a 107.0 meter jump for 108.0 points in the second (207.2 total points). Johnson competes for the U.S. Ski Jumping Team and hails from Park City, Utah, the host of the 2002 Olympic Games and a hopeful future host of the Olympics. 

“What Josie just did was incredible, and shows just how bright the future is for ski jumping in the United States,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard's Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Sport Director Anders Johnson. “Those were the best two jumps she’s had all season, and to do it in an Olympic event is simply amazing. I couldn’t be more proud of Josie and the entire team.”

Also competing for Team USA was Estella Hassrick of Madison, Wisconsin and the U.S. Ski Jumping Team, who finished 16th. On the men's side, Jason Colby was 17th and Sawyer Graves 32nd. 

Women's ski jumping
Men's ski jumping

Kauf Second in Val St. Côme Moguls; Six Women in the Finals

By Ryan Odeja - Stifel U.S. Ski Team
January, 19 2024
A moguls course in the sun

The Stifel U.S. Freestyle Ski Team moguls athletes kicked off the second period of their competition schedule under the lights in Val St. Côme, Canada. Jaelin Kauf led the way for the United States, landing in second place and earning her 29th World Cup podium. 

It was a cold, crisp evening with temperatures hovering around zero degrees Fahrenheit, making it the coldest competition of the season so far. The bumps were soft, proving challenging for many athletes, leading to more DNFs than the average competition. 

The U.S. women have dominated the circuit this season, and today proved no different despite the conditions. All six Stifel U.S. Freestyle Ski Team women’s moguls athletes qualified for the finals alongside two U.S. men. Just off the podium was Alli Macuga, tying her personal best moguls result in fourth, followed by Hannah Soar in fifth, Olivia Giaccio in sixth, Tess Johnson in seventh and Kasey Hogg in 11th. 

"Honestly, it took a little bit to figure it out again and put all the pieces together. It felt like I’d been out of competing for a while, but I felt like that last run I finally hit my stride again," said Kauf. "I think tomorrow I'm focusing on hitting that top air takeoff and let it go from there - trust that I have the pace and turns in the middle to win every run. I think it was a little bit of a weird event for everyone, but this girl's team especially really crushed it out there, even with not hitting everything how we wanted. Kasey started off the day stomping a cork 10 in qualifications, and Olivia followed suit in finals. It was super inspiring to see our girl's team continuing to push the field."

Cole McDonald and Nick Page qualified for finals for the men, finishing 10th and 11th, respectively. Just outside finals was Dylan Walczyk in 18th, Landon Wendler in 30th, Nash Lucas in 31st and Dylan Marcellini in 36th. Today was Lucas’ first World Cup start after earning the spot during the 2024 U.S. Freestyle Selections in December. 

The team has spent the last few weeks at home in Park City, Utah, having a successful training camp. This training and focus on tricks paid off, as during today’s event, Kasey Hogg became the first woman to throw a cork 10 in a qualification. Hogg followed in the footsteps of her teammate, Olivia Giaccio, who was the first woman to ever do a cork 10 in a competition.  

"I am so excited to be back in World Cup competitions. That atmosphere is always awesome, and skiing with the rest of the World Cup team is super fun," said Hogg. "It felt incredible to throw a cork 1080 in both my qualifying and finals run today! It has been a goal of mine to compete this trick, and I felt like the time was right. Only having done a 1080 in my full top to bottom run just the day before comp was a challenge, but I’m so glad I decided to compete it today. I’ve spent a lot of time practicing this trick on the trampoline, water ramps, and snow, and competing at the World Cup level was a dream come true. I am so eager for the rest of the season and improving even more as the season goes on!"

Tomorrow, the team takes on the dual moguls in Val St. Côme starting at 7:00 p.m. ET, live on  


Ogden Sixth in Oberhof Classic Sprint, Diggins Ninth

By Leann Bentley - Stifel U.S. Ski Team
January, 19 2024
Ben Ogden; Kevin Bolger
Ben Ogden and Kevin Bolger skiing in the sprint heats in Oberhof, Germany. (NordicFocus)

The Stifel U.S. Cross Country Ski Team is back in Oberhof, Germany, for the first time since 2013 and the team is starting off on the right foot, with all but one athlete advancing through to the classic sprint heats. Ben Ogden led the day in sixth place, followed by Jessie Diggins in ninth and Kevin Bolger in 12th.

Coming off a hot Tour de Ski, where Diggins took home the overall crown, Sophia Laukli secured her first World Cup victory, Ben Ogden achieved his career-first podium and several athletes set personal bests, the momentum was strong going into the next trio of races. Before today's race, the entire team took a couple of days to recover and put in some hours of rest, but you could tell all the athletes from around the world were ready to click into their race skis once again.

On soft snow, under overcast skies and on a technical sprint course featuring tight turns and fast uphill kickers, all Americans named to the Stifel U.S. Cross Country Ski Team made it through to the sprint heats—a feat not easily accomplished and not seen in recent history. The start list included five women and four men, including World Cup overall leader Jessie Diggins, Rosie Brennan, Julia Kern, Sammy Smith, and Erin Blanco from Bridger Ski Foundation, who recorded her first-ever World Cup start. For the men, the sickness had been beaten, and Ben Ogden was back on the start line alongside JC Schoonmaker, Zak Ketterson and Kevin Bolger.

In the first round of sprint racing, the top 30 times would be the cutoff for who makes it to the sprint rounds. This time, eight of the nine athletes advanced, with Blanco just a few seconds from making the cut. Ogden secured the third spot in the qualifiers, giving him confidence going into the next lap around the sprint course, while Diggins and Brennan secured the fourth and fifth positions, just four seconds behind the fastest qualifying time set by Sweden's Jonna Sundling.

Moving into the heats, with six athletes per heat and only the top two securing a place in the semis, along with two lucky losers (the fastest third-place time from two athletes), only Diggins, Ogden and Bolger advanced through the next round of racing.

"It's really nice to be racing again," said Diggins post-race. "It was so cool to have eight of us into the heats, and it is some fun momentum to carry into the rest of this racing period."

Going into the quarterfinal heat, it was all about positioning and skiing a smart race to punch your ticket to the semis. Brennan, Diggins, Kern and Smith represented the U.S. women, with Diggins being the sole athlete to advance based on finishing within the top two in her round. Even without advancing, all the women secured an overall top-30 result on the day—a step in the right direction in adding crucial World Cup points to their overall standing.

In the end, the Swedish team swept the podium, with Linn Svahn taking home her 13th World Cup victory. Svahn is currently sitting second in the overall standings, with Diggins securely in first. Alongside Diggins' ninth place, Brennan finished 21st, Kern 27th, and Smith 28th.

For the men, as the moved into the men's finals, there was already a clear upset - Norway's Johannes Hoseflot Klaebo did not advance through to the finals. Klaebo had been on the podium in every single sprint race since 2018 and with today's result, it clearly shows the depth of the men's field and emphasizes that in cross country ski racing, anything can happen.

For the U.S., Ogden punched his ticket to the final and lined up on the line with four Norwegians and one Swedish athlete. Regardless of the place Ogden skied to in the end, he was splitting up the Scandinavian sweep in the process.

In the final, Ogden quickly got off the line, sitting comfortably behind the sea of red (Norway). Into the technical, nearly 180-degree turn, Ogden made a push to secure himself a safer position going into the uphill. With the classic 'Benny Shuffle,' he pushed the pace alongside Norway and Sweden into the finishing straight. Ogden crossed the line in sixth and was all smiles in the finish pen. Norway swept the podium, with Erik Valnes taking home the victory. Bolger just missed the top 10 in 12th, Ketterson 16th and Schoonmaker 24th.

"It feels good to put down a good race today and I'm glad how my body responded post-sickness and I'm psyched for the races to come," said Ogden. 

Tomorrow, the team is back to racing, with a 20k mass start looming. Watch LIVE on, with men kicking off the line at 4:25 a.m. ET.



Cochran-Siegle Fourth in Kitzbühel Downhill

By Sierra Ryder - Stifel U.S. Ski Team
January, 19 2024
Ryan Cochran-Siegle posted his season best result in Kitzbühel downhill. (Getty Images)

Ryan Cochran-Siegle posted his best race of the season, a fourth place result in the Kitzbühel downhill -- a mere one hundredth off of the podium. 

“My focus today was trying to make the best turns I could and crossing the finish line," said Cochran-Siegle, who holds an Olympic silver medal from the 2022 Beijing Games. "I had no idea what was going to happen, so I am happy."

It snowed overnight and into the morning causing a slight delay to the men’s downhill start. However the weather did a big 180 from snow in the morning to sun in the afternoon. The racers all commented that the track was very slick in some sections and grippy in others, which made for an interesting day of results on the famed downhill course. 

Cochran-Siegle’s confidence has been building race after race and it was clear he was skiing with grit and newfound confidence. He was in and out of the green all the way down and punched it to the line just 0.01 behind Swiss skier Marco Odermatt. Cochran-Siegle ended the day in fourth place, ready to risk it all for the Hahnenkammrennen on Saturday. 

“I gave it my best! Of course it would be great to be on the podium but I am really enjoying skiing this track,” said Cochran-Siegle. “The track is so unique and historical and it's cool to ski it and fight to ski fast. Plus the best part is I get to ski it again tomorrow and I am not changing a thing with the approach.”

Stifel U.S. Ski Team athlete Sam Morse also had a strong day of skiing landing in 19th place. He has had good sections throughout the run and felt good with his result. 

“When you can kick out of the gate with confidence and execute your plan it's great,” said Morse. “I am going to clean up a few more turns and be cleaner with the turns for tomorrow.” 

Bryce Bennett also landed in the top 30 in the 25th position. Jared Goldberg finished in 32nd place, Wiley Maple in 45th and Kyle Negomir in 54th. The winner of the race was French skier Cyprien Sarrazin, second place was Italian Florian Schieder and third place was Odermatt. 

The men will bring their successful day into the classic Hahnenkammrennen for the thousands of spectators ready for a show on the track. The action begins at 5:30 a.m. ET on Peacock. 

Men's downhill 

5:30 a.m. - men's downhill/Hahnenkammrennen, Kitzbühel, Austria - Peacock

2024 Under-18 Cross Country Team Announced

By Leann Bentley - Stifel U.S. Ski Team
January, 17 2024
u18 team
The U18 team, minus Oskar Erik Flora. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

U.S. Ski & Snowboard formally announced the 12 athletes that will represent the United States at the U18 Scandinavian trip in Falun, Sweden, Jan. 19-21, 2024. 

The 12 athletes called up to the team were selected based on their strong results in the U.S. National Championships held earlier this month in Soldier Hollow, Utah. The qualified athletes who accepted their nomination will be given the opportunity to race against skiers from around the world in three different events, including both sprint and distance races. 

“We qualify this team at the U.S. National Championships and put the sharpness of that racing fitness to the test again, as a team, six days later,” said Stifel U.S. Cross Country Ski Team Development Coach Greta Anderson. “This year, we are at the iconic venue of Falun – the 2027 FIS World Ski Championships venue. For our Under-18 team, it is a great preview of where they could be competing in the future and this all is made possible from the generous support from the National Nordic Foundation (NNF) and the extended cross country community!”

Under-18 Scandinavian Trip Team
(Club, Birth Year)


  • Amelia Circosta (Craftsbury Green Racing Project; 2007)
  • Niki Johnson (Tahoe Endurance; 2007)
  • Maeve Ingelfinger (Glacier Nordic; 2006)
  • Natalie Nicholas (Bridger Ski Foundation; 2006)
  • Lena Poduska (Jackson Hole Ski Club; 2007)
  • Ally Wheeler (Casper Nordic Ski Club; 2007) 


  • Cole Bothner (Bridger Ski Foundation; 2006)
  • Oskar Flora (Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center; 2007)
  • Murphy Kimball (Alaska Winter Stars; 2006)
  • Henry Magill (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 2006)
  • Daniel McCollor (Minneapolis Ski Club; 2006)
  • Lucas Wilmot (Jackson Hole Ski Club; 2006)

Coaches & Service Staff

  • Trip Leader & Head Coach: Greta Anderson, Stifel U.S. Ski Team
  • Coach: Dr. Katie Eichten, Spooner Nordic
  • Head of Service: Matt Clarke, Team Birkie
  • Service: Adam Westman, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation
  • Medical Staff: Dr. Katie Eichten

Schedule of Events
More information can be found here

  • Jan. 19: 1.4k Skate Sprint (Men/Women)
  • Jan. 20: 10k Classic (Men/Women)
  • Jan. 21: 10k Skate (Men/Women)

2024 Cross Country Junior World Championships, U23 Team Announced 

By Leann Bentley - Stifel U.S. Ski Team
January, 17 2024
Johnny Hagenbuch
Johnny Hagenbuch competes earlier this season in a FIS Cross Country World Cup. (Nordic Focus)

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has formally announced the 22 athletes representing the United States at the upcoming 2024 FIS World Junior and Under-23 Ski Championships held in Planica, Slovenia, Feb. 5-11, 2024.

The 2024 World Junior and U23 Ski Championships welcome the top junior and U23 cross country skiers from around the nation, including current B and D Team athletes on the Stifel U.S. Cross Country Ski Team roster, to a world class venue to compete against the best in the world. Included in the group is two sixth-year veterans of this event, Novie McCabe and Johnny Hagenbuch, and multi-time top-10 World Juniors athlete Sammy Smith, who just completed the entire Tour de Ski at only 18 years old. 

“We have had an amazing year so far at every level for cross country skiing in the U.S. and we have a higher density of athletes than ever before skiing at a higher level,” said Greta Anderson, Stifel U.S. Cross Country Ski Team development coach. “We are bringing a strong and well-rounded team of 22 athletes to Planica. We’re excited about this trip and are very grateful for the support from the entire cross country community and the National Nordic Foundation (NNF).”

The 2024 team comprises strong club, collegiate and pro athletes from around the nation who have posted top results throughout the 2023-24 season, securing their spot on the team. 

Competing at the same venue as the 2023 FIS World Championships, the 22 athletes representing both the World Junior and U23 teams will contend for the podium in five events, including both sprint and distance races – with races staggered each day between the junior and U23 races. 

2024 FIS Cross Country Junior World Ski Championships Team and U23 Team
(Hometown; Club/College; Birthdate Year)

World Juniors Team


  • Sofia Scirica (Wellesley, MA; Middlebury Ski Team; 2004)
  • Sammy Smith (Boise, ID; Stifel U.S. Ski Team/Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation; 2005)
  • Nina Schamberger (Leadville, CO; University of Utah Ski Team; 2005) 
  • Ava Thurston (Waterbury, VT; Stifel U.S. Ski Team/Dartmouth Ski Team; 2004)
  • Evelyn Walton (Concord, MA; Dartmouth Ski Team; 2004)
  • Ally Wheeler (Casper, WY; Casper Nordic Ski Club; 2007)


  • Wes Campbell (Park City, UT; Michigan Tech University Ski Team; 2004) 
  • Zachary Jayne (Bend, OR; University of Utah Ski Team; 2004)
  • Trey Jones (Steamboat Springs, CO; University of Colorado Boulder Ski Team; 2004)
  • Jack Lange (Lyme, NH; Dartmouth Ski Team; 2004)
  • Matt Seline (Truckee, CA; University of Alaska Anchorage Ski Team; 2004)
  • Lucas Wilmot (Jackson Hole, WY; Jackson Hole Ski Club; 2006)

U23 Team


  • Haley Brewster (Avon, CO; Stifel U.S. Ski Team/University of Vermont Ski Team; 2003)
  • Kendall Kramer (Fairbank, AK; University of Alaska Fairbanks Ski Team; 2002)
  • Novie McCabe (Winthrop, WA; Stifel U.S. Ski Team/Alaska Pacific University Ski Team; 2001)
  • Anabel Needham (Houghton, MI; Michigan Tech University Ski Team; 2001)
  • Nina Seemann (Wheelock, VT; Dartmouth Ski Team; 2002)


  • Brian Bushey (Montpelier, VT; Stifel U.S. Ski Team/University of Utah Ski Team; 2002)
  • John Steel Hagenbuch (Sun Valley, ID; Stifel U.S. Ski Team/Dartmouth Ski Team; 2001)
  • Walker Hall; (Winthrop, WA; Stifel U.S. Ski Team/University of Utah Ski Team; 2002)
  • Logan Moore (Durango, CO; Middlebury College Ski Team; 2002)
  • Elijah Weenig (Jackson Hole, WY; Denver University; 2002)


  • Trip Leader & Head Coach: Greta Anderson, Stifel U.S. Ski Team
  • Coach: Bryan Fish, Stifel U.S. Ski Team
  • Coach: Lucy Glanville, Soldier Hollow 

Service Staff

  • Head of Service: August Teague, Aspen Valley Ski Club
  • Service: Bernie Nelson, Auburn Ski Club
  • Service: Will Wicherski, Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club
  • Service: Peter Holmes, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation
  • Service: Kaelyn Woods, Bridger Ski Foundation
  • Service: Ben Higgins, Great Glen Outdoor Center
  • Service: Paige Ripley, Fairbanks X-Country

Medical Staff

  • Medical Staff: Dr. Katie Eichten, Spooner Nordic
  • Medical Staff: Dr. Jasmine Wiley
  • Physical Therapist: Dr. Elizabeth Smith, Loppet Nordic Racing

(More information can be found here

World Junior Championships 

  • Feb. 5: 1.2k Skate Sprint (men/women)
  • Feb. 7: 20k Mass Start Skate (men/women)
  • Feb. 9: 10k Classic (men/women)
  • Feb. 11: 4.5k Relay, Classic/Skate (men/women)


  • Feb. 6: 1.2k Skate Sprint (men/women)
  • Feb. 8: 20k Mass Start Skate (men/women)
  • Feb. 10: 10k Classic (men/women)
  • Feb. 11: 4.5k Relay, Classic/Skate (men/women)


Shiffrin Earns 94th Victory in Flachau

By Mackenzie Moran
January, 16 2024
Mikaela Shiffrin
Mikaela Shiffrin skis in the night slalom, on her way to her 94th career World Cup victory. (Getty Images)

It was an emotional night in Flachau, Austria with Stifel U.S. Ski Team athlete Mikaela Shiffrin earning her 94th World Cup victory, 81st slalom podium and 57th slalom victory. With her 81st slalom podium, she tied alpine ski racing legend Ingemar Stenmark for the most slalom podiums in history.

The emotions at the finish were not because of the win but because of the week Shiffrin had leading up to the win. This past Saturday, Dec. 13 in Wengen, Switzerland, her boyfriend, Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, crashed on one of the most dangerous downhills on the men’s circuit, the Lauberhorn. Kilde had to be airlifted by helicopter to nearby Bern, Switzerland for emergency surgery to tend to his injuries. 

At the time, Shiffrin was taking time off from racing, focusing on illness recovery and forgoing a speed series in Zuuchensee, Austria. Not long after she got the news of the severity of Kilde’s injuries, she hopped on a plane and flew to Bern, Switzerland. She spent Saturday night and most of Sunday at the hospital, sleeping on pillows on the floor to be by his side for the short amount of time she could be there - but she was not going to miss the upcoming night slalom in Falchau, a race that she ultimately ended up winning. 

“I could either be with Aleks right now, or I could come race, and if I was going to come race, then it wasn’t going to be for nothing,” Shiffrin said. “The last three days, it feels like I lived a lifetime.”

Shiffrin's slalom rival, Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova, didn't go down without a fight in the race, having won the first run. But Shiffrin made up a time deficit from first run to win by 0.27 seconds and grab her fifth victory in Flachau. Vlhova was second and Sweden's Sara Hector third. 

“I’m very proud of this evening, and I’m very thankful for my whole team,” Shiffrin said through tears as she spoke to the crowd in the wake of her victory. “These last days have been very challenging, and they’ve been so supportive and helped me go see Aleks… and thank you all for cheering.”

Shiffrin and Vlhova have continued to dominate World Cup slalom skiing, having won 13 of the last 14 World Cup slalom events. All seven of this season's slaloms were won by Shiffrin and Vlhova; Shiffrin has four victories and Vlhova has three. In Flachau alone, each of the last six slaloms were won by Vlhova or Shiffrin, stretching back to 2017.

“It’s a pretty special time in ski racing,” she added. “And I’m thankful that I’m able to have a career where I’ve been able to race against multiple athletes who are the greatest of all time. It’s not always easy, but it's special.”

Stifel U.S. Ski Team teammate AJ Hurt sat in ninth after the first run, another blazing fast time for the slalom up-and-comer, but was unable to hang out through the first section of the second run and did not finish. Paula Moltzan laid down the fastest time in the first section of the course on her first run, setting a high standard for the night’s race of a time to beat. Unfortunately, Moltzan pushed her limit and skied out of the course early on in the race. Lila Lapanja also skied out and did not finish first run. 

Later this week, the women’s tech team heads to Jasna, Slovakia to tackle yet another giant slalom and slalom series, this time in front of Vlhova’s fan base. Tune in to to watch this weekend's race series on Jan. 20 and 21.

Women's slalom

U.S. Ski Jumping Team Announces 2024 Ski Flying World Championships Team

By USA Nordic
January, 16 2024
Decker Dean
Decker Dean of the U.S. Ski Jumping Team competes earlier this year.

Park City, Utah (January 16, 2024) - Today, U.S. Ski & Snowboard announced the five athletes that will represent the U.S. Ski Jumping Team at the 2024 FIS Ski Flying World Championships in Kulm Bad Mitterndorf/Tauplitz, Austria, Jan. 25-28, 2024.

This year’s FIS Ski Flying World Championships team features four U.S. Ski Jumping Team men’s athletes. This will be the second Ski Flying World Championships for Decker Dean, after competing in Planica, Slovenia, in 2020. Andrew Urlaub, Erik Belshaw and Tate Frantz have earned their first-ever Ski Flying World Championships team nominations.

Belshaw currently has the highest world ranking out of all United States ski jumping athletes, ranked 47th, scoring World Cup points once this season after finishing 24th in the HS142 event in Ruka, Finland. Urlaub and Frantz have scored World Cup points one time each this season, with Urlaub 27th in the HS98 event in Lillehammer, Norway and Frantz 30th in the HS142 event in Ruka.

These four national team athletes will be joined by ski jumping veteran, Kevin Bickner. Bickner represented the United States at the 2018 FIS Ski Flying World Championships in Oberstdorf, Germany, placing 24th overall in the HS235 World Championship. Bickner is the current national record holder for ski flying, jumping to 244.5 meters in 2017 during the HS225 World Cup in Vikersund, Norway.

“I’m really looking forward to the upcoming Ski Flying World Championships in Kulm. Our juniors, Tate and Erik, have shown some really high level jumps the past several weeks, and last weekend they showed those jumps at the World Cup events in Wisla,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Sport Director Anders Johnson. “Additionally, Kevin Bickner has continued to work his way back into good shape after taking a long break after Beijing. Kevin is the U.S. record holder, so he certainly knows how to fly.”

"There is nothing more exhilarating than the Ski Flying World Championships," said USA Nordic CEO Adam Provost. "I know the team is excited about the opportunity and I'm excited to watch them compete against the best in the world."

Fans will be able to watch the 2024 FIS Ski Flying World Championships live on Peacock, with live results also being available on the FIS website.


(Name, hometown, ski club, birthdate, past World Championship teams)
*Denotes first World Championships team

  • Andrew Urlaub* (Eau Claire, WI; Flying Eagles Ski Club; 4/12/2001)
  • Decker Dean (Steamboat Springs, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 8/8/2000; 2020)
  • Erik Belshaw* (Steamboat Springs, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 8/23/2004)
  • Kevin Bickner (Wauconda, IL; Norge Ski Club; 9/23/96; 2018)
  • Tate Frantz* (Lake Placid, NY; New York Ski Educational Foundation; 3/28/2005)

2024 FIS Ski Flying World Championships Schedule
All times ET, subject to change.

Thursday, January 25th

  • 8:00 a.m. - FIS Ski Flying World Championships HS235 Qualification - Peacock

Friday, January 26th

  • 8:00 a.m. - FIS Ski Flying World Championships Individual HS235 Event (Rounds 1 & 2) - Peacock

Saturday, January 27th

  • 8:00 a.m. - FIS Ski Flying World Championships Individual HS235 Event (Rounds 3 & 4) - Peacock

Sunday, January 28th

  • 8:00 a.m. - FIS Ski Flying World Championships Team HS235 Event - Peacock

Macuga Scores First Top 10 in Zauchensee

By Mackenzie Moran
January, 14 2024
Lauren Macuga celebrates in the finish.
21-year-old Lauren Macuga earns the first top 10 finish of her career in the Zauchensee super-G on Sunday, Jan. 14.

When 21-year-old Lauren Macuga skied into the finish after her super-G run on Sunday, Jan. 14, she was surprised, to say the least. Macuga, who was the 48th racer to ski the course, had skied into 10th – a career-best result for her and the best result for the Stifel U.S. Ski Team in Zauchensee.

"I came through the finish and thought, 'My run couldn't have been that good' because it didn't feel that good. Then all of a sudden, I heard the announcer say, "Oh my gosh," she said. 

Macuga frantically looked around trying to find the leaderboard to see how she finished. "It didn't even feel real."

As the last Stifel U.S. Ski Team member to cross the finish line on Sunday, Macuga didn't expect to be the only woman who posted a top 30 time, especially since her run didn't feel as solid as her time.

"[My run] was everything I've been trying to do, and I did it," she said. "It didn't feel great, but that's just kind of how it went. I was trying so hard in the right way, and it just gave back, and it was fast." 

The Park City native had her first World Cup start in 2021 and has only posted a top-30 result thrice since. Her best finish in a super-G was 17th in Val d'Isere early on in the 2023-24 season. 

"I've been working so hard, and it's showing," she exclaimed. "It's that little bit of confidence to be like, I know that I've done it, and now I can do it again." 

Macuga's ability to break into the top 10 on Sunday is quite the feat, especially given the tight times posted by all of the competing women throughout the day. Macuga was just 0.58 seconds behind the day's winner, Lara Gut-Behrami. Austria's Cornelia Huetter finished second, 0.25 seconds back, while her teammate, Mirjam Puchner, finished third, 0.26 seconds back.

Stifel U.S. Ski team athletes Bella Wright, Alice Merryweather, and Keely Cashman finished their runs, but outside of the top 30.  Jacqueline Wiles and Tricia Mangan both skied speedy top sections but made mistakes towards the third section of the course and were unable to finish. 

Women's speed continues in Cortina d'Ampezzo on Friday, Jan. 25. The next race on the docket for the women's team is the night slalom in Flachau, Austria, on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 12:00 p.m. ET on Peacock. 



Women's super-G



12:00 p.m. ET, – Women's slalom, Flachau, AUT – Peacock

Wiles, Wright Top 20 in Zauchensee Downhill

By Mackenzie Moran
January, 13 2024
Jacqueline Wiles in Zauchensee downhill
Jacqueline Wiles charges from bib 39 to finish the Zauchensee downhill in 14th (Christophe Pallet).

Jacqueline Wiles posted another strong result in Zauchensee on Saturday, Jan. 13, finishing 14th overall in the downhill, her best result in the discipline since Cortina in 2022. Wiles' push into the top 15 from bib 39 also earned her her second Stifel Bibbo Award of the weekend, an honor that goes to the racer who advances through the ranks the most from their bib number. 

"I've had some great memories on this track, so I'm more confident with where I'm going, and I have my line dialed," said Wiles. "I just needed to nail a few key turns and let the skis run. I got late at times, but I kept it going, and I think that's why I was able to have a fast run."

Wright, who pushed out of the start in bib 2, also ended the day with a solid result, finishing 17th overall. After Friday's super-G, Wright changed her plan and chose to ski with more enthusiasm and less reserve than the previous day.

"I will always feel better with a result where I know I pushed my skiing to the limit rather than trying to ski the whole course perfectly," said Wright. "A small mistake ended up costing me a lot of time today, and when you start that early on great snow, you end up on the right or the wrong side of the times. I fell back a bit today, but I still feel good about my skiing."

Italy's Sofia Goggia came out on top, winning her first downhill of the season. Austria's Stephanie Venier finished one-tenth off Goggia's winning time in second, followed by her teammate Mirjam Puchner, who tied with Italy's Nicol Delago in third.

Stifel U.S. Ski Team athlete Tricia Mangan did not finish but escaped a crash and is okay. Lauren Macuga finished 36th, and Keely Cashman finished 38th.

The speed series in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria, will wrap up on Sunday, Jan. 14, with a second super-G. Wiles, Wright, Mangan, Cashman, Macuga and Alice Merryweather will start. Tune in on Peacock at 5:00 a.m. ET to catch the final race of the weekend.

Women's Downhill

Isabella Wright (34)
Keely Cashman (42)
Alice Merryweather (43)
Tricia Mangan (45)
Jacqueline Wiles (47)
Lauren Macuga (48)

5:00 a.m. ET - women's super-G, Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria - Peacock