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Shiffrin Fourth In Lenzerheide Giant Slalom

By Mackenzie Moran
March, 6 2022

Mikaela Shiffrin led two Americans into the top 10 of the Lenzerheide, Switzerland giant slalom on Sunday, March 6, finishing fourth overall. Her teammate, Paula Moltzan, finished 10th. 

Shiffrin skied the second-fastest first run, trailing Sweden's Sara Hector by a mere 0.11 seconds. Unfortunately, a couple of slow turns her second run pushed her out of podium position and into fourth. Shiffrin reported that the course didn't feel clean at some gates, and she subsequently felt like she was fighting to regain time through the finish.

"It was hard to get [time] back, but it's not so difficult to lose time," said Shiffrin. "It's a big fight with these other women that are pushing really hard." 

France's Tessa Worley ended the day in first, followed by Federica Brignone in second and Hector in third. Hector remains at the top of the giant slalom standings, 111 points ahead of Shiffrin, who sits in third.

AJ Hurt also punched into the point-scoring range, finishing 26th overall. Keely Cashman also started for the Americans but did not finish her first run.

Shiffrin's fourth-place finish allowed her to widen the gap ahead of Slovakia's Petra Vlhova in the fight for the overall crystal globe. She maintains the lead with 1,156 points overall and ranks second in slalom, third in giant slalom, and fourth in super-G. Vlhova, who crashed out in the day's giant slalom, maintains her overall points at 1,039.

With six races left in the season, the fight for the overall Crystal Globe continues.

"It's not the end, for sure," said Shiffrin. "There are plenty of races left, and this was very abnormal for [Petra] today. I doubt she will do that again. It will be a strong fight right to the last race, and I take nothing for granted. And I know she's going to come back motivated and fighting."

The women's tech team will return to race another giant slalom in Are, Sweden, on Friday, March 11. 

RESULTS
Women's giant slalom

STANDINGS
Overall
Giant Slalom

HOW TO WATCH
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Wednesday, March 9, 2022
11:45 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Flachau, AUT,  Ski World Cup Live, Streaming Peacock
2:45 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Flachau, AUT,  Ski World Cup Live, Streaming Peacock

Friday, March 11, 2022
9:00 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Giant Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Are, SWE, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Streaming Peacock
12:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Giant Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Are, SWE, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Streaming Peacock

Saturday, March 12, 2022
3:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Giant Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Kranjska Gora, SLO, Streaming Peacock
4:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Are, SWE, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Streaming Peacock
6:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Giant Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Kranjska Gora, SLO, Streaming Peacock
7:45 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Are, SWE, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Streaming Peacock

Sunday, March 13, 2022
4:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Giant Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Kranjska Gora, SLO, Streaming Peacock
7:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Giant Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Kranjska Gora, SLO, Streaming Peacock

Sport-specific broadcast and streaming schedules are available below:

Broadcast and streaming are updated on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard website throughout the season.

Cochran-Siegle 11th In Kvitfjell Super-G

By Mackenzie Moran
March, 6 2022
Ryan Cochran-Siegle
Ryan Cochran-Siegle of Team United States competes during the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Super G on March 6, 2022, in Kvitfjell Norway. (Agence Zoom/Getty Images-Jonas Ericsson)

Olympic silver medalist, Ryan Cochran-Siegle, once led the American men in Kvitjfell, Norway, finishing 11th overall in the super-G on Sunday, March 6. Cochran-Siegle finished one second off of Aleksander Aamodt Kilde's top pace, tying with Austria's Stefan Babinsky. 

Canada's James Crawford finished second, just seven hundredths behind Kilde. Austria's Mattias Mayer finished third. 

Travis Ganong and Bryce Bennett posted top 25 finishes finishing 21st and 25th respectively.

Steven Nyman, Jared Goldberg, and Erik Arvidsson finished outside of the points in 37th, 38th, and 48th, respectively.

RESULTS
Men's super-G

STANDINGS
Overall
Super-G

HOW TO WATCH
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Wednesday, March 9, 2022
11:45 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Flachau, AUT,  Ski World Cup Live, Streaming Peacock
2:45 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Flachau, AUT,  Ski World Cup Live, Streaming Peacock

Friday, March 11, 2022
9:00 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Giant Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Are, SWE, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Streaming Peacock
12:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Giant Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Are, SWE, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Streaming Peacock

Saturday, March 12, 2022
2:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Giant Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Kranjska Gora, SLO, Streaming Peacock
3:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Are, SWE, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Streaming Peacock
5:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Giant Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Kranjska Gora, SLO, Streaming Peacock
6:45 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Are, SWE, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Streaming Peacock

Sunday, March 13, 2022
3:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Giant Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Kranjska Gora, SLO, Streaming Peacock
6:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Giant Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Kranjska Gora, SLO, Streaming Peacock

Sport-specific broadcast and streaming schedules are available below:

Broadcast and streaming are updated on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard website throughout the season.

 

No Holding Back at the 2022 Masters Eastern Regional Championships

By Lauren Beckos
March, 5 2022
2022 Eastern Regional Champions at West Mountain, NY
Congratulations to the 2022 Phillips 66 Eastern Regional Champions!

Thanks to Carol Tomassetti for this great recap from the 2022 Phillips 66 Eastern Regional Championships!

 

We had a fantastic time at West Mountain for the Eastern Regional Championships. We started with a great day of training on Thursday, running from the top of the Cure to the bottom on a GS course.  What a treat.  We managed to get our training in before the rain started which was a huge bonus. Thursday night it rained hard enough that I questioned whether it was monsoon season. The surface set up firm enough that we were able pull off the SG with a nice solid surface.  (some may dispute nice when we describe the solid surface, but it was a good race surface). 

The GS and SL races for Saturday and Sunday were sunny and bright and the surfaces were once again nice and race solid. 

We had some great hot competition among racers coming from five different regional Masters groups across the East and Rockies including SARA (Southern), New England, NY, Mid-Atlantic and Rocky Mountain. We had racers from many different states. Tennessee, Utah, Ohio, NY, NJ, CT, MA, NH, VT, Delaware, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  A great showing from a broad set of locations. 


You can find the results for the races at usalpinemasters.org/er 
SG: Congratulations to Eliza Phillips and Matt Dodge who were the fastest woman and man for the day.  This race also counted for the National Speed Series.  You can find the current National Speed series class and overall standings here.
GS: Congratulations to Kerry Finch and Matt Dodge who were the fastest woman and man for the day.  
SL: Congratulations to Kerry Finch and Jim Thoman who were the fastest woman and man for the day.  

You'll see the full list of the Eastern Regional Class Champions here  MEN  WOMEN

Thanks to Mark Phillips for taking photos at the event which can be found here: SG   GS  SL

Thank you also to all the people that contributed or helped over the weekend.  Bill Bolte (TD), Gail Bolte (registration, finish hand timing), Matthew Abrams, Eliza Phillips, Dale Zigenfelder (start hand timing), Greg Gallup (finish hand timing, envelope stuffer), Lauren Beckos (Forerunner, finish ref and tons of other stuff),  Darnell Holmes (Ref), Karen Sanderson (bib collection), Sandra Schwinzer (envelope stuffer), Steve Zilli (envelope stuffer, banner take down), Dan Scuderi (helped make the race happen on the hill), Jim Tomassetti (too numerous to mention), Jesse Stevenson (bib Utility) , Mark Phillips, Iggy Manoylovich (awesome pictures), Hannah Knudsen (social media pictures), Carole Scoville (finish ref), Ben Herr (Banner assembly) and anyone else I forgot to mention.  And of course thanks to West Mountain for hosting us.  Most of all thanks to everyone that came out and supported the races.

Great International Competition at the Masters FIS Masters Cup & Western Region Champs

By Lauren Beckos
March, 5 2022
2022 Western Region Champions at Beaver Creek
Congratulations to the 2022 Phillips 66 Western Regional Champions!

What a weekend! While many international racers were gearing up for the olympic competition, we had 115 masters competitors from 12 countries gathering in Beaver Creek, Colorado - Australia, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Spain, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, New Zealand, Switzerland, and USA! The Beaver Creek Race Crew put on quite a show with excellently run races and great courses. There were bluebird skies and lots of happy racers! If you've never been to a FIS Masters event, consider checking it out next year - likely dates are February 3-5, 2023 for the USA stop in the FIS Masters Cup!

Link to Official Event Results on FIS site

Link to Western Regional Championship Results
Western Region Class Champions Full Result Reports MEN  WOMEN 

Race Photo Link – free to download! Thank you Erika Krainz!

Event photos and podium images from the last day on Facebook (account not required to view) 
Thanks Heather Black for the podium shots!

Nelson Golden, Jemison Grabs Silver At Junior Worlds Super-G

By Madison Osberger-Low
March, 5 2022
Isaiah Nelson Golden
Isaiah Nelson walked away from Saturday's super-G crowned the 2022 Junior World Super-G Champion. (Malcolm Carmichael-Panorama 2022)

For the fourth day of competition, the 2022 FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships started the morning off with the women’s super-G, followed by the men’s super-G. Isaiah Nelson and Ava Sunshine Jemison led the way for the Americans, earning their inaugural Junior Worlds medals, with gold and silver, respectively.  

Nelson Crowned Junior World Super-G Champ
Nelson kicked out of the gate bib three and raced into first with a time of 1:06.57. Fortunately for Nelson, that would hold for 82 more racers, as he walked away crowned 2022 Junior World Super-G Champion. Born and raised in Wayzata, MN, and skied for Buck Hill Ski Racing Club, Nelson has had success in the 2022 FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships so far, grabbing seventh in the downhill on Friday. 

Swiss Franjo Von Allmen was second, just 0.13 seconds off the pace. Von Allmen also placed second in Friday’s downhill. Rounding out the podium was Italian Giovanni Franzoni, who won Friday’s downhill. Franzoni was 0.41 seconds out.

"What an amazing day: to win medals in both the women’s and men’s super-G on the same day was truly spectacular!" commented Alpine Development Director Chip Knight. 

"Isaiah had a strong game plan from the get-go," he continued, "picking an early start number and having a good inspection plan for the open course set. There are some very strong juniors here so he knew he had to attack the whole way to be competitive. He executed his game plan, pushing the line and absorbing the terrain, and was rewarded with a gold medal."

Nelson is still in disbelief after his result, saying "Today was amazing, insane really. I still don’t quite believe it. Even though I came down into first I was actually upset because I knew I left some time on the top section of the course. But after that mistake, I knew I had to make up for it so I was really pushing hard and on the limit the rest of the way! And it was enough to hold first place! I was super nervous in the finish because the next three guys to come down were the best-ranked guys, and seeing each one come down behind me was a feeling I cannot describe."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Isaiah Nelson (@isaiahski)

Teammate Cooper Puckett, skiing out of Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, snagged himself a top 10 as well, landing in an impressive ninth. Also starting for the Americans were Tanner Perkins was 22nd, Jay Poulter 36th, Camden Palmquist 46th, and Ryder Sarchett 65th. 

Jemison Leads Women with Silver 
Jemison, a native of Edwards, Colo. kicked out of the start gate and skied into second place with a time of 1:08.79, .45 seconds off of winner, Austrian Magdalena Egger. Egger is no stranger to the podium, as she is now a five-time World Junior Champion, and started this series off with the gold medal in the downhill on Thursday. Rounding out the podium was another Austrian, Victoria Olivier with a time of 1:09.5, .71 seconds off of teammate Egger. 

Despite Jemison’s downhill race, she reflects on her finish today and how she was eager to come back faster. “The conditions were phenomenal. I was a little nervous because I didn’t have the best downhill race but it made me determined to make today a good one,” said Jemison. Jemison sees a bright future for her team and teammates. 

“Lots of good momentum as a team. Fun on and off the hill and good energy across the board,” she added.

Coming out of the gate in bib 13 was Park City, Utah native Lauren Macuga, a 20-year-old member of the U.S. Ski Team, finishing 12th with a time of 1:04.88. Macuga was a bronze medalist in Thursday’s downhill, the opening race in the nine-day competition in Panorama, B.C.

Dasha Romanov, 18, from Thornton, Colo. also started for the Americans, finishing 35th. Romanov speaks fluent Russian and English. Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation is her home ski club.

Knight said of Jemison's performance, "Ava has been skiing well all year, so we all knew she was capable of a result like this, but it’s always a little different at a championship event. It was really impressive to see the way she overcame some nerves and uncharacteristic mistakes from the downhill, and rebounded with aggressive skiing today along with tactical adjustments in key spots. This is a huge achievement for her!"

Nelson reflected on what this result means for the team as a whole, saying, "To get this result and add to the impressive results the girls already got was so much fun. Our team is so excited right now. We’ve got gold, silver, and bronze! We are all super fired up for the combined and I must say that we are definitely a little lucky that this super-G counts for both the super-G and alpine combined because I think a lot of us are in a really good position for the slalom!"

Up next for the men and women is the alpine combined on Sunday. Saturday’s super-G run will count towards the super-G portion of the alpine combined, so both Jemison and Nelson are in a good position to hunt for the podium. 

RESULTS
Women's super-G
Men’s super-G

PANORAMA 2022 COMPETITION SCHEDULE
March 6 – Men’s and Women’s Alpine Combined
March 7 – Mixed Team Event
March 8 – Men’s Giant Slalom and Women’s Slalom
March 9 – Women’s Giant Slalom and Men’s Slalom

MORE INFORMATION
Panorama 2022 Official Website

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Cochran-Siegle, Ganong, Top 10 In Kvitfjell Downhill

By Mackenzie Moran
March, 5 2022

Olympic silver-medalist Ryan Cochran-Siegle once again led the U.S. men, finishing fifth in the Kvitfjell downhill on Saturday, March 5, behind Switzerland’s Niels Hintermann and Beat Feuz, who tied for third. Travis Ganong punched a top 10 finish, tying for eighth with France’s Maxence Muzaton. Day two of the Kvitfjell Norway downhill saw Dominik Paris at the top of the podium, followed by Aleksander Aamodt Kilde in second.  

The Olympiabakken track once again proved to be a fair course, where any man could punch their way into the top of the field no matter their starting position. Similar to Friday’s downhill competition, multiple racers snagged top 10 finishes from high bib numbers.

“It’s a challenging hill where every turn matters, so to do well here means you have to contend from top to bottom,” commented Cochran-Siegle. “After yesterday, I felt I skied well but recognized there was still a lot missing to be where I know I can be. It was motivating to see the guys in the back ski so fast yesterday in fair conditions. Today I brought just a little bit more intensity with my skiing, aggressive touch on my skis, and fighting for aerodynamics, and it ended up being a solid day.”

Steven Nyman returned to the World Cup, finishing 23rd from bib 38, followed by Jared Goldberg tied for 24th with Norway’s Adrian Smiseth Sejersted. 

With four Americans in the top 25, Cochran-Siegle sees hope for the future of the American men’s speed team but feels the group has room for improvement. 

“I thought the US showed some strong skiing with Travis in 8th and four of us in the top 25, but we also have to see the room to grow and be more competitive for the future,” said Cochran-Siegle. “We all are capable of more and we need to keep pushing ourselves as a team to get there.”

Fellow starters Erik Arvidsson, Bryce Bennett, and Sam Morse finished 31st, 39th, and 53rd.

The U.S. team has one last go in Kvitfjell on Sunday, March 6, in the super-G.

RESULTS 
Men's downhill

STANDINGS
Overall
Downhill

HOW TO WATCH
*All times EST

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Sunday, March 6, 2022
4:00 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Giant Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Lenzerheide, SUI, Streaming Peacock
5:00 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Super-G - LIVE, Kvitfjell, NOR, Streaming Peacock, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live
7:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Giant Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Lenzerheide, SUI, Broadcast Olympic Channel, Streaming Peacock

Current television broadcast and streaming schedules for all sports are available here

Sport-specific broadcast and streaming schedules are available below:

Broadcast and streaming are updated on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard website throughout the season.

 

Shiffrin Second In Lenzerheide Super-G

By Mackenzie Moran
March, 5 2022

In her return to the World Cup following a difficult Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, Mikaela Shiffrin punched her way back into podium position, taking second in the Lenzerheide, Switzerland super-G on Saturday, March 5.

Shiffrin finished 0.38 seconds behind France’s Romane Miradoli in first to earn her best result in the super-G discipline so far in the 21/22 season. Super-G Olympic gold medalist, Lara Gut-Behrami, finished third, 0.88 off the pace. A podium finish for Shiffrin adds 80 points in her overall standings, keeping her in the lead for the overall Crystal Globe ahead of Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova.

“I tried not to think about everything else, just today, just the super-G skiing,” Shiffrin reflected after the race. “I got to the finish line, and thank gosh, I survived. After the last couple of weeks, I really appreciate this.” 

Shiffrin DNFed in three technical events at the 2022 Beijing Winter Games, more than she has throughout the last four seasons of her career on the World Cup circuit. In addition to battling the emotional tolls of her first major ‘failure’ on the world stage, the soon-to-be 27-year-old has been reconciling with her ability to move forward in her father Jeff’s absence and pursuing sport amidst war in Europe. 

“It’s just been heavy,” she said. “Not just because of the Olympics, but of course, that’s a part of it. Everything has felt heavy on my mind and on my heart, and I’m just really grateful and lucky for the people around me that are always trying to stay positive and help me be positive and help me keep focusing on the sport that I love.”

Her teammates, Bella Wright and Keely Cashman, also grabbed pointing scoring finishes, despite a few baubles in challenging course sections. Wright finished 28th in her return to the World Cup circuit, while Cashman finished 30th. Tricia Mangan did not finish.

Next up in the rare race weekend combination in Lenzerheide, Switzerland is the women’s giant slalom on Sunday, March 6.

RESULTS
Women's super-G

STANDINGS
Overall
Super-G

HOW TO WATCH
*All times EST

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Sunday, March 6, 2022
4:00 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Giant Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Lenzerheide, SUI, Streaming Peacock
5:00 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Super-G - LIVE, Kvitfjell, NOR, Streaming Peacock, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live
7:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Giant Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Lenzerheide, SUI, Broadcast Olympic Channel, Streaming Peacock

Current television broadcast and streaming schedules for all sports are available here

Sport-specific broadcast and streaming schedules are available below:

Broadcast and streaming are updated on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard website throughout the season.

 

Brennan Seventh In Holmenkollen Skifestival 30k Classic

By Tom Horrocks
March, 5 2022
Rosie Brennan
Rosie Brennan finished seventh at the Holmenkollen Skifestival Saturday in Oslo, Norway. (Thibaut/NordicFocus)

Rosie Brennan once again proved she is one of the best all-around cross country athletes in the world, leading the Davis U.S. Cross Country Team with a seventh-place finish in the 30k classic at the Holmenkollen Skifestival in Oslo, Norway, Saturday.

Norway’s Therese Johaug, who won the race 11 years ago and announced her retirement Friday, won the FIS World Cup Cross Country race with a time of 1:19.22. Finland’s Krista Parmakoski was second, 19 seconds back. Sweden’s Jonna Sundling was this at 32 seconds off Johaug’s time. Brennan was 1:12 back. In her first career 30k classic, Julia Kern was 23rd; Hailey Swirbul was 26th, and Caitlin Patterson was 30th.

For Brennan, who finished in the top six in all six events at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, Saturday’s race was significantly different from the 30k freestyle at the 2022 Games, with thousands of fans cheering fans lining the course.

“This race was nothing like Zhangjiakou,” Brennan said of the cold, wind-swept race on the final day of the Games. “It is tough to even compare the two. 30ks are always an adventure, and I am thrilled to have put together two strong ones in each technique.

“I had a great ride with Ebba (Andersson) and had an enjoyable time skiing out there today,” Brennan added, noting that the events of the week led to quite a bit of pre-race anxiety. “It's also been a stressful week for a variety of reasons…I am really proud of giving myself another chance to put together a good race here and to have managed the stress and anxiety well enough to do so.”

Jessie Diggins, who won the silver medal in the 30k freestyle at the 2022 Games and is currently second in the overall FIS Cross Country World Cup standings, was among the thousands of cheering spectators Saturday. 

​​”My heart wanted to race Holmenkollen, but taking care of my body comes first…and my body is still tired from the last 30km!” Diggins posted on Instagram.

Up next, the men compete in the 50k classic Sunday at the Holmenkollen Skifestival. Staring for the U.S. are Scott Patterson, Adam Martin, Zak Ketterson, Hunter Wonders, and John Steel Hagenbuch.

Unfortunately, due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the FIS Cross Country World Cup Finals scheduled for March 18-20 in Tyumen, Russia, have been canceled. Next weekend’s FIS Cross Country World Cup in Falun, Sweden, will be the season's final event and will include the first-ever mixed team sprint and mixed team relays.

“I am really bummed Finals was canceled,” Brennan said, “but it will be fun to end the season with the mixed relay event as that is a new one for us!”

RESULTS
Women’s 30k classic

 

Cochran-Siegle Leads Four In The Top 20 in Kvitfjell Downhill

By Megan Harrod
March, 4 2022
RCS Leads Four Into Top 20
Ryan Cochran-Siegle led the way for the Americans in the first of two Kvitfjell, Norway FIS Ski World Cup downhills on Friday, landing in 11th. (Agence Zoom/Getty Images-Jonas Ericsson)

Ryan Cochran-Siegle led the Americans in the first of two Kvitfjell, Norway FIS Ski World Cup downhills on Friday, landing in 11th. Travis Ganong was just four hundredths behind Cochran-Siegle in 12th, Steven Nyman was 18th, and Jared Goldberg was 20th.  

The Olympiabakken track was perfectly prepared and held up for the entire field, giving several guys in the back of the pack a unique opportunity to move up. In what was a thrilling race to watch, five athletes out of the top 30 landed in the top 20—most notably including Canada’s Cameron Alexander coming from bib 39 to tie Swiss Niels Hintermann for first with a time of 1:44.42. Austria’s Matthias Mayer was off the pace by .12 seconds. A mere 1.10 seconds separated first place from 20th. 

Cochran-Siegle, who is fresh off a super-G silver medal at Beijing 2022, had a solid run to lead the Americans into the points. When asked about the surprise results in the race, Cochran-Siegle said, “That’s Kvitfjell for you," commenting how it goes to show the benefit of having solid Europa Cups results at the venue beforehand. Indeed, Alexander, who had not even scored a World Cup point during the entire 2021-22 season, grabbed three top-five finishes in the Europa Cups in Kvitfjell in February, highlighted by a downhill victory. 

Sam Morse, Erik Arvidsson, and Bryce Bennett also started for the Americans, ending in 32nd, 50th, and 54th, respectively.

The race to the downhill globe remains tight, with Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde leading by a mere three points, with 490 to Swiss Feuz’s 487. Austria’s Matthias Mayer remains third in the standings, with 462 points. Swiss Marco Odermatt remains the clear leader in the overall standings, with 1,216 points, Kilde with 870 points, and Mayer with 752. 

Up next for the men is another downhill Saturday with another chance on the Olympiabakken track for the Americans to snag a podium. 

RESULTS
Men’s downhill

STANDINGS
Downhill
Overall

HOW TO WATCH 
All times EST

Saturday, March 5, 2022
4:00 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Super-G - LIVE, Lenzerheide, SUI, Broadcast Olympic Channel, Streaming Peacock
5:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Downhill - LIVE, Kvitfjell, NOR, Streaming Peacock, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live

Sunday, March 6, 2022
4:00 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Giant Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Lenzerheide, SUI, Streaming Peacock
5:00 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Super-G - LIVE, Kvitfjell, NOR, Streaming Peacock, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live
7:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Giant Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Lenzerheide, SUI, Broadcast Olympic Channel, Streaming Peacock

Current television broadcast and streaming schedules for all sports are available here

Sport-specific broadcast and streaming schedules are available below:

Throughout the season, broadcast and streaming are updated on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard website.

Streaming services and apps are third-party services and subject to such parties’ terms of use and data privacy. U.S. Ski & Snowboard disclaims any and all liability for use of third-party services and apps.

Macuga Wins Bronze To Kick Off Alpine Junior World Ski Championships

By Madison Osberger-Low
March, 3 2022
Lauren Macuga Bronze
Lauren Macuga, teammates, and staff celebrate her bronze in Thursday's downhill to kick off the 2022 Alpine Junior World Ski Championships In Panorama, B.C. 

Lauren Macuga skied to third place on Thursday to kick off the 2022 Alpine Junior World Ski Championships In Panorama, B.C. 

Macuga, a Development Team member and resident of Park City, Utah, skied to 1:28.58 in the downhill, the first event in the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships. She finished .25 seconds behind winner Magdalena Egger of Austria, who posted the winning time of 1:28.33. German Emma Aicher was the last athlete to kick out of the start gate and ended the race sliding into the second position, with a time of 1:28.46.

Alpine Development Director Chip Knight explained how Macuga had been progressing throughout her speed career and was ready for a bigger stage for her talents to shine through. “She has been working hard on her technical skiing, while also gaining experience in the speed events on a higher level World Cup and Europa Cup tracks. Those efforts paid dividends here in Panorama,” said Knight. 

Macuga was ecstatic about her bronze finish and could not believe that it happened today despite the conditions in the past few days. 

“To open at Junior Worlds at Panorama Resort with a third is incredible. I knew I could put one down, but to see it in the results with all the best juniors in the world is the craziest feeling ever,” reflected Macuga. 

Macuga added that she wants to keep her skiing at this level and keep progressing for the future. “I plan to keep the ball rolling into the next few days of racing! And I am ready to ski my best against these women and can’t wait to see my teammates up there with me,” Macuga said. 

Ava Sunshine Jemison of Edwards, Colo., finished 20th, having waited out two long race interruptions—one due to heavy fog. Twenty-six women started in the field, and there were two DNFs.

The women's downhill was the first race in the nine-day competition featuring 11 events, open to the world’s best junior alpine skiers, born in the years 2000 to 2003. 

Macuga’s family is no stranger to the mountains and ski competition. She has two siblings also on the U.S. Ski Team; sister Sam Macuga is a ski jumper and her sister Alli Macuga is a moguls skier. 

The men’s downhill was canceled due to the fog. The men will strap on the downhill skis again on Friday for the rescheduled race while the women will tackle super-G. The men's super-G has yet to be rescheduled. More information will be forthcoming. 

RESULTS
Women's downhill

PANORAMA 2022 COMPETITION SCHEDULE
March 4 – Men’s Downhill and Women’s Super-G
March 5 – Mixed Team Event
March 6 – Men’s Alpine Combined
March 7 – Women’s Alpine Combined
March 8 – Men’s Giant Slalom and Women’s Slalom
March 9 – Women’s Giant Slalom and Men’s Slalom

MORE INFORMATION
Panorama 2022 Official Website

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