Five in Top 10 at Final Slopestyle World Cup of 2022-23 Season
Today, March 25, marked the last slopestyle World Cup of the season in Silvaplana, SUI. Five American men and one U.S. woman were set to drop into finals for their last competition. Alex Hall, Colby Stevenson, Konnor Ralph, Hunter Henderson, and Mac Forehand went head-to-head in the men’s finals with a total of 16 competitors out on course.
Conditions were tough for the athletes as the wind continued to pick up through out the event and the visibility stayed consistently flat. However, this did not stop the men as we had four athletes in the top-10.
Hall stayed true to his signature style and ended up in fifth place as the top American for the day. Ralph took home his best ever World Cup performance to date with a sixth place. Stevenson added another top-10 to his decorated season career with an eight place, followed by Forehand in ninth place. Rounding it out for the men was Henderson in 11th place.
On the women’s side, Grace Henderson was the lone wolf for American women. Henderson had just come back from a shoulder injury that had her off of snow for seven weeks. This pause in competition did not seem to affect her, as she easily made finals for her first event back. With this fuel under her belt, she was able to lace her two runs in finals, which ended her day in eight place with a score of a 72.75.
For the overall season, there is much to celebrate. As a Nation, the USA finished second overall in the Nation's Cup Standings, right behind Canada and before Switzerland. Individually, Hall landed in the top-5 for the FIS Overall Slopestyle crystal globe, with Stevenson in seventh, Ralph in ninth and LaPlante in 11th. For the
The season has wrapped up for the freeski slopestyle athletes, highlighted by numerous wins, podiums and top-10's on the biggest stage in the world.
Now, the team rests before they start preparing for 2023-24!