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Forehand Wins Tignes, Ralph Earns First World Cup Podium

By Sadie Texer - Hydro Flask U.S. Snowboard Team
March, 16 2024
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A stellar course and spring-like conditions set the scene for Saturday morning's slopestyle finals at the Tignes World Cup and the Stifel U.S. Freeski Team looked primed and ready to throw down.

The men’s final featured five Americans, including Mac Forehand, Konnor Ralph, Troy Podmilsak, Hunter Henderson and Alex Hall, who took home the Tignes World Cup big air title and 2023-24 big air Crystal Globe just 12 hours prior.

Coming off his Spring Battle win, Henderson was first to drop for the Americans and threw two 1620s to earn him a solid score of 69.15. Podmilsak and Hall, the two Park City natives, nailed their first runs top-bottom and were the first two competitors of the day to crack into the 80s.

After an impressive showing in qualifications, Ralph put down an explosive first run, capping it off with a double cork 18 with a safety grab and noting, “that’s the best run i’ve ever done!” said Ralph to the cameras in the finish. His clean run was rewarded with a 83.95, putting him just behind teammate Podmilsak.

After seeing his teammates throw down, the pressure was on for top American qualifier Forehand to deliver, and the X Games gold medalist put on a show. Forehand’s first run was a masterclass in slopestyle skiing, throwing a massive switch right double cork 1440 safety and a near-perfect switch left double cork 1620 cuban on the first two jumps and nailing a switch left 630 back 270 on the second rail feature. Forehand was ecstatic with his result in the finish as the judges awarded his run an 85.21, which would hold on to be the top-scoring run of the day in Tignes to secure Forehand his first World Cup slopestyle victory since 2019.

“It’s been a long road and I’ve been working super hard this year,” said Forehand in a post-contest interview, “It’s been five years since my last slopestyle win and it just means the world when all the hard work finally pays off.”

Joining Forehand in the top three was teammate Ralph, who earned his first World Cup podium of his career. Norway’s Tormod Frostad took second place, Hall ended his Tignes campaign in fourth and Podmilsak finished the day in fifth. Henderson took 13th.

Rell Harwood represented the Stifel U.S. Freeski Team on the women’s side and finished the day eighth overall.

The Stifel U.S. Freeski Team heads to Silvaplana for the final slopestyle World Cup of the season. With both overall and discipline-specific Crystal Globes on the line, it will certainly be an entertaining season finale.


Shiffrin Closes Season With Victory Number 97

By Megan Harrod
March, 16 2024
Mikaela Shiffrin
Mikaela Shiffrin is awarded her eighth slalom Crystal Globe in Saalbach, Austria, on Saturday, March 16 (Getty Images).

In the final slalom race of the 2023-24 season on Saturday, March 16, Mikaela Shiffrin earned her 97th career World Cup victory and was officially awarded her record-equaling eighth slalom Crystal Globe. 

After missing six weeks of racing due to an injury sustained in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy in January, Shiffrin came to win, once again flaunting her slalom prowess with victory 96 in Are, Sweden. She backed that up on Saturday with yet another slalom win at World Cup Finals in Saalbach, Austria, closing the season in spectacular fashion. 

“It is incredible,” Shiffrin reflected on her 97th career victory. “It’s a lot of work for the whole team. Situations like this, for me, with this season, you have to rely on the people around you supporting you so much. It’s always that way, but when you’re trying to come back from an injury, and it’s kind of a rush, and it’s stressful, and it’s important for everyone… It just shows even more how important the support system around me is working, and I’m so grateful for it. I’m so happy to have these final two races, which is giving us something to be really proud of going into the prep season.” 

Warm temperatures and soft snow created challenging conditions for all of the athletes on Saturday, and was a battle for the race organizers to keep the track firm. Despite several DNFs, Shiffrin, who was sitting in second coming into her final run of the day, was able to turn on the heat and take the win ahead of Norway’s Mina Fuerst Holtmann in second, .54 seconds off of Shiffrin, and Sweden’s Anna Swenn Larsson in third, .63 off the pace. 

It was a season to remember. Shiffrin grabbed her 16th career Crystal Globe and had nine World Cup victories and 15 World Cup podiums this season across three disciplines. Saturday’s win brings her slalom win tally to 60 victories and 152 podiums. There were highs and lows, and Shiffrin now looks ahead to the 2024-25 prep period. 

Paula Moltzan also started in Saturday’s slalom and skied a solid seventh-place first run within striking distance of the podium. She was having a blazing fast second run, leading the second split by .55, when she straddled and did an acrobatic recovery to stay on her feet. Thankfully, she is OK and will start in Sunday’s giant slalom. 

The World Cup Finals will continue on Sunday with a women’s giant slalom race, followed by a speed weekend featuring downhill and super-G. 

Women’s slalom

Women's slalom


March 17
3:00 a.m. - women’s giant slalom, run 1 - Peacock
4:30 a.m. - men’s slalom, run 1 - Peacock
6:00 a.m. - women’s giant slalom, run 2 - Peacock
7:30 a.m. - women’s slalom, run 2 - Peacock 

March 22
5:00 a.m. - women’s super-G - Peacock
6:30 a.m. - men’s super-G - Peacock 

March 23
6:15 a.m. - women’s downhill - Peacock

March 24
6:15 a.m. - men’s downhill - Peacock 

Moguls Season Wraps with Three on the Podium

By Ryan Odeja - Stifel U.S. Ski Team
March, 16 2024
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The Stifel U.S. Freestyle Ski Team moguls athletes smile on the podium after winning the Nations Cup. (Mateusz Kielpinski / FIS Freestyle).

The Stifel U.S. Freestyle Ski Team moguls athletes have been putting on a show worldwide all season, and today’s dual moguls World Cup finals were no exception. Jaelin Kauf, Elizabeth Lemley and Nick Page stood on the podium, and 10 U.S. athletes finished in the top 10. 

The conditions could not have been better for the final World Cup of the season, with bluebird skies and just below freezing temperatures creating a perfect competition surface. 

Despite a few difficult matchups, the team started the day strong in their qualification duals. All 12 U.S. athletes advanced to the finals round of 16. 

The U.S. men put on one of their best performances of the season. Nick Page came back from a difficult season to finish things off on the podium, finishing third. Rounding out the top five was Dylan Walczyk, a veteran on the team who earned a season’s best result, finishing in fifth place. Newcomer Dylan Marcellini also made the quarterfinals, taking place, and Cole McDonald earned another top 10 result in 10th. Landon Wendler faced off against the greatest moguls skier of all time, Mikael Kingsbury, in the round of 16 to take 16th. 

On the women’s side, the results were nothing short of spectacular. The women avoided dueling each other in qualification, allowing all seven to advance to the finals. The first USA battle was Kasey Hogg vs. Hannah Soar in the round of 16, where Hannah Soar advanced and Kasey Hogg finished 12th. 

It was an all-American affair in the quarterfinals as only two athletes from other countries (Anthony Jakara of Australia and Maia Schwinghammer of Canada advanced. Tess Johnson took on the overall World Cup leader, Jakara, and finished eighth on the day. U.S. athletes Soar and Lemley went head to head, and Lemley advanced by a small margin; Soar finished sixth. Alli Macuga and Olivia Giaccio also dueled in the quarters. Giaccio displayed her technical perfection to advance into the semis; Macuga finished seventh and Giaccio went on to finish just off the podium in fourth place. Lemley, returning from a hiatus from the circuit after winning gold at the Youth Olympic Games, finished third alongside Jaelin Kauf, who finished second. 

As the World Cup season concluded, awards for the overall moguls and dual moguls standings were presented. Jaelin Kauf and Olivia Giaccio went second and third, respectively, in both the duals and overall moguls season standings, showcasing their incredible strength and consistency throughout the season. Six U.S. women ranked in the top 10, and Nick Page finished the season fifth in both dual moguls and overall. 

"I think the biggest factor in our success this year was a team culture built around shared success and an attitude of continually striving to do one’s best. The focus wasn’t on results but on consistent quality performances," said Bryon Wilson, head coach of the Stifel U.S. Freestyle Ski Team moguls team. "I’m blessed to coach such an amazing group of people. We have the best team in the world athletically, which is amazing, but what I love most is the great human beings they are all. As we finish this season and start thinking about next year's prep, I think we will focus a lot on attention to detail. There are a few little things that if we can consistently execute better, I think we can achieve even more success. This season was a blast and I look forward to seeing what everyone is capable of moving forward."

The entire team is now headed back stateside to finish out the season at U.S. Freestyle Championships in Waterville, New Hampshire, March 22-23. 


Hall Claims Big Air Crystal Globe With Win In Tignes

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
March, 16 2024
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Alex Hall holds his big air Crystal Globe in Tignes, France. (FIS)

Olympic gold medalist Alex Hall rose to the occasion under Friday night lights at the Mountain Shaker World Cup big air final in Tignes, adding another World Cup victory and the 2023-24 big air Crystal Globe to his already impressive resume.

After a disappointing 18.00 first run score, the Park City native was forced to bank his chances on a successful big air season finale showing on his final two runs. Hall attempted the same trick on run two, stomping a right double-cork 1080 bring-back to 900 that scored a massive 90.50 to put him back into podium contention. With a three run, low-score drop format, the pressure was on for Hall to nail his final attempt—and did he deliver.

In front of a rambunctious crowd in Tignes, Hall’s switch left tailbutter 1800 that he premiered at X Games in February made its World Cup debut, earning a monster score of 96.00 to secure Hall the top spot in the final big air competition of the season, as well as the big air Crystal Globe—the first of his career.

After considering pulling out of the final World Cup competitions to focus on personal filming projects, Hall was noticeably surprised with his achievements. “I didn’t really know I was in the running before this. I wasn’t sure,” said Hall. “I’ve been competing a long time but haven't won a Globe, so it feels pretty sick to get one.”

When asked about his gutsy decision to throw the 18 on his third attempt, Hall knew he had to go big in order to beat the likes of Norway’s Leo Landroe and Switzerland’s Andri Ragettli. “Everyone was killing it so I knew I had to throw something down, but I didn’t know if I was going 14 or 18 until about seconds before dropping,” Hall joked. “I was a little unsure of the speed too, but I figured I’d just point ’em from the top and go for it. I’m hype to land that one; it’s one of the better jumps I’ve done for sure.”

Landroe finished second overall in Tignes and Ragettli took third, earning the Swiss the runner-up big air Crystal Globe. Italy’s Miro Tabanelli rounded out the big air World Cup standings, finishing third overall for the 2023-24 season.

Mac Forehand was the only other American to join Hall in men’s finals and finished the day seventh overall as well as earning fifth place in the overall 2023-24 big air World Cup standings. On the women’s side, Rell Harwood represented the Stifel U.S. Ski Team and was just off the podium in fourth place and finished ranked ninth in the world in big air this season. 

Hall, Forehand and Harwood will be joined by teammates Hunter Henderson, Cody Laplante, Troy Podmilsak and Konnor Ralph on Saturday, March 15 for the Tignes Mountain Shaker World Cup slopestyle final. 


Giant Slalom Season Wraps Up; Sarchett Races First World Cup

By Sierra Ryder - Stifel U.S. Ski Team
March, 16 2024
Ryder Sarchett skis his first World Cup. (Getty Images)

In the final World Cup giant slalom of the season in Saalbach, Austria, Stifel U.S. Ski Team athlete River Radamus skied to 17th place and the World Juniors giant slalom champion Ryder Sarchett made his World Cup debut. 

The Austrian crowds were in full force to watch the best of the best put it to the test in Saalbach. The conditions felt like spring with warm temperatures and light rain on a heavily salted course. 

The course deteriorated in the first run, as the skiers raced for the final time in the giant slalom season. Radamus had trouble finding his rhythm and finished the first run in 15th place. Sarchett, a bit nervous, made it down with a sizable mistake, ready to make up time on the second run. 

Sarchett, the World Juniors giant slalom champion, showed off his talent running first on the second run. He skied smooth and fast to land in the leaderboard for two racers. Sarchett ended up having the third-fastest second run, a remarkable feat for the up-and-coming racer. Sarchett was sure to soak in the experience. 

“I am a little disappointed with the first run,” said Sarchett. “I didn't ski my best and I felt like I left a lot on the table. But my second run was really fun. It felt like my normal skiing and was fast and that feels good.” 

“It’s definitely the next level to be here and there is a reason why it's the World Cup," he added. "You have to be on your game and I think that’s really cool and will hopefully motivate me."

Radamus finished his day in 17th place, not his best finish, but leaves him ready to come back stronger for the next season. Radamus will finish the giant slalom rankings in 11th, his best ranking to date. 

“It’s been a great season. I feel like I’ve made some strides to where I want to be with my giant slalom skiing,” said Radamus. “Two bad runs here - I wish I could have finished it on a stronger note but I will take the motivation and frustration I have into the off-season to get better for next year.”

It was a dramatic end to the giant slalom season for Swiss star Marco Odermatt. Odermatt was chasing his 13th giant slalom victory in a row but on the second run he caught an edge and could not complete the run. Teammate Loic Meillard took the win to cap off what has been a streak of podiums in the recent races. Second place went to Andorra racer Joan Verdu, his second podium of the season. Swiss skier Thomas Tumler was third. 

World Cup Finals will continue with a men’s slalom race on Sunday and the following weekend will feature men’s downhill and super-G. 

Men's giant slalom


March 17
3:00 a.m. - women’s giant slalom, run 1 - Peacock
4:30 a.m. - men’s slalom, run 1 - Peacock
6:00 a.m. - women’s giant slalom, run 2 - Peacock
7:30 a.m. - women’s slalom, run 2 - Peacock 

March 22
5:00 a.m. - women’s super-G - Peacock
6:30 a.m. - men’s super-G - Peacock 

March 23
5:15 a.m. - women’s downhill - Peacock

March 24
5:15 a.m. - men’s downhill - Peacock 

Day One of Cross Country World Cup Finals: Schoonmaker Ninth

By Leann Bentley - Stifel U.S. Ski Team
March, 15 2024
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JC Schoonmaker making a move in the quarterfinal heat in the classic sprint in Falun, Sweden. (NordicFocus)

On the first day of competition in Falun, Sweden for the 2024 World Cup Finals, JC Schoonmaker led the way for the Americans, finishing in ninth place, not made easier by the pouring rain and heavy fog that enveloped the course from the start of the day to the end. 

The weather was not in anyone's favor today. With warm temperatures, snow was not in the forecast, rain was. With the threat lingering in the morning, the humid air and grey clouds, rain was inevitable. With the race only minutes away, rain jackets were shed, thrown into trash bags and ran to the finish to put right back after atheltes took a lap around the challenging sprint course. Featuring a long-striding incline out of the start gate, straight to a long climb, it was not easy. Then, it got harder. Straight into a horseshoe, banked turn, the athletes were not met with nice conditions, making this course more challenging than it already was. As athletes took another screaming left-hand turn, they were met with one more final climb, over a bridge into the stadium, with a double poll finish.

In the qualifications. six Americans advanced, including Jessie Diggins, Julia Kern, Rosie Brennan, Schoonmaker, Gus Schumacher and Zanden McMullen based on their top 30 results. With waxing conditions already challenging from the get-go, it was the skis that were going to make the biggest difference today, which left wax techs from around the world scrambling to find the best kick and glide. 

Into the quarterfinals, the Americans only sent one through to the semifinals - Schoonmaker. Though five of the U.S. athletes did not advance, it was a day filled with great racing, where our athletes not only showed up but showed some grit. 

For Diggins, the pressure of leading the Overall World Cup Globe and the Distance Globe standings have been a main storyline for all in Falun, and with today's result, Diggins continues to maintain her positive outlook.

"Overall, I feel like my energy is good after today," said Diggins. "To be totally honest, it's been a very long season, a long time from home, but my goals and priorities are different than what others may have for me, and out of everything I can control, I feel like I am very proud of how I skied. For me, the most important thing is that I don't let other people's priorities take away my joy in ski racing and sometimes that's hard to do but that is what I'm focused on."

For Alaska's McMullen, who just capped his career-best result on Tuesday in Drammen, today was another step in the right direction for the young skier. "This is awesome. I am definitely feeling the fatigue of the whole season and this last week, but it's so nice to slowly climb up," said McMullen. "I am so happy for this whole season, it's been so fun and i'm just excited to see what I can do for the last two!"

Into the semis, Schoonmaker skied another tactful race, pushing on the uphills, taking the inside corner into a draft into the descent and charing the final climbs. Though it was not enough this time, Schoonmaker still nabbed a top-ten result, his second in a row.

"I feel pretty good about today," said Schoonmaker. "This season has been pretty consistent with qualifying, which is really nice and constantly gaining experience. "I would have liked to finish off the season better but I am already excited for next year." 

Johannes Høsflot Klæbo of Norway dominated the field, claiming the top spot on the podium and taking home the Sprint Crystal Globe. For the women, Norway's Kristine Staavas Skistad took home her second sprint victory of the week, with Sweden's Linn Svahn taking home his Sprint Crystal Globe for the women. For the U.S., Diggins led the way for the women, finishing in 18th, with Rosie Brennan fresh off a classic sprint podium three days ago in Drammen, in 20th and Julia Kern in 24th. For the men, Gus Schumacher was back in the top 30 in 19th and McMullen in 20th. 

With the season continuing tomorrow with a 10k classic, the competition in the World Cup standings is expected to intensify further. With Diggins leading the charge and Svahn closely following, it will be an exciting end to an already historic season for the Stifel U.S. Cross Country Ski Team. 



Eastern Masters Battle it Out for the Regional Champion Title

By Alpine Masters
March, 15 2024
2024 Dunkin' Eastern Regional Champions
Congratulations to the 2024 Dunkin' Eastern Regional Age Class Champions. The event was held at Gore Mtn, NY Mar. 8-10

Thank you to Carol Tomassetti for this writeup!

Leading into the weekend for the Dunkin' Eastern Regional Championships, Mother Nature was up to her 2024 tricks and game plan, dumping pouring rain all day Wednesday and into the wee hours on Thursday.  The Gore team leveraged lots of salt and many years of experience to pull off the races despite all the precipitation Wednesday and Thursday which foiled the plans to move snow or groom.  Thursday John Pierce shared some super helpful SG tactics and the folks that were there early, helped carry salt and slip the course before the salt solidified.  The hard work paid off, allowing us to still have two SG's on Friday.  The SG's counted towards the National Speed Series, so it's great that the East managed to get those races in.  Saturday's GS was a bit of a rough ride but we still managed to get the race off.  Saturday night while we were at our party, the precipitation started as rain and turned to around 8 inches of wet gloppy snow for Sunday's SL.  Gore groomed at midnight and a 6 am which allowed the show to go on.  It still required the team to fix lots of b-net that had fallen over, not to mention some pretty rigorous course maintenance.   All in all everyone had a great time and we are most grateful to Rich Burnley and his team at Gore for working so hard to make the races happen despite the weather.  In addition to Mid-Atlantic racers, we had Jay Knox from Canada join us as well as racers from Intermountain, Southern Masters, NY Masters and New England Masters.  

We wish both JP Madarasz and Patti Lane a speedy recovery from their injury.  You guys are warriors and we look forward to seeing you back on the hill soon.   

Eastern Regional Championship Results:

2024 Dunkin Eastern Regional Champions

A big thank you to our sponsor Dunkin' and Alex Smigelski who made the sponsorship happen.  The medals and tops the Eastern Team winners receive were sponsored by Dunkin' as was the Dunkin' swag and gift certificates.  A big thank you to Lauren Beckos our US Ski & Snowboard lead for making the trip and for all her help, getting medals, the banner and the Hydroflask racer gift.   John Pierce was with us all weekend, providing hints and tips during inspection, he officiated and was there to help the crew from Gore across the whole weekend.  A big thank you to all the racers that help slip, take down b-net, carry salt, you name it.  Being helpful like this is so important for us being welcomed back to a mountain in the future.   Thanks also to everyone that helped across the weekend, we are most appreciative for your help and support:
Banners: Paul Fowserracers at gore
Referees: John Pierce, Dan Scuderi and Alex Smigelski
TD: Bill Bolte
Registration: Gail Bolte, Greg Gallup, Maureen Viglielmo, Joel Evans (boyfriend of Hannah otherwise known as The First Man)
On hill help: Gail Bolte, John Pierce
Friday Night Party & Scoring: Ryan Whitson
Welcome bags: Sandra Schwinzer, Karen Sanderson
Photos: Mark Phillips, Liam Moya, Lars Knudsen, Kathy Hart
Event Planning, Banquet, Announcing, Custom Brushes and lots of other stuff: Hannah Knudsen
Scoring & Results: Deb Lewis, Lauren Beckos, Ryan Whitson
Event Planning, Flier, Ability class vetting and lots of other stuff: Connor Carreras

You can find pictures from the weekend at the following locations:
Misc Photos across the weekendGoogle Drive  
Mark Phillips race photos from SG
Mark Phillips race photos from GS
Mark Phillips photos from SL

racers at the 2024 ER at gore

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Awards Open For Nomination

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
March, 14 2024

Every year at the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Congress awards ceremony in May, U.S. Ski & Snowboard recognizes the work of those behind the scenes and the people and organizations that provide athletes of all ages with opportunities to participate in ski and snowboard competitions.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard members can nominate in many of the award categories, including The Paul Bacon Award for excellent event organization, the John J. Clair Award for outstanding service to national teams and more.


How the process works

  • Nominations for these awards are accepted from members who have a valid and current membership for the 2023-24 Season. 
  • Each sport committee also submits its own nomination.
  • Selection of awards winners is determined by a vote of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Awards Working Group in early April.
  • Winners are announced in May.

How to nominate

  • Read through the categories open to public nomination.
  • Click on the nomination link for each individual award for which you wish to nominate.
  • Complete the nomination paying special attention to highlighting accomplishments required for each award.
  • Nominees must also be current members of U.S. Ski & Snowboard.
  • Click to submit.
  • Remember, you need to submit nominations for each award separately.



Paul Bacon Award (event organization)

The Paul Bacon Award is given to an individual or group for the greatest contribution to U. S. Ski & Snowboard in the field of race organization during the 2023-24 season. Traditional nominees include local clubs or individuals whose work has made a difference in providing good events for athletes.

PAUL BACON AWARD Nomination Form

John J. Clair Award (service to national teams)

The John J. Clair Jr. Award is given for outstanding service that benefited the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team in 2023-24. Past recipients have included outside team support personnel, donors, journalists, movers and shakers. Most recipients have been individuals, though some organizations have been recognized. The recipient’s service should be to the national teams.

JOHN J. CLAIR JR. AWARD Nomination Form

Bud & Mary Little Award (service to FIS or USOPC)

The Bud & Mary Little Award is a lifetime achievement award presented to an individual who has contributed significantly through a long-term involvement with the International Ski & Snowboard Federation or U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee. Recipients are eligible to receive the award only once. Achievement should be lifetime; it is not specific to this past year.


Buddy Werner Award (sportsmanship)

Have you seen any great acts of sportsmanship this past year? Nominations should be based on actions from the 2023-24 season. It is only open to individuals.


Russell Wilder Award (service to youth)

The Russell Wilder Award recognizes the most outstanding effort during 2023-24 in focusing the interests of American youth on the sports of skiing or snowboarding. It can be awarded to an individual or an organization.


West Family Award (outstanding official)

The West Family Award is a lifetime achievement honor, recognizing an outstanding certified official at any level.  Nominations come from the pool of current U.S. Ski & Snowboard Officials membership.


*Nominations only open to those who hold a current U.S. Ski & Snowboard Officials membership. 

Westhaven Award (outstanding FIS technical delegate)

The Westhaven Award is a lifetime achievement award, recognizing an outstanding FIS technical delegate for his or her service over time. Nominations come from the pool of current FIS TDs.


^Nominations only open to those who hold a current U.S. Ski & Snowboard Technical Delegate membership. 


10 Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team Athletes to Compete at World Cup Finals

By Sierra Ryder - Stifel U.S. Ski Team
March, 12 2024
Bryce Bennett celebrates his victory in Val Gardena, Italy (Getty Images).

Ten Stifel U.S. Ski Team alpine athletes are slated to race at the World Cup finals in Saalbach, Austria March 16-24. Racers who finish the regular World Cup season within the top 25 rank of any discipline are eligible to race. Competitors who have achieved at least 500 World Cup points during the current season are also eligible to race. For the first time, the races will fall over two weekends with one tech and one speed weekend. This is also when the FIS Crystal Globes are awarded to the winners of the overall, slalom, giant slalom, super-G and downhill disciplines.

“We are so proud of what the alpine team has accomplished this year,” said Anouk Patty, Chief of Sport with U.S. Ski & Snowboard. “Mikaela’s astonishing strength, ability and comeback coupled with the career best seasons for River Radamus, AJ Hurt, Bryce Bennett, Lauren Macuga and more is a huge testament to the work our athletes and staff have put in. We know they will end the season with a bang in Saalbach.” 

Mikaela Shiffrin is set to officially receive the slalom Crystal Globe this season—her 16th career globe and record-equalling eighth slalom globe. Shiffrin won six World Cup slalom races this season and has 96 World Cup victories heading into finals. Before an injury sustained in a downhill crash at Cortina d'Ampezzo sidelined Shiffrin for six weeks, she also won a downhill race and a giant slalom race. Shiffrin qualified to compete in the giant slalom and downhill at finals as well. 

Paula Moltzan and AJ Hurt have had exceptional seasons, with Moltzan landing her third career podium and second podium in slalom. Hurt had a breakout season with podiums in both giant slalom and slalom. Both skiers have been a solid force on the women’s tour in the technical disciplines. Moltzan will compete in both the giant slalom and slalom, and Hurt will compete in the giant slalom.

In women’s speed, Jacqueline Wiles will compete in the downhill after securing a career-best second-place finish in Cortina d'Ampezzo—her first podium in six years following a string of injuries. Lauren Macuga has also had a breakout World Cup season with several career best finishes, including her most recent fifth place in the Kvitfjell, Norway super-G. She will start in the super-G at finals. 

The men’s team has had a very successful speed season with two men going into the finals downhill event. Bryce Bennett has had a career best season, poised to finish the downhill rankings in fifth, his best ranking to date. Olympic medalist Cochran-Siegle has also shown impeccable consistency in the top 10 numerous times in both super-G and downhill. Jared Goldberg showed strong results in the super-G discipline. Bennett will compete in the downhill, Cochran-Siegle in the downhill and super-G and Goldberg in the super-G. 

In the men’s tech field, River Radamus will compete in the giant slalom. Radamus has had his best season ever, highlighted by his first podium at the Stifel Palisades Tahoe Cup. Plus, Ryder Sarchett will compete in the giant slalom race after winning gold at Junior Worlds this season. International Ski Federation (FIS) rules allow athletes who win a discipline at Junior Worlds to be eligible to race finals in that event. This will be his inaugural World Cup start.

All of the races will be streamed live and available on demand on Peacock. 

AJ Hurt (giant slalom)
Lauren Macuga (super-G)
Paula Moltzan (slalom, giant slalom)
Mikaela Shiffrin (slalom, TBD) 
Jacqueline Wiles (downhill) 

Bryce Bennett (downhill)
Ryan Cochran-Siegle (super-G, downhill) 
Jared Goldberg (super-G) 
River Radamus (giant slalom) 
Ryder Sarchett* (giant slalom) 

 *qualified through a World Juniors victory


March 16
3:00 a.m. - men’s giant slalom, run 1 - Peacock 
4:30 a.m. - women’s slalom, run 1 - Peacock
6:00 a.m. - men’s giant slalom, run 2 - Peacock
7:30 a.m. - women’s slalom, run 2 - Peacock 

March 17
3:00 a.m. - women’s giant slalom, run 1 - Peacock
4:30 a.m. - men’s slalom, run 1 - Peacock
6:00 a.m. - women’s giant slalom, run 2 - Peacock
7:30 a.m. - women’s slalom, run 2 - Peacock 

March 22
5:00 a.m. - women’s super-G - Peacock 
6:30 a.m. - men’s super-G - Peacock 

March 23
5:15 a.m. - women’s downhill - Peacock

March 24
5:15 a.m. - men’s downhill - Peacock  

Brennan Secures Third Place in Drammen City Sprints: A Resilient Comeback Amidst Strong Team Performance

By Leann Bentley - Stifel U.S. Ski Team
March, 12 2024
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Rosie Brennan on the podium in Drammen, Norway for the classic sprint. (NordicFocus)

Rosie Brennan is back.

In the heart of Drammen, Norway, amidst one of the most exciting and challenging races on the circuit, Rosie Brennan made a remarkable comeback, clinching third place in the Drammen City Sprints.

In a season that started with back-to-back podiums and top-10 after top-10, Brennan has faced many ups and downs this 2023-24 season. After only three days rest between last week's 50k Holmenkollen, where athletes skied 31+ miles with over 6,000 feet of elevation gain, Brennan and the field were tasked with a course that played to double pole strength and a whole lot of grit.

"Honestly, I'm a bit surprised! I felt really bad yesterday, so I think the extra day helped. You never know what the body will do - maybe I need to do a 50k warm-up all the time!" Brennan joked. "I am so happy. It's been a tough year. I didn't know what was going on or what I could do to get back, but it's nice to know that it's still there and that I can have a strong finish to the season."

With the podium, Brennan snags her fifth individual podium of the season, but even more special, she finally can check the box on two of her career-long goals. When starting her career, Brennan set out to collect bibs 1-50. With 228 World Cup starts and today's bib #3, Brennan collected 1-50, checking off a goal that seemed impossible towards the beginning of her career. Her second, and more important, goal was to podium in every single World Cup discipline - both classic and sprint, skate and distance. Today, she achieved that goal with her third-place result in the classic sprint. 

But Brennan wasn't the only one shining on the classic tracks today. Her teammates also had a stellar performance, with three U.S. women joining Brennan in the sprint heats and three U.S. men advancing through from the qualification round. This strong representation underscored the depth of talent within the Stifel U.S. Cross Country Ski Team and once again put the red, white and blue in full display among the thousands of Norwegian flags lining every square inch of the Drammen city sprint loop. 

In the men's race, the U.S. contingent continued to impress with three men, including Zanden McMullen, securing spots in the heats. McMullen's performance was particularly noteworthy as he achieved his career-best result, finishing in 17th place. His result comes off the back of a strong season for the young Alaskan, who bested his previous result in nearly every World Cup weekend. Alongside McMullen was the leading man, JC Schoonmaker. Schoonmaker skied a tactical, gritty race to advance through to the finals, where he finished sixth. He is having a stellar season, with back-to-back top 10s and his career-first podium earlier this winter in the Östersund classic sprint. Zak Ketterson was the third American to advance and though his day ended with the quarterfinal, he nabbed another top-30 result to add to his strong World Cup resume. 

"It feels great to be back in the finals just to know I can be in there," said Schoonmaker. "For sure would’ve loved to put up more of a fight in the end, but it’s some pretty fast guys in there and they don’t make it easy. I went into today trying to focus on trusting my finishing ability and even though I wasn’t finishing very well, it put me in a good position to move on. Was glad to feel like I was making smart choices and being active mentally during the heats."

For the women, it was Brennan, Julia Kern and Jessie Diggins punching their ticket to the heats. Brennan qualified third, setting herself up nicely going into the quarters with Diggins and Kern close behind. Brennan and Kern qualified through to semifinals, while Diggins did not advance out of the quarters. In the semis, Brennan crossed the line in fourth, advancing through based on her time; Kern did not advance but still finished the day in seventh, a testament to her strong skiing through the day and another noteworthy top 10 to her resume, on her favorite course no less.

Into the finals, in the decisive moments of the race, Brennan's grit showed. With a burst of speed in the final stretch, she surged ahead, securing her place on the podium with a well-earned third place. Met by nearly her entire team, including all the wax technicians and coaching staff, the team celebrated yet another Stifel U.S. Ski Team podium with the city of Drammen cheering right behind them.

For the women, Brennan led the way on the podium, Kern seventh, Diggins 16th, Erin Bianco of Bridger Ski Foundation in 36th, Sammy Smith of the Stifel U.S. Cross Country Ski Team D Team in 42nd, and Alaska Pacific Universities Renae Anderson in 43. For the men, Schoonmaker was sixth, McMullen 17th, Zak Ketterson 29th, Gus Schumacher 32nd, Kevin Bolger of Team Birkie 34th, Luke Jager 41st and Michael Earnhart 52nd. 

Now the team resets for yet another race weekend, only 48 hours away, where they will close out this historic season in Falun, Sweden for the cross country World Cup Finals. 

Tuesday's results in Drammen ended with Norway's Kristine Stavaas Skistad and Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo taking home the victory for the women and men. Diggins continues to lead the overall World Cup standings by 102 points ahead of Sweden's Linn Svahn; Brennan sits fifth.