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15 U.S. Athletes to Compete at Calgary World Cup

By Andrew Gauthier
February, 10 2019
Canada Olympic Park
World Cup event venue at Canada Olympic Park, Calgary, Canada. (FIS Snowboard - Oliver Kraus)

Fresh off the 2019 Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships presented by Toyota, 16 U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes will battle the frigid temperatures of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in the FIS Snowboard and Freeski World Cup halfpipe competition Wednesday through Saturday.

“I'm excited to go to Calgary for the World Cup,” said U.S. Freeski Rookie Team member Abigale Hansen (June Lake, Calif.). “I have been to Calgary before so I know it's a different venue than we are used to for a World cup event, but it should be super fun!”

Hansen recently had her tooth wired back into place after a fall at the World Championships. Being a true competitor, she plans to compete at Canada Olympic Park. Also, U.S. Freeski teammate Hunter Hess (Bend, Ore.) is happy to be back competing in Calgary.

“I’m really stoked to be skiing in the Calgary World Cup,” said Hess. “I have been coming to Calgary for the past few years and it’s one of my favorite places to compete. The people here really enjoy skiing and support it no matter what the temperatures are outside. Looking forward to see what type of show we can put on."

For the men, U.S. Freeskiers set to compete include Hess, Olympic gold medalist David Wise (Reno, Nev.), U.S. Pro Team member Birk Irving (Winter Park, Colo.) as well as U.S. Rookie Team members Jaxin Hoerter (Breckenridge, Colo.) and Dylan Ladd (Lakewood, Colo.). In addition, Americans Connor Ladd (Lakewood, Colo.), Cassidy Jarrell (Aspen, Colo.), Lennon Vaughn (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) and Cameron Broderick (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) are set to compete.

For the women, U.S. Freeskiers ready to drop in include Hansen, 2019 World Championships bronze medalist Brita Sigourney (Carmel, Calif.), U.S. Pro Team member Annalisa Drew (Andover, Mass.) and U.S. Rookie Team member Svea Irving (Park CIty, Utah).

Snowboarders representing the U.S. in Calgary include U.S. Pro Team member and fast rising star Toby Miller (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) and Jason Wolle (Winter Park, Colo.).

The Canada Olympic Park is known for its world class halfpipe and cold temperatures. Freeski qualifying takes place Thursday, with the finals slated for Saturday night. On the snowboard side, qualifications are scheduled for Wednesday, with the finals on tap Friday night.

With many athletes coming hot off amazing halfpipe competitions at the FIS World Championships in Park City, Utah, skiers and riders are in top form and ready to throw down. Competition will be televised and streamed on the networks of NBC. Tune in live to catch all the action.

All times EST

Saturday, Feb 16.

9:00 p.m. - men’s and women’s halfpipe - Calgary, Canada FIS World Cup - Olympic Channel-TV, & NBC Sports Gold.  

Friday, Feb 15.

9:00 p.m. - men’s and women’s halfpipe - Calgary, Canada FIS World Cup - Olympic Channel-TV, & NBC Sports Gold.