Johnson Third at USANA FIS World Cup in Lake Placid
Tess Johnson (Vail, Colo.) led the U.S. Freestyle Team with a third-place finish at the USANA FIS Freestyle World Cup moguls in Lake Placid, New York, Friday.
“I’m really excited. It’s been a long time since we’ve had three [American] girls in a super finals. It was really fun to ski with them. I’m just thrilled about getting on the podium again this season,” said Johnson, who shared the podium with first-time World Cup winner Jakara Anthony (Australia) and Perrine Laffont (France).
“Tess was just awesome, she just kept making the adjustments to make the difference,” explained U.S. Head Moguls Coach Matt Gnoza.
Five American women qualified for the two-run final: Johnson, Jaelin Kauf (Alta, Wyo.), Morgan Schild (Pittsford, N.Y.), Nessa Dziemian (East Hampstead, N.H.) and Alex Jenson (Park City Ski & Snowboard). Kauf was just off of the podium in fourth place, with Schild on her heels in fifth.
“It’s very exciting to have made it to the super finals,“ said Schild. “I did not expect to be back in the top six. I was happy to be able to put down a run top to bottom. It wasn’t my best run or my cleanest skiing but I have room to improve. And I have a couple of weeks to do that before World Champs. I’m just looking forward to staying healthy and continuing to push my boundaries in these next couple of weeks.”
Four men qualified for the final: Casey Andringa (Boulder, Colo.), Bradley Wilson (Butte, Mont.), Jesse Andringa (Boulder, Colo.) and Dylan Walczyk (Long Beach, N.Y.), with Casey Andringa and Wilson both making super finals. Casey Andringa had a career-best with a fourth-place finish. France’s Benjamin Cavet took the victory, followed by Sweden’s Walter Wallberg in second and Australia’s Matt Graham in third.
“I was psyched about my finals run,” Casey Andringa said. “It was the best run I’ve put down all season.”
“I felt like Casey really skied who he is today, his personality came out with that grab, getting that locked in was really sweet,” said Gnoza.
Gnoza characterized the Lake Placid event as all about the team. “We had five women and four men make finals, which was impressive. They all worked together, it started yesterday with qualifications and carried into today,” he said. “Everyone was down here cheering each other on. Whether they were in the finals or not, everyone was cheering each other on.
“It was really fun to watch the women train today, they were loading the lift together, lapping together and feeding off of each other’s energy. They were so excited to have three of their own in the finals. They know the day is coming when there will be multiple of them on the podium, they’re all working hard to get to that point,” Gnoza added.
The moguls team has one World Cup event left in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, before the World Championships Team is announced Jan. 29.
HOW TO WATCH
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Saturday, Jan. 19
5:00 p.m. - Men and women’s moguls - Lake Placid, N.Y. - NBC**
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