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U.S. Snowboard Team Athletes Poised for Kreischberg World Cup

By Andrew Gauthier
January, 8 2019
Ryan Stassel in Austria.
Ryan Stassel at the 2017 Kreischberg FIS World Cup. (FIS Snowboard - Miha Matavz)

Five U.S. Snowboard Team athletes and two more American athletes are headed to Kreischberg, Austria this weekend to compete in their second FIS Snowboard World Cup slopestyle Saturday and Sunday.

After the first slopestyle World Cup in Secret Garden, China, U.S. Pro Team athletes Lyon Farrell (Haiku, Hawaii) and Ryan Stassel (Anchorage, Alaska) are sitting in fifth and sixth respectively in the FIS Snowboard World Cup slopestyle standings. After making finals in Secret Garden, Stassel and Farrell will be looking for a spot on the podium in Austria.

“I’m really looking forward to Kreischberg,” said Stassel. “The last two events I did there, I ended up on the podium, so I’m hoping to keep that good competition juju going.”

In addition, following a second place in slopestyle at the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado, Chris Corning (Silverthorne, Colo.) is searching for his first World Cup slopestyle podium of the season to compliment his strong early-season big air results, including a victory Cardrona, New Zealand, and second in Modena, Italy.

Other U.S. Snowboard athletes set to compete include Sean Fitzsimons (Hood River, Ore.) and Judd Henkes (La Jolla, Calif.). Americans Grant Giller (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Will Healy (Riverside, Conn.).

Kreischberg, Austra was home to the 2015 FIS Snowboard World Championships where Stassel was crowned World Champion in slopestyle and his teammate Kyle Mack (West Bloomfield, Mich.) earned third-place. With strong historical performances in Kreischberg, U.S. Snowboard Team athletes are ready for competition to commence in Austria.

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*All times EST

Saturday, Jan. 12

6:30 a.m. - Men and women’s slopestyle - Kreischberg, AUT - NBC Sports Gold