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Stevenson, Claire Look for Consecutive Podiums in Stubai

By Andrew Gauthier
November, 21 2018
Caroline Claire at the 2017 Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth.
Caroline Claire grabbing tail at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

U.S Freeski athletes will compete in the first FIS World Cup slopestyle event of the season this week in Stubai, Austria, from Nov 22-23. This is the second year of the Stubai World Cup following its debut in 2017. Among the athletes competing is the second place finisher from the recent Modena FIS World Cup big air Alex Hall (Park City, Utah) as well as last year’s Stubai Slopestyle World Cup men’s and women’s third place finishers Colby Stevenson (Park City,  Utah) and Caroline Claire (Manchester Center, Vt.).

Really excited to be heading back to the Stubai World Cup to kick off the season in such a beautiful place,” said Stevenson. “I was third last year, can’t wait to show my stuff and have some fun this year.”

For the women, additional U.S. athletes set to compete include U.S. Freeski Pro Team members Maggie Voisin (Whitefish, Mont.), Julia Krass (Hanover, N.H.) as well as U.S. Freeski Rookie Team members Eileen Gu (San Francisco, Calif.), Marin Hamill (Park City, Utah), Rell Harwood (Park CIty, Utah) and American Taylor Lundquist (Park City, Utah).

For the men, additional U.S. athletes set to compete include Sochi Olympic Gold medalist Joss Christensen (Park City, Utah) as well as U.S Rookie Team members Willie Borm (Chaska, Minn.), Mac Forehand (Winhall, Vt.). In addition, Americans Quinn Wolferman (Missoula, Mont.) and Peter Raich (Park City, Utah) will also join the competitive field.

Although Stevenson and Claire reached the podium in last year’s competition, expect U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes to look to better this performance this time around in Austria. This is the last chance for athletes to dial in their runs in a competitive environment before heading to Dew Tour Dec. 13-16. In addition to have seemingly endless ski season, Stubai is also known for their phenomenal slopestyle courses. The 2018 Stubai FIS Slopestyle World Cup should be no exception.

According to FIS, the competition was initially scheduled for Saturday, which has now been rescheduled due to a significant snowstorm in the forecast for the weekend. Following the jury decision after the first team captain’s meeting on Tuesday, the qualifications are now scheduled for Thursday, with the finals tentatively slated to take place on Friday.

HOW TO WATCH
*All times EST

FREESKI
Friday, Nov. 23

6:00 a.m. - World Cup Slopestyle, Stubai, AUT - NBC Sports Gold