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U.S. Snowboard Pro Team member Julia Marino topped the podium at the 2020 Laax Open in Switzerland at the first of five FIS Snowboard slopestyle World Cups set to take place over the remainder of the season.
“It feels so good just to break what feels like the ‘just outside of the podium curse’ here in Laax,” said a very relieved Julia. “It’s been so fun. The course and the weather have been amazing. I don’t think I have ever had so much fun at slope contest.”
Races got underway on the famed Lauberhorn downhill track in Wengen, Switzerland, with an alpine combined—one run of downhill followed by one run of slalom. Bryce Bennett led three of his Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team teammates into the points in 14th place with Ryan Cochran-Siegle finishing 19th and Jared Goldberg 24th.
Olympic champions Mikaela Shiffrin and Chloe Kim have been nominated for the landmark 20th anniversary Laureus World Sports Awards. The world's sports media cast their votes and the greatest sportsmen, sportswomen and teams now have just over a month to wait to see if they have won a prestigious Laureus Statuette at the world's pre-eminent international sports Awards Ceremony in Berlin, Germany on February 17th.
With the conclusion of the 2020 L.L.Bean U.S. Cross Country Championships, U.S. Ski & Snowboard has named three teams to represent the United States at the 2020 U23 and Junior FIS Cross Country World Championships, and the U18 Scandinavian Championships.
On a chilly night in Flachau, Austria, Mikaela Shiffrin captured her 16th-straight FIS Ski World Cup slalom podium—a World Cup record—finishing in third place under the lights.
Seventeen Americans will be dropping in at the fourth annual Seiser Alm Legends FIS Freeski and Snowboard World Cup in Italy. Freeskiers are set to kick off the program Jan 17-18 and snowboarders will close it out Jan 22-23. U.S Freeski Pro Team member Willie Borm can’t wait for the action to get started.
Twelve slopestyle and 10 halfpipe riders will represent the U.S. at the fifth edition of the Laax Open FIS Snowboard World Cup Jan. 13-18 in Switzerland.
“The Laax Open brings all kinds of snowboarders together,” said Reto Gurtner, President & CEO of LAAX ski resort. “The top riders, the amateurs, rising stars, the next generation of jibbers and all the boarder families. It’s a mountain lifestyle affair!”