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Ganong Earns First-Career Podium In A World Cup Super-G

By Mackenzie Moran
December, 3 2021

Travis Ganong grabbed his first career podium in a FIS Ski World Cup super-G on Friday, Dec. 3, in front of a roaring crowd of Americans at the Xfinity Birds of Prey World Cup in Beaver Creek, Colo. Ganong, who ran second, came out strong right out of the gate, but his time was eventually surpassed by four-time Beaver Creek super-G winner, Marco Odermatt. In the end, Odermatt finished in second, two-hundredths of a second off of Norway's Aleksander Aamodt Kilde.

After a difficult day of racing for most of the men's field on Thursday, Ganong finished 22nd overall. A decent result in his eyes, but not what he wanted. In his race recap, he said the only thing he could do was come back tomorrow and do better. And thankfully, he did just that.

"I felt pretty great out of the gate today, skied tactically on the top, and really felt my flow right away," commented Ganong. "Yesterday I also skied well, but messed up the tactical section and today I nailed it. So today I'm stoked to be up there with the top guys."

Ganong has often found himself just outside of podium position, so to finally grab a top spot on home snow, in front of 15+ members of his family, is a great way to start the season. Friday's finish is his first podium since his victory in Garmisch, Germany's gnarly downhill in 2017.

"People love ski racing in the U.S., and skiing in general in the U.S. is such a popular activity, all these people are so passionate, so it's awesome to showcase our sport back here at home," said Ganong. "It's almost like a little family reunion."

Both Ryan Cochran-Siegle and River Radamus were on track to post strong times throughout their runs but skied out of the course and DNFed. Fellow Americans Erik Arvidsson, Steven Nyman, Bryce Bennett, finished just outside of the points in 35th, 36th, and 39th respectively.

Looking ahead, the men have two more chances to perform on home snow. Due to excess snow in Lake Louise, Canada, the Xfinity Birds of Prey World Cup has the opportunity to host not one, but two, downhill events before the athletes head to Europe for the next couple of months.

RESULTS
Men's super-G

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

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

Check out our "How to Watch" guide to figure out what the best watch option is for you. 

 

Vinecki, Schoenefeld fifth, USA sixth in Ruka World Cups

By Lara Carlton
December, 3 2021
Winter Vinecki
Winter Vinecki, shown here competing at the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare Freestyle International, earned a fifth place finish at the Aerials World Cup Dec. 3 in Ruka. (Steven Earl - U.S. Ski Team)

It was a back-to-back competition day for the aerial skiers of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team on Friday, Dec. 3, with two World Cup events in Ruka, Finland.

Things kicked off with a one-jump World Cup event. Differing from the usual World Cup format, a one-jump World Cup is exactly what it sounds like: athletes have only one opportunity to land on the podium. Winter Vinecki and Justin Schoenefeld led the Americans, each placing fifth. 

“We’re still in the beginning of our season and just getting our jumping feet back under us,” said Vinecki. “It was exciting to put some jumps to my feet today. I’m looking forward to cleaning up my jumps [for next week]. I’ll also hopefully get some new tricks off in Ruka so I’m in a good position for the rest of the season.”

Vinecki has competed her double-Full Full the past two days and will look to bring a Full double-Full to snow to round out her trick package. Today’s double-Full Full earned her a score of 89.19, tying with Australia’s Danielle Scott for fifth place. 

China’s Xu Mengtao and Kong Fanyu earned first and second, respectively. Belarus’ Hanna Huskova rounded out the women’s podium in third. Kaila Kuhn finished eighth, Tasia Tanner 18th, Karenna Elliott 22nd, Dani Loeb 24th, and Ashley Caldwell 27th. 

Schoenefeld threw a Full double-Full Full to earn a score of 117.26. Russia’s Maxim Burov won, China’s Zongyang Jian came in second and Switzerland’s Noe Roth finished third. Eric Loughran finished 18th, Derek Kreuger 37th, and Quinn Dehlinger 38th.

Vinecki, Schoenefeld, and Loughran represented the U.S. in the Mixed Team event, which makes its Olympic debut in February in China later this season. In Mixed Team Aerials, nations field mixed-gender teams of three athletes. Each team’s athletes jump in the first round and combined scores per nation determine which teams compete in the final round of four. 

Vinecki kicked it off for the USA and threw a double-Full Full in the first round and earned a score of 89.18. Loughran jumped second with a Full double-Full Full, looked great in the air but came in a bit too short and punched front, only earning 92.04. Schoenefeld also threw Full double-Full Full but unfortunately slapped back on the landing, earning 83.63. Team USA finished sixth. China won, Russia came in second, and Ukraine in third.

"It felt great improving from the day before, but I know there is still a lot of work to be done to end up on the podium this winter," said Shoenefeld. "I'm excited to get some more training in before next weekend's World Cups. This is an important season and we are building to peak at the right time."

“We made some improvements today and we are slowly moving to where we should be,” said Head Aerial Coach Vladimir (Vlad) Lebedev. "We look forward to continuing to train and getting more jumps ahead of the next competitions.”

Aerials’ World Cup season continues next week in Ruka with three more competitions on Dec. 10 & 11. 

RESULTS

Women’s Aerials
Men’s Aerials
Mixed Team Aerials

 

Diggins Second, Brennan Fifth in Lillehammer Freestyle Sprint

By Tom Horrocks
December, 3 2021

Jessie Diggins earned her first podium of the season, finishing second, while Rosie Brennan was fifth in Friday’s FIS Cross Country World Cup freestyle sprint on a new course in Lillehammer, Norway.

Sweden’s Maja Dahlqvist edged Digging by 0.35 seconds to win her second World Cup sprint of the season, as Norway’s Tiril Udnes Weng earned her first career individual World Cup podium, finishing third. 

“Nobody really knew what this course was going to be like tactically,” said Diggins, who along with teammate Julia Kern pushed the pace in the opening quarterfinal heat. “It was a really cool chance for me to figure out where my strengths were on this course and how to work around this, because it is a really cool course, but also sprinting is kind of scrappy sometimes and you have to figure out how to position yourself and be where you want to be at the right moment.”

With light snow falling, both Diggins and Brennan worked their position well on the new two-lap sprint course that maintains the short punchy climb into the finish area’s long, flat straight, and single 180-degree corner before the finishing stretch. In both the semifinal, and final, Diggins fought for inside positioning on the final corner for a clear sprint line to the finish. Meanwhile, Brennan advanced to both the semifinals and finals as the Lucky Loser.

“The long uphill into the finish provided a good opportunity to make some moves,” Brennan said. "I felt that if I could get some more space for myself, I stood a chance in the final. I made a move early in the final to try to see what I had and unfortunately, was passed on the downhill into the last uphill. I didn't find the space I needed on the uphill but kept battling to the end."

“It was awesome to have two Americans in the final,” Brennen added. “Despite the lack of snow, it was cold and very good conditions for racing so I'm looking forward to an action-packed weekend.”

Overall, it was an outstanding day for the Americas as seven Davis U.S. Cross Country athletes qualified for the heats, including JC Schoonmaker and Kevin Bolger, who finished 11th and 12th respectively. Schoonmaker finished second in his quarterfinal heat to advance to the semifinals, while Bolger advanced to the semis as one of two Lucky Losers. For Schoonmaker, it was his second-straight semifinal sprint appearance after finishing a career-best seventh in the classic sprint last week in Ruka, Finland.

"That course was super fun," Schoonmaker said. "I’ve never raced on the old Lillehammer course... it would’ve been cool to race on the one that was used in the Olympics, but still a sweet course that skied super well in the heats. I thought the race went great and was really happy with it. I would’ve liked to have squeaked into that final, but was just missing a little bit of steam in that last 100 meters. Super pumped for Davos now!"

Ben Ogden qualified for the heats, finishing 30th. Luke Jager was 33rd, Gus Schumacher 41st, and Logan Hanneman 45th. Kern finished third in her quarterfinal race and just missed advancing to the semifinals as one of two Lucky Losers, and ended up 13th; while Hannah Halvorsen advanced to the heats and was 28th. Hailey Swirbul was 42nd, Movie McCabe 56th; Katharine Ogden 61st, and Sydney Palmer-Leger was 62nd.

“It was so cool to have so many athletes in the heats,” Diggins added. “It's just so motivating when you know you're there with your team and a bunch of people having a great day...it's a very cool feeling.”

In the men’s race, Norway went 1-2 Friday with Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo winning his 39th career individual World Cup race, and Thomas Helland Larsen picking up his first career World Cup podium in second. Richard Jouve of France was third. 

Racing on another cold day with light snow falling, the Davis U.S. Cross Country Team tech crew once again rose to the occasion, delivering fast skis for the athletes.

“It was really impressive how amazing our skis were (today),” Diggins added. “That's always huge because you don't win alone, and you don't lose alone, everything we do is as a team and all the pieces of the puzzle have to come together to have a good day. So I’m just feeling really really thankful to our coaches and techs for getting that piece of the puzzle totally nailed.”

Racing continues Saturday with a 10k freestyle individual start for the women, and a 15k individual start for the men. Sunday, it’s team relay time!

RESULTS
Women’s freestyle sprint
Men’s freestyle sprint

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

HOW TO WATCH

Saturday, Dec. 4

4:00 a.m. FIS Cross Country World Cup Men’s 15km Freestyle - LIVE, Lillehammer, NOR, Streaming
6:00 a.m. FIS Cross Country World Cup Women’s 10km Freestyle - LIVE, Lillehammer, NOR, Streaming 

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

 

Langland Advances Into Finals at VISA Big Air

By Annie Fast
December, 2 2021
Hailey Langland jumps in Big Air.
Hailey Langland earns the top score for the U.S. Team in Thursday's VISA Big Air qualifiers at Steamboat. (Mike Dawsy - U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

Hailey Langland earned the top result of the day for the U.S. Snowboard Team in Thursday’s qualifications at the Visa Big Air World Cup presented by Toyota at Steamboat Resort, with a fifth-place finish to advance into Saturday’s women’s finals. Langland, a three-time X Games medalist, most-recently led the U.S. Snowboard team with a second-place finish in snowboard slopestyle at the Land Rover U.S. Grand Prix World Cup in Aspen last season. 

Langland earned her top score with a frontside 900 Weddle. “The jump is so good, so I felt really safe,” said Langland. “I thought the girls were going to play it safe, but as soon as Anna [Gasser] did her back 10 I knew it was going to be on from there. It’s so cool to watch everyone progress and especially on such a fun jump.”  

Langland finds herself amongst a stacked field of eight women advancing into Saturday’s finals, with Japan’s Reira Iwabuch leading the way on the strength of her backside doublecork 1260 melon to earn the top spot, followed by Austria’s Anna Gasser and Germany’s Annika Morgan in the top three. 

U.S. Snowboard Team rider and Olympic Gold Medalist Red Gerard landed in the eleventh spot in qualifiers, after putting down a switch backside 1620 Weddle, just missing the top 10 result needed to advance into Saturday’s finals. It was Norway’s Marcus Kleveland who earned the top score of the day, opening up the second round of qualifiers with a stomped backside 1800 melon followed by China’s Yiming Su and Japan’s Hiroto Ogiwara rounding out the top three. 

VISA Big Air Finals will begin Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST

Final Starts List: 

Men’s Snowboard Big Air Finals

Women’s Snowboard Big Air Finals

HOW TO WATCH 
All times EDT

Saturday, Dec. 4
12:30 p.m. FIS Snowboard World Cup Visa Big Air Presented by Toyota Men and Women’s Finals - LIVE, Steamboat Springs, CO, Streaming Peacock
9:00 p.m. FIS Snowboard World Cup Visa Big Air Presented by Toyota Men and Women’s Finals - Same-day broadcast - NBCSN

Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021
4:00 p.m. FIS Snowboard World Cup Visa Big Air Presented By Toyota Men and Women's Finals, Steamboat, CO, Broadcast NBC

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Two American Top-30 Finishes At Xfinity Birds of Prey Beaver Creek Opener

By Mackenzie Moran
December, 2 2021
Ryan Cochran-Siegle
Ryan Cochran-Siegle competes in the 2021 Xfinity Birds of Prey World Cup in Beaver Creek, Colorado (Sean M. Haffey - Getty Images).

The Xfinity Birds of Prey World Cup in Beaver Creek, Colo. got underway on Thursday, Dec. 2, yielding some decent results for the American men. Ryan Cochran-Siegle was the top U.S. finisher, skiing into a tie at 19th with Switzerland's Thomas Tumler. Travis Ganong tied for his position of 22nd with France's Mathieu Faivre.

Both Cochran-Siegle and Ganong did what they could at the super-G season opener, which posed some issues for a majority of the men's field. By the conclusion of the race, 15 men had DNFed, including top speed competitors such as Dominik Paris, Max Franz, and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde. Switzerland's Marco Odermatt repeated his past success in Beaver Creek, taking the lead by 0.78 seconds over Austria's Matthias Mayer. Canada's Broderick Thompson shocked the start order, skiing from the back of the pack in bib 35 to snag third by three-hundredths of a second. 

The track has a reputation for touting grippy, hero-snow, that is fast, yet controlled, and an absolute blast for the athletes to compete on. But Thursday's warm conditions upped the pace. Fast snow, a bumpy course, and a turny course set made for a race that set the tone for a weekend – fight hard, it's anyone's game.

"I've had a lot of good races here, and today wasn't one of them, but it was still decent," Ganong commented after his run. "On a day like today when a bunch of people were missing the same gate it would have been nice to know how turny it was. But we have an opportunity to make it better tomorrow."

Ganong, who started ahead of Cochran-Siegle, and came into his run with little information about this particular turn that had caused a lot of the field trouble. So he stuck to his plan. Cochran-Siegle, on the other hand, received info that Ganong took the problem turn a bit too straight, which led him to stivvy his skis, and dump some speed in hopes of keeping it together and skiing a clean run. Unfortunately, he released a bit too much.

Edwards, Colo. native, River Radamus, also had a strong showing for a majority of his run, on track throughout each split to finish among the top 20 men of the group. Unfortunately, Radamus lost his grip on the course just a few gates before the finish and DNFed. He'll seek vengeance in the weekend's second super-G on Friday, Dec. 3rd. Fellow Americans Steven Nyman, Bryce Bennett, and Jared Goldberg finished 42nd, 43rd, and 46th. 

The speed crew is looking forward to not one, but two, downhill races on home snow over the course of the weekend, and another chance at the super-G on Friday. Fuel has been added to the fire, and with the extra chance to show off their speed on home soil, it's sure to be a show fans won't want to miss.

RESULTS
Men's super-G

SUPER-G STARTERS
Erik Arvidsson
Bryce Bennett
Ryan Cochran-Siegle
Travis Ganong
Steven Nyman
River Radamus

HOW TO WATCH 
All times EST

Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021
11:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Xfinity Birds of Prey Men's Super-G - Same-Day Broadcast, Beaver Creek, CO, NBCSN

Friday, Dec. 3, 2021
12:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Xfinity Birds of Prey Men's Super-G - LIVE, Beaver Creek, CO, Broadcast NBCSN
2:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Downhill - LIVE, Lake Louise, CAN, Ski and Snowboard Live

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

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

Check out our "How to Watch" guide to figure out what the best watch option is for you. 

 

Radamus Skis Out on Home Turf

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Names Guaranteed Rate As Official Mortgage Partner

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
December, 2 2021
U.S. Ski & Snowboard Names Guaranteed Rate As Official Mortgage Partner

CHICAGO/PARK CITY, UTAH (December 2, 2021) – U.S. Ski & Snowboard today announced that Guaranteed Rate, a leader in retail mortgage lending and digital financial services, is now the Official Mortgage Partner as the 2021-22 season opens.

Guaranteed Rate’s sponsorship launches at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix and Visa Big Air on Dec. 3, as athletes on the U.S. Freeski Team and the U.S. Snowboard Team will be looking to secure their spots on Team USA to compete at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.

“We are very excited to kick off our partnership with Guaranteed Rate ahead of an important season,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard Chief Revenue Officer Michael O’Conor. “Given their track record of simplifying the mortgage process and delivering best-in-class customer service, we are proud to call them our Official Mortgage Partner.”

U.S. Ski & Snowboard joins a host of Guaranteed Rate’s successful sports partnerships including U.S. Figure Skating, NHL, MLB and the Professional Bowlers Association.

“We are honored to partner with U.S. Ski & Snowboard as these amazing athletes prepare to enter the most exciting and important competitions of their lives,” said Guaranteed Rate Vice President of Sports Marketing and Partnerships Steve McNelley.

Founded in 2000, Guaranteed Rate’s mission is to deliver more value to customers than any other financial services company by offering innovative technology, low rates and unparalleled customer service.

For more information on Guaranteed Rate, please visit www.rate.com. 

 

 

About Guaranteed Rate Companies:  

 The Guaranteed Rate Companies includes Guaranteed Rate, Inc., one of the top five retail mortgage lenders in the United States, Guaranteed Rate Affinity, LLC, and Proper Rate, LLC. Headquartered in Chicago, Guaranteed Rate Companies combined funded over $73 billion in 2020 and have more than 10,000 employees in over 850 offices across the United States. Founded in 2000 and located in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., Guaranteed Rate has helped homeowners nationwide with home purchase loans and refinances. The company has established itself as an industry leader by introducing innovative technology, offering low rates and delivering unparalleled customer service. In 2017, the company launched Guaranteed Rate Affinity, LLC, a mortgage origination joint venture between Guaranteed Rate, Inc. and Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in residential real estate franchising and brokerage. In 2020, the company launched Proper Rate, LLC, a mortgage origination joint venture between Guaranteed Rate, Inc. and @properties, one of the nation's largest residential brokerage firms. Collectively, the Guaranteed Rate Companies have earned numerous honors and awards including: Forbes Advisor’s Top 10 Mortgage Lenders for 2021; Best Mortgage Lender for Online Loans and Best Mortgage Lender for Refinancing by NerdWallet for 2021; 2018 Top Lender for Online Service by U.S. News & World Report; HousingWire’s 2020 Tech100 award for the company’s industry-leading FlashCloseSM technology; No. 3 ranking in Scotsman Guide's 2021 list of Top Retail Mortgage Lenders; Chicago Agent Magazine’s Lender of the Year for six consecutive years; and Chicago Tribune's Top Workplaces list for seven consecutive years. Visit rate.com for more information.

 

About U.S. Ski & Snowboard

U.S. Ski & Snowboard is the Olympic National Governing Body (NGB) of ski and snowboard sports in the USA, based in Park City, Utah. Tracing its roots directly back to 1905, the organization represents nearly 200 elite skiers and snowboarders in 2021, competing in seven teams; alpine, cross country, freeski, freestyle, snowboard, nordic combined and ski jumping. In addition to the elite teams, U.S. Ski & Snowboard also provides leadership and direction for tens of thousands of young skiers and snowboarders across the USA, encouraging and supporting them in achieving excellence. By empowering national teams, clubs, coaches, parents, officials, volunteers and fans, U.S. Ski & Snowboard is committed to the progression of its sports, athlete success and the value of team. For more information, visit www.usskiandsnowboard.org

 

Career-Best for Dehlinger in Aerials World Cup Opener

By Lara Carlton
December, 2 2021
Quinn Dehlinger
Quinn Dehlinger earned a career best eighth place result at the 2021 Aerials Ruka World Cup Opener. (Steven Earl - U.S. Ski Team)

Quinn Dehlinger led the Americans with a career-best eighth place result in the Aerials FIS World Cup Opener in Ruka, Finland, Friday. 

“The whole day was going fantastic,” Dehlinger said. “I was jumping really consistently, putting down all of my jumps. It all fell into place there at the end to put me into that result.”

This is Dehlinger’s second season competing on the triple. It’s a years’-long process to work up to the highest degree of difficulty jumps to be competitive to make the super final round. “[The process] is going just about as well as I can hope for. My goals for this season are to make as many finals as possible and to do Full double-Full Full Full, which looks like it will happen very soon.”

“Quinn competed very well. His final jump was beautiful,” said Head Aerial Coach Vladimir (Vlad) Lebedev. 

Cold temperatures, wind and snow made for tricky training and competition conditions all week. Athletes had to manage the elements while still getting their jumping legs under them. “A big part of that is trusting your coach with the speed and making sure you hit a great takeoff,” explained Dehlinger.

Three Americans qualified for finals in Friday’s event, including Dehlinger. Eric Loughran and Kaila Kuhn both finished ninth. 

On the men’s side Russia’s Maxim Burov won and Switzerland’s Pirmin Wener and Noe Roth finished second and third, respectively. China’s Fanyu Kong won for the women, Kazakhstan’s Zhanbota and China’s Qi Shao tied for second. 

Justin Schoenefeld finished 27th and Derek Kruger 31st. Karenna Elliott finished 15th, Tasia Tanner 21st, Ashley Caldwell 27th, Winter Vinecki 28th, Megan Nick 32nd, and Dani Loeb 37th.

Competition continues Friday with a one-jump World Cup followed by the first Team event of the season. 

HOW TO WATCH

All times EST

Friday, Dec. 03, 2021

3:40 a.m. FIS Freestyle World Cup Women’s Aerials - LIVE, Ruka, FIN, Streaming Peacock, Ski and Snowboard Live

6:15 a.m. FIS Freestyle World Cup Men’s Aerials - LIVE, Ruka, FIN, Streaming Peacock, Ski and Snowboard Live

9:30 a.m. FIS Freestyle World Cup Mixed Team Aerials - LIVE, Ruka, FIN, Streaming Peacock, Ski and Snowboard Live

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

Sport-specific broadcast and streaming schedules are available below:

Broadcast and streaming are updated on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard website throughout the season.

2021-22 Freestyle World Cup Schedule

2021-22 Freestyle Olympic Schedule

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The Boys Are Back in Birds of Prey Town; Women Take on Lake Louise and Mother Nature

By Megan Harrod
December, 1 2021
Ryan Cochran-Siegle
Ryan Cochran-Siegle knifes a turn in the first and only downhill training run at the Xfinity Birds of Prey World Cup in Beaver Creek, Colo. (Alexis Boichard - Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

The White Circus rolls on this weekend, landing in FIS Ski World Cup Tour favorite and classic, the Xfinity Birds of Prey at Beaver Creek, Colo. for the men’s speed team, while the women’s speed team heads to Lake Louise, Canada in hopes that Mother Nature will cooperate for a pair of downhills and a super-G. 

Let’s start with Lake Louise, shall we?! It’s going to be a tricky one up there, with rain and heavy, wet snow expected. In Tuesday’s downhill training run, the usual suspects rose to the top, including Italy’s hard-charging reigning downhill champion Sofia Goggia, followed by Slovenia’s Ilka Stuhec, and Switzerland’s Joana Haehlen. Four-time World Cup downhill podium finisher Breezy Johnson led the way for the U.S. women, posting the fourth-fastest time, while two-time Olympic champion and six-time world champion Mikaela Shiffrin started bib 31 and finished 17th (or 12th-fastest, if you take away those who missed gates). The light was flat at many of the women commented that it was the “sketchiest” run they’ve ever taken, but in the end, everyone made it down safely in what may have been their only training run, given the weather. 

“Training up here, obviously they’ve been working really hard with the weather, there’s definitely some soft spots and some bally spots they need to clean up, but I think they’re doing a great job,” Johnson said of the conditions up in our neighbor to the North. "I think a lot of people didn’t really expect they were going to be able to get a training run from the top to the bottom today, so it’s good to have that...hopefully we’ll get another training run at some point. Hopefully, it comes together for race day. Given everything, I’m feeling good...the weather looks better for this weekend, so hopefully, we’ll have some sun up here in Lake Louise."

Shiffrin, who has skied on the longboards one day prior to coming to Lake Louise, but has confidence in the form of five podiums across both super-G and downhill, highlighted by a downhill victory in 2017 and a super-G victory in 2018—which put her in the history books as the only athlete (man or woman) in history to win in all six disciplines. “I was actually almost surprised at how much there was a little bit of a response in the surface, that was probably because I actually haven’t skied any downhill, so I didn’t have high expectations...but my skis felt really good and they felt like they were running and I was just skiing solid everywhere, nothing too crazy. I wasn’t pushing too hard, but I felt like it was a really good first run and a good step, and I can build on that and I feel a bit more familiar with the course...so I’ll just try to bring a little more speed and aggressiveness and aerodynamics into it from here.” 

A large women’s contingent is up in Lake Louise, and Head Women’s Coach Paul Kristofic hopes to use the second training run on Thursday to determine the final start list for Friday’s race. Thankfully, there looks to be a bit of a break in the weather on Friday so the ladies are all crossing their fingers they’ll get at least one race in.

The men look forward to snagging four opportunities on home soil, as the canceled downhill from Lake Louise last weekend has been added to the program this weekend in Beaver Creek—that makes it two super-G races, followed by a pair of downhill races on Saturday and Sunday. Ryan Cochran-Siegle, who returned to World Cup speed competition in Lake Louise for the first time since sustaining an injury last January at the Hahnenkamm, skied into a respectable top-10 in Lake Louise to lead the men, but he still has more gas in the tank.

During today’s first and only training run at Birds of Prey, though, Cochran-Siegle had some issues with the snow. The Birds of Prey track is widely regarded as the best-prepared track on the World Cup circuit, featuring the snow wizard Tom Johnston (aka “Cowboy”), the legendary Beaver Creek mountain ops crew working in tandem with the Talon Crew, among many volunteers from local clubs who bust their butts to make the surface something special. With warm temperatures heading into this race series, the crew had a challenge but they lived up to it. Under sunny, blue skies, the surface was buttery and smooth, but the warm temperatures presented some issues.

Cochran-Siegle didn’t have a good feeling the entire way down. “Well, I would say my skiing today was not race quality and I need to make adjustments based on what the conditions are in order to be competitive,” he said. “The snow didn’t feel good today, but it was still the same snow that everyone else skied on. It’s up to me to figure out how to ski it the way I would like.” 

Many of the athletes came down saying the course was coming at them fast, especially with the lack of terrain this year due to the lack of snow. Cochran-Siegle felt differently. “It didn’t feel like high speeds to me, just that the skis were moving away every turn especially when under high pressure,” he reflected. “It didn’t matter how hard you pushed into the snow either, there was never a response coming back.” 

Bennett, who has been tinkering with his boot set-up, on the other hand, had a good feeling. Travis Ganong, who won Vail/Beaver Creek World Championships silver in downhill, also had a smile on his face in the finish area as he greeted his parents and friends donning “Travis Ganong Fan Club” hats. He turned in the 11th-fastest time of the day, though there were many guys who didn’t make all the gates, including the three fastest on the day—Austria’s Max Franz, France’s Matthieu Bailet, and Norway's Adrian Sejersted. Jared Goldberg posted the fastest time of the day among the Americans, in ninth, while teammate and veteran Steven Nyman struggled to find a good feeling too as he makes his way back following an Achilles injury in the summer of 2020. 

Celebrate Birds of Prey Legend Ted Ligety
Join us to celebrate two-time Olympic champion and absolute legend Ted Ligety at the Xfinity Birds of Prey. Cheer on this Beaver Creek legend as we celebrate his historic career, including 12 podiums in Beaver Creek, and stick around for a commemorative poster signing on Friday, December 3, from 3:45-4:30 p.m. in Beaver Creek Village. We’ll be celebrating Ligety all weekend, so make sure to come to the downhill race on Saturday too, as there will be a special celebration in Shred’s honor. 

For more information on what’s going on in Beaver Creek Village, parking and transportation, and spectator access and viewing, check out bcworldcup.com

Make sure to tune in to all of the action this weekend as the Fidelity Path to Qualify continues for athletes in the Olympic season. Ligety, who served as an analyst during NBC Sports’ coverage of Killington last week, will also be serving as an analyst this weekend in Beaver Creek, Friday-Sunday, while Olympic medalist Andrew Weibrecht will be serving as an analyst on Thursday for the men’s super-G and throughout the weekend for the women’s speed series in Lake Louise. 

WOMEN’S STARTERS - LAKE LOUISE, TBD
Women’s starters will be determined based on the second training run. The following athletes are currently up in Lake Louise and are participating in training runs.  

Keely Cashman
Breezy Johnson
Mo Lebel
Lauren Macuga
Tricia Mangan
Mikaela Shiffrin
Jackie Wiles
Alix Wilkinson
Bella Wright

MEN’S STARTERS - BEAVER CREEK
Erik Arvidsson
Bryce Bennett
Ryan Cochran-Siegle
Travis Ganong
Jared Goldberg
Steven Nyman
River Radamus (SG only)

RESULTS
Women’s downhill training run 1
Men’s downhill training run 1

START LISTS
Men's super-G
Women's downhill training run 2

HOW TO WATCH 
All times EST

Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021
1:45 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Xfinity Birds of Prey Men's Super-G - LIVE, Beaver Creek, CO, Streaming, Peacock
11:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Xfinity Birds of Prey Men's Super-G - Same-Day Broadcast, Beaver Creek, CO, NBCSN

Friday, Dec. 3, 2021
12:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Xfinity Birds of Prey Men's Super-G - LIVE, Beaver Creek, CO, Broadcast NBCSN
2:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Downhill - LIVE, Lake Louise, CAN, Ski and Snowboard Live

Saturday, Dec. 4
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 Luise, CAN, Ski and Snowboard Live, Streaming 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

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

Check out our "How to Watch" guide to figure out what the best watch option is for you. 

Freestyle Opens World Cup Season in Ruka

By Lara Carlton
December, 1 2021
Winter Vinecki
Winter Vinecki during official training for the FIS Freestyle Aerials World Cup Opener in Ruka, Finland. (@fisfreestyle)

The U.S. Freestyle Team kicks off their World Cup season this weekend with four competitions in Ruka, Finland. Aerials takes off Dec. 2 in their World Cup Opener, followed by a double event day on Dec. 3 with a one-jump World Cup and  the first Team event of the season. Moguls competition season opens on Dec. 4. 

It’s been seven months since the aerial skiers put their tricks to the snow, and Head Aerial Coach Vladimir (Vlad) Lebedev reports that their first and only preseason on-snow camp has gone smoothly despite challenging conditions. The Arctic Circle has proven to be extra dark and cold throughout the final prep period, touting some negative 20 degree Celsius days.

 “This time of the season can be quite challenging,” explained Lebedev. “With limited on-snow training options we’re working through getting back to where we want to be. The team is excited to kick off the season. It’s a step-by-step process, so we’re going training day-by-training-day, building back up athletes’ strength and stamina on course.”

 

 

The aerials athletes have six total World Cups over the next two weeks in Ruka, with three competitions each week over two consecutive days. It’s a grueling schedule, yet a challenge the athletes have been working towards all summer long. 

A deep field of talented women will represent the U.S. on Thursday and Friday: Ashley Caldwell, Karenna Elliott, Kaila Kuhn, Dani Loeb, Megan Nick, Tasia Tanner, and Winter Vinecki are all slated to start. On the men’s side Quinn Dehlinger, Derek Krueger, Chris Lillis, Eric Loughran and Justin Schoenefeld are set to compete. 

Moguls, will compete on Dec. 4, and have been taking full advantage of their final on-snow prep period.  Over the past three weeks, athletes have been fine-tuning new elements they’re looking to bring to their runs. 

“Whether it’s a new trick or a more dynamic turn, or faster speeds from increased strength and improved technique, each athlete is working on something here,” explains Head Mogul Coach Matt Gnoza. The Ruka course is an ideal training course.  Lap time is quick, which gives athletes a lot of time on task.” 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The #PowHERhouse is looking strong. The  women of the mogul team have collectively elevated their air packages, bringing a higher degree of difficulty to each of their runs. Seven women will start on Saturday: Olivia Giaccio, Madison Hogg, Tess Johnson, Jaelin Kauf, Kai Owens, Morgan Schild and Hannah Soar. Cole McDonald, Nick Page, Dylan Walcyzk and Brad Wilson will represent the U.S. men. 

“Training has served me well on the Ruka mogul course and I am really eager to see my results and achieve one of my lifelong dreams,” said McDonald in anticipation of his World Cup debut. “The best part of this experience thus far is being able to train and have a direct comparison to some of the best skiers in the world.”

U.S. Starters

Aerials
Women
Ashley Caldwell
Karenna Elliott
Kaila Kuhn
Dani Loeb
Megan Nick
Tasia Tanner
Winter Vinecki

Men
Quinn Dehlinger
Derek Krueger
Chris Lillis
Eric Loughran
Justin Schoenefeld

Moguls
Women
Olivia Giaccio
Madison Hogg
Tess Johnson
Jaelin Kauf
Kai Owens
Morgan Schild
Hannah Soar

Men
Cole McDonald
Nick Page
Dylan Walcyzk
Brad Wilson

HOW TO WATCH
All times EST

Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021
9:30 a.m. FIS Freestyle World Cup Men’s and Women’s Aerials - LIVE, Ruka, FIN, Streaming Peacock

Friday, Dec. 03, 2021
3:40 a.m. FIS Freestyle World Cup Women’s Aerials - LIVE, Ruka, FIN, Streaming Peacock, Ski and Snowboard Live
6:15 a.m. FIS Freestyle World Cup Men’s Aerials - LIVE, Ruka, FIN, Streaming Peacock, Ski and Snowboard Live
9:30 a.m. FIS Freestyle World Cup Mixed Team Aerials - LIVE, Ruka, Fin, Streaming Peacock, Ski and Snowboard Live

Saturday, Dec. 4
9:00 a.m. FIS Freestyle World Cup Moguls - LIVE, Ruka, FIN, Ski and Snowboard Live, Streaming Peacock

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

Sport-specific broadcast and streaming schedules are available below:

Broadcast and streaming are updated on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard website throughout the season.

2021-22 Freestyle World Cup Schedule
2021-22 Freestyle Olympic Schedule

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U.S. Ski & Snowboard Continues Partnership With HKD Snowmakers

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
December, 1 2021
HKD Snowmakers

PARK CITY, Utah (December 1, 2021) – U.S. Ski & Snowboard today announced its continued partnership with HKD Snowmakers as the Official Snowmaking Supplier of the organization.

HKD Snowmakers has served as the Official Snowmaking Supplier of the U.S. Ski Team since 2011, responsible for all snowmaking at the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center and Alpine Tech Center at Copper Mountain, Colorado. HKD snowguns cover the world-class training venue with early season snow, which allows alpine athletes to train on a full-length course in early November before conquering the demanding terrain featured on the World Cup circuit. 

“HKD Snowmakers has made a major impact on all levels of U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes around the United States,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard Chief Revenue Officer Michael O’Conor. “Our elite athletes access pre-season training thanks to the HKD snowguns putting down reliable early season snow at Copper Mountain. And HKD helps competitive skiers and snowboarders throughout the country gain access to terrain through its White to Gold program.”

As part of the partnership with U.S. Ski & Snowboard, HKD Snowmakers created the White to Gold Program to help member clubs improve the reliability of their race venue through improved snowmaking. HKD understands that snowmaking is a significant investment and developed this program to alleviate the capital cost of snowmaking. The program includes discounts on snowmaking products to participating U.S. Ski & Snowboard member clubs and technical support from HKD. Clubs that have benefitted from the program include Burke Mountain Academy and Cochran’s Ski Area, which have produced U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team stars such as Mikaela Shiffrin and Ryan Cochran-Siegle.

“We’re excited to kick off our 10th year as the Official Snowmaking Supplier to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team, especially with the Winter Olympics just around the corner,” says Charles Santry of HKD Snowmakers. “It’s always satisfying to work with U.S. Ski & Snowboard and help member clubs access affordable snowmaking through our White to Gold Program. Early season snow is always a game-changer for clubs and their aspiring athletes.”

For more information on HKD, please visit www.hkdsnowmakers.com.

 

CREATIVE ASSETS

Photos of U.S. Ski & Snowboard/HKD Snowmakers co-branded snowmakers for editorial use can be found here.

 

ABOUT HKD SNOWMAKERS  
HKD Snowmakers, founded in 1991, is a North American-based manufacturer that makes snowmaking simple, effective, and efficient. HKD products include air/water snowguns, fan guns, KLiK hydrants, and snowmaking controls, and automation software. The HKD team loves the outdoors, and champion the success of its mountain partners with affordable and dependable snow.

 

ABOUT U.S. SKI & SNOWBOARD

U.S. Ski & Snowboard is the Olympic National Governing Body (NGB) of ski and snowboard sports in the USA, based in Park City, Utah. Tracing its roots directly back to 1905, the organization represents nearly 200 elite skiers and snowboarders in 2021, competing in seven teams; alpine, cross country, freeski, freestyle, snowboard, nordic combined, and ski jumping. In addition to the elite teams, U.S. Ski & Snowboard also provides leadership and direction for tens of thousands of young skiers and snowboarders across the USA, encouraging and supporting them in achieving excellence. By empowering national teams, clubs, coaches, parents, officials, volunteers, and fans, U.S. Ski & Snowboard is committed to the progression of its sports, athlete success, and the value of the team. For more information, visit www.usskiandsnowboard.org

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

Courtney Harkins, Elevate Communications/U.S. Ski & Snowboard, charkins@elevatecom.com

Mark Horton, HKD Snowmakers, mark@hkdsnowmakers.com