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Kern Powers USA 1 to Fourth In Lillehammer Team Relay

By Tom Horrocks
December, 5 2021
Julia Kern
Julia Kern out-sprinting Finland’s Jasmi Joensuu to lead USA 1 to a fourth-place finish in the 4x5k team relay in Lillehammer, Norway, Sunday. (Modica/NordicFocus)

The Davis U.S. Cross Country Team wrapped up three days of FIS World Cup racing by fielding four teams in the men's and women’s relay, with the women’s Team USA 1 fighting back to finish fourth Sunday.

“The team relay spirit was out in full force!” said Julia Kern, who skied a tactical final leg for USA 1, pulling back five positions and out-sprinting Finland’s Jasmi Joensuu to finish in fourth. “It has been a blast to have such a big team on the road, with veterans, but also a lot of first-timers, adding a lot of new energy to the team.”

For the women’s 4x5k relay, USA 1 included Hailey Swirbul, Rosie Brennan, Jessie Diggins, and Kern. USA 2 finished 13th and included Sydney Palmer-Leger, Katharine Odgen, Sophia Laukli, and Novie McCabe. 

For the men’s 4x7.5k relay, USA 1 finished ninth and included Luke Jager, Ben Ogden, Gus Schumacher, and Zanden McMullen. USA 2 finished 15th and included Hunter Wonders, David Norris, Kevin Bolger, and JC Schoonmaker.

“It was so, so fun to have two relay teams for both the men and the women,” Diggins said. “We brought a lot of fire to the race today and I was just so proud watching everyone ski so hard, and really just giving it all they had out there today.”

In the women’s race, USA 1 kicked off with Hailey Swirbul skiing the opening classic leg. Swirbul was skied with the lead group until she, unfortunately, broke her pole basket. “She fought hard until the end despite having a sinking pole for most of the race,” Kern said. 

With Russia 1, Sweden 1, and Norway 1, setting the pace at the front of the race, Swirbul tagged off to Brennan for the second 5k classic leg. Brennen then posted the fourth-fastest classic lap time, moving USA 1 into the eighth position. Still chasing Russia, Norway and Sweden, Brennen tagged off the Diggins for the first 5k freestyle leg.

“For me, it was so fun because I got to ski or leg that I have never seen before,” Diggins said. “We wanted to see if I could just go for as much time as possible, and that is exactly what I did.” 

Diggins worked with Norway’s Ragnhild Haga to pull back more time on the leaders, posting the second-fasted 5k freestyle lap time before tagging off to Kern. Sitting 26 seconds off the leaders, Kern crushed the final 5k, passing Russia 2, Germany 1, Norway 2, setting up a sprint to the line with Joensuu from Finland 1 for fourth, just 21 seconds off the podium.

“I was really happy with how my body and my skis felt,” Kern said. “I was skiing smart within the pack, avoiding a crash, and skiing to my strengths by racing a tactical leg.”

The FIS Cross Country World Cup tour now moves to central Europe with races in Davos, Switzerland next weekend, including a freestyle sprint on Saturday, Dec. 11, and distance freestyle races on Sunday, Dec. 12. Heading into Davos, Brennen and Diggins sit fourth and fifth respectively in the overall World Cup standings.

RESULTS
Women’s 4x5k relay
Men’s 4x7.5k relay

STANDINGS
Women’s World Cup overall
Men’s World Cup overall
Women’s World Cup distance
Men’s World Cup distance

 

Hall, Second at VISA Big Air

By Annie Fast
December, 4 2021
The men's Podium.
The Visa Big Air presented by Toyota podium: U.S. Freeski athlete Alex Hall (second), Austria’s Matej Svancer (first), and France’s Antoine Adelisse (third). (Mike Dawsy - U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

U.S. Freeski athlete Alex Hall earned a huge second-place finish at the Visa Big Air presented by Toyota in Steamboat, Colorado on Saturday in front of a huge, fired up crowd on hand for the first-of-its-kind big air jump at Steamboat - the only Olympic qualifying big air competition of the season here in the U.S.

What started as a battle of 1800s in qualifiers progressed to a full-on 1980 throwdown in finals. The three-run format, with a best of two runs counting, left plenty of room for progression—and progress they did. Austria’s Matej Svancer was the first to up the ante, throwing down a left nosebutter triple 1980 safety on his second run of finals—the first time the trick has ever been landed in competition. 

After witnessing Svancer’s level-up, two-time World Cup big air winner Hall answered back on his third and final run, stomping an incredible left double 1980 with his signature Buick grab. It was the first time Hall has ever even tried this trick, and to land it in competition with all the pressure of a home soil crowd on his shoulders was a huge moment for the 23-year-old.

“Yesterday was crazy and today was even crazier,” said Hall. “The jump was even better because we went in the afternoon, so it was really soft and we were able to go big. It was pretty much as good as a jump can get. I’m hyped to be on the podium, and I’m stoked for everyone to ski so well. Matej is obviously an animal and I’m just hyped to be up here with him and Antoine. We all had a really good time so that’s up there, too.”

France’s Antoine Adelisse rounded out the podium in third place, with his day highlighted by a switch right side pre-nose grab 1440. U.S. Freeski athlete Colby Stevenson earned a solid sixth-place finish among the field of ten men competing in Saturday’s finals.

In the women’s field, Eileen Gu battled it out with France’s Tess Ledeux for the top spot. The final run is where the action really heated up as Ledeux, who earned her best score when she landed a left double 1260 mute on her first run, just missed putting down a 1620 on her final run in an effort to bump herself into first. 

With her victory already assured, Gu went ahead and upped the levels anyway, landing a right double 1440 safety, becoming the first woman ever to land the trick in competition.

“I made that decision (to do the double cork 1440) probably after I landed my second run,” said Gu from the finish area, “I felt like I had done the best of my ability for the dub 1260 and I really wanted to push it. I had a super good early season camp out in Europe where I learned the 1440, did the world’s first, and I had landed it enough that I felt comfortable to do it today. The boys were so inspiring out here throwing absolutely insane tricks, so I really wanted to represent the women as well and kind of step it up to the next level. 

“It does a lot for my confidence—I’ve always thought of myself as a slopestyle skier and a halfpipe skier and now after this I guess I’m a big air skier, too.”

Ledeux would finish in second place, while Norway’s Johanne Killi would end up in third. 

Today’s VISA Best Trick Award went to China’s Eileen Gu for the above mentioned, history making right double 1440 safety, while Svancer’s for his left nose butter 1980 safety would clearly earn him that honor on the men’s side of things.

The World Cup leaders after today’s finals are France’s Tess Ledeux and Austria’s Matej Svancer.

The U.S. National Champions in Big Air were also announced at the end of the Visa Big Air presented by Toyota —congratulations to Darien Stevens and Alex Hall.

The FIS Freeski World Cup season continues at Copper Mountain, Colorado with the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix, where the best halfpipe skiers in the world will one throwing down in Copper’s legendary 22-foot Superpipe: Dec. 10-11, 2021.

FINAL RESULTS

Men's Freeski
Women's Freeski

 

HOW TO WATCH 
All times EST

Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021

11:00 p.m. FIS Freeski World Cup Visa Big Air Presented by Toyota Men and Women’s Finals - Same-day broadcast - NBCSN

 

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Johnson Repeats Second Place Downhill Podium In Lake Louise

By Mackenzie Moran
December, 4 2021

On Saturday, Breezy Johnson, once again, found herself second on the downhill podium behind Sofia Goggia in Lake Louise, 0.86 seconds off the Italian's pace and 0.14 seconds ahead of third-place finisher Corinne Suter. 

Despite a familiar-looking podium, course conditions in Lake Louise made a drastic change from those on Friday. Heavy snow, flat light, and low visibility made confident skiing challenging to find. As Johnson exited the finish, she looked over at Goggia in the leader's seat and symbolically tipped her hat to the Italian, who laid down another immaculate run.

"I tried my best, and I was happy with my run," reported Johnson. "I wanted to ski well, and I feel like I did. Two years ago, I wasn't here because I was injured, which was really hard for me. So I'm just really happy to be back here racing."

Johnson earned a total of four podiums last year, a great show of grit and tenacity in an injury-comeback season. For Johnson to land, not one but two podiums back-to-back at the beginning of an Olympic season gives her confidence for races to come.

"Consistency is not something that every downhill skier is blessed with, but based on my four podiums last year and these two, I hope that maybe I have that," she added.

Jackie Wiles followed her performance on Friday with another top-30 finish Saturday, settling into 29th overall. The next best American finish came from Isabella Wright in 34th, followed by Mikaela Shiffrin in 38th, Keely Cashman in 42nd, and Lauren Macuga in 49th. Alix Wilkinson did not finish.

The American women have officially concluded the downhill series in Lake Louise but have another go at the track on Sunday, Dec. 4, in the weekend's final race – the super-G season opener. 

"I think super-G is the hardest event, and I respect super-G skiers so much for that reason," noted Johnson. "I have been working hard on my super-G, and some of my training has been really good,  so I'm hopeful I can put some good runs down tomorrow and take some confidence from today. I'm not looking for the win tomorrow; I'm just trying to ski my best which is what I'm looking for every day."

RESULTS
Women's downhill

HOW TO WATCH
*All times EST.

Saturday, Dec. 4
5:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Xfinity Birds of Prey Men's Downhill - Same-day broadcast, Beaver Creek, CO, Broadcast NBC

Sunday, Dec. 5
12:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Super-G - LIVE Lake Louise, CAN, Streaming Peacock
2:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Xfinity Birds of Prey Men's Downhill - LIVE, Beaver Creek, CO, Streaming Peacock
2:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Super G - LIVE, Lake Louise, CAN, Ski and Snowboard Live
2:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Xfinity Birds of Prey Men's Downhill - Same-day broadcast, Beaver Creek, CO, Broadcast, NBCSN
4:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Xfinity Birds of Prey Men's Downhill - Same-day broadcast, Beaver Creek, CO, Broadcast NBC

Current television broadcast and streaming schedules for all sports are available here

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Cochran-Siegle Leads Four Americans Into Xfinity Birds of Prey Downhill Top 30

By Mackenzie Moran
December, 4 2021

Thousands of fans turned out to the first Xfinity Birds of Prey downhill on Saturday in Beaver Creek, Colo., to cheer for the men taking on the demanding track. Second out of the start was USA's very own Ryan Cochran-Siegle, who put forward a solid run that allowed him to hang on to a top 10 position by the end of the day. Cochran-Siegle finished sixth overall, leading four American men into the top 30, while Norway's Aleksander Aamodt Kilde stole the top spot for the second day in a row, followed by Austria's Matthias Mayer, and Switzerland's Beat Feuz.

Despite a solid finish, Cochran-Siegle is still on the hunt for both his results and training to be on par with his performance prior to fracturing his cervical spine (C7) on the Hannenkahm last season. He knows there's more speed left for him to find on the pitch.

"I’m definitely more of a confident skier when I have results behind me and I feel like I can let loose a little bit, so overcoming that is a challenge," reflected Cochran-Siegle. "(On the World Cup) we all ski at a high level, it’s just about who can maximize from top to bottom. I definitely have some time still to be found on the pitch and that’s what I’ll be looking for tomorrow."

Team veteran Steven Nyman made an incredible push forward from the back of the pack in bib 36 to tie France's Johan Clarey in 18th. Nyman, who missed most of the 20/21 season due to injury, has been struggling to meet his own expectations for far this season. Saturday morning in Beaver Creek, a surprise visit from an old friend may have helped fuel him forward.

Thomas Walsh, a U.S. Paralympic alpine ski racer (and close childhood friend of Mikaela Shiffrin as well), was inspired by Nyman as a kid to continue his pursuit of an Olympic dream after overcoming his battle with cancer. It was an emotional scene at inspection Saturday morning, as Walsh displayed the 2006 Olympic bib from Torino that Nyman signed for Walsh 15 years ago during a hospital visit. To show his gratitude, Walsh gifted Nyman his own bib from his Paralympic competitions to say thanks, and good luck.

"I just broke down crying after inspection," said Nyman. "It's incredibly meaningful. That's what it's all about. He's gonna be a lifelong friend, and it's gonna be cool to see him continue to push for the top and perform."

Bryce Bennett and Travis Ganong also laid down solid runs, holding on to top-30 finishes in 22nd and 24th respectively. Jared Goldberg finished 36th, and Erik Arvidsson finished 38th.

Looking ahead to the rest of the season, the American men know there is still work to be done in speed. Ganong's super-G podium on Friday showed promise, but with Bennett and Nyman still working out the kinks in their set-up, and Cochran-Siegle searching for his rhythm, the downhill men are hungry for one more show on home soil on Sunday.

"Besides Travis’ podium we're a little bit off the pace in downhill," commented Bennett. "I think Travis is one of the best skiers on the world cup, to be honest, and I think he could do it every weekend. I just think sometimes he doubts himself, and I wish he wouldn’t because he’s an incredible skier." 

"Our team can be really strong if we all figure out our skiing," Cochran-Siegle. "Look at Travis, he’s figuring it out, and Bryce, Steven, Jared, all those guys... it will get there, step by step."

On Sunday, Dec. 4 the men have yet another shot at the Bird's of Prey course, in the final North American downhill before they head into the European leg of the season.

RESULTS 
Men's Downhill

HOW TO WATCH 
*All times EST.

Saturday, Dec. 4
5:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Xfinity Birds of Prey Men's Downhill - Same-day broadcast, Beaver Creek, CO, Broadcast NBC

Sunday, Dec. 5
12:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Super-G - LIVE Lake Louise, CAN, Streaming Peacock
2:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Xfinity Birds of Prey Men's Downhill - LIVE, Beaver Creek, CO, Streaming Peacock
2:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Super G - LIVE, Lake Louise, CAN, Ski and Snowboard Live
2:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Xfinity Birds of Prey Men's Downhill - Same-day broadcast, Beaver Creek, CO, Broadcast, NBCSN
4:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Xfinity Birds of Prey Men's Downhill - Same-day broadcast, Beaver Creek, CO, Broadcast NBC

Current television broadcast and streaming schedules for all sports are available here

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Giaccio Wins First World Cup; Owens Third

By Lara Carlton
December, 4 2021

The U.S. Mogul Freestyle Ski Team started off their World Cup season hot in frigid Ruka, Finland, Saturday. Olivia Giaccio skied to a career-first World Cup victory, ending France’s Perrine Laffont’s singles moguls win streak since 2019. Giacco shared the podium with teammate Kai Owens in third place. Cole McDonald put the world on notice with a fifth-place finish in his World Cup debut. 

“I wanted to perform well and consistently throughout the day and lay down my run the way I had been training,” said Giaccio. “I kept my focus tight to my process in each round.

“It’s been nearly five years since I was on the podium in World Cup. So even when I came down and knew I was on the podium, it was very emotional. 

“This win came at a time when my coaches and support staff all around me believed in me, it’s a very crucial moment for my career. And to even be able to compete in the World Cup today, I am so thankful.”

Saturday’s competition was an Olympic-style qualification format: two rounds of qualification runs with the top eight from each advancing onto the final rounds. Giaccio qualified in first place for finals and kept that momentum going throughout the competition. She consistently executed her run package of a top back full to bottom cork 7 for high scores on her airs and skied fast and clean to keep her ahead of the deep women’s mogul field. Giaccio will wear the yellow leader’s bib heading into next week’s competitions, another first for the twenty-one-year-old.

“I’m really excited for the challenge of fighting for the yellow bib throughout the remainder of the season. [Wearing the yellow bib] is something I have always dreamed of and wanted to accomplish. It was really cool to put it on. There was a moment when they were doing the men’s podium that I was just staring down at it. It was a very surreal moment.”

After sustaining a season-ending injury in 2019, Giaccio has fought hard to come back to be at the top of her game. Her work ethic and grit pushes her to constantly improve and understand what little adjustments she can make to propel her into the top position. 

“Olivia, from the start of the prep period, has been super focused and super determined,” said Head Mogul Coach Matt Gnoza. “She was always one of the first to warm up and jump and one of the last to leave the ramps. Her attention to detail on the little things are making a big difference. Yes, she would have a good jump, but then she wants to know what would make it better? She’d had a good section of turns and ask ‘How can I get faster?’ She got it all to click today, she trusted herself and went right after it.”

Aside from her physical preparations, Giaccio has worked hard on her mental game. “So I would say even with my knee recovery, from being the first alternate for the 2018 Games, to progressing the women’s side of sport [by throwing the first cork 10 in 2019], all of that has been a mental learning process in many different ways. Today, if there were little self doubts I was able to rebound so I could still perform in the moment. I have been working specifically on that since my knee injury. It was really gratifying to put that into practice today and have it work quite well.”

Owens claimed her first singles World Cup podium on the course where she made her first super finals appearance just one year ago. “Ruka is an amazing course and it really highlights my skiing,” said Owens. “It always has some big airs, I really like that bottom air, it’s drop-y and big. It’s early season, the first event, I was really nervous for every run, but that keeps me on my toes, keeps me ready and focused on my skiing. 

“For me personally the first event of the season is always super nerve-wracking. You’re coming off training and a huge break from competing. You don’t really know where you stand. It’s nice to know this is where I'm at, and focus on how I can improve my performance from this.” 

Owens skied fast and aggressively in the middle section and played up her jumping strength with the hardest jump package performed on the women’s side today. She flew high with a top cork 7 to a bottom cork 7 grab. 

“This is the highest DD I’ve ever competed and was the highest today on World Cup. It’s exciting for me, keeps me challenged, keeps me chasing, striving and pushing. But today I am most proud of my skiing, I made some big improvements from last season.”

Australia’s Jakara Anthony completed the women’s podium with her second place finish. 

Five total women represented the U.S. in finals with Hannah Soar, Jaelin Kauf and Tess Johnson all making appearances. Soar skied consistently throughout the day to finish in the top-six with a fifth place. Tess Johnson and Jaelin Kauf also skied in finals, finishing eighth and 14th, respectively. It’s cutthroat on the women’s World Cup with a very high level of competition, so expect to see the whole #PowHERhouse continue to get after it as the season unfolds. 

In her first World Cup back from injury since 2019 Morgan Schild finished 23rd. “This was a huge step for Morgan,” said Gnoza. Madison Hogg had some trouble in the top air and did not finish but is okay.

Cole McDonald led the Americans on the men’s side, making an impressive statement with his debut World Cup performance finishing fifth. The 18-year-old was the youngest man to compete in Saturday’s finals. His back full to a cork 10 jump package scored high in both finals rounds. McDonald pushed his middle sections proving he can keep up, his super finals run was the fastest of the field.

“Today was really about trusting my abilities, especially in the first few rounds. It was just having confidence in what I can do and putting down my run,” said McDonald.  “It feels really good to finally know that I belong out there with all of those other guys, some of the best in the world. At the start gate I was really just thinking ‘My run, it’s your run. You don't’ have to do anything more, just trust your ability.’” 

“Cole showed everyone that he arrived on the World Cup scene today,” said Gnoza. “The goal for any first World Cup performance is to go out there and try to cut down your bib number. Cole did just that. We really pushed him to just ski his best and to ski the middle. He trusted his stuff and rode all of that to fifth-place finish. The neat part with Cole is that he did really well in his jumps, but he also has tricks in his bag. He is going to become a force to be reckoned with.”

“After today I am hungry for more and to see what damage I can do on the World Cup tour,” said McDonald.

McDonald is part of the pilot moguls D Team program and shows the collaborative approach U.S. Ski & Snowboard is taking with the development pipeline is paying off. “[The U.S. Ski Team] can’t take full credit for Cole, he came from Wasatch Freestyle. But this summer was a collaborative effort with our D Team members’ clubs and Cole definitely capitalized on getting a taste of Ski Team life and training. In that regard the system is starting to show that it can work.”

Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury won, Kazakhstan’s Pavel Kolmakov came in second and Japan’s Ikuma Horishima finished third. 

Nick Page came out of the gate ready to put on a show in his first finals run with a cork 14 planned. Page became the first American to throw a cork 14 in World Cup competition at last year’s Ruka Opener. Unfortunately he had some trouble with the takeoff and didn’t quite put the trick down and finished the day 14th. Dylan Walczyk also made an appearance in finals, finishing 11th. Brad Wilson came in 21st. 

“There were a lot of big wins from everyone today,” said Giacco. “Morgan coming back from injury, Tess doing her cork in competition. Cole making it into supers. It was cool to see, it’s one of the exciting aspects of competition beyond the numbers and results.”

Moguls continues their World Cup tour in Idre Fjäll, Sweden, with two competitions Dec. 11 & 12, including the first dual of the season. 

RESULTS
Women’s Moguls
Men’s Moguls

2021-22 Freestyle World Cup Schedule

2021-22 Freestyle Olympic Schedule

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Live SuperTour Streaming

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
December, 4 2021
SuperTour

Watch top athletes from cross country clubs across America compete in the National Nordic Foundation U.S. Ski & Snowboard SuperTour this season.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard will carry live streaming broadcasts from all events beginning Friday, March 23. Watch it at on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team Facebook channel or at usskiandsnowboard.org.

Fresh Snow, Cheering Fans Power Brennan Onto Lillehammer Podium

By Tom Horrocks
December, 4 2021

Fresh snowfall and cheering fans have a way of bringing out the best in Rosie Brennen.  

“It was a great day for me today,” Brennan said after posting her first FIS Cross Country World Cup podium of the season, finishing third in the 10k freestyle individual start in Lillehammer, Norway. “It snowed a bit overnight and the winter conditions were beautiful. I love skiing in new snow. It was great to have spectators out there today too! I forgot how fun it is to have fans.” 

Sweden’s Frida Karlsson continued to display her early-season fitness, winning her second race of the season by just 0.03 seconds over Norway’s Therese Johaug. Brennan was third at 11.3 seconds back. Jessie Diggins was 18th, while Hailey Swirbul just missed scoring points, finishing 32nd. Julia Kern was 36th; Sophia Laukli 46th; Movie McCabe 52nd; Caitlin Patterson 53rd; and Katharine Ogden was 56th.

In the men’s 15k individual start freestyle, Gus Schumacher was the top Davis U.S. Cross Country Team finisher in 38th. Zanden McMullen was 48th, Hunter Wonders 63rd, David Norris 64th, and Ben Ogden 67th. Scott Patterson, racing in his first World Cup of the season since recovering from a wrist injury sustained in training over the summer, was 70th. Norway swept the men’s podium with Simen Hegstad Kruger taking the win, Hans Christer Holund in second, and Martin Loewstroem Nyenget in third.

Organizers in Lillehammer debuted new courses for this weekend’s races, which are shorter than courses traditionally used for previous World Cup events and the 1998 Olympic Winter Games. The shorter distance courses require multiple laps. For Saturday’s 10k, the athletes completed three laps on a 3.3k course.

“There is no rest, and the terrain requires constant work, especially with the slightly slower conditions,” Brennan said, adding that she enjoyed the new course design, despite the increased traffic. “With a three-lap course, we had more traffic out there than usual, so I skied with some other skiers but mostly felt like I was giving some others a good ride.”

Brennan added that with so many skiers on the course simultaneously, it was difficult to gauge her actual position in the race. “I knew it was tight, so I really tried to let loose the last lap and trust my strength,” she said. “I had great skis and was able to hold pace all the way to the finish while others faded, giving me a podium.”

Brennan flirted with the podium at the 4.6k point of the race, moving into the fourth position. But it wasn’t until the 7.4lk mark that she moved into podium contention when Johaug briefly moved into the lead, with Karlsson at 0.6 seconds back and Brennan at 10.5 seconds off the pace. At the 8.3k interval, Karlsson moved back into the lead, with Johaug second at 0.6 seconds and Brennan third at 10.5 seconds back. 

“I am thrilled to find myself on the podium and feel really good about my fitness,” said Brennan, who sits third in the World Cup distance standings through three races. She is also fourth in the overall World Cup standings, with Diggins sitting fifth.

Racing concludes Sunday with men’s 4x7.5k relay and the women’s 4x5k relay. 

RESULTS
Women’s 10k freestyle
Men’s 15k freestyle

STANDINGS
Women’s World Cup overall
Men’s World Cup overall
Women’s World Cup distance
Men’s World Cup distance

HOW TO WATCH
Sunday, Dec. 5
3:20 a.m. FIS Cross Country World Cup Men 4x7.5k Relay - LIVE, Lillehammer, NOR, Streaming Peacock, Ski and Snowboard Live
5:45 a.m. FIS Cross Country World Cup Women 4x5k Relay - LIVE, Lillehammer, NOR, Streaming Peacock, Ski and Snowboard Live

 

Hall, Stevenson Advance Into Freeski Finals at VISA Big Air

By Annie Fast
December, 3 2021
Alex Hall jumps through the air.
U.S. Freeski Team athlete Alex Hall airs into a fourth place finish at the VISA Big Air at Steamboat, Co. (Mike Dawsy - U.S. Ski & Snowboard) 

U.S. Freeski athletes Alex Hall and Colby Stevenson advanced into finals in a heated qualification session at the Visa Big Air presented by Toyota in Steamboat, Colorado on Friday. Two-time World Cup big air winner Hall earned the fourth place qualifying spot with his signature switch left double cork 1800 buick. 

“We’ve been really lucky with the weather the last couple days and the jump has been really good,” said Hall. “I pretty much had to do my hardest tricks to make finals. The level is so crazy nowadays and everyone is so good, so I just had to give it my all. I’m hyped on how I skied—I’m usually just looking to ski my best and if I can make finals, that’s the cherry on top. And Colby’s in there, too with me, so that should be really fun.”

Hall’s U.S. Freeski teammate Stevenson also landed in the top-10 to advance into Saturday’s finals, stomping a switch double cork 1800 stale grab - the first time he’s landed the trick in competition. 

“What a crazy qualifier,” said Stevenson. “You either needed to do an 1800 with a different grab than a safety or just go huge and do something creative. I’m just really hyped to make it through, so I couldn’t be more stoked.”

Hall and Stevenson are among a stacked field of ten men advancing into Saturday’s finals with Sweden’s Henrik Harlaut leading the way with the day’s top score for his left nosebutter triple cork 1620 safety grab. Norway’s Christian Nummedal and France’s Antoine Adelisse followed behind Harlaut with the second and third best scores for the men.

Eight women advanced into Saturday’s finals, with France’s Tess Ledeux in the top spot after landing a left double cork 1260 mute grab for a score of 95.75. Switzerland’s Sarah Hoefflin and Norway’s Johanne Killi rounded out the top three women. 

VISA Big Air Freeski Finals will run Saturday 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. MST

Final Starts List:

Men’s Freeski Big Air Finals

Women’s Freeski Big Air Finals

 

HOW TO WATCH 
All times EST

Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021

3:30 p.m. FIS Freeski World Cup Visa Big Air Presented by Toyota Men and Women’s Finals - LIVE - Streaming Peacock

11:00 p.m. FIS Freeski World Cup Visa Big Air Presented by Toyota Men and Women’s Finals - Same-day broadcast - NBCSN

 

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Johnson Second in First Lake Louise Downhill

By Mackenzie Moran
December, 3 2021

In her first race back in Lake Louise since 2017, Breezy Johnson earned her first downhill podium of the Olympic season behind Italy's Sofia Goggia. Goggia executed a flawless run, posting a winning time 1.47 seconds faster than Johnson. Austria's Mirjam Puchner finished just behind Johnson in third, 1.54 off the pace.

"You know I hope she's not unbeatable, but I'll have to analyze it a little bit because it was an incredible run honestly," Johnson chuckled in response to questions about Goggia's inimitable run. "She's showing what women's ski racing can be, and you know I think the men should maybe start watching her a little bit too."

Despite missing two days of training in Lake Louise due to weather, the women were able to get their first speed race of the season off under bluebird skies in Lake Louise thanks to the hard work of the course crew. Lack of training on the track did not deter Johnson's confidence. She still chose to run early and attack the first women's downhill of the season with the same tenacity and aggression as she has in the past.

"It's been a process, getting better and better, so I feel really good. I felt like today was a really solid run," expanded Johnson. "You can only ski one hundred percent, so I'm going to try and ski one hundred percent of my best and not worry so much about Sofia and going beyond my limits because that's when I make mistakes."

Friday also saw a handful of top 30 results from the American women. Jackie Wiles finished 23rd, Mikaela Shiffrin finished 26th, and Isabella Wright finished 27th overall.

Shiffrin, who won the downhill in Lake Louise in 2017, has come into the 2021/22 season with a focus on the overall title but hasn't had much opportunity to work speed training into her pre-season schedule. Nonetheless, she made the commute to Lake Louise with realistic expectations, knowing that there is no better training than feeling the very real pressures of race day, no matter where she lands in the ranks.

"Right now, I have a pretty lofty goal of shooting to race in every event at the Olympics, but I can't just go into it and do it," said Shiffrin. "I'm trying to take these races as not only practice but training. The last run of downhill I had was in September and before that it was in May, so it's trying to get as much as I can, as quickly as I can, and racing is really the perfect situation to practice finding your balance mentally and physically, and the right intensity for race mode."

Up-and-comer Alix Wilkinson finished just outside the top 30 in 33rd, Keely Cashman finished 46th, and Lauren Macuga skied into the finish with a smile and waved to the crowd, having finished her first-ever World Cup downhill in 48th.

Competition in Lake Louise continues on Saturday with yet another downhill, and again on Sunday with the women's super-G season opener.

RESULTS 
Women's Downhill

HOW TO WATCH

Saturday, Dec. 4
1:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Xfinity Birds of Prey Men's Downhill - LIVE Beaver Creek, CO, Streaming Peacock
1:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Xfinity Birds of Prey Men's Downhill - LIVE Beaver Creek, CO, Broadcast NBCSN
2:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Downhill - LIVE, Lake Louise, CAN, Ski and Snowboard LiveStreaming Peacock
5:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Xfinity Birds of Prey Men's Downhill - Same-day broadcast, Beaver Creek, CO, Broadcast NBC

Sunday, Dec. 5
12:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Super-G - LIVE Lake Louise, CAN, Streaming Peacock
2:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Xfinity Birds of Prey Men's Downhill - LIVE, Beaver Creek, CO, Streaming Peacock
2:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Super G - LIVE, Lake Louise, CAN, Ski and Snowboard Live
2:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Xfinity Birds of Prey Men's Downhill - Same-day broadcast, Beaver Creek, CO, Broadcast, NBCSN
4:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Xfinity Birds of Prey Men's Downhill - Same-day broadcast, Beaver Creek, CO, Broadcast NBC

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