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Three in the Top 25 Under the Lights in Schladming

By Sierra Ryder
January, 25 2023
Three Men in the Top 25 in Giant Slalom
River Radamus Skis to a Top 30 Result (CC: Getty Images)

It’s not every season there is a nighttime giant slalom race, and the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team men took control of the icy conditions, all placing in the top 25.

Leading the U.S. men was River Radamus, ending the day in 21st place. Through a strong first run, Radamus skied smart throughout the race, especially at the top where he clocked his fastest splits. Independent athlete with Global Racing, representing the U.S.A., Brian McLaughlin, placed 23rd for the day. In the second run he was knifing, until he had a sizeable mistake, but still ending in the green and moving up a few spots.

“I was really happy with the skiing today, I had a few big mistakes but still happy,” said McLaughlin. “I’m happy I feel like this is something to build off of and I will try to reel it in for next race.”

This giant slalom race was unique, as it was a night race. Historically night races are held for slalom, but to make up the canceled Garmisch giant slalom, a night race was added to the Schladming schedule.

“This is really cool I think they should do more of these, the crowd is really great, and the atmosphere is amazing,” said McLaughlin.

The top three finishers for the race included Swiss skier Loic Meillard in his first giant slalom victory, second place was teammate Gino Caviezel, and third place went to Austrian Marco Schwarz.  Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete Isaiah Nelson also raced but did not qualify for a second run.

The Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team will now prepare for the next giant slalom World Cup which will be held on domestic soil at Palisades on Feb. 25th.

RESULTS

Men's giant slalom

Shiffrin Clinches 84th Win, Moltzan, O’Brien Top 10

By Sierra Ryder
January, 25 2023
Shiffrin Skis to her 84th Win
Mikaela Shiffrin Nabs 84th Career Win (CC: Getty Images)

In Kronplatz, Italy, Mikaela Shiffrin, fresh off her record-breaking 83rd win, wins again, making the tally 84.  Shiffrin is now just three wins shy of surpassing Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark’s all-time record of 86 World Cup wins.

Shiffrin made history on Jan. 24th, to become the all-time winningest woman skier, passing the record previously set by Lindsey Vonn. Shiffrin sketched her name in history with the giant slalom win in Kronplatz, while second place went to Norwegian skier Ragnhild Mowinckel and third place went to Sweden's Sara Hector. 

Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athletes’ Paula Moltzan and Nina O’Brien also skied to very strong results - both landing in the top ten. Moltzan was seventh and O’Brien continues her impressive comeback of a broken leg from the Olympics with a 10th place finish. 

"I am really happy with the past two days I feel like I found some confidence and trusting myself more," said O'Brien. "I feel comfortable going for it."

Moltzan has also consistently skied fast this season and specifically in the giant slalom. Today, she adds another top ten result to her 2022-23 resume. 

“It was a really fun two days here I am happy with my skiing,” said Moltzan. “It is so special to be here with Mikaela at this time of her life right now too.”

Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athletes Katie Hensien and Stella Johansson also raced but did not qualify for a second run landing in 42nd and 52nd respectively.

The women’s tech team will not shift their focus to slalom as they head into two slalom races in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic, on January 28th and 29th.

RESULTS

Women's giant slalom

Top 30 Slalom Result for Ritchie

By Sierra Ryder
January, 24 2023
Ben Ritchie Skis to a Top 25
Ben Ritchie Secures a Top 25 in Slalom (CC:Getty Images)

Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete, Ben Ritchie snagged a 23rd place under the lights in Schladming, Austria.

The crowds showed up by the thousands to cheer on their favorite racers, completely covering the race course. The racers had a strong surface, that fared well for the top skiers. Ritchie skied his way first run from bib 42 to 30th place, good enough to start first on the second run.

For the second run, the stage was set for a battle of the top racers. The course started to get more rutted and difficult for the athletes running later in the list, causing quite the shift in the overall results. First place went to French skier Noel Clement who was sitting in seventh place, jumping six spots to the top step. Second place went to Swiss skier Ramon Zenhaeusern, also moving up a few spots. Norwegian phenom Lucas Braathen ended the day in third. 

Ritchie skied with a few mistakes first run, and not his full effort, still finding himself moving up seven spots to secure more World Cup points.

Luke Winters and Jett Seymour also raced. They did not qualify for a second run ending in 37th and 38th respectively.

The next stop on the men’s slalom tour is in Chamonix, France on Feb. 4th.

RESULTS
Men's slalom

Shiffrin Breaks Women’s World Cup Record With 83rd Win, Secures Spot in Alpine Skiing History 

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
January, 24 2023
Mikaela Shiffrin
Mikaela Shiffrin stands atop the podium in Kronplatz for the 83rd time, making history as the winningest woman alpine skier of all time. (Getty Images/AFP - Marco Bertorello)

Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete Mikaela Shiffrin secured her 83rd FIS World Cup win in Kronplatz, Italy to become the winningest woman skier of all time.

I was a bit nervous for the second run but mostly I hate waiting,” said Shiffrin. “Finally when it was time to go, everything went quiet and I just pushed as hard as I could every turn. It was pretty amazing to come to the finish and see that I was quite fast. I could hear that the other athletes were skiing well… I was like I could lose this, so I’m going to try to ski a very good run, and it was. It’s still hard for me to believe that I have the mental focus again to be strong on the second run. It’s something I don’t take for granted.”

Shiffrin surpassed the previous record holder, fellow American skier Lindsey Vonn, who held a record of 82 World Cup wins. Shiffrin tied Vonn’s record in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia just 16 days ago. Shiffrin is now just three World Cup wins away from Ingemar Stenmark’s all-time record of 86 World Cup wins. 

“Reaching this milestone is an incredible accomplishment, one that I hope Mikaela is able to savor,” said Vonn. “Picabo Street inspired me to become an Olympian and I remember vividly how much of an impact she made on me. Throughout my career I always tried to be the role model for kids that Picabo was for me, and now it is Mikaela’s turn to carry that torch. As Americans, we have been able to produce incredible athletes, and I am excited to see who Mikaela will inspire to continue to push the limits of our sport. Congratulations on raising the bar for all skiers to come.” 

It has been a fast and furious rise to history for Shiffrin, starting with her first World Cup in December 2012 just a decade ago. At the age of 17, Shiffrin won the slalom in Åre, Sweden and became the second-youngest American to win an alpine World Cup. Her second win came two weeks later in Zagreb, Croatia. From there, she continued her streak, becoming the first ski racer in history in 2019 to win in every discipline: downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom, alpine combined and parallel. 

She took her first giant slalom win in 2015 at the season-opener in Soelden. Her first super-G win was in Lake Louise, Canada in 2019, where she also won her first downhill in 2018. She won an alpine combined in Crans-Montana, Switzerland in 2017 and her first parallel at a city event in Stockholm, Sweden in 2017. Shiffrin’s win rate is an incredible 35%, which means that when she starts a race, she will win more than one-third of all races. Her podium percentage is more than half at 55%.

Shiffrin also holds 12 World Cup crystal globes in three different disciplines, including four overall titles, as well as nine World Championships medals—including six golds—and three Olympic medals. And that just scratches the phenom’s resume. 

“Mikaela Shiffrin is now not only the best woman alpine skier of all time, but she is also a great person, teammate and role model for the sport of alpine skiing,” said Sophie Goldschmidt, CEO of U.S. Ski & Snowboard. “As an organization, we are so proud of her accomplishments and cannot wait to see how she further transforms the sport and the history books next.” 

Shiffrin now turns toward Stenmark’s record as the season continues, as she eyes becoming the most dominant alpine skier in history. The women race another giant slalom in Kronplatz on Wednesday. 

RESULTS
Women’s giant slalom

Founder of U.S. Ski & Snowboard Medical Program Dr. J. Richard Steadman Passes Away

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
January, 23 2023
Steadman Vail
Dr. J Richard Steadman smiles at a dedication ceremony at the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail, Colorado. (Getty Images - Doug Pensinger)

Dr. J. Richard Steadman, famed orthopedic surgeon from the Vail Valley and founder and champion of U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s medical program, passed away on Friday, Jan. 20 at age 85.

One of the most talented surgeons in sports medicine history, many U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team athletes throughout the years owe their careers to Steadman. He was an award-winning innovator in his field and became a legend for his pioneering approach that got world class athletes back on snow ready to perform at their best. 

“Dr. Steadman has been revolutionary in the sports of skiing and snowboarding, and has left a lasting impression on the sports and athletes he cared for throughout his career,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard President & CEO Sophie Goldschmidt. “U.S. Ski & Snowboard has been partnered with the Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute for decades, which has allowed our athletes to maximize their careers and do what they love at the highest level.”

Steadman earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 1963 and went on to work in South Lake Tahoe, California as an orthopedic surgeon at Barton Memorial Hospital. When he volunteered his services at a FIS World Cup alpine ski race in Heavenly Valley in 1973, a long and successful relationship with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team began. 

Steadman pioneered significant improvements in post-surgical rehabilitation developing novel exercise protocols that shook the foundations of sports medicine. In 1974, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team Olympic medalist alpine skier Cindy Nelson became the first elite skier to be treated by Dr. Steadman. Nelson would undergo 11 surgeries in her 14-year career, without ever missing a full season. Legions of U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team athletes coursed through Tahoe over the next decades before Nelson, working as Vail’s Director of Skiing, and former Vail Associates owner George Gillett persuaded Steadman to leave Lake Tahoe in 1990 with the promise of expanded research, treatment and training facilities in Vail.

Steadman treated well over 22,000 patients during the course of his 40-year career in Tahoe and Vail. In addition to members of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team, the list includes such legendary athletes as tennis greats Martina Navratilova, Monica Seles and Billie Jean King, NFL Hall of Famers Dan Marino and Bruce Smith, musicians Judy Collins and Rod Stewart and global soccer sensations Cristiano Ronaldo and Lothar Matthaeus. Steadman became a consultant to the Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies while serving as U.S. Alpine Chief Physician at nine consecutive Olympic Winter Games from 1976 through 2006.

Steadman championed U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Sports Medicine program, chairing U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Medical Committee and working alongside the first medical director Melinda Roalstad, MS, PAC. Dr. Steadman was a constant source of support for the department providing consultation, mentorship and guidance at every turn. 

“Dr. Steadman affected every aspect of U.S. Ski & Snowboard throughout his career—from his world-renowned medical care to forging our medical program and chairing our medical committee, to helping formulate our foundational sports medicine policies and procedures,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard Director of High Performance Gillian Bower. “His vision of athlete health and wellbeing will continue to have broad impact on both the athletes and our Sports Medicine Department. His generosity with his talents, time and passion for our sports will live on within our organization in perpetuity.”  

Steadman’s internationally renowned advanced surgical protocols and innovations include: Microfracture, a procedure that repairs the damaged joint and encourages the regrowth of articular cartilage; Healing Response, an arthroscopic alternative to full knee reconstruction; and The Package, a collection of arthroscopic procedures performed in a single operation, for which Steadman received a research award in 2012.

Today, the Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI) in collaboration with the doctors of the Steadman Clinic, is known worldwide for its unprecedented clinical database and research into orthopedic injuries of the knee, hip, shoulder, ankle and spine.

Dr. Steadman’s pioneering spirit, surgical prowess, revolutionary advancements and uncommon devotion to treating the whole patient leaves a distinctive and lasting impact in the field of sports medicine, in the lives of everyday people and across many pro sports, particularly the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team.

2023 Junior/U23 World Championships Cross Country Ski Team Announced

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
January, 23 2023
Sophia Laukli
Sophia Laukli, who finished third in the final stage of the 2023 FIS Tour de Ski, leads the list of 22 American set to compete at the 2023 U23/Junior Nordic World Ski Championships from Jan. 28 through Feb. 4 in Whistler, British Columbia. (Modica/NordicFocus)

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced 22 athletes to represent the United States at the FIS Junior & U23 World Cross Country Championships from Jan. 28 through Feb. 4 in Whistler, British Columbia.

The following athletes have been selected to represent the United States at the upcoming FIS U23 and Junior World Nordic Championships.

U23 World Championship Team
Women

  • Sophia Laukli - Yarmouth, ME; University of Utah/U.S. Cross Country Ski Team
  • Novie McCabe - Winthrop, WA; University of Utah/U.S. Cross Country Ski Team
  • Sydney Palmer-Leger - Park City, UT; University of Utah/U.S. Cross Country Ski Team
  • Anabel Needham - Houghton, MI; Michigan Tech University
  • Kate Oldham - Aspen, CO; Montana State University

Men

  • JC Schoonmaker - Tahoe City, CA; Sugar Bowl Academy/U.S. Cross Country Ski Team 
  • Gus Schumacher - Anchorage, AK; Alaska Winter Stars/U.S. Cross Country Ski Team 
  • Luke Jager - Anchorage, AK; University of Utah/U.S. Cross Country Ski Team 
  • Zanden McMullen - Anchorage, AK; APU Nordic Ski Center/U.S. Cross Country Ski Team
  • John Steel Hagenbuch - Ketchum, ID; Dartmouth College/U.S. Cross Country Ski Team 

Junior World Championship Team
Women

  • Samantha Smith - Sun Valley, ID; Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation/U.S. Cross Country Ski Team 
  • Nina Schamberger - Leadville, CO; Summit Nordic Ski Club 
  • Haley Brewster - Avon, CO; University of Vermont 
  • Ava Thurston - Waterbury, VT; Dartmouth College 
  • Rose Horning - Leadville, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail 
  • Hattie Barker - Underhill, VT; University of New Hampshire 

Men

  • Adrik Kraftson - Minneapolis, MN; Northern Michigan University 
  • Anders Weiss - Aspen, CO; Montana State University 
  • Max Kluck - Butte, Montana; Bridger Ski Foundation 
  • Jack Lange - Putney, VT; Dartmouth College 
  • Jack Conde - Bend, Oregon; Montana State University 
  • Luka Riley - Boulder, CO; University of Colorado

 

Caldwell Second, Lillis Third in Le Relais

By Lara Carlton
January, 22 2023
Ashley Caldwell
Ashley Caldwell stands on the podium in second place at the FIS Aerials World Cup in Le Relais, Canada. (Day - FIS)

Le Relais set the stage for another successful event for the aerial skiers of the U.S. Ski Team. Ashley Caldwell added number 19 to her career World Cup podiums with a second place finish. Chris Lillis earned his sixth career World Cup podium with a third place finish. 

“Today was good," said Caldwell, post competition. "I’m excited, I just felt super comfortable. I think after having a challenging year it’s nice to come out and just enjoy cheering everybody on and the new venue. I’m excited to be on the podium with another American man."

“I’m Happy with the day for sure and with the entire season as a whole," said Lillis. "Now I’m building up, this was probably the last competition I won’t throw a quint in a Supers. With that in mind, I'm happy with performance aspects of today and looking forward to throwing that quint on the home site [at Deer Valley]."

All four American women who competed qualified for finals: Caldwell, Dani Loeb, Kaila Kuhn and Winter Vinecki. 

Caldwell qualified in third for finals with a Full Full and stomped another one to qualify in second for the super round. She carried the momentum of the weekend into her final jump, a Full Double-Full to earn a score of 93.06 and landing in second place for the second time this weekend. Australia’s Laura Peel won for the women and Ukraine’s Anastasiya Novosad came in third.  

Loeb qualified for finals in seventh and took the opportunity to make her first super finals appearance. She finished in fifth, a career-best World Cup result. Kuhn qualified in fourth for finals and third for supers with her Full Full. She finished the day in sixth. Vinecki qualified in 11th for finals and finished the day in 10th. 

Lillis had a strong showing all day, qualifying in third for finals and fourth for the super final round. He threw a Double-Full Full Full to earn a score of 118.55, securing the third-place podium spot.

Dehlinger qualified in third with a Full Double-Full Full. He was in the hunt to add another podium to the weekend but didn’t quite nail the landing in his final jump and ultimately finished the day in 10th.

Park City Ski & Snowboard’s Ashton Salwan made his World Cup debut, finishing the day in 14th. Park City Ski & Snowboard’s Ian Schoenwald finished 15th. 

"I Could’t be happier with how our team performed as a whole", said Lillis. "We jump together as a team. To see Ashley get back to back this weekend and watch Quinn win, and for me to get on the podium today, gives us a lot of confidence heading into Deer Valley.

Aerials competes next under the lights on home snow at the Intermountain Freestyle International at Deer Valley Resort Feb. 3.Head Coach Vladimir Lebedev reports the whole team is looking strong and is eager to put on a show for the hometown crowd. “I have good momentum going into Deer Valley,” said Caldwell. Hopefully I can show the crowd the same results.”
 

RESULTS

Women’s 

Men’s 

Henricksen Second in Laax Slopestyle

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
January, 22 2023
laax
A feature in the slopestyle course at the Laax Open. (Patrick Ruggli).

Dusty Henricksen started off the FIS Snowboard World Cup season strong with a second-place finish on the slopestyle course at the Laax Open.

After being postponed for a day due to inclement weather, the snowboard slopestyle finals at the Laax Open finally went down, and what a show the riders put on!  

Dusty Henricksen came out strong with a smooth run that put him in fourth place. To get into a podium position, however, Henricksen knew he would need to improve on his first run, and he proceeded to do just that. Henricksen stomped a cab 1260 nose grab, frontside 1440 Japan, and backside triple cork 1440 weddle on his final run moving him into second place. 

When asked how it felt to land on the podium at the esteemed Laax Open, Henricksen exclaimed, “I’m so stoked! Super fun week riding with everyone and so glad we were able to run a final with the tough weather all week!”

But Henkricksen wasn’t the only one throwing down in Laax. His teammates Luke Winkelmann and Judd Henkes both landed clean runs to finish sixth and seventh, respectively. Norway’s Marcus Kleveland took home the win and Sweden’s Sven Thorgren rounded off the podium in third.

On the women’s side, Zoi Sadowski-Synnott of New Zealand won her first Laax Open. Coming in second and claiming her first World Cup podium was one of the newest additions to the World Cup circuit, 16-year-old Mia Brookes of Great Britain. Austria’s Anna Gasser claimed third and U.S. Snowboard Team athlete Hailey Langland finished eighth. 

Next up, Henricksen will join his teammates Red Gerard, Sean Fitzsimons, and Chris Corning at the X Games before the snowboard slopestyle team heads to the U.S. Toyota Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain on Feb. 1-4.
 

Results

Men

Women

Hall Takes Second at Laax Open

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
January, 22 2023
Alex Hall
Alex Hall competes in the freeski slopestyle contest at the Laax Open. (Patrick Ruggli)

Alex Hall battled through tough conditions today to take second place at the Laax Open, marking his first World Cup podium finish of the season.

While the Laax Open has long been a prestigious and popular contest in the world of snowboarding, this year the event welcomed freeskiers for the very first time. Conditions were challenging, with low visibility and heavy snow that picked up during the second run of finals. Despite the weather, Hall was able to put down a clean and stylish run in classic A-Hall fashion. Hall showed off his technicality and creativity on the rail section before stomping a left double cork 1260, switch right double cork 1080, and switch left double cork 1440. Joining A-Hall on the podium was Switzerland’s Andri Ragettli in first and Birk Ruud of Norway in third. 

Cody LaPlante was able to put down two solid runs, the second of which featured a right double cork 1440 and left double cork 1260, to earn sixth place. Colby Stevenson finished in tenth and Mac Forehand in eleventh.

Unfortunately, the women’s finals were canceled due to unfavorable weather and heavy snow, so the results from qualifications stand. Noway’s Johanne Killi took first, her second World Cup win of the season, while Switzerland’s Sarah Hoefflin was second and France’s Tess LeDeaux third,  respectively. U.S. athlete Grace Henderson, who claimed her first World Cup podium finish earlier this season, took fifth. Rell Harwood was 11th.

The U.S. Freeski Slopestyle Team now heads back to the States, where Mac Forehand, Colby Stevenson, Alex Hall, and Maggie Voisin will compete in the 2023 X Games in Aspen, Colo.. The rest of the team will gear up for the 2023 Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain on February 1-4. 

Results

Men

Women

Shiffrin Seventh in Cortina Super-G

By Sierra Ryder
January, 22 2023
Shiffrin Skis to a Seventh Place in Super-G
Shiffrin skis to a seventh place finish in super-G (Getty Images)

On Sunday’s super-G in Cortina, Italy, Mikaela Shiffrin led the way for the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team women with a seventh-place finish.

It was another beautiful day on the gorgeous Cortina track for Norway's Ragnhild Mowinkel to take her third career victory. Austria’s Cornelia Huetter was second and Italian skier Marta Bassino third.

Shiffrin was on pace for a podium much of the race until she got late and veered off line toward the end of her run.

“I made a little error with my timing on the last turn on the course,” Shiffrin said. “And of course, it’s quite flat down here so you lose some speed. But it was quite a strong run.”

Sofia Goggia of Italy and Corinne Suter of Switzerland did not start the day’s race due to crashes the day previous. 

Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athletes Breezy Johnson, Keely Cashman and Lauren Macuga also raced landing in 29th, 37th and 43rd respectively. Bella Wright did not finish.

Shiffrin continues the hunt for her 83rd record-breaking victory. Her next chance will come in two giant slaloms at the Kronplatz resort in nearby San Vigilio di Marebbe on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In Kitzbuehel, the men raced slalom. Daniel Yule of Switzerland took the win on the Ganslern course. Dave Ryding of Great Britain was second overall after finishing 16th first run. Half his podium finishes have been in Kitzbuehel. Lucas Braathen of Norway was third. 

Ben Ritchie, Jett Seymour and Luke Winters raced for the Stifel U.S. Alpine Team. Ritchie did not qualify for a second run and Seymour and Winters did not finish first run.

Next the men head to the famous night slalom in Schladming, Austria on Tuesday and a night giant slalom, replacing the Garmisch GS, on Wednesday. 

RESULTS
Women's super-G
Men's slalom