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Sustainability

U.S. Ski & Snowboard, a national and global leader in snow sports, is committed to addressing climate change and stewarding sustainability of winter sports. Millions globally are inspired by winter sports and enjoy healthy, active lifestyles in winter environments. Climate change threatens our winter environments with receding glaciers, rising sea levels, volatile weather cycles and less snowfall.

12 Americans Ready For Davos Sprint, Distance Weekend

By Reese Brown
December, 12 2018

All eyes are on Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) and Sadie Bjornsen (Mazama, Wash.) as the U.S. Cross Country Team heads to Davos, Switzerland, for the second FIS Cross Country World Cup freestyle sprint of the season Saturday, and women and men’s 10k/15k freestyle events Sunday. Diggins just missed the sprint podium the past two seasons in Davos, finishing fourth last year and fifth in 2016. She has been progressing through the start of the season despite battling a cold, posting an eighth-place 10k freestyle finish last weekend. Bjornsen is currently ninth in the overall World Cup standings thanks to six top-10 results this season, including a third-place freestyle sprint finish in Lillehammer, Norway, two weeks ago.

Could we see two Americans on the podium in Davos Saturday? Tune in at 7:20 a.m. (EST) to The Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold app for live coverage Saturday.

Freestyle sprint starters

  • Sadie Bjornsen
  • Jessie Diggins
  • Rosie Brennan
  • Ida Sargent
  • Sophie Caldwell
  • Kelsey Phinney
  • Simi Hamilton
  • Kevin Bolger
  • David Norris

 Women's 10 & men's 15 km freestyle starters
*Subject to change

  • Sadie Bjornsen
  • Jessie Diggins
  • Rosie Brennan
  • Sophie Caldwell
  • Scott Patterson
  • Adam Martin
  • Simi Hamilton
  • David Norris
     

HOW TO WATCH 
All times EST.
Preliminary schedule, subject to change
*Same-day delayed broadcast
**Replay broadcast

Saturday, Dec. 15 
7:20 a.m. - Men and women’s sprint - Davos, SUI - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold 
7:30 a.m. - Men and women’s sprint - Davos, SUI - Olympic Channel-TV

Sunday, Dec. 16 
3:15 a.m. Women’s 10k interval - Davos, SUI - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold 
9:00 a.m. Women’s 10k interval - Davos, SUI - Olympic Channel-TV*
5:45 a.m. - Men’s 15k interval - Davos, SUI - NBC Sports Gold / Replay available on OlympicChannel.com

Newell, Kern Win Sprints At Soveriegn Lake Super Tour

By Reese Brown
December, 12 2018
Andy Newell
Andy Newell skiing to the win in the sprint. (US Ski & Snowboard)

Andy Newell (Starksboro, Vt.) and Julia Kern (Waltham, Mass.) skied through mid-winter conditions to take their respective wins in both the sprint qualifier and A finals at the Sovereign Lake Ski Club in SilverStar, British Columbia for the combined U.S. Super Tour and Canadian NorAm. 

The challenging courses and plentiful snow made for an excellent weekend of competitions. Strengthening the competition fields has been a primary goal of the Super Tour series and the Sovereign Lake event did not disappoint. The event brought together the best junior, collegiate, and young senior athletes elevating the level of performance and tightening the field to where seconds matter. 

Kyle Bratrud (Eden Praire, Minn.) and Ben Lustgarten (Craftsbury, Vt.) once again battled for the win, this time in the 15km interval start classic.  Bratrud came out on top this weekend in approximately the same time difference that Lustgarten won by last weekend in the 15km freestyle in West Yellowstone.

The women’s race was much tighter. Rosie Frankowski (Minneapolis, Minn.), the winner of last weekend’s 10km, held the early lead.  Becca Rorabaugh (Fairbanks, Alaska) and Katherine Stewart-Jones (Thunder Bay Canada Development Center) surged on the last lap with Stewart-Jones taking the win by 7.1 seconds. U23 and USST D Team athletes Kern (Waltham, Mass.) and Hailey Swirbul (Anchorage, Alaska) were close behind – 7.8sec and 10.1 sec back respectively. 

Kern was the top U23 skier both days.  Ian Torchia (Marquette, Mich.) was the top U23 skier in 5th on Sunday

RESULTS
Sovereign Lake results 

Super Tour Standings

Resi Stiegler Sidelined for Holiday Races

By Megan Harrod
December, 12 2018
Resi Stiegler Sidelined With Injury
Resi Stiegler (Jackson, Wyo.) has sustained a minor right knee injury and will be sidelined, but can not be stopped - she will be back. (Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

Three-time Olympian Resi Stiegler (Jackson, Wyo.) sustained a minor right knee injury in St. Moritz, Switzerland, during the parallel slalom that will sideline her for the foreseeable future.

Stiegler is determined to come back, and feels positive about the situation. “My knee is feeling good and I’m feeling hopeful, but I won’t be ready to compete in the races over the holidays," Stiegler said on Wednesday morning from Innsbruck, where she is currently recovering. "I am sad to miss some of my absolute favorite venues on tour, especially Courchevel (France) and Zagreb (Croatia), but I don’t want to compete unless I feel strong enough and know I’m in a place where I can get the results I know I’m capable of: top 10 finishes. Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere. I will be back and I will continue to fight!”

Stay tuned to her Instagram account to find out more and follow her progress. 

NBC To Broadcast Winter Sports From Europe, China This Week

By Tom Horrocks
December, 11 2018
Davos Sprint
NBC will broadcast/stream Saturday's FIS Cross Country World Cup sprint from Davos, Switzerland, Saturday beginning at 7:20 a.m. EST on the Olympic Channel - Home of Team USA - OlympicChannel.com and NBC Sports Gold. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Reese Brown)

Mother Nature is providing an off-week for the FIS Ski Alpine World Cup women, and World Cup Snowboardcross athletes, but the action continues from Italy, Switzerland, France, and China for many U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes. The networks of NBC will provide more than 30 hours of winter sports broadcast and streaming coverage this week for fans to tune in.

The men’s World Cup circuit moves to Val Gardena and Alta Badia, Italy, for three events: super-G, downhill and giant slalom, Dec. 14-16. Tommy Ford (Bend, Ore.), who posted a career-best World Cup giant slalom result last week in Val d’Isere, will be one to watch on Sunday in Alta Badia, where he has posted a couple of top-15 results. Olympic champion Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah) is hoping to find that nostalgic form once again in Alta Badia where he has picked up numerous top-five results, including victories in 2012 and 2010.

Val d’Isere was slated to host the World Cup women’s speed event this week, however, unfavorable weather conditions have resulted in the event being rescheduled for Dec. 18-19 in Val Gardena, Italy. Downhill training is set for Monday, Dec. 17, and Tuesday morning, Dec. 18, with the downhill race scheduled for the afternoon of Dec. 18. The super-G will follow Wednesday, Dec. 19. The Networks of NBC will broadcast the rescheduled events the Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold app.

Following the speed events in Val Gardena, the women’s World Cup circuit moves on to Courchevel, France, for giant slalom and slalom events, Dec. 21-22. Mikaela Shiffrin (Avon, Colo.), fresh off her back-to-back super-G and parallel slalom victories in St. Moritz last weekend, plans to continue her training and not participate in the Val Gardena speed events in order to prepare for a busy upcoming holiday tech schedule that kicks off in Courchevel.

All eyes are on Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) and Sadie Bjornsen (Mazama, Wash.) as the U.S. Cross Country Team heads to Davos, Switzerland, for the second FIS Cross Country World Cup freestyle sprint of the season Saturday, and women and men’s 10k/15k freestyle events Sunday. Diggins just missed the sprint podium the past two season in Davos, finishing fourth last year and fifth in 2016. She has been progressing through the start of the season despite battling a cold, posting an eighth-place 10k freestyle finish last weekend. Bjornsen is currently ninth in the overall World Cup standings thanks to six top-10 results this season, including a third-place freestyle sprint finish in Lillehammer, Norway, two weeks ago. Could we see two Americans on the podium in Davos Saturday? Tune in at 7:20 a.m. (EST) to The Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold app for live coverage Saturday.

Tess Johnson (Vail, Colo.), who finished third in the opening World Cup moguls event of the season last weekend in Ruka, Finland, leads a stacked U.S. Freestyle Team to Thaiwoo, China, for individual and dual moguls events. Both events will be broadcast live on the Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold, but due to the 13-hour time difference between China and the Eastern Time Zone in the United States, fans should plan on staying up late Friday and Saturday nights to catch the action beginning at 12:20 a.m. EST.

Kevin Bickner (Wauconda, Ill.), who was fifth in a FIS Continental Cup ski jumping event in Lillehammer, Norway last weekend, will head back to the World Cup tour this weekend at Engelberg, Switzerland. Nita Englund (Florence, Wis.) will compete at the women's World Cup in Pramanon, France.

Fresh off the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix, a number of U.S. Freeski and Snowboard Team athletes head to Breckenridge, Colo., for the Dew Tour this week, with halfpipe, slopestyle jib, and jump events.

This week’s FIS Snowboardcross World Cup in Montafon, Austria, was canceled due to weather. The U.S. Snowboardcross Team will kick off their World Cup season next week, Dec. 20-22 in Cervinia, Italy. With the cancellation, NBC will offer a re-broadcast of the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix snowboard halfpipe finals at 12:00 a.m. EST Wednesday.

The World Cup season opens for AJ Muss (Rumson, N.J.) as well as American Ryan Rosencranz at the FIS Snowboard World Cup parallel giant slalom and parallel slalom events in Carezza, Italy, Saturday and Sunday.

HOW TO WATCH
All times EST.
Preliminary schedule, subject to change
*Same-day delayed broadcast
**Replay broadcast


ALPINE
Friday, Dec. 14

5:45 a.m. - Men’s super-G - Val Gardena, ITA - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
6:00 a.m. - Men’s super-G - Val Gardena, ITA - Olympic Channel-TV

Saturday, Dec. 15
5:30 a.m. - Men’s downhill - Val Gardena, ITA - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
8:00 p.m. - Men’s downhill - Val Gardena, ITA - NBCSN-TV*

Sunday, Dec. 16
3:45 a.m. - Giant slalom run 1 - Alta Badia, ITA - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
7:00 a.m. - Giant slalom run 2 - Alta Badia, ITA - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
6:00 p.m. - Giant slalom run 2 - Alta Badia, ITA - NBCSN-TV*

CROSS COUNTRY
Saturday, Dec. 15

7:20 a.m. - Men and women’s sprint - Davos, SUI - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
7:30 a.m. - Men and women’s sprint - Davos, SUI - Olympic Channel-TV

Sunday, Dec. 16
3:15 a.m. Women’s 10k interval - Davos, SUI - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
9:00 a.m. Women’s 10k interval - Davos, SUI - Olympic Channel-TV*
5:45 a.m. - Men’s 15k interval - Davos, SUI - NBC Sports Gold / Replay available on OlympicChannel.com

FREESTYLE
Saturday, Dec. 15

12:20 a.m. - Men and women’s moguls, Thaiwoo, CHN - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
12:30 a.m. - Men and women’s moguls, Thaiwoo, CHN - Olympic Channel-TV

Sunday, Dec. 16
12:20 a.m. - Men and women’s dual moguls, Thaiwoo, CHN - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
12:30 a.m. - Men and women’s dual moguls, Thaiwoo, CHN - Olympic Channel-TV

SKI JUMPING
Friday, Dec. 14

11:50 a.m. - Men’s HS140 qualifying - Engelberg, SUI - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold

Saturday, Dec. 15
4:50 a.m. - Women’s HS90 - Premanon, FRA - NBC Sports Gold
9:50 a.m. - Men’s HS140 - Engelberg, SUI - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
6:00 p.m. - Women’s HS90 - Premanon, FRA - Olympic Channel-TV*
7:30 p.m. - Men’s HS140 - Engelberg, SUI - Olympic Channel-TV*

Sunday, Dec. 16
4:50 a.m. - Women’s HS90 - Premanon, FRA - NBC Sports Gold
8:05 a.m. - Men’s HS140 - Engelberg, SUI - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
7:00 p.m. - Women’s HS90 - Premanon, FRA - Olympic Channel-TV*
8:30 p.m. - Men’s HS140 - Engelberg, SUI - Olympic Channel-TV*

SNOWBOARD
Wednesday, Dec. 12
12:00 a.m. - Men and women’s halfpipe - Copper Mountain, Colo. - NBCSN-TV**

Thursday, Dec. 13
6:20 a.m. - Parallel giant slalom - Carezza, ITA - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold

Saturday, Dec. 15
10:50 a.m. - Parallel giant slalom - Cortina d’Ampezzo, ITA - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold

Fans can catch all the action in spectacular high definition via NBC Sports online at NBCSports.com/Live or through the NBC Sports app which is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire. Exclusive commercial-free coverage will be available for subscribers of the NBC Sports Gold Snow Pass, available here: https://www.nbcsports.com/gold/snow

U.S. Snowboard Team Grand Prix Photo Gallery

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
December, 10 2018
Maddie Mastro at Copper Mountain
Maddie Mastro at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard – Sarah Brunson)

The U.S. Snowboard Halfpipe Team opened the 2018-19 season at Copper Mountain, Dec. 5-8, with the first FIS Snowboard World Cup halfpipe competition of the season in Copper's 22-foot pipe. U.S. Ski & Snowboard photographer Sarah Brunson was there to capture all the action. Enjoy the image gallery below.

Toyota U.S. Grand Prix Freeski Photo Gallery

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
December, 10 2018
Annalisa Drew at Copper Grand Prix.
Annalisa Drew getting inverted during the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix Qualifiers. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Sarah Brunson)

The U.S. Freeski Halfpipe Team kicked off the 2018-19 season at Copper Mountain, Dec. 5-8, with the first FIS Freeski World Cup halfpipe competition of the season. U.S. Ski & Snowboard photographer Sarah Brunson captured some outstanding images. Enjoy the image gallery below.
 

Grand Prix Propels U.S. Team Athletes into Dew Tour

By Andrew Gauthier
December, 10 2018
Toby Miller and JJ Thomas at Copper Mountain.
Toby Miller and coach JJ Thomas at the Toyota U.S Grand Prix halfpipe. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Sarah Brunson)

U.S. Freeski & Snowboard athletes claimed seven of 12 podium positions including two first-place finishes from Chloe Kim (Torrance, Calif.) and Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, Colo.) at last weekend’s Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, Colorado. If the Grand Prix was any representation of what is to come, you can expect U.S. Freeski & Snowboard Team athletes to keep the momentum rolling into the modified halfpipe and slopestyle competitions at Dew Tour Dec. 13-16 in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Some of the results highlighted familiar faces, including U.S Freeski Pro Team members Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, Colo.) and double-Olympic gold medalist and defending Copper Grand Prix champion David Wise, finishing in first and third place respectively in the men’s FIS World Cup freeski halfpipe competition. For the women, PyeongChang Olympic bronze medalist Brita Sigourney (Carmel, Calif.) came out with a strong performance picking up where she left off last season with consistent amplitude and style.

For the U.S. Snowboard Team, it was clear that they are a force to be reckoned with this season. PyeongChang Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim did not skip a beat kicking off the 2018-19 competition season with a victory. Her teammate Maddie Mastro (Wrightwood, Calif.) finished just behind Kim in second-place, starting the season off strong as she slowly builds on her competition runs. Kim and Mastro were both part of the U.S. Snowboard Team sweep at last year’s U.S Grand Prix at Copper Mountain with teammate Kelly Clark (Mammoth, Calif).

For the men of the U.S. Snowboard Team, Toby Miller (Mammoth, Calif.) and Chase Josey (Sun Valley, Idaho) finished second and third respectively. Josey’s performance, although very impressive, was also no surprise to those keeping tabs on competitive halfpipe snowboarding. On the other hand, Miller came out and made a clear statement that he is very much in the conversation this season.

In the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic season, Miller was shadowing Shaun White (Carlsbad, Calif.). He would not only attend major events with White and coach JJ Thomas, who is now a member of the U.S. Snowboard Team coaching staff working directly with Miller, but also trained alongside White whenever he had the opportunity. They traveled the world together in the months leading up to the Olympics and when the big day came, Miller was holding the video camera capturing White’s epic journey to his historic third Olympic gold medal. This experience clearly reaped benefits for Miller, both physically as a rider and mentally as a competitor.

While it may seem he came out of nowhere, Miller has been progressing with halfpipe podiums since the 2015 FIS Junior World Championships, including halfpipe gold at the 2018 Worlds in Cardrona, New Zealand in August. But there is a significant difference in the level of competition between FIS Snowboard World Cup and Junior World Championship competition. Miller’s high energy run and appropriate appetite for risk resulted in him grabbing his first ever FIS World Cup podium at the first World Cup halfpipe competition of the season. Incredibly, Miller had never tried the run that earned him second-place, either in practice or in competition.

“Coming into this contest I had never put that entire run together,” said Miller. “At the Saas-Fee, Switzerland, training camp I had linked back to back 1260’s together, but in a different order and not the entire run. The U.S. Grand Prix was a test for me and I couldn’t be happier with the result.”

If Saturday’s U.S. Grand Prix event was a test for Miller, he passed with flying colors. Miller will be competing in the Team Challenge at this week’s Dew Tour in the modified superpipe as well as the individual modified superpipe competition. He sure to put on a show for the Breckenridge crowd alongside his U.S. Ski & Snowboard teammates.

“This year’s Copper Grand Prix was one for the books,” said Miller. “The level of riding was through the roof and it’s got me really excited to see what goes down at Dew Tour in the modified superpipe.”

Other U.S. Snowboard Team members competing at Dew Tour include halfpipe riders Taylor Gold (Steamboat Springs Colo.), Gabe Ferguson (Bend, Ore.), Chase Josey, and defending 2017 Dew Tour superpipe champion Jake Pates (Eagle, Colo.). American's Danny Davis (Highland, Mich.) and Ben Ferguson (Bend, Ore.) are also expected to compete. For the women, Kim will lead the way with Maddie Mastro and last year's Dew Tour third-place finisher Arielle Gold (Steamboat Springs, Colo.). American Hannah Teter (S. Lake Tahoe, Calif) will also be on the start list.

In slopestyle, U.S Snowboard Team athletes include Olympic gold medalist Red Gerard (Silverthorne, Colo.), 2017 Dew Tour second-place finisher Chris Corning (Silverthorne, Colo.) and Kyle Mack (West Bloomfield, Mich.). Mack will also join teammate Brandon Davis (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) in the streetstyle competition. For the women, double-Olympic gold medalist Jamie Anderson (S. Lake Tahoe, Calif.), Hailey Langland (San Clemente, Calif.) and Julia Marino (Westport, Conn.) will join the rest of the U.S. Snowboard Team in Breckenridge.

U.S Freeski Team members competing at Dew Tour include the defending 2017 Dew Tour champion and Colorado native Alex Ferreira (Aspen, Colo.), Olympian Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, Colo.), David Wise (Reno, Nev.), Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, Colo.), Birk Irving (Winter Park, Colo.) and Aaron Blunck who is coming in hot off a win at the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper last week. For the women, Olympic gold medalist Maddie Bowman (S. Lake Tahoe, Calif.), Olympian Annalisa Drew (Andover, Mass.) and Brita Sigourney who will look to go for her second consecutive halfpipe podium of the season. U.S. Rookie Team member Abigale Hansen (June Lake, Calif.) will also be in attendance.

Park City, Utah natives Alex Hall and McRae Williams will represent in slopestyle with teammate and Kenworthy, the Sochi Olympic silver medalist. Hall will also compete in the streetstyle event at Dew Tour with Americans Quinn Wolferman (Missoula, Mont.), Keegan Kilbride (Sugarloaf, Maine), LJ Strenio (Burlington, Vt.), Sean Jordan (Moscow, Penn.) and Tim Mcchesney (Bozeman, Mont.). For the women, Maggie Voisin (Whitefish, Mont.) will be the sole representative for the U.S. Women’s Freeski Team. Look for Voisin to continue to dial in her new left double cork 1260 that she unleashed in competition for the first time at the Stubai, Austria, World Cup in slopestyle.

Dew Tour also will have a Team Challenge competition. This event offers a unique take on slopestyle and halfpipe competition for U.S. Freeski & Snowboard athletes. Six of snowboarding and freeskiing’s top brands select three athletes to represent their team across a modified superpipe, jump and rail competitions. According to DewTour.com, the unique Team Challenge competition is designed to showcase style, creativity, and diverse tricks while using an innovative course and format. Only the strongest and most strategic team will emerge as the overall best team. See U.S. Ski & Snowboard athlete participants on their sponsored team rosters below.

Freeski Team Challenge
Armada - Torin Yater-Wallace
Atomic - Gus Kenworthy
Faction - Mac Forehand (Winhall, Vt.), Alex Hall
Head - Aaron Blunck
K2 - Birk Irving, Colby Stevenson (Park City, Utah)
Volkl - Hunter Hess (Bend, Ore.), McRae Williams

Snowboard Team Challenge
Burton - Red Gerard
Capita - Chase Josey, Nikolas Baden (Steamboat Springs, Colo.)
DC - Toby Miller,
Salomon - Ryan Wachendorfer (Edwards, Colo.)

A total of six hours of Winter Dew Tour coverage will air on NBC and NBCSN, with DewTour.com live streaming all finals from Thursday, Dec. 13 through Sunday, Dec. 16. All finals will stream live on Facebook, Periscope, Twitch, Daily Motion, Youtube, TWSnow.com, Newschoolers.com, Powder.com, adventuresportsnetwork.com, and Snowboarder.com.  The new Dew Tour app will also exclusively offer live scoring in addition to the livestream.

HOW TO WATCH
*Subject to change
All times in EST

Saturday, Dec. 29
4:00 p.m. - Dew Tour Show, Breckenridge, Colo. - NBC

Sunday, Dec. 30
5:00 p.m. - Dew Tour Show, Breckenridge, Colo. - NBC

Thursday, Jan. 3
11:00 p.m. -  Dew Tour Show, Breckenridge, Colo. - NBCSN

Tuesday, Jan. 8
11:30 p.m. - Dew Tour Show, Breckenridge, Colo. - NBCSN

EVENT SCHEDULE
*Subject to change
All times in MST

FREESKI
Thursday, Dec. 13.
9:00 a.m – 9:45 a.m. - Women’s slopestyle jump final
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. - Women’s slopestyle jib final
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. - Team modified superpipe final presented by Toyota
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. - Team slopestyle jump final 
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Team slopestyle jib final

Friday, Dec. 14.
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. - Women’s modified superpipe final presented by Toyota
7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. - Streetstyle Final

Saturday, Dec 15. 
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. - Men’s slopestyle jump finals
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Men’s slopestyle jib finals

Sunday, Dec. 16
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. - Men’s modified superpipe final presented by Toyota

SNOWBOARD
Friday, Dec. 14.
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. - Women’s slopestyle jump final
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. - Women’s slopestyle jib final
12:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. - Team modified superpipe final presented by Toyota
1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. - Team slopestyle jump final
2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. - Team slopestyle jib final
6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. - Streetstyle Final

Saturday, Dec 15. 
10:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. - Men’s modified superpipe final presented by Toyota

Sunday, Dec. 16
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.- Women’s modified superpipe final presented by Toyota
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. - Men’s slopestyle jump final
1:45 p.m.  – 3:00 p.m. - Men’s slopestyle jib final
 

U.S. Women Fifth In Beitostolen Relay

By Reese Brown
December, 9 2018
Women's Relay Team
U.S. Women's relay team for Sunday's FIS Cross Country World Cup in Norway. (Instagram - @sbjornsen)

Sporting some fresh faces, the women’s U.S. Cross Country Team skied away with a fifth-place finish in the first FIS Cross Country World Cup 4x5k classic/freestyle team relay of the season in Beitostolen, Norway, Sunday.

Always dominant in the relay event, Team Norway 1 took the victory ahead of Team Russia 2 in second, followed by Team Finland 1 in third.

With recent retirements, the U.S. women’s relay team started the season with some new members and a new dynamic with Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, Wa.), Rosie Brennan (Park City, Ut.) skiing the classic legs, and Caitlin Patterson (Craftsbury, Vt.) and Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) skiing the freestyle portion. It was a unique course with a whole lot of drafting, and not too many climbs to break things up, which made it particularly challenging.  

“My strategy in leg one was to stay near the front and use the few working sections to try to make a gap,” said leadoff skier Bjornsen.  “I could feel right away on the first lap that the draft was pretty huge, so I tried to stay near the front and get ready to pounce when I found a good place.”

“I was really happy with today and so, so proud of my team today,” said Diggins. “We went out there and skied our hardest, and for me, it was a really interesting mix of hammering and playing it smart with tactical decisions. I went out sprinting trying to close some of the gap to the group ahead of us, but it’s a pretty flat course and really hard to drop people who are drafting you. One-third of the way into the anchor leg, I switched my strategy and let the other two girls in my pack lead, conserving energy and planning to make my move with about 1k to the finish.”

The men’s race was won by Team Norway 1, followed by Team Russia 1 in second and Team Norway 2 completing the podium. Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) posted a strong fourth place in the first leg setting the U.S. Men’s Relay Team finished 12th for the day.  

“It was really fun to race the first leg of the relay today,” said Bjornsen after the race.  “I had a goal of handing off with the leader but the Norwegian was able to really explode the field. I was happy to hand off in forth behind two Norwegian teams and Russia 1.”

The World Cup now heads to Davos, Switzerland, for a sprint freestyle and a women’s 10k, and men’s 15k freestyle. The Davos races will be the final event of Period 1 leading into the holiday break.

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

HOW TO WATCH
All times EST
*Same-day delayed broadcast

Saturday, Dec. 15
7:20 a.m. - Men and women’s sprint - Davos, SUI - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
7:30 a.m. - Men and women’s sprint - Davos, SUI - Olympic Channel-TV

Sunday, Dec. 16
3:15 a.m. Women’s 10k interval - Davos, SUI - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
9:00 a.m. Women’s 10k interval - Davos, SUI - Olympic Channel-TV*
5:45 a.m. - Men’s 15k interval - Davos, SUI - NBC Sports Gold / Replay available on OlympicChannel.com

Afterburners Launch Shiffrin To World Cup Win No. 48

By Tom Horrocks
December, 9 2018
Vlhova and Shiffrin
Slovakia's Petra Vlhova and Mikaela Shiffrin in the finals of the FIS Ski World Cup parallel slalom in St Moritz, Switzerland, Sunday. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom - Christophe Pallot)

Mikaela Shiffrin (Avon, Colo.) doesn't often make mistakes, but when she does, she turns on the afterburners to simply burn the competition. This time, she fired up victory number 48 in Sunday’s FIS Ski World Cup parallel slalom in St. Moritz, Switzerland - her third-straight World Cup victory.

Facing Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova in the finals - a rematch of last season’s parallel finals in Courchevel, France - Shiffrin, and Vlhova were neck-and-neck out of the gate. Then Shiffrin made an uncharacteristic mistake when she got off-balance coming through a right ski turn. The mistake knocked her back on her tails, allowing Vhlova to take the lead. But in Shiffrin’s trademark hard-finishing fashion, she hit the afterburners, pulled even with Vhlova and then squeaked through with a 0.11-second victory on the 32-gate course.

“It was a big fight, especially in the final,” Shiffrin said. “I was really going crazy, maybe a little bit too hard. I felt like I was a bit off the course and I could see Petra always on my side going a little bit ahead...and I was thinking ‘Oh no, go faster!’”

Shiffrin was the top qualifier for Sunday's event, and easily managed her way through the opening rounds, defeating Canada’s Laurence St. Germain in the round of 32 by 1.31 seconds, and Norway’s Mina Holtmann in the round of 16 by 0.62 seconds. Shiffrin first real test came in the quarterfinal round when she defeated Norway’s Nina Haver-Loeseth by just 0.20 seconds. In the semifinal, she won against Austria’s Katharina Liensberger by 0.56. Meanwhile, Vlhova defeated the crowd favorite, Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener, by 0.02 seconds - the smallest winning margin of the day in the semifinal to set up the rematch against Shiffrin.

“It was a big fight, but that’s what makes it exciting,” Shiffrin said of the parallel racing format. “For people who watch and for us, the athletes, and that's a special thing about the event...it's really cool."

“I like (parallel slalom) a lot actually,” she added. “It’s so different from everything else, and it makes the schedule a little bit tougher when I’m trying to do every event, and especially with yesterday and the super-G, I have never had a series of races in one weekend that was so different...so that was a big challenge to refocus for today. But it worked, so I can’t complain.”

With Shiffrin taking the victory, and Vlhova in second, Holdener defeated Liensberger in the small final to finish third.

Shiffrin has won five of the nine World Cup events contested so far this season and holds a commanding lead in her quest for her third-straight overall World Cup title. She also leads the slalom and super-G standings. She will not compete in the upcoming speed events, moved from Val d’Isere, France, to Val Gardena, Italy the week of Dec. 18-23, as she plans to enjoy some "downtime" and continue training for the traditional holiday series of tech events, kicking off Dec. 21-22 in Courchevel, France, and then onward to Semmering, Austria Dec. 28-29; a city event Jan. 1 in Oslo, Norway; and continuing Jan. 5, 6-8 in Zagreb, Croatia.

Shiffrin also donated a portion of her weekend’s St. Moritz prize money toward former Head of Swiss Ski Team and two-time president of Switzerland's Adolf Ogi's "Freude Herrscht" Foundation, created in his late son Mathias Ogi's (who died at age 35 due to a rare form of cancer) honor. "Freude Herrscht" translates to "happiness rules" or "joy prevails," and the foundation supports developing youth through sports participation.

Veteran slalom specialist Resi Stiegler (Jackson, Wyo.) also participated in today's qualifier, but did not qualify for the race. 

RESULTS
Women’s parallel slalom

WORLD CUP STANDINGS
Women

AUDIO
Mikaela Shiffrin Victory Press Conference

HOW TO WATCH
All times EST
Preliminary schedule, subject to change
*Same-day delayed broadcast

Sunday, Dec. 8
5:00 p.m. - Women’s parallel slalom, St. Moritz, SUI - NBCSN-TV*

Friday, Dec. 14
5:45 a.m. - Men’s super-G - Val Gardena, ITA - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
6:00 a.m. - Men’s super-G - Val Gardena, ITA - Olympic Channel-TV

Saturday, Dec. 15
5:30 a.m. - Men’s downhill - Val Gardena, ITA - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
8:00 p.m. - Men’s downhill - Val Gardena, ITA - NBCSN-TV*

Sunday, Dec. 16
3:45 a.m. - Giant slalom run 1 - Alta Badia, ITA - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
7:00 a.m. - Giant slalom run 2 - Alta Badia, ITA - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
6:00 p.m. - Giant slalom run 2 - Alta Badia, ITA - NBCSN-TV*
 

Shiffrin Sweeps St. Moritz