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Ski Racing Community Mourns the Loss of Downhiller Eric Keck

By Megan Harrod
July, 9 2020
Eric Keck Passing
The ski racing community mourns the loss of one of its members, Eric Keck, a U.S. Ski Team downhiller turned D1 College football who died suddenly on Wednesday, July 9 at the age of 52.

The ski racing community mourns the loss of one of its members, Eric Keck, a U.S. Ski Team downhiller in the 80s and 90s who died suddenly on Wednesday, July 9 at the age of 52. 

Eric went to Burke Mountain Academy and Gren Mountain Valley School (GMVS) in Vermont, prior to making it to the U.S. Ski Team. His career on the FIS Ski World Cup was short, but it was sweet—at 245 pounds, Eric opted to leave the Team in 1991 to attend college and instead play football. Eric was the "biggest" downhiller in the history of the World Cup. 

Eric skied alongside downhill legends AJ Kitt and Tommy Moe, among many other legends. Former teammates speak fondly of the legacy Eric left as a fearless adventurer with a big heart. As AJ said, "Nothing intimidated Eric. Everything was possible in his mind. He was an adventurer at heart and loved helping people more than anything." AJ reminisced on Facebook, posting an image of he and Eric as his profile photo, with the caption, "Me and my man Eric Keck reunited in 2015."

Eric, AJ, Todd Schneider, and Steve Porino made it to the U.S. Ski Team after one year on a private team, remembers AJ. "It was a pretty special time," he added. 

Todd Schneider, AJ Kitt, Eric Keck and Steve Porino, circa 1988.


In a New York Times feature written by Jack Kavanagh in 1995 entitled "COLLEGE FOOTBALL; Man of Mountains Scales a New One," Jack says of the World Cup skier turned Division 1 football player, 

At 245 pounds, Keck was not only the heaviest member of the United States team in the late 1980's and early 90's but also the heaviest in the history of World Cup racing. Indeed, Keck was a skier in a football lineman's body, swift and agile but not fast enough to keep up with the skiing world's elite.

How does a former world-class skier from Montpelier, Vt., wind up playing football at a junior college in California? "A coach on the national ski team, Bill Egan, had been an assistant football coach at Saddleback and knew I was interested in going to college," said Keck, who had to sit out a year after transferring to Columbia in 1993. "And when I decided to go to college, Bill helped get me into Saddleback."

Following his World Cup career, Eric went on to attend college at Saddleback Junior College in Mission Viejo, Calif. before transferring to Columbia University in New York City, N.Y. to play defensive tackle as co-captain for the Lions.

In a SKI Magazine feature written in 2004 and updated in 2016, entitled "Pain and Glory: Bill Hudson and Eric Keck," Jackson Hogen recounts Eric's wild ride down the famed Hahnenkamm in Kitzbühel, Austria in all of its glory, 

It's Day One of training, and in this low-snow year, the fearsome Hahnenkamm is a sinister strip of vertical white ice on an otherwise snowless mountain. So does Eric Keck, making his first World Cup start, take it easy on his first trip down the world's most dangerous course? Nope. Downhillers are a different breed. The massive Vermonter lets go a throaty war whoop, charges out of the gate and launches huge air off the Mausfalle. But his line is off-way off-and he lands with sickening violence outside the safety fence. A frantic teammate rushes to his aid, fearing the worst. But mighty Keck, dangling blood-soaked gauze from each nostril, rises to his feet, brandishing a twisted ski, and lets go another rebel yell. Miracle? In 50 years of racing, no one has ever cleared that fence. But less than an hour later, another American achieves the same feat, landing well beyond Keck's crater. Bill Hudson is less lucky: punctured lung, lacerated kidney, multiple fractures, three months of double vision. He spends the week in Kitzbühel's hospital, where the choppers deliver fresh roommates daily, courtesy of the Hahnenkamm. Hudson returns for another year on the circuit, but now admits, "I'm not sure I ever fully recovered from that one.

Though his size made him a formidable competitor both on the mountain as well as the football field, Eric's teammates speak of his kind, protective nature. Former U.S. Ski Team teammate Heidi Voelker says of Eric, "Keck's humor, laugh, and smile was like no other. When you were around Keck, you felt protected."

And former teammate and downhiller Steve Porino, ever the wordsmith, reflected on Eric's dynamic personality and positive—and, at times, negative (but ultimately still in a positive way)—influence on Steve,

At a time when the U.S. Team was going unnoticed, he was noticed. Everyone, whether they knew his name, knew who he was. He was the largest thing they’d ever seen skis. Not a gentle giant, but rather a fun loving, live out loud Titan. That guy we were all so proud to call our teammate, and he was such a great teammate. "One-of-a-kind" has never been more true than with Kecker. There was nothing he would not try, a total renaissance man. Built hot rods, captained Columbia to its first winning football season having hardly played the game. He built hot rods, he became a minister, police officer, school principle, and on and on. He was simply fearless in all aspects of life, and he loved to coerce people to be the same. Man he got me to do things I’d never have done...and I hope the road crew outside Lausanne will one day forgive me. This is a void felt everywhere.

According to Ski Racing Media, Eric would go on to become a school principal for the Southwick School in Northfield, New Hampshire. He is survived by his wife, Beth, his three daughters, Phoebe, Zion, and Zachari, and his son Thunder, and his two grandchildren.

Vonn and Subban Featured on Acho's "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man"

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
July, 9 2020
Lindsey Vonn
U.S. Ski Team alumna, winningest alpine ski racer of all time and Land Rover ambassador Lindsey Vonn and her fiance, star defenseman New Jersey Devils, PK Subban, attend the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019, in Newark, New Jersey (Jeff Kravitz-FilmMagic)

U.S. Ski Team alumna, winningest female alpine ski racer of all time and Land Rover ambassador Lindsey Vonn and her fiance, star defenseman New Jersey Devils, PK Subban, recently joined former NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho along with The Bachelorette stars Rachel Lynn Lindsay Abasolo and Bryan Abasolo on Emmanuel's "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man" series on Instagram. 

On what was supposed to be their wedding day, Lindsey and PK talked candidly about what it's like to be in an interracial relationship with Emmanuel, Rachel, and Bryan in the fifth installment of "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man. The Interracial Episode."

PK said he loves every moment of the conversations they have with their network on the topic. "What this promotes is growth and strength in our relationship, and I'm not against that," he added. "Adversity is a great thing. When people show true colors—this world is full of a lot of people—not everybody is going to be accepting of everything." 

Lindsey says she hopes this will be shared, and the conversation will continue. Check out the full episode below. 


Ligety and Moseley Instagram Live Featured in SKI Magazine

By Megan Harrod
July, 8 2020
Ted Ligety
Back in April, Olympic champion and Land Rover ambassador Ted Ligety caught up with U.S. Ski Team alumnus Jonny Moseley, Olympic and World Cup champion in mogul skiing. SKI Magazine recently featured the conversation on its website. (Alexis Boichard - Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

Back in April, Olympic champion and Land Rover ambassador Ted Ligety caught up with U.S. Ski Team alumnus Jonny Moseley, Olympic and World Cup champion in mogul skiing. SKI Magazine recently featured the conversation on its website. 

In the hour-long conversation, the two skiing legends discuss everything from the International Ski Federation (FIS) to technique they have in common and ski tips for each other and the audience, and beyond. The video is well worth the watch. As SKI noted in the article:

This interview is an incredible conversation between two ski legends packed with valuable details from their careers as professional skiers. Beginning at minute 8:30, Jonny explains the inspiration and development of his signature move, the "Dinner Roll." Moseley goes to explain how and why he had to go head to head with FIS to persuade them to allow inverted tricks in mogul skiing.

If ski measurements and regulations are your thing, the controversies surrounding FIS regulations in alpine racing is explained by Ted beginning at 16:30. Ligety discusses the issue of ski radius in the GS discipline and discusses the lack of communication between the FIS organization and athletes at minute 19:00


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Alumnus Puckett's Return to U.S. Ski Team Featured in Aspen Times

By Megan Harrod
July, 7 2020
Casey Puckett
Four-time Olympian and U.S. Alpine Ski Team alumnus and 2010 skicross Olympian Casey Puckett recently concluded a collective nine years of coaching Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club (AVSC) athletes, returning to the Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team as head technical coach for the women's Europa Cup team. (NASTAR)

Four-time Olympian and U.S. Alpine Ski Team alumnus and 2010 skicross Olympian Casey Puckett recently concluded a collective nine years of coaching Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club (AVSC) athletes, returning to the Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team as head technical coach for the women's Europa Cup team. Austin Colbert, from the Aspen Times, recently caught up with Casey to talk about his return to U.S. Ski & Snowboard. 

Casey coached two-time Olympian Alice McKennis her first two years of FIS at AVSC, and at their recent on-snow camp at Official Training Site Copper Mountain, Colo., Alice had a nickname for Casey⁠—"Five Time". As the Aspen Times stated, "This required an explanation for the younger U.S. national team skiers, as they weren’t all too familiar with Puckett’s past, which includes an impressive World Cup career and five Olympic appearances." 

As head women's coach Paul Kristofic said following the Copper camp, “A big target for this camp was the introduction of Casey Puckett as the Europa Cup coach, as he was leading the entire group since [World Cup Tech Team Head Coach] Magnus [Andersson] wasn’t there, so it was a chance for him to work with those athletes for the first time, work with Katie [Twible] for the first time, and get to know everybody." 

“It says something about AVSC when the U.S. team is actively recruiting coaches from the club. It just shows you the level of coaches we have here,” Puckett said. “We have such a good group of kids here and they are a lot of fun to work with. They work hard and they are fast. It’s going to be hard to leave those guys. I’m going to miss them. But I think it will be good to move to this next level and see what’s out there.”

Puckett’s main job with U.S. Ski and Snowboard this season will be to help develop young skiers such as AJ Hurt, Katie Hensien and Alix Wilkinson. McKennis, a two-time Olympian from New Castle, is primarily a World Cup speed skier and won’t directly work with Puckett.

The Europa Cup team is a newer creation made by U.S. alpine director Jesse Hunt, who took over the role in 2018. Hunt was actually one of Puckett’s coaches back when he was an athlete, and it was Hunt who reached out to Puckett to bring him on as a national team coach. While the Europa Cup and North American Cup are deemed to be the same level on paper, in reality the Europa Cup is a step up from Nor-Ams and success there will make it easier for U.S. athletes to make the jump to the World Cup.

“If you are not going to that series and paying attention to that level, then it’s a little bit more difficult to make the step to the World Cup. His motto is to win at every level, so he hired me to come help do that,” Puckett said of Hunt. “You don’t often get a call from the U.S. team to coach. If I would have passed it by, it may not have been there again, so I went for it.”

Up next for Casey and the Europa Cup team will be an on-snow camp at Official Training Site Timberline Lodge & Ski Area in Oregon. 

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Masters Mourn the Loss of Ski Racing Luminary Bill McCollom

By Lauren Beckos
July, 2 2020
2018 Okemo Nationals SG Men's Class 9 Podium (L to R) Stew Marsh, Pepi Neubauer, Bill McCollom
It is with heavy hearts we mourn the passing of Bill McCollom of the New England Masters. Photo From 2018 Okemo Nationals SG Men's Class 10 Podium (L to R) Stew Marsh, Pepi Neubauer, Bill McCollom

We are sad to share the news that we lost a beloved member of our masters community. Bill McCollom (New England Masters, M10) passed away on June 28th unexpectedly from a heart condition. Among many things he did, Bill supported the masters as Eastern Division chair for almost three decades. If you didn't know Bill personally, he likely wrote something you read in Ski Racing Magazine or personally inspired someone you know. Bill understood and shared all the great things about ski racing as a lifelong passion. Thank you Bill for leaving us so many great words to remember you by.

We will pass along more information when it becomes available. Our deepest condolences to his family. 


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Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team Men's Speed Wraps Camp at Timberline

By Megan Harrod
July, 2 2020
Steven Nyman
The Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team men's speed team recently concluded their first on-snow prep camp for the 2020-21 season with a five-day giant slalom-focused camp at Official Training Site Timberline Resort & Ski Area in Mt. Hood, Ore. 

The Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team men's speed team recently concluded their first on-snow prep camp for the 2020-21 season with a five-day giant slalom-focused camp at Official Training Site Timberline Resort & Ski Area in Mt. Hood, Ore. 

Led by head men's speed coach Randy Pelkey, assisted by longtime speed coach Scotty Veenis and men's team manager Gwynn Watkins, athletes included Olympians Steven Nyman, Travis Ganong, and Bryce Bennett, as well as World Junior downhill champion Sam Morse and former University of Utah NCAA giant slalom standout Sam Dupratt. 

After weeks of planning and time spent creating COVID-19 protocol, led by U.S. Ski & Snowboard High-Performance Director Troy Taylor and Lead Physical Therapist Gillian Bower, along with team managers, staff, and beyond, alpine athletes across training groups were finally able to return to snow.

The focus of the camp was technical, with a giant slalom focus, but there was a bigger accountability component as well. "We challenged the guys to tell us what was good about their skiing, what they wanted to fix, and how they wanted to fix it," explained Randy. "They're really good at knowing what's bad about their skiing and what they want to fix...but they really don't have the idea of how to go about the progression to fix that. We tried to fill in behind that, and give them the ways to improve—to look at it and say, 'this is the root of what you're seeing, this is the outcome...but this is how to fix that through the basics.'" The message was to get them to look at it from a different perspective.

Randy says a lot of ski racers can't really identify something positive about their skiing, as athletes tend to be accustomed to focusing on the bad. By approaching it from a coach's perspective, the athletes were able to think differently and more holistically about their skiing, while the coaches were able to fill in behind that—something Randy says was really a fun thing for him. Seeing what the athletes wanted to work on, through the athletes' eyes and critical reflection, and figuring out how to support their goals, was gratifying for Randy and Scotty. 

Though the COVID-19 protocol was detailed in order to ensure athlete and staff safety, Randy and the athletes settled into their new normal with relative ease, thanks to their positive attitudes. "I think about it like a big project coming up—like if you're going to build a house, but you pick up one piece at a time, it becomes easy and you just get in the flow of it," explained Randy. "It's the new normal, so we just kind of got in the flow of cleaning the iPad every time someone touched it, cleaning the computers, and going through the whole protocol. It becomes more natural as you do it, and it's not as cumbersome as you'd think. Just to be the thought behind it and follow-through, feels good...and to look at it from a perspective that it's not about you as much, but everyone else. That's refreshing."

As far as conditions at Timberline go, the crew skied five days in a row, and two of the days were frozen and were extremely good. Randy said that the staff at Timberline did an unbelievable job of supporting the team and ensuring the camp was safe and productive. He said, in particular, they worked hard to get the guys the terrain they needed, and "working with us on line-cutting, and just all of the stuff that made the camp really easy to not only do what we got there to do but do it safely," he added. "They were instrumental...unbelievable." 

Off the snow, the crew packed up their Land Rovers and went mountain biking most afternoons. They stayed in Government Camp, which was a preference of the athletes. This made access to great mountain biking easy, as they made an effort to concentrate on spending as much time as they could outside, socially distanced, having fun. 

The plan for the men's speed team will be to return to Timberline in early August for a training camp but stay in Hood River for a little change in scenery and a snow-water camp focus. Randy says the focus off-snow will be balance, and they'll likely take advantage of the access to kiting that Hood River provides for their afternoon activity. The on-snow focus will be a follow-up to the last camp, with a giant slalom focus and a little bit of slalom. The goal is consistency. 

Lastly, Randy wanted to thank Rachel Rourke from Howard Head Sports Medicine for joining the crew as the guest PT, as well as Gwynn, who was very instrumental in managing the food piece and the COVID-19 protocol for the group. 

U.S. Ski & Snowboard sanctioned training camp attendance is optional. U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes and staff should not feel pressure to travel to train. All sanctioned training camp policies and protocols are subject to change based on local, state, and federal public health orders, updated guidance from the USOPC, or updated U.S. Ski & Snowboard policies.

Shiffrin, Voisin, and More Top Women Featured in the Modern Wellness Guide

By Megan Harrod
July, 2 2020
Karin Harjo
Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team assistant women's World Cup speed team coach Karin Harjo congratulates winningest female alpine ski racer, Lindsey Vonn, following her 82nd World Cup victory in Are, Sweden, in March of 2018.

The Modern Wellness Guide recently launched their Women in Sports Campaign, featuring four of the top athletes in the snowsports industry and two female coaches who are leading the way, including Olympic gold medalists Mikaela Shiffrin and Maddie Bowman, Olympic bronze medalist Brita Sigourney, and seven-time X Games gold medalist Maggie Voisin.

Featured U.S. Ski & Snowboard coaches include Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team assistant women's World Cup speed team coach Karin Harjo, who has paved the way for colleagues like assistant women's World Cup and Europa Cup tech team coach, Katie Twible. In 2016, Karin became the first woman in FIS Ski World Cup history to set a slalom course.

When asked who her role model was growing up, and how she manages the pressure of being a role model for young female athletes, Karin—who has coached Olympic champions Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin, among many more World Cup podium finishers—replied, 

I’ve been blessed with many role models in my life. The consistent message they all taught me is that you CAN do whatever it is you want to do if you will take the leap of faith it takes to do it. The only thing holding you back is yourself. 

Being a coach, in my mind, is a huge responsibility because of the impact you have on people’s lives not only as athletes but as human beings. It’s an incredible responsibility that shouldn’t be taken for granted. We might not be trying to find a cure for cancer but, in my mind, it’s just as important, because of that impact we have. 

Being a role model is no different. My goal is always to do whatever I can to help, whether it’s young women or girls, in any way I can. I want to help them learn and grow, and try to help pave the way for them because I think that’s part of what our calling is, as any coach in any profession.

Each of the incredible women interviewed shared what it's like to overcome the competition to reach the top of the podium, or overcome "barriers to earn the same amount of respect and recognition as their male counterparts." They discussed role models, inspiring the next generation of athletes, and beyond.  

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Skateboarding Is Not A Crime, It’s Training

By Andrew Gauthier
July, 2 2020
Sean FitzSimonsn
U.S. Snowboard Pro Team member Sean FitzSimons going large at the Hood River Skate Park in Hood River, Oregon. (Fenn Paider - @fennpaider/

We all know U.S. Snowboard Team athletes can ride on snow, but do these skills translate to other boardsports? Scanning athlete Instagrams this off-season sure would make you think so. Skateboarding, surfing, wakeboarding and wake surfing may not be mentioned word for word in their training regiments, but there are clear crossover skills and style that makes for a very pleasant Instagram viewing experience. 


Happy go skate day! Get out there and do some skating today 🛹❤️|| 🎥 and edit: @cal.vid || #goskateday #skateboarding

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Although many riders skate for fun, U.S. Snowboard Halfpipe Pro Team Head Coach Rick Bower respects skateboarding’s heritage and sees the cross-training benefits of riding transition off the snow. 

“Snowboarding has been and always will be directly influenced by skateboarding,” said Rick. “All of our tricks come from skateboarding and the snowboard halfpipe is the most obvious representation of that direct influence. The very best cross-training a halfpipe snowboarder can do is learn to skate transition, with the vert ramp being the holy grail of transition mastery.  A vert ramp enhances the skills needed to be a world-class halfpipe snowboarder such as balance and manipulating the human body through the constantly changing curvature of a massive transition from vertical to horizontal.”


good to be back ✨ • • @rockstarenergy #rockstarenergy

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Skating is one thing, but what about taking the board to water? Six-time FIS Snowboardcross World Champion Lindsey Jacobellis feels surfing not only keeps her connected to the outdoors, but also offers a great workout. 

“Getting in the water is so healing,” said Lindsey. “I love being out in nature, especially if I surf at first light and there are only a few people out. I find that surfing helps my cardio and also my upper body strength. It is a nice way to change up the routine a bit.”

What about wakeboarding? It’s not just gravity anymore. The use of a tow line adds another element to consider. Whether you are just carving or getting airborne, there is no letting go if you want to keep the flow. U.S. Snowboard Pro Team member Chris Corning recently picked up wakeboarding and shared his opinion on the similarities and differences to snowboarding. 

“I have been wakeboarding a few times now and have been loving it,” he said. “The hardest part is learning how to use the rope. That can either be for passing it when spinning, the pull going up the wake on the boat, or jumps and rails on the cable. I really like wakeboarding to keep a board under my feet in the summertime!”

Meanwhile, U.S. Snowboard slopestyle and halfpipe rookie team member Fynn Bullock-Womble is a sponsored boat and cable wakeboarder who competes on a professional level. Although very different, Fynn feels the sports are complimentary.

The two disciplines are quite different,” said Fynn as he wrapped up a day on the boat.  “Snowboarding is primarily lower body and wakeboarding is upper body. However, the edge control, air awareness, and balance established riding rails and features make the two sports very complimentary. I truly love all aspects of both sports and feel incredibly grateful to be able to pursue a career in both industries.”

The skatepark, the ocean, and the wake all offer U.S. riders what they need in the off-season -  a chance to express themselves, have fun, and continue to build on their skill sets. Many people assume that these sports just come easy to U.S. Snowboard Team athletes, but just as they put time in on snow to dial in their competition runs, their work ethic translates to their off snow riding as well. It’s who they are, it’s in their DNA, and it is sure fun to watch. 

Check out some of the action from the U.S. Snowboard Team this summer below. There’s no shortage of entertainment here, so be sure to check them out and follow for more content from U.S. Snowboard Team athletes.

U.S. Snowboard Team on Instagram

Dusty Henricksen


New 1:) #trefliptail \ VC @dillon.henricksen @monsterenergy #monsterenergy

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Chase Blackwell


Was going crazy so had to find a way to keep sane. #quarantinecompound @_nickgroulx @tracyb8989

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Maddie Mastro


Afternoon surf 🏄🏼‍♀️

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Judd Henkes


Nothing to do but surf haha 📹 @philalbritton

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Lyon Farrell


A few on the flat bar! @rockstarenergy Clip: @myleslaurion

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Brock Crouch

Ty Schnorrbusch



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Joey Okesson


Mic’d up #skate

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Jack Coyne


Sk9 boarding 🤳🏻: @wyatt__hall

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Hagen Kearney


Sunset yoga 📷 @ben_eng

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Lucas Foster

Tessa Maud

Jake Canter


Couple clips from today filmed by @chipproulx 🤝 @oski dunks💧💧💧🦋 #skateboarding

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Liam Johnson



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Jake Vedder


🎥 @maxwell.behm

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2019-2020 Northern Michigan University MidAm FIS Series Final Rankings:

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
June, 30 2020
Rocky Central

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