U.S. Freestyle Athletes Dominate in Winter Park
U.S. Freestyle D-Team athletes are back on top of the podium in Winter Park, Colo., for day two of the U.S. Freestyle Selection Events. Alli Macuga was first for the second time in a row and teammates Dylan Marcellini and Charlie Mickel shared the podium in first and third.
It was yet another cold and windy day but the U.S. Freestyle Team athletes dug deep and put several Americans within the top ten.
For the women's event, over 60 competitors took to the mogul course for the second time in three days. With six out of the top ten spots filled by Americans, including club team athletes, the day was officially won by D-team athlete Macuga, who won the same event two days earlier on Jan. 9. Macuga, who reflected on it being "another great day in Winter Park" emphasized how everyone on her team crushed it, staff and coaches included. "Everyone crushed it today. The event was amazing and I am looking forward now to Deer Valley and seeing what I can throw down there."
D-team athlete Kasey Hogg was sixth overall, snagging another top ten result. Club team athletes, Kylie Kariotis and Kassidy Lynch were second and third, respectively.
On the men's side, Marcellini put all the pieces together and came out on top, winning the first FIS moguls event of his career. "It's hard to even put into words right now. It means so much to come out here and get this done. It's been such a long time coming and I couldn't be happier with how today went," said Marcellini.
Sharing the podium with Marcellini in third was teammate Mickel, who won the event two days prior. "I am really excited to get another podium today and it feels good to be skiing consistent runs," said Mickel. "Now, I'm looking forward to the World Cups in the future - going to make some more finals, hopefully, take home a dub!" Landon Wender, a club team athlete, was second.
With the podium results today, Mickel, Marcellini and Macuga have secured spots in the upcoming domestic World Cup, the 2023 Intermountain Health Freestyle International at Deer Valley Resort.