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Sun Valley Resort To Host 2023 Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships presented by Stifel

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
March, 6 2023
Sun Valley Resort To Host 2023 Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships presented by Stifel (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

Sun Valley Resort is proud to announce that the Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships presented by Stifel kicks off April 1 and welcomes elite and next generation ski races vying for spots on the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team. The racing event, which runs April 2-5, is the final competition on the hotly contended US national ski racing circuit, and is the culmination of a season-long showcase of the best of the best in US ski racing athleticism. 

Sun Valley will welcome both men and women competing in slalom, giant slalom and super-G events. The course in Sun Valley has a storied history of alpine racing, having hosted the U.S. Alpine Championships previously in 2018 and 2016 and having tested hundreds of local and visiting athletes with its technical and challenging terrain over the years. The award-winning grooming and steeps contribute to the long list of merits that makes Sun Valley the perfect choice for this event.

Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athletes expected to compete at the Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships presented by Stifel will include 2022 Olympic silver medalist Ryan Cochran-Siegle and 2023 World Championships gold medalist River Radamus, as well as local Sun Valley athletes Ryder Sarchett, Jack Smith and Dasha Romanov. The athletes will be racing for national titles, as well as increased prize money, courtesy of Stifel. 

“Sun Valley Resort could not be more excited to welcome back the U.S. Alpine Championships and the incredible athletes who will lay it all on the line to capture national titles,” said Pete Sonntag, Sun Valley Resort GM and VP. “Our rich ski racing history and legendary terrain will provide an awesome backdrop to watch current stars like Ryan Cochran-Siegle and River Radamus go at it with America’s best, including our own hometown heroes.”

Saturday, April 1, starts the week of events with training opportunities for racers and a sponsor village and live apres music in Warm Springs Plaza. Sunday, April 2, the racing kicks off with men’s and women’s super-G followed by Clicquot in the Snow Party at Warm Springs and the Opening Ceremony at Town Square in Ketchum featuring a Parade of Athletes and free concert by Lowdown Brass Band. Men's and women's slalom will run on Monday, April 3, women’s giant slalom on Tuesday, April 4, and men’s giant slalom on Wednesday, April 5; each day's races will be followed by awards and live music in the Warm Springs Plaza.

“The Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team is very excited to return to Sun Valley for the 2023 Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships presented by Stifel for the first time since 2018,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard CEO Sophie Goldschmidt. “Not only will many of the best alpine skiers in the country be competing for coveted national titles, but it’s an amazing opportunity to inspire the next generation of ski racers who can see their favorite athletes up close on a resort that has helped produce so many champions.”

Sun Valley Resort is thrilled to offer two VIP packages for the Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships presented by Stifel. One VIP package includes Sun Valley lodging at a premium rate and one four-day all-access pass for $900, which will be capped at 100 participants. The VIP Pass includes access to an exclusive viewing area for the races; complimentary food and beverage options; one day of Early Up access, allowing participants to ski or ride on Bald Mountain before the race festivities kick-off and the mountain is open to the public; a meet & greet, photos and signing with race participants; and a coveted U.S. Ski & Snowboard and SVR Swag Bag. To book the VIP Package with lodging, interested parties can call Sun Valley Reservations at (800) 786-8259. Spectators can book the four-day VIP Pass online.

Local ski racing non-profit organization, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) is seeking nearly 200 volunteers to support the event between March 31 and April 5 across a wide spectrum of positions. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to register for the volunteer crew online. Volunteers will receive a one-day Sun Valley lift ticket voucher valid through 12/30/2024 for each shift completed.

The event is free to attend, spectators are welcome to join and can find out more about spectating locations and course details

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About Sun Valley Resort

Sun Valley Resort was founded in 1936 as America’s first destination ski resort. Located in the Idaho mountains, it is truly a four-season resort with a wide array of activities. With more than 3,400 vertical feet and over 2,300 acres of skiable terrain, Sun Valley offers skiers and boarders an exceptional and varied experience. Bald Mountain has 12 chairlifts, 100 runs, and family and beginner-friendly Dollar Mountain offers two high-speed quads, a terrain park- and the Silver Dollar Carpet for ease of access and learning appeal. Sun Valley is a member of The Grand America Hotels and Resorts family. Sister properties include Snowbasin Ski Resort, The Grand America Hotel, Little America Hotel (all Salt Lake City, Utah); The Westgate Hotel, San Diego, Calif.; Little America Flagstaff, Ariz.; Little America, Wyo., and Little America, Cheyenne, Wyo.  

Sun Valley is served by Hailey's Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN). The airport is located 14 miles from the resort and is easily accessed from six major cities: San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), Los Angeles (LAX), Salt Lake City (SLC), Denver (DEN), and Chicago (ORD). All Sun Valley Resort guests receive complimentary roundtrip airport transportation. | 800.786.8259 | @sunvalley | #sunvalley

About U.S. Ski & Snowboard

U.S. Ski & Snowboard is the Olympic National Governing Body (NGB) of ski and snowboard sports in the USA, based in Park City, Utah. Tracing its roots directly back to 1905, the organization represents nearly 200 elite skiers and snowboarders in 2022, competing in seven teams; alpine, cross country, freeski, freestyle, snowboard, nordic combined, and ski jumping. In addition to the fully-funded elite teams, U.S. Ski & Snowboard also provides leadership and direction for tens of thousands of young skiers and snowboarders across the USA, encouraging and supporting them in achieving excellence. By empowering national teams, clubs, coaches, parents, officials, volunteers, and fans, U.S. Ski & Snowboard is committed to the progression of its sports, athlete success, and the value of team. For more information, visit

World Champs Wrap up With 50k Classic; Three in the Top 30

By Leann Bentley
March, 5 2023
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Scott Patterson and David Norris work together in the 50km classic. (Nordic Focus)

The 2023 FIS Cross Country Ski World Championships has come to a close, ending the two-week race series with one of the most grueling races, the 50km classic. Four U.S. men lined up to the mass start: Scott Patterson, Gus Schumacher, Hunter Wonders and David Norris. Patterson led the team with a 16th place, only two minutes behind the Norwegian leader, with the rest of the U.S. team only seconds behind. 

It was another hot day in Planica. The temperatures climbed throughout the late morning into the afternoon making it a klister day for the kick wax. Same with the women's race, the men had pairs of skis lined up in the stadium area to switch mid-race to have a new pair of sticks to power them through the endless amount of kilometers they were racing. 

With over 31 miles to race and 4,000+ feet of elevation gain, the course played to the strength of those who could charge the uphills, actively recover on the short downhills and maintain a consistent pace. On the first of seven laps, Patterson was in the lead pack, sitting in third place right behind Norway and Finland. A ski length away were teammates Wonders, Norris and Schumacher. Through the next couple of laps, the field began to naturally spread out. With each athlete taking advantage of the feed zones and fueling up with mixtures of electrolytes, energy chews and dumping water on their head, the hours ticked by and the end was close. 

On the last of seven laps, at the high point of the course, Patterson and Norris were neck and neck, working together as teammates on the long uphills. Norris, who is a ski coach and accountant back in the States, traveled over to Slovenia last Tuesday after winning the American Birkebiener in Hayward, Wisconsin. He and Patterson, good friends, have skied and raced together for years, which played to their advantage today as they were able to push each other when they needed it most. At the finish, Patterson was 16th, Norris was 22nd, Schumacher was 28th and Wonders 31st. 

On the last downhill, all four U.S. men charged and skied into the roaring stadium with three in the top 30, and Hunters just seconds away. With the entire team waiting in the finish zone, the U.S. has many things to celebrate at this World Championships, on and off the snow. 

Men's 50k

Arvidsson, Goldberg Break Top 15 in Super-G

By Sierra Ryder
March, 5 2023
Erik Arvidsson races to 14th place in the Stifel America's Downhill super-G. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Dustin Satloff)

It was an exciting Sunday to end the Stifel America’s Downhill in Aspen. The Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team men put on a show with two U.S. men coming in hot from the back, tying for 14th place. Jared Goldberg bumped up to 14th from bib 45 and his teammate Erik Arvidsson bumped up to 14th from bib 52. Ryan Cochran-Siegle landed in 18th position.

“I thought I had a good top section, I thought I executed really well, turns out the wind was a little bit in my favor,” said Arvidsson. “I carried a lot of speed onto the flats and I executed how I wanted to. It was a cool feeling to end the World Cup speed season this way.”

The stands were full for the third day in a row and the atmosphere was electric as Swiss phenom Marco Odermatt won the day, his fifth super-G victory of the season. In second place was German skier Andreas Sander and in third, Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde for his second podium of the weekend.

There were quite a few big leaps from the back of the field, notably Nico Gauer of Liechtenstein jumping from bib 53 to sixth place, winning the Stifel Bibbo Award for the biggest jump, and Canadian Riley Seger moving up from from bib 51 to 10th place.

“The wind was blowing at the very top—the clocks right next to us fell over,” said Goldberg. “I was really on the limit and could have skied cleaner but I was pushing it and trying to have a solid fast run.”

Rounding out the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team, Bryce Bennett scored points in 28th place. Kyle Negomir was 36th. Almost a third of the skiers did not finish, including River Radamus. 

This event closes the men’s speed Audi FIS World Cup races until World Cup Finals in Soldeu, Andorra. The men’s technical World Cup continues with two giant slalom races on March 11 and 12 in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

Men's super-G

Shiffrin Seventh in Kvitfjell Super-G

By Sierra Ryder
March, 5 2023
Mikaela Shiffrin races to a seventh place finish in the Kvitfjell, Norway super-G. (Getty Images)

Closing out the women’s speed series in Kvitfjell, Norway, Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete Mikaela Shiffrin landed in seventh place and Breezy Johnson in 19th, battling wild conditions in the super-G.

“This race has been crazy. The track is changing so much with changes to the weather, but it is really fun to ski,” said Shiffrin. “There are many races that are unfair in ski racing, but I am not angry about it because I did a good job with my run and so that’s alright with me, and it’s a positive day.”

The weather played a large role in the race with slip crews out to clear snow to the slick surface underneath as the snowfall intensified. However, the sun came out later in the day giving higher bibs a better advantage, as seen in a podium made up of bibs 31, 29 and 26.

“The girls that came down into the lead are skiing well too, and it's not every day this happens,” said Shiffrin.

It was an Austrian sweep of the podium, the first time in 20 years for the country. In first was Nina Ortlieb, second went to Stephanie Venier and third was Franziska Gritsch. Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athletes Keely Cashman and Lauren Macuga also raced and ended up in 38th and 40th. Isabella Wright did not finish.

The women’s World Cup tour will now move to Are, Sweden for a tech series on March 10 and 11 before World Cup Finals in Andorra. Shiffrin will look to break the record of 86 wins in Are, where she won her first World Cup in 2012.

Women's super-G

Lillis Third in Engadin

By Lara Carlton
March, 5 2023
Chris Lillis podium
Chris Lillis earned third in the FIS Aerials World Cup at Engadin, Switzerland, on March 5 after performing a quint-twist in the super finals round. (Peter Toohey - U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

Aerialist Chris Lillis pulled out all the stops and landed a double-full full double-full, a quintuple twisting triple back flip, for a score of 128 to earn third place at the FIS Freestyle World Cup in Engadin, Switzerland on Sunday. 

“It was a really solid day,” Lillis reflected. “A lot of the adverse weather conditions prevented me from performing the quint twist in Georgia [at World Champs]. So it was a lot of fun to put it down and put it in the super final. It was the biggest jump I’ve done all week. Part of me was a little surprised I was able to stretch it down and put it to my feet. This was one of the highest levels of aerial competitions I’ve ever been a part of.”

Lillis added the quint to his jumping repertoire ahead of the 2022 Olympic season, becoming the first American to land one in competition since the late Jeret “Speedy” Peterson. Although not a give in, Lillis always threatens the quint if he makes it into a super finals round. Lillis admitted performing the trick was not part of the original plan for his competition day. "The site is very tricky, very warm and windy,” he explained. “I didn’t know I was doing it until 30 seconds before my first finals jump. We decided to do the double-in in finals, so then knew it would be the quint for supers.”

Following Lillis’ high-flying, high-scoring jump the rest of the men’s field took the queue and broke out their own quints. “Until I did the quint, no one in the competition was planning to throw them as far as I know,” said Lillis.

Ukraine’s Dmytro Kotovskyi won the event by landing the hardest trick in aerial skiing, known as The Hurricane, for a score of 136.76. Switzerland's Noe Roth executed a beautiful double-full double-full full for a score of 133.11 to land in second place. 

Quinn Dehlinger also represented the U.S. in the super finals round. He performed a double-full full full, flying high and sneaking his feet down to manage the landing, to earn a score of 93.21 - good for fifth overall. Derek Krueger earned a career-best result with an eighth place finish after executing a full double-full full in the first finals round. 

Winter Vinecki was the top American woman, finishing just off the podium in fourth place. This marks her season’s best result and will be good momentum for her heading into World Cup Finals. Australia’s Danielle Scott and Laura Peel took first and second, respectively. China’s Fanyu Kong rounded out the podium in third. 

Megan Nick performed a full double-full to earn a score of 75.78 in finals and was just edged out of the super final round, placing in seventh for the day. Kuhn and Elliott each performed full full in finals but did not make the super final round, ending the day in 11th and 12th, respectively. 

Aerials will wrap World Cup competition at World Cup Finals in Kazakhstan March 19. 

Women’s Aerials
Men’s Aerials

Top Results for Bennett, Morse in Aspen; Nyman Retires

By Sierra Ryder
March, 4 2023
Sam Morse celebrates after getting a top 15 in the Stifel America's Downhill at Aspen. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Dustin Satloff)

On day two of Stifel America’s Downhill in Aspen, Colorado, the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team had a tremendous and emotional day. To start the exciting race off, Bryce Bennett skied into his best result of the season with a 10th place finish.

“I’ve been skiing really hard all winter long,” said Bennett. “I've barely taken any time off and today was the first time this season I could really race and it was a good feeling.”

This has been a difficult season for Bennett who had come off of a World Cup victory the season prior in Val Gardena, Italy. He has had a number of top 30s, but this race was a breakthrough for the downhiller.

Jared Goldberg came down right after Bennett, with very fast top splits. Goldberg had some small mistakes toward the end that brought his time up, landing him in 19th place. Travis Ganong placed just above Goldberg in 17th, his final run on domestic soil. 

Friends and family rallied at the finish line to congratulate Ganong and give him flowers as he took his final run on domestic snow, before he officially caps off his tremendous ski racing career at World Cup finals later this month. Ganong announced his retirement just earlier in the week. 

The excitement continued amongst the home crowd with Sam Morse skiing from bib 38 to an incredible 14th place. This position is his second-best result of his career; his two previous best results were in Val Gardena this season. 

“I just tried to stay focused and I think I did a good job of it, and for sure the skis were running up top,” said Morse, who raced his first World Cup in Aspen in 2017. “Today was my best result this year. I stayed calm and kept it simple.”

Aleksander Aamodt Kilde of Norway took the win with a near perfect run down the downhill. James Crawford of Canada was second and Marco Odermatt of Switzerland was third. 

The big finale of the day came with racer 60, Steven Nyman, as he skied a victory lap in jeans, the American Downhiller vest, and a live stream of his run on Instagram. Nyman’s team, family and friends stood in the finish corral to welcome him in and celebrate his storied career. It was a special moment for the home crowd, and for the other teams, many of whom also crowded the finish to give their respects to the skiing icon.

“Crossing the finish line and seeing everybody was incredible,” said Nyman. “It’s just incredible to see the guys that changed my life and affected my life. It was so meaningful to me. I saw downhillers from all over the world in the finish and it means a lot."

The fans and crowd were electric at the final race for Nyman, and they are ready for more racing tomorrow, a super-G. Ryan Cochran-Siegle, Kyle Negomir, Jared Goldberg, Erik Arvidsson, Bryce Bennett and River Radamus will start for the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team. 

Men's downhill


1:30 p.m. ET - men's super-G, Aspen - LIVE on CNBC, Peacock and Outside+

Brennan Fifth in World Champs 30k Classic

By Leann Bentley
March, 4 2023
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Rosie Brennan during the 30km classic race at World Championships. (Nordic Focus)

In the last women’s race of the 2023 World Championships in Planica, Slovenia the 30km classic track was set for one of the most grueling races of the event. With the sun and heat making an appearance after days of rain, sleet, snow and generally unfavorable weather, the 46 women athletes lined up for the mass start race. American Rosie Brennan led the day for the team - in one of her gutsiest races yet. To put this course into perspective, 30km is 18.3 miles total and the athletes would climb over 3,000ft as they crossed the finish line. 

It all started at the noon hour. Along with Brennan on the U.S. roster was Julia Kern, Hailey Swirbul and Sydney Palmer-Leger. All having a few races under their belt in the days leading up, the women were feeling confident going into the last race of an already successful championships. With the length of the course, the athletes and their technicians had to make a solid game plan - would you change skis in the middle of the race to click into a fresh pair with more kick wax? Or would you stick with the planks you had on the start line and ski the entire 18+ miles on the same pair? That was the question for the entire field, with the rapid warming of temperatures throughout the 1.5 hours of racing.

With the sound of the gun launching the athletes onto the course, the women had 30km in front of them, on a hilly and very technical course. Featuring sharp corners that led to broken skis, bindings and poles in the earlier races, to long uphills and fast downhills, this course was simply just challenging. That did not stop the athletes from charging, though. Brennan started the race in the lead pack and never let up until she toed the finish line. With Ebba Andersson of Sweden leading the race, a group of five chased her, one of them Brennan.

As the racers spread out as more kilometers were skied, Brennan was still in the lead pack and Kern and Swirbul were only 60 seconds back, navigating the course and the conditions with several other countries. On the second lap through the stadium, Palmer Leger pulled out of the race.

Coming through the stadium after 12-13km, the women changed skis, snapping on a fresh pair of planks to take them to the end. By doing this, the majority of the field had new wax and better odds at cleanly climbing the hills without slipping on the skied out classic tracks. By changing skis, Andersson of Sweden gained a stronger lead but Brennan continued to be right on her heels along with four other racers.

“This one of the best classic races I have ever seen Rosie ski,” said Head Coach Matt Whitcomb. “And by far one of the most entertaining classic races I’ve ever watched.”

Going into the last lap, Swirbul was gaining on the athletes ahead of her and was charging up the uphills. As she crested the highest point of the course, she was in perfect position to land herself in the top-20, and that she did. As she crossed the finish line, she was 18th overall, her best-ever individual result at World Championships.

For Brennan, she was having one of the best races of her year. In the sprint to the finish, she crossed the line in fifth, a major result for her but also keeping her hungry for more, knowing that the podium was a second away.

“I skied with my heart today and gave it my all,” said Brennan. “That was a fight. You have to take a chance and put yourself in it, and I fought until the end and gave it all I had.”

At the end of the day, Brennan was fifth, only 16.39 seconds out of first, Swirbul was 18th and Kern was 27th. For the podium, Andersson won the day, Anne Kjersti Kalvaa of Norway was second and Sweden's Frida Karlsson was third. 

Now, the team will be out on course cheering the men as they ski the 50km tomorrow, March 5, then will pack up and head to Norway for period four of World Cup ski racing.


Ferreira Earns Bronze in Halfpipe at the World Championships

By Erin McNeely
March, 4 2023
Alex Ferreira atop the podium.
Alex Ferreira stands atop the podium with Brendan MacKay (middle) and Jon Sallinen (left). (Getty - Alexis Boichard)

Alex Ferreira laced together the run he’s been hoping to put down all season to claim bronze at the 2023 FIS Freestyle Ski, Snowboard and Freeski World Championships!


For Ferreira, the end of the competition season has been a whirlwind. Last weekend, Ferreira competed in Dew Tour where he walked away with an impressive fourth place finish. The next day, Ferreira hopped on a plane to Georgia. He arrived in Tbilisi in the wee hours of the morning, drove four hours to Bakuriani, and went straight to the venue for the first day of halfpipe practice. 


When qualifications rolled around, Ferreira was ready—as was the rest of the men’s freeski halfpipe team. Ferreira wasted no time and put down a solid first run with a score that ultimately qualified him for finals. His teammates David Wise, Dylan Ladd and Tristan Feinberg all also qualified for finals, resulting in the U.S. claiming four of the ten finalist spots.


When finals day rolled around, Ferreira had his eye on landing the run he’d been working towards all season, which included both ways 1620s. While Ferreira put down a clean run on both his first and second run, it was his third and final run that clinched the bronze medal. Ferreira threw a switch left 900 Japan grab, switch right double cork 1080 Japan grab, left double cork 1260 safety grab, and stomped both the right double cork 1620 safety grab, and the left double cork 1620 safety grab. When asked how it felt to finally nail both 16s in competition, Ferreira said, “Both 16s in one run has been a long time coming for me, so I’m just happy to actually do it and to do it in great conditions, a great pipe, and skiing alongside some of my best friends.”


But even after Ferreira nailed his third run, he wasn’t in the clear. The men’s halfpipe final was a heavy one with everyone throwing their best tricks in an effort to be named the new World Champion. Ferreira anxiously watched the four remaining skiers complete their final runs to see if his score would hold. When the last skier dropped, Ferreira was able to breathe again and soak in what he had just accomplished.


While Ferreira has a long list of halfpipe accolades, including two Olympic medals, 10 World Cup podiums, and six X Games podiums, a World Championships medal has eluded him—until now. “I’ve never done well at World Champs,” Ferreira explains. “To do well at the last contest of the season—I’m so grateful. It was not an easy one! Everyone threw some really great runs and I’m just happy to be up there on the podium.”


Alongside Ferreira on the podium was Brendan MacKay of Canada in first and Jon Sallinen of Finland in second. The rest of the U.S. athletes were unfortunately unable to put down their best runs. Dylan Ladd finished in sixth, Tristan Feinberg in eighth, and David Wise in ninth.


The 2023 FIS Freestyle Ski, Snowboard and Freeski World Championships marks the end of the competition season for the U.S. Freeski Halfpipe team. The athletes will now head back to the States and gear up for their spring training camps.




Shiffrin Clinches Fifth Crystal Globe

By Sierra Ryder
March, 4 2023
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Mikaela Shiffrin raced to fifth place in Kvitfjell and clinched her fifth overall crystal globe. (Getty Images)

On a windy Saturday in Kvitfjell, Norway, the speed women had a great day in the downhill, placing four in the top 30. Mikaela Shiffrin led the way in fifth place to clinch her fifth overall FIS Crystal Globe—which goes to the best skier across disciplines for the season and is widely regarded as ski racing's biggest prize.

“It is wild, the overall title is always strange to explain how it feels, but this whole season the work has been amazing,” said Shiffrin. “It’s quite special before the final races to have this secured and I can focus on the rest of the races.”

Shiffrin has dominated the season with 14 podiums and 11 victories in 25 races. She still has six races left in the season, where she can hunt for her record-tying 86th and record-breaking 87th win. 

Only two athletes have won more Crystal Globes than Shiffrin: Austrians Annemarie Moser-Proell with six and Marcel Hirscher with eight.

Breezy Johnson was close behind Shiffrin in eighth place and Isabella Wright was 12th. Keely Cashman snagged a 29th place to grab World Cup points.

"It was pretty windy today so that had its own challenges. The surface was amazing and it’s getting more buff every day and you can really do anything you want on this snow," said Isabella Wright. 

Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete Lauren Macuga was just out of top 30 in 32nd and Tricia Mangan landed in 38th place.

"Today was a great team day. Super stoked to have 4 in the top 30 and to have Lauren Macuga be so close in 32nd. Really great to see that, especially on a brand new track," said Wright. "Really excited for the SG tomorrow. This hill is so fun and the SG a couple days ago was full on and you had to get after it, so looking forward to another go at it tomorrow!"

Hometown favorite Kajsa Vickhoff Lie became the first Norwegian woman to win a World Cup downhill in history. Sofia Goggia of Italy was second and clinched the downhill crystal globe. Corinne Suter of Switzerland was third.

The women have another super-G race on Sunday.

Women's downhill

*time in ET 

4:30 a.m. - women's super-G, Kvitfjell, Norway -

Podmilsak Lands First-Ever Triple 2160 to Win Gold at Worlds

By Erin McNeely
March, 4 2023
Troy Podmilsak stands in front of the Big Air jump.
Troy Podmilsak wins gold at the 2023 World Championships. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Erin McNeely)

Troy Podmilsak made history today when he landed the world’s first triple 2160 and won gold in big air at his first ever World Championships—all at just eighteen years old.

The big air events at World Championships got off to a bit of a bumpy start when men’s qualifications were delayed three hours due to heavy winds. However, Podmilsak didn’t let the delay or the wind hinder his performance. He stayed focused and was able to put down two clean runs to qualify into finals. Unfortunately, Podmilsak’s teammates Cody LaPlante and Hunter Henderson weren’t able to nail the tricks they were hoping for and did not advance to finals.

The weather in Bakuriani continued to pose a challenge, and big air finals were bumped up by a day in an effort to evade inclement weather coming into the region. Fortunately, the plan was successful and finals were able to go off with no wind and just a bit of light snow.  Podmilsak was the first to drop in finals and wasted no time getting the show going. He stomped a switch double bio 19 safety grab and called it, "the best he’s ever done." But Podmilsak was just getting started.

In big air, the athletes' best two jumps out of three count, so TPod knew he needed another exceptional run, and boy, did he deliver. On his second run, Podmilsak stomped the world’s first triple 2160 mute grab to put him into first place. Not only was this the first time the triple 2160 had ever been, but it was also the first time Podmilsak had ever attempted that trick on snow. Podmilsak explained, "That was the first time I've ever done [the triple 2160]. I did it on the air bag a few times and didn't really land it. That was the first time I've ever really landed it." Needless to say, it was a day of firsts. However, despite Podmilsak's epic second run, there was still one more run to go, and in big air, it’s not over until it’s over. 

Podmilsak dropped last on run three, so he anxiously watched his fellow competitors do everything in their power to usurp first place from him, but their efforts were to no avail. When it was finally TPod’s turn to drop, he had already secured the gold medal and was able to take a victory lap amidst the cheers of his fellow competitors and the fans.

When asked how he was feeling after taking first place at his very first World Champs, Podmilsak said, “I can’t even really believe it. It almost feels like a dream to me. I’m proud of myself and I’m proud of my team. We worked really hard for this.” 

Big air was the final event in Georgia and Podmilsak’s win was the perfect way to wrap up the 2023 FIS Freestyle Ski, Snowboard and Freeski World Championships. Next up, the U.S. Freeski Team's slopestyle team will travel to Tignes, France for their second to last World Cup of the season. 

Men's big air