18 USA FIS Masters Globe Winners - 2021 Season kicks off September in Argetina
2019-2020 Season Summary
The 2019-2020 FIS Masters Cup Season started in Nevados de Chillan, Chile in September 2019 with 26 racers from USA. For the USA racers, there was an opportunity to train for several days followed by 6 race starts over 4 days. The weather kept everyone on their toes, but they managed to get in several days of great training and racing along with some bonus time at local thermal hot springs on the tough weather days. The dramatic scenery of the area was further enhanced by a volcano active 5km away.
The USA FIS Masters racers took a break from the FIS calendar in November and December before jumping back across the pond in January. Excitement was at an all time high as racers traveled to Innsbruck, Austria for the World Winter Masters Games. The World Winter Masters Games (WWMG) are held every 5 years brining across athletes from all winter disciplines and this year's alpine events were also part of the FIS Masters Cup Calendar. Twenty U.S. Ski & Snowboard Members competed and 3 USA racers Lilla Gidlow, Stein Halsnes, and Pepi Neubauer achieved podiums in their age classes (picture below L to R in 1st place).
In early February, the FIS Masters Cup Circuit came to North America. After a 2019 ruling from the FIS Masters Committee allowing more race starts in North America, events were able to be hosted in both the United States and Canada for the first time. The USA events brought 99 racers together from 9 countries to Northstar, CA. Northstar delivered a stellar event with bluebird weather and top notch courses and race crew. A couple weeks later 16 USA racers traveled to Stoneham, Quebec for the Canadian events and toughed it out through some cold weather to enjoy and celebrate the return of Canada to the FIS Masters Cup circuit.
As COVID-19 spread across the globe, racers were packing up to head to the World Criterium Masters in Austria and Finals in Slovakia when the events were canceled. Much like the with World Cup, the show could not go on.
2019-2020 FIS Overall Winners
During the 2019-2020 season, USA racers attended events in Chile, Austria, USA, Canada, Australia, Croatia, and Italy. Eighteen USA racers were ranked internationally and 7 racers placed on the podium to win the coveted FIS Masters Cup globes. In the end over 50 racers were held before losing the last 3 events of the season.
2020-2021 FIS Preview
Though in person meetings were shut down, FIS quickly adapted to move the Spring planning meetings online. The 2020-2021 FIS Masters Calendar has been approved and we're looking forward to kicking off the 2020-2021 season as soon as conditions will allow. The opening event in Australia have been cancelled, but so far the next event at Catedral Alta Patagonia in Bariloche, Argentina is still on as scheduled pending Argentina reopening to travelers on September 1st. Lisa Ballard, Masters former National Committee Chair who is also a coach and official has put together another great camp preceding the 6 FMC races. The camp and events are September 9-20 South American Masters Race Camp Flier Register here.
North America will have 2 events again this year!
- Beaver Creek, CO - February 5-7
- Stoneham, Quebec. - February 11-14
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