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Gulini Second at World Cup Finals in Veysonnaz, Switzerland

By Annie Fast
March, 20 2022
Women's podium
Faye Gulini finishes second in World Cup Finals snowboardcross. (GEPA pictures/ Daniel Goetzhaber)

Faye Gulini took second place at the finals of the FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup tour 2021/22 at Veysonnaz, Switzerland. This marks a stellar end of the season for the U.S. Snowboard Team pro rider, who started her season off with a second-place finish at the Cervinia World Cup. Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Jacobellis finished in ninth, with Stacy Gaskill in 13th.

The women’s big final consisted of Gulini, Great Britain’s Charlotte Bankes, France’s Manon Petit Lenoir and Canadian Audrey McManiman. Gulini took the lead from the start and held it through the upper section, powering through the jumps where fourth-place finisher McManiman crashed out. Bankes eventually overtook Gulini through a banked turn midway through the course. Gulini confidently held onto second place across the finish line, followed by Lenoir in third.

“After another stressful season and a lot of adversity thrown at our team this season, I couldn’t be happier to be standing atop a podium here at the World Cup Finals,” said Gulini.

In the men’s field, Senna Leith had the top finish for the men in ninth, with Mick Dierdorff and Hagen Kearney finishing in 17th and Jake Vedder in 25th.

The U.S. Snowboardcross team ends this season with six World Cup podiums—with Gulini, Jacobellis and Nick Baumgartner earning two podiums each. Add to this two gold medals at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing, where Jacobellis earned gold in women’s snowboardcross, then teaming up with Baumgartner to win gold in the inaugural mixed team event to bring the U.S. team podiums to eight for the season. 

Women’s Finals
Men’s Finals

Shiffrin Claims Overall Title; Winters Top Ten in Slalom To Finish Season

By Mackenzie Moran
March, 20 2022

Mikaela Shiffrin's season concluded on Sunday, March 20, when the 27-year-old hoisted her fourth World Cup overall crystal globe over her head. Shiffrin, who finished seventh in her final race on Sunday, is excited to get some rest before looking forward to spring and summer training, where she'll focus on conquering the softer snow conditions that seemed to give her a hard time this year. 

"All in all, it was a good season with some really great performances, and it was also a tough season," she reflected. "I think everybody would say that they are tired at this point, and we're excited to have a couple of days at home before we start right up again."

After her first run of the giant slalom, Shiffrin held the lead by 0.82 seconds. Unfortunately, the snow softened up significantly between the first and second run, making it challenging for Shiffrin, who loves hard, icy surfaces, to hang on to her time. She ended the day in seventh and overall finished third in the giant slalom standings behind Sweden's Sara Hector in second and France's Tessa Worley in first. 

"I had a really awesome first run," she said. "It felt like I was trying to replicate it in the second run, but in the end, I wasn't making quick enough turns with the change of conditions. It is what it is. It shows that I have work to do on these types of conditions. It was much like the slalom yesterday, and it gives me a direction to go. But it's so cool for Tessa, on this day, in France, that she was able to grab the globe."

Paula Moltzan joined Shiffrin in the giant slalom and finished in 21st. She is ranked 22nd overall in the giant slalom season standings. 

On the men's side, Luke Winters grabbed yet another slalom top 10 in his final slalom race, finishing 8th overall. Winters sat in 21st after his first run and laid down the third-fastest time on the second run to bump him up in the standings and finish the season strong. Winters ended the year ranked 23rd in the slalom overall—marking the best season of his career. 

Sunday's races in Courchevel/Meribel, France mark the conclusion of the men's and women's World Cup season. Next, the alpine team heads to Sugarloaf, Maine to compete in U.S. Nationals before jumping right into the spring training series. 

RESULTS
Women's giant slalom
Men's slalom

STANDINGS
Women's overall
Women's slalom
Men's slalom

Shiffrin Second In Slalom Season Standings

By Mackenzie Moran
March, 19 2022
Mikaela Shiffrin
Mikaela Shiffrin finishes second in the overall standings, behind Slovakia's Petra Vlhova. Germany's Lena Duerr Germany finished third overall. (Agence Zoom/Getty Images-Michel Cottin)

Mikaela Shiffrin's slalom season came to its conclusion Saturday with an eighth-place finish in the FIS World Cup Finals in Courchevel, France. Shiffrin was also acknowledged for her overall season performance, where she finished second in the overall standings behind Slovakian rival Petra Vlhova. 

Warm weather and sunny conditions made the snow a bit softer on the pitch than Shiffrin likes it, and she struggled to find her perfect balance in Saturday's slalom. Although she was not completely satisfied with her result, Shiffrin was happy to have the opportunity to ski a few good turns and celebrate a hard-fought slalom season under blue skies.

"In past races I've shown not much speed in these softer conditions," commented Shiffrin. "It's something I didn't have time to figure out before now, but now we have something I can really work on over the summer if we want to try and improve a bit on this kind of softer snow."

When asked if she is looking forward to the final race of the season, the giant slalom on Sunday, she said, "I'm optimistic. I think it's a chance for me to again try to work on some things in softer snow. Normally I won't risk something unless I feel that there is something to get back from the surface. But I'm also watching all the other competitors when they're skiing really well on these kinds of conditions, their movements and how they're able to perform and I'm hopeful that I have the chance to perform like that as well."

Teammate Paula Moltzan finished 16th in the final slalom on Saturday, landing her in the top 20 ranking in slalom overall. Moltzan will join Shiffrin on Sunday in the World Cup Final giant slalom for the first time in her career.

In the men's giant slalom, River Radamus was the sole representative for the United States. He finished the day 20th overall, and the season ranked 15th on the World Cup in giant slalom. For Radamus, this is a career-best overall finish to the season.

In the final day of the FIS Ski World Cup on Sunday, the women will race giant slalom and the men will race slalom. Shiffrin is still in contention for the giant slalom globe. Moltzan will also race. Luke Winters will represent the U.S. for the men in slalom. 

RESULTS
Women's slalom
Men's giant slalom

STANDINGS
Women

Overall
Slalom

Men
Overall
Giant Slalom

HOW TO WATCH
*All times EDT

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Sunday, March 20, 2022
 
4:00 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Women’s Giant Slalom (Run 1) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard LivePeacock
5:30 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Men’s Slalom (Run 1) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard LivePeacock
7:00 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Women’s Giant Slalom (Run 2) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard LivePeacock
8:30 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Men’s Slalom (Run 2) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard LivePeacock

Sport-specific broadcast and streaming schedules are available below:

Broadcast and streaming schedules are updated on a daily basis throughout the season.

U.S. 3-4 in Dual Moguls World Cup Finals, Wins Nations Cup

By Lara Carlton
March, 19 2022
Jaelin Kauf
Jaelin Kauf finishes third in World Cup Finals dual moguls competition. (Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom)

Moguls wrapped their World Cup season with a last Duals under bluebird skies and in front of an excited crowd during the second day of World Cup Finals in Megève, France. Jaelin Kauf and Kai Owens finished third and fourth, respectively, after a battle for bronze in the Small Final. This marks Kauf’s 20th career World Cup podium. France’s Perrine Laffont won for the women, Australia’s Jakarta Anthony came in second. 

"Today I was just focusing on my run and doing what I could, keeping to my strengths, said Kauf. "It’s been a good year. Pretty fun to end it with a few podiums and dualing it out against Kai again. Onto nationals next week to have some more fun."

Kauf, Hannah Soar, Owens and Elizebeth Lemley represented the U.S. in the Eight Final. Soar finished sixth and after a friendly-fire round between Owens and Lemley, Lemley finished fifth. 

Two men, Cole McDonald and Dylan Walczyk, skied for the U.S. in the Eight Final. McDonald had trouble getting out of the gate against Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury and finished eighth. Walczyk finished fifth, Nick Page finished 13th and Brad Wilson 19th. 

Kingsbury won for the men, Japan’s Ikuma Horishima finished second and Sweden’s Ludvig Fjallstrom finished third. 

New this season was the distinction of Moguls and Dual Moguls as separate Globe and Nations’ Cups disciplines. The U.S. captured the Dual Moguls Nations Cup in its inaugural year. Owens finished third in the Dual Moguls standings.

“We have been through a lot this season as a team, and to come away with a collective win together is an awesome way to cap the World Cup tour,” said Head Moguls Coach Matt Gnoza. “Nations’ Cups are won by every American athlete that started in a World Cup competition and to have such a deep field of talent is promising for our future. Every athlete who contributed to this accolade can be proud of what they have accomplished personally and know it way a key factor in us winning this.”

It feels amazing [to finish third in Duals standings],” reflected Owens. “I’m feeling very fortunate and also feeling super excited for next season and what’s to come!”

Moguls competes next at Deer Valley Resort for the 2022 U.S. Freestyle Championships presented by Toyota March 25-27.

 

RESULTS
Women’s Dual Moguls
Men’s Dual Moguls

 

Winkelmann Earns Third at Spinderluv Mlyn World Cup Slopestyle

By Annie Fast
March, 19 2022
Luke Winkelmann
Luke Winkelmann earns third place at the Spinderluv Mlyn SnowJam slopestyle World Cup. (FIS Snowboard)

U.S. Snowboard Slopestyle team rider Luke Winkelmann earned third place at the Spinderluv Mlyn SnowJam slopestyle World Cup. This marks the second FIS World Cup podium for the 21-year-old, who made his first podium in January at the Calgary Snow Rodeo, also in third place.

Winkelmann took third place on his first run and held on all the way to the end, bumping up his score to 85.50 on his second run as the last rider to drop.  

Winkelmann landed two completely different runs, increasing the difficulty in his second run linking together a switch lipslide pretzel out on the upper rail, into a frontside double 1260, into a Cab 720 double nosegrab, into the second rail feature with a switch boardslide 270 out onto the butter box into switch backside 360 off, and finishing with a switch backside triple cork 1440.

“Going after Tian [Collins], William [Mathisen], Sven [Thorgren] and Dusty [Henricksen] is always nerve-wracking when you’re sitting in third and you don’t know if it’s going to stick,” said Winkelmann. “I was so happy to do the run that I really wanted to do in finals and not just my safety run. So, I’m just happy it worked out.

As for earning his second World Cup podium of the season, Winkelmann shared, “Calgary was insane, that was awesome to get on the podium, and I just wanted to feel that again and know I still got it, and I’m just so happy today worked out!”

After qualifying first in his heat Friday, Dusty Henricksen landed in ninth place in finals with a score of 59.5. New Zealand’s Tiarn Collins earned first with a score of 90.25, followed by Sweden’s William Mathisen in second with a score of 86.75, both putting down 1620s in their runs.

Winkelmann is now in fourth place in the World Cup standings. U.S. teammate Sean Fitzsimons is in eighth and Red Gerard is in ninth to round out the top ten.


The season's final FIS World Cup slopestyle competition is up next, March 25–27, at the Corvatsch ski resort in Silvaplana, Switzerland. 

Full Results
Men’s Finals
Women’s Finals

Shiffrin Second In Super-G, Clinches Fourth Overall Globe

By Megan Harrod
March, 17 2022
Mikaela Shiffrin Clinches Overall Globe
Mikaela Shiffrin reacts after crossing the finish line during the super-G of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Finals in Courchevel, France, on March 17, 2022. (AFP via Getty Images-Nicolas Tucat)

Two-time Olympic champion and six-time world champion Mikaela Shiffrin finished second in Thursday’s super-G at World Cup Finals in Courchevel/Meribel, France, clinching her fourth career overall Crystal Globe, a little earlier than expected. Slovakian rival Petra Vlhova finished outside of the points in 17th, making it mathematically impossible to catch Shiffrin in the remaining two races of the FIS Ski World Cup Finals. 

Conditions were not necessarily ideal for Shiffrin. Challenging light, warm temperatures, and a soft surface on an open and straight super-G set did not play into her technical skills. But in the end, it didn’t matter. Shiffrin carried her confidence from Wednesday’s downhill victory to the super-G, finishing a mere .05 seconds behind Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel. Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin finished in third, .13 off the pace. Vlhova was 1.39 seconds out. The super-G title winner, Italy’s Federica Brignone, finished in 19th, 1.64 seconds out. 

Despite the highs and lows of this season, Shiffrin admits she found some “really nice moments” during the last couple of races. She found joy in skiing to her career fourth overall title and 120th career podium. With the title, Shiffrin tied former teammate Lindsey Vonn with four overall titles. Among women, only Annemarie Moser-Pröll has more overall titles (six). When asked if this victory was more memorable than the others, given the challenges of the season, Shiffrin said, “It’s hard to compare them all…they’re all special, but this season has been one of the most confusing seasons I’ve ever had. I felt motivation, I felt triumph…but I also had some tough moments…this COVID time and different things that were difficult to deal with. That carried through the Olympics, and carried right until now.”

Shiffrin herself is still surprised with Wednesday’s downhill victory, admitting, “I never would say I’d be a threat to win downhills again after the last two seasons…I can perform well, maybe get some points…but I wouldn’t say that I had the right mentality or emotional or mental energy to push in downhill in a way you have to do to win.” She continued, “And, there’s maybe some conditions and how things came together for yesterday and today that suited me very well, so that was a perfect opportunity, and I can’t believe it worked out that way.” 

Looking ahead to the tech events on Saturday and Sunday, Shiffrin acknowledged that the conditions with the soft snow are not her ideal conditions, but she is looking forward to going out and just skiing. “We have two more races this season to hopefully ski well…and most importantly, just try to enjoy it,” she said. “It’s certainly not the conditions I normally love in either GS or slalom, but I think I can ski well if I’m working on the right things, so I can take it even as training days to practice how I perform in races on these conditions as well. So, that could be quite fun and could be something to enjoy, and I really appreciate that.” 

Brignone won the super-G title with 506 points, followed by teammate Elena Curtoni (390). Shiffrin ended up third in the super-G season standings, with 380 points. 

Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr won on the men's side, followed by Swiss Marco Odermatt in second, .53 seconds back. Switzerland’s Gino Caviezel rounded out the podium in third, .75 back. Olympic silver medalist Ryan Cochran-Siegle led the way for the Americans in seventh place, with Travis Ganong in 20th. In doing so, Cochran-Siegle snuck into the top 10 in the super-G season standings, along with the downhill season standings. Ganong ended up 14th in the season super-G standings. 

Aamodt Kilde won the super-G globe with 530 points, followed by Odermatt with 402 points. Vincent Kriechmayr ended up third, with 375 points. Swiss Marco Odermatt clinched the overall Crystal Globe over Aamodt Kilde on Wednesday. 

Up next is the mixed team event on Friday. The U.S. will not field a team. On Saturday, River Radamus will take on the giant slalom, and Mikaela Shiffrin and Paula Moltzan will represent the U.S. in the slalom. 

RESULTS
Women’s super-G
Men's super-G

STANDINGS

Women
Women’s super-G
Women’s overall

Men
Men’s super-G
Men’s overall

HOW TO WATCH

*All times EDT.

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Friday, March 18, 2022
7:00 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Mixed Team Parallel Slalom, Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock

Saturday, March 19, 2022
4:00 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Men’s Giant Slalom (Run 1) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock
5:30 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Women’s Slalom (Run 1) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock
7:00 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Men’s Giant Slalom (Run 2) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock

8:30 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Women’s Slalom (Run 2) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock

Sunday, March 20, 2022
4:00 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Women’s Giant Slalom (Run 1) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock
5:30 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Men’s Slalom (Run 1) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock
7:00 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Women’s Giant Slalom (Run 2) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock
8:30 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Men’s Slalom (Run 2) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock

Sport-specific broadcast and streaming schedules are available below:

Broadcast and streaming schedules are updated on a daily basis throughout the season.

 

Shiffrin Earns First Downhill Victory Since 2020

By Megan Harrod
March, 16 2022

Two-time Olympic champion and six-time world champion Mikaela Shiffrin reminded everyone that she’s not just one of the best technical skiers in the world, with a massive victory in Wednesday’s downhill to open FIS Ski World Cup Finals in Courchevel/Meribel, France. 

It was a tight and exciting downhill race at the site of the 2023 World Championships on a new track for everyone, L'Eclipse, at Courchevel. The coveted leaderboard saw a lot of faces, with Czech Republic’s Ester Ledecka setting the pace and hanging on until Swiss Joana Haehlen took over. From there, Austria’s Christine Scheyer came down tied with Haehlen. Though she was running bib 21 with only two downhill World Cups under her belt this season—in which she placed 26th and 38th, at Lake Louise, Canada—Shiffrin had confidence from her fast downhill training runs and took that confidence into race day. Shiffrin came down in first by .10 seconds to push Haehlen and Scheyer into second. Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin finished fourth, a mere .14 off Shiffrin’s pace. 

The victory is Shiffrin’s 74th career victory and third downhill victory. The last time Shiffrin was on top of the downhill podium—or a speed podium of any kind—was on January 24, 2020, in Bankso, Bulgaria. Though she is the only athlete in history to win in all six World Cup disciplines, Shiffrin still doesn’t consider herself a seasoned speed skier, yet her natural gift for speed is undeniable. 

“I don’t really feel like I’m supposed to be winning downhills,” she reflected following her victory. She continued, “Actually, I feel like I’m supposed to not be winning downhills, so it worked out amazing today, and I think I did a really good job with my coaches and the whole team here, they’re all here and fully committed to helping me learn this track and execute it the best possible way…and giving me exactly what I needed to ski the most confident. Even then, I’m not a downhill skier right now. I have great pieces, but it takes a lot of thought, a lot of work, a lot of effort…some of the things that come naturally to other women are not coming naturally to me. So I have to remind myself of little things that no one else is having to think about.” 

With just a handful of downhill training days under her belt this season, Shiffrin was just looking for some points. “For me, I was thinking if I could be top 10 or top five that would be great…but to actually win the race is above my expectations,” she said.

Shiffrin's boyfriend, Norway's Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, put down an inspiring performance for Shiffrin on Wednesday to secure the downhill globe, and he and Shiffrin spent significant time talking about L'Eclipse and their game plan heading into Wednesday. “He’s skiing the course, so obviously he knows how it’s feeling…how the surface feels, and we’re talking about skiing a lot, so it’s really pretty easy for me to understand his points," Shiffrin shared. "From the first training, he said, ‘be smart in these key sections and then just good turns.’ It was just simple and clear. And then I felt very comfortable with where I was going on the track all of the time, so then I felt like I could really push and ski with good intention and timing. It worked perfectly. I love talking about skiing with Aleks. He’s an amazing skier, so I love to watch him and I love to talk about it with him.”

Shiffrin is happy to put the Olympics at Beijing 2022 in her rearview mirror and move towards the goal to win her fourth overall Crystal Globe. With the victory, Shiffrin walked away with 100 valuable points towards her overall effort. Meanwhile, rival Slovakian Petra Vlhova finished 16th and therefore outside of the points, as the top 15 athletes at World Cup Finals score points. She now has a 156-point lead over Vlhova going into the rest of the series. 

In the women's downhill globe race, Italy’s Sofia Goggia secured the title with her 12th place finish, as Switzerland’s Corinne Suter struggled and finished outside of the points, in 19th place. Goggia finished the season with 504 points to Suter’s 407 points to take home the discipline globe for the second-straight year and third time in her career. 

Olympic silver medalist Ryan Cochran-Siegle led the Americans in eighth place on the men's side, with Travis Ganong in 10th and Bryce Bennett finishing 20th. In the downhill season standings, Cochran-Siegle ended up 10th in his comeback season, followed by Ganong in 11th and Bennett in 12th. This is Cochran-Siegle’s career-best season ranking in downhill. 

"It’s great to finish within the top 10 considering I was coming back from an injury and also adjusting to the new equipment," Cochran-Siegle said. "That being said, I believe there is still more to be had and that I have a lot to work on to show my best skiing every race. This is certainly a good place to be heading into the offseason and starting preparations for next year, but I really need to stay focused and keep working hard if I want to continue moving up the ranks. I’m hoping this will take some of the pressure off for tomorrow, not really having to worry about results or standings and instead being able to go out and race. I think in order to do well tomorrow I just need to ski with confidence and put it on the line to finish the season strong!"

In the tight race for the men’s downhill globe, Aamodt Kilde snuck past Switzerland’s Beat Feuz with 620 points to Feuz’s 607, spoiling the party and Feuz’s goal to get five-straight downhill globes. Aamodt Kilde also earned the super-G discipline globe this season. With his second-place finish on Wednesday, Swiss Marco Odermatt clinched the overall Crystal Globe over Aamodt Kilde. 

Up next for the men and women is super-G on Thursday. Cochran-Siegle, Ganong, and Shiffrin have qualified in super-G and will represent the U.S. Ski Team. 

RESULTS
Men’s downhill
Women’s downhill

STANDINGS
Men
Men’s downhill
Men’s overall

Women
Women’s downhill
Women’s overall

HOW TO WATCH
*All times EDT.

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Thursday, March 17, 2022
5:00 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Women’s super-G, Courchevel, France, Streaming Peacock
6:30 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Men’s super-G, Courchevel, France, Streaming Peacock

Friday, March 18, 2022
7:00 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Mixed Team Parallel Slalom, Courchevel, France, Streaming Peacock

Saturday, March 19, 2022
4:00 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Men’s Giant Slalom (Run 1) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock
5:30 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Women’s Slalom (Run 1) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock
7:00 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Men’s Giant Slalom (Run 2) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock

8:30 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Women’s Slalom (Run 2) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock

Sunday, March 20, 2022
4:00 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Women’s Giant Slalom (Run 1) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock
5:30 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Men’s Slalom (Run 1) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock
7:00 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Women’s Giant Slalom (Run 2) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock
8:30 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Men’s Slalom (Run 2) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock

Sport-specific broadcast and streaming schedules are available below:

Broadcast and streaming schedules are updated on a daily basis throughout the season.

 

Lillis, Nick Win Toyota U.S. Aerial Freestyle Titles

By Tom Horrocks
March, 14 2022
Megan Nick
Megan Nick jumps in front of more than 1,000 fans at the Toyota U.S. Aerial Freestyle Championships at Bristol Mountain, New York, Sunday evening. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

Olympic gold medalist Chris Lillis, and Olympic bronze medalist Megan Nick took home U.S. titles Sunday night in front of a crowd of more than 1,000 fans at the Toyota U.S. Aerial Freestyle Championships at Bristol Mountian, New York.

"It was a lot of fun," said Lillis, who won with a double full full to defend his U.S. title. "I'm stoked for what the future holds at Bristol we had almost 1500 ticketed people in the crowd!"

This was the second time that Bristol has hosted the U.S. Aerial Freestyle Championships. Sunday's event was scheduled to take place on Jan. 31, 2021, however, it was rescheduled due to snow conditions. 

Lillis posted a score of 100.46 to take the win. Connor Curran was second, and Derek Krueger was third.

Nick posted a score of 86.62 to earn her first U.S. title. Kaila Kuhn was second, followed by Ashley Caldwell in third.

RESULTS

Women's U.S. Aerial Championships
Men's U.S. Aerial Championships

Freeski & Snowboard Teams Earn Eleven Medals at Junior World Championships

By Annie Fast
March, 14 2022
Men's Freeski Halfpipe podium.
The men's freeski halfpipe podium: New Zealand's Gustav Legnavsky with gold, and U.S. skiers Matt Labaugh and Ben Fethke earning silver and bronze. (Martin Steffen / @Leysin22)

The 2022 U.S. Freeski Junior World Championships team earned a total of eleven medals during the six-day competition in Leysin, Switzerland, with the freeski team earning nine medals and two in snowboard.

“We’re very excited to return to Junior World Championships after a two-year break due to Covid, says U.S. Ski & Snowboard Sport Development Director Ashley Deibold, The U.S. has a lot of very talented development athletes coming up through our pipeline and it was great to see how they stacked up against the best development athletes from around the world. We are proud of all of our Junior Worlds team athletes and it’s a bonus to be bring home eleven medals from Leysin.”

The freeski team earned nine of the 18 medals with several athletes earning multiple medals. U.S. Freeski Rookie Team athlete Troy Podmilsak earned gold in big air and slopestyle. Kate Gray, a member of the Mammoth Mountain Ski & Snowboard Club, medaled in all three disciplines earning two silvers and a bronze. While Matt Labaugh with the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, took home a pair of silver medals in halfpipe and slopestyle. 

Congratulations to all of the skiers and snowboarders for a great week of competition. The future is bright! 

FREESKI

Men’s Freeski Halfpipe
Silver: Matt Labaugh (Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Rocky Mountain Series)
Bronze: Ben Fethke 

Women’s Freeski Halfpipe
Silver: Kate Gray (Mammoth Mountain Freeski Team, Unbound Series)
Bronze: Piper Arnold (Sierra at Tahoe Competition Team, South Tahoe Series)

Men’s Freeski Big Air
Gold: Troy Podmilsak (U.S. Freeski Rookie Slopestyle Team, Park City Ski Team, Big Mountain West Series)

Women’s Freeski Big Air
Silver: Kate Gray (Mammoth Mountain Freeski Team, Unbound Series)

Men’s Freeski Slopestyle
Gold: Troy Podmilsak (U.S. Freeski Rookie Slopestyle Team, Park City Ski Team, Big Mountain West Series)
Silver: Matt Labaugh (Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Rocky Mountain Series)

Women’s Freeski Slopestyle
Bronze: Kate Gray (Mammoth Mountain Freeski Team, Unbound Series)

SNOWBOARD

Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle
Bronze: Fynn Bullock-Womble (U.S. Snowboard Rookie Team, Rocky Mountain Series)

Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe
Silver: Bea Kim (U.S. Snowboard Halfpipe Rookie Team, Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team, Unbound Series)

Complete Freeski Results
Complete Snowboard Results 

 

USA Wins First-Ever World Cup Mixed Team Relay In Falun

By Tom Horrocks
March, 13 2022

Keep it close, then tag off to Jessie Diggins. That was the plan, and Team USA executed it perfectly to take the victory Sunday in the first-ever FIS Cross Country World Cup mixed team relay in Falun, Sweden. 

“It was fast and furious out there today, so our goal was to stay out of trouble and stay in the pack, then let Diggy do her thing, which she does best, and that worked out really well,” said Rosie Brennan, who skied the first of four 5k freestyle legs, tagging off to Zak Ketterson, then Scott Patterson and finally to Diggins, who skied away from Finland Krista Parmakoski and Norway’s Therese Johaug for the victory.

Sunday’s relay win was the first time the United States has stood atop a World Cup relay podium. The previous best was second, accomplished by Rosie Brennan, Jessie Diggins, Sophie Caldwell Hamilton, and Sadie Maubet Bjornson in 2019 in Lillehammer, Norway, and second in 2016 in Nova Mesto, Czech Republic, with Diggins, Caldwell Hamilton, Maubet Bjornson, and Liz Stephens in 2016.

“That was so, so fun,” Diggins said. “We had all the techs out there cheering, we put a lot of glitter on, and when you race for the team, and not just for yourself, it sometimes helps you pull out those very special performances. And for me, it has always been really special because you know that your team is always waiting for you at the finish line.”

Heading into Sunday’s race, the U.S. knew that it had a chance following Saturday’s outstanding performances in the freestyle individual start, including a podium from Diggins and career-best results from Patterson and Ketterson. So with a strategy of staying in the pack near the front of the race, they knew they had a podium shot.

“After Scott and Zak had great days yesterday, I felt that we definitely had a chance, but I was not expecting a victory like that,” Brennan said. “It was fast and tactical racing out there, and in the scramble leg, I wanted to stay near the front of the pack and stay out of trouble.

“I found myself further back in the pack than I wanted on the second (2.5k) lap, but also knew a fall or broken pole would cost us, so I tried to be patient, calm, and tag off in the pack,” Brennan added. “Zak, Scott, and I had the same strategy, and Scott made a great move to get ahead of a split in the pack to tag Jessie in a great place.”

Diggins moved into the lead at the 17.5k mark and used her exceptional downhill skills and fast skis to put some distance on Parmakoski and Johaug.

“I knew that those downhill working corners were one of my strengths, so I thought that I could make sure that I got to the top of that first big sprint climb first, then I could ski all the other downhills how I wanted and have a good shot at setting up a finishing sprint,” Diggins said.

As it turned out, the U.S. techs did such an outstanding job, Diggins didn’t need to pull out a sprint finish as she glided across the line more than three seconds ahead of Parmakoski for the victory.

“I can’t think of a more perfect way to end a really awesome year,” Diggins added. 

The USA 2 team of Julia Kern, Logan Hanneman, Adam Martin, and Caitlin Patterson finished 14th. For the season, the USA finished fifth in the Nations Cup standings.

RESULTS
Mixed Team Relay
National Cup Standings