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Countdown to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games

Schoonmaker, Ogden, Jager Post Career-Best Day In Ruka Classic Sprint

By Tom Horrocks
November, 26 2021
JC
JC Schoonmaker comes across the finish line in third in his semifinal heat Friday in Ruka, Finland. (© Modica/NordicFocus)

JC Schoonmaker, Ben Ogden, and Luke Jager posted career-best results to lead six Davis U.S. Cross Country Team athletes into the classic sprint heats in the opening FIS World Cup Cross Country race of the season in Ruka, Finland, Friday.

Schoonmaker advanced to the semifinals to finish seventh, Ben Ogden scored his first World Cup points, finishing 13th, and Luke Jager scored his first World Cup points in only his second-ever World Cup race, finishing 18th.

“It felt amazing to make those semis,” said Schoonmaker, whose previous career-best result was 18th in Dresden, Germany, last season. “Last year, I struggled to get through the quarters, so today was kinda a breakthrough moment, and it was fun to get into some uncharted territory. I felt great today, mentally and physically, and I’m really happy to be in this position starting the season.”

After posting the fifth-fastest qualifying time, Schoonmaker advanced through his quarterfinal heat, finishing second. In the semifinals, Schoonmaker charged forward from the back of the pack, throwing himself into the mix of the top three on the final climb. Things got interesting coming around the last corner when Sweden’s Markus Grate clipped teammate Anton Persson, bringing both athletes down.

“It all happened pretty fast, but the guy next to me just kinda skied into my ski and luckily I was able to keep my balance,” Schoonmaker said. “I went over to those Swedish guys after and said ‘good race and sorry that it happened.’ I don’t think it was anyone’s fault, just ski racing.”

Ogden and Jager, skiing in the fifth and final quarterfinal heat, looked strong as well but did not advance to the semifinals - finishing third and fourth, respectively. “It was a lot of fun,” Ogden said. “Feels damn good, but I’m hungry for more! Excited for more racing!" 

Russia’s Alexander Terentev, the 2021 Classic Sprint Junior World Champion, won his first-career World Cup race, edging Norwegians Johannes Klaebo in second and Erik Valnes in third. Logan Hanneman just missed qualifying for the heats in 33rd; Gus Schumacher was 56th in qualifying, and Kevin Bolger was 57th.

“We’ve all been watching this swell come in for several years,” noted Davis U.S. Cross Country Team WHead Coach Matt Whitcomb. “Today a few waves hit the shores, and our men’s squad is now starting to turn some heads on the world cup. JC, Ben, and Luke were having some fun today, and Logan (Hanneman) was damn close. Considering that today is our first race of the season, and we’ve only been on the snow in Europe skiing for one week, we can classify the day as great.”

In the women’s race, Jessie Diggins open her season stronger than ever, while donning the yellow World Cup leader’s bib. Diggins posted the day’s fastest qualifying time to advance to the heats along with Rosie Brennan and Julia Kern. “To win a classic sprint qualifier... I was not expecting that at all,” said Diggins. “Nobody was expecting that, so it was a fun surprise and an exciting little way to kick off the season.” 

Brennan led the women, finishing 15th, with Diggins right behind in 16th, and Kern 18th. “I think this was my best result in Ruka, even though I always want more,” Brennan said. “I felt I was missing a little top-end speed today, but I feel that I am on track and moving in the right direction. I’m excited to do some distance racing and to continue working out the kinks this weekend.” 

All three U.S. women looked strong throughout their quarterfinal heats, proving that the hard work this summer will start to pay dividends with more days on snow. “I felt like I had a lot of energy out there today, and our skis felt really fast,” Kern said. “I am proud of how I skied, and figuring out the last part of that final climb will hopefully come with more days skiing on snow!”

Sweden’s Maja Dahlqvist won her second career World Cup classic sprint, edging teammate Johanna Hagstroem in second, with Norway’s Maiken Falla in third. Hailey Swirbul was 37th in qualifying; Katharine Ogden was 52nd; Hannah Halvorsen was 53rd; Movie McCabe was 61st, and Sydney Palmer-Leger was 66th.

To complement the top-level fitness the athletes brought into the first race of the season, the U.S. Service Team also brought their A-Game to Ruka, nailing the wax on a cold, challenging snow day. “I was really, really proud of our tech team,” Diggins said. “We had excellent skis. They have been working really hard, and they nailed it.”

Racing continues Saturday in Ruka with a 15k classic for men and a 10k classic for women. Sunday features a 15k freestyle pursuit for the men and a 10k freestyle pursuit for the women. 

RESULTS
Women’s Classic Sprint
Men’s Classic Sprint

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

FIS Cross Country World Cup
Ruka, Finland
Schedule/U.S. Starters


Saturday, Nov. 27
Men’s 15k classic

  • Gus Schumacher
  • Hunter Wonders
  • Zanden McMullen
  • Ben Ogden
  • David Norris
  • Luke Jager

Women’s 10 Classic

  • Jessie Diggins
  • Rosie Brennan
  • Hailey Swirbul
  • Katharine Ogden
  • Sophia Laukli
  • Julia Kern
  • Novie McCabe
  • Caitlin Patterson

Sunday, Nov. 28
Men’s 15k freestyle pursuit

  • Gus Schumacher
  • Hunter Wonders
  • Zanden McMullen
  • Ben Ogden
  • David Norris
  • Luke Jager

Women’s 10k freestyle pursuit

  • Jessie Diggins
  • Rosie Brennan
  • Hailey Swirbul
  • Katharine Ogden
  • Sophia Laukli
  • Julia Kern
  • Novie McCabe
  • Caitlin Patterson

HOW TO WATCH 
All times EDT

Saturday, Nov. 27
4:15 a.m. FIS Cross Country World Cup Men’s 15k - LIVE,  Ruka, FIN, Streaming Peacock, Ski and Snowboard Live
7:30 a.m. FIS Cross Country World Cup Women’s 10k - LIVE,  Ruka, FIN, Streaming Peacock, Ski and Snowboard Live

Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021
4:20 a.m. FIS Cross Country World Cup Women’s 10k Pursuit - LIVE,  Ruka, FIN, Streaming Peacock, Ski and Snowboard Live
6:30 a.m. FIS Cross Country World Cup Men’s 15k Pursuit - 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 will be updated on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard website throughout the season.

2021-22 FIS World Cup Schedule
2022 Olympic Winter Games Schedule

Follow the Davis U.S. Cross Country Team:
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Facebook: @usskiandsnowboard
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Twitter: @usskiteam

 

Schoonmaker 7th in Ruka

How To Watch: The Full Breakdown

By Mackenzie Moran
November, 26 2021
Killington World Cup Crowd
A massive crowd at the HomeLight Killington Cup cheers on the athletes.

This Olympic season, fans worldwide are chomping at the bit to follow their favorite World Cup athletes on the road to Beijing. For American fans, in particular, tuning in to international, and even domestic competitions can seem like a daunting task given the myriad of streaming options to choose from. Add on the complication of TV rights between host countries, and finding the event that you want to watch, when you want to watch it, gets even more confusing. 

But please, don’t fret. Our team has broken down your options, based on your viewing preferences and schedule. Consider it your trusty handbook for when too many options seem to lead to no good options.

To start, what exactly do we mean when we say, NBC Universal? 
NBC Universal is a parent company home to NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, and PeacockTV.com. Through the number of channels at their disclosure, NBC Universal promises to provide live and same-day event coverage of alpine, cross country, freeski, freestyle, and snowboard events throughout the 2021/22 season, in addition to broadcasting the 2022 Olympic Winter Games from Feb. 4-20.

If you prefer watching the full broadcast… 
Tune into the live and/or same-day coverage of the event of your choosing on either NBC, NBCSN, or the Olympic Channel. To catch the events live, as they happen, set your alarm and tune in. Otherwise, if you have DVR capacities on your home television, be sure to hop on the night before an event and make sure to record said event to catch all the real-time action, full commentary, and more, at a time that is convenient for you. Unfortunately, not all events are available via broadcast, but if this is your preferred method of view, double-check our schedule to see if it's an option before peeling through your at-home TV schedule.

*Please note – U.S. Ski and Snowboard has a duty to report results as they happen on our social media channels. We also publish articles at the conclusion of substantial events that offer a brief recap of event happenings. If you’re a die-hard fan and don’t want to know the who, what, when, and where before you watch your event recording, please avoid our social media channels. 

If you don’t have access to broadcast television or want on-demand coverage of all FIS-sanctioned World Cup events, look no further than PeacockTV.com.  
With NBC’s PeacockTV.com, live streaming and on-demand viewing are both an option for each and every World Cup event happening throughout the season. Alpine, cross country, freeski, freestyle, snowboard, ski jumping, and nordic combined World Cups, are all available to stream on Peacock. 

To customize your viewing experience, add specific events to your Peacock watchlist to easily find live streams the day of, and if you can’t burn the midnight oil, find the replays at a convenient time for you. 

But wait, how do you find events on Peacock? 
First, create an account. FIS World Cups are only available for viewing with a paid Peacock Premium subscription. At $4.99/month for sports with commercials and $9.99/month for sports without commercials, it’s worth the price of an oat-milk latte to never miss a moment this Olympic season. By subscribing now, it helps make the case for wider event coverage of our sports in the future. Plus, it's a great way to show your support for the sports you care about, the athletes, and all the folks that work hard to put on these events.

Once logged in, you can find FIS World Cup events by clicking on the sports tab, and scrolling down the page until you find the section titled Skiing & Snowboarding. By hovering your mouse over the scheduled broadcasts, two small arrows to the left and right will appear. If you don’t see your desired event immediately, click through the streaming list until you find the event you would like to watch (there are quite a few events happening each weekend, so don’t give up too quickly!) Once you get there, by clicking on the event, you can dive into the show live, or add it to your watchlist to easily find an on-demand replay for your viewing pleasure at a time that is convenient for you. Bonus, you can easily find your watchlist (including replays) under your account to skip all the scrolling farther down the line.

If you are having trouble with your Peacock account, please contact Peacock at https://www.peacocktv.com/help/.

*Please note – streaming on PeacockTV.com DOES NOT include live event commentary on the vast majority of events. To hear full breakdowns from the likes of Steve Porino, Steve Schlanger, Ted Ligety, and more, you’ll have to tune in or record the broadcast, if it is available for your event.

If you want to stream the event, with English commentary, Ski and Snowboard Live makes that option available. 160 live FIS World Cup events will be available for fans to watch with English commentary at Ski and Snowboard Live. Each event does require that you purchase a pass to tune in. So rather than subscribing for a month to receive access to all FIS World Cup Events, you pay per event. 

New this season, all Austrian World Cup events will be available for U.S. fans to watch on the Ski World Cup Live app. For those of you that have followed the ongoing TV rights saga over the years, this is big news. Catch full event coverage with English commentary of all your favorite Austria-based events, including highlights, and on-demand replays, free with your account. Never miss out on the drama of the Hahnenkamm downhill again. 

How do I keep track of all this? 
Current television broadcast and streaming schedules for all sports are available on our website, here. Sport-specific broadcast and streaming schedules are available below:

Broadcast and streaming schedules for the Networks of NBCUniversal, Ski and Snowboard Live, and World Cup Live will be updated weekly on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard website throughout the season. Check-in regularly for the latest updates!

Thank you, as always, for your support. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at mackenzie.moran@usskiandsnowboard.org.

Ruka Kicks off World Cup Cross Country Season Friday

By Tom Horrocks
November, 25 2021
Rosie Brennan and Jessie Diggins
Rosie Brennan and Jessie Diggins are among 19 Americas kicking off the season Friday in Ruka, Finland, with a classic sprint. (Nordic Focus)

Following a productive summer of training, 19 Americans are ready to kick off the FIS Cross Country World Cup season with the traditional season-opener in Ruka, Finland, featuring three races - classic sprint, classic distance, and freestyle pursuit events starting Friday.

Due to Covid restrictions in place to keep the athletes safe throughout the season, a number of the athletes departed the U.S. last week and said goodbye to their family and friends for the next four months as they embark on their World Cup journey and march toward the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. But thanks to the return of team camps this past summer, including many athletes participating in their club camps throughout the training season, the athletes enjoyed the opportunity to build a stronger bond with each other, which will pay huge dividends on the road this season.

“I'd say the number one thing is the team that we have on the road, both men's and women's teams have created a hospitable environment, an inviting environment,” noted Davis U.S. Cross Country Team Head Coach Matt Whitcomb. “One of the tickets to success is to build a successful team. But you don't really get the full understanding of what it does until you go through some times of adversity,” which the team experienced last season Whitcomb said. “We were constantly having to deal with changes to the schedule, trying to fit in Covid tests here and there; sometimes before races, which is happening this week. It's a constant logistical mess.”

Last season the team conquered so much adversity, but many athletes posted personal bests, their first World Cup victories, or podiums, and of course Jessie Diggins won the Tour de Ski and the overall and distance World Cup Titles. So heading into this season, everyone on the team has risen to the challenge of competing under the “new” normal. “It's not one person pulling the team,” said Diggins. “Is every single person showing everyday how they can make this team better!”

For a team that competes the entire season in Europe, the athletes have adapted well to life on the road with limited opportunities, outside of FaceTime, to see their family and friends. Heading into the 2022 Olympics, every team will face the same challenges with family and friends banned from the Games in China. But American cross country athletes will have a significant advantage.

“There's no team that travels internationally better than ours,” Whitcomb said. ‘“The Europeans are clearly at a disadvantage. Beyond that, what's unique about China is that we will be in the cold, and there is, you know, a 10th of an inch of precipitation in the month of February or something like that. So we know approximately what the weather is going to be like. And fortunately, with Swix, and L.L.Bean, we've been able to dial in some very warm options for clothing, and athletes will be prepared.”

Heading into Ruka this weekend, members of the Davis U.S. Cross Country Team will bring a mixed bag of expectations into the event, from reacquainting themselves with snow and skiing into race fitness to charging for the podium and World Cup points.

“Ruka has historically been a really tough course and a tough season opener,” said Hailey Swirbul, who brings a couple weeks of on-snow training into Finland, thanks to early-season snowfall in Alaska that offered her and her Alaska Pacific University Club teammates early season on-snow opportunities. “This year I'm just trying to stay positive, gain some race experience and hopefully hit the races later in (period 1) pretty hard.”

The team will have a mix of World Cup-experienced athletes and newbies this weekend, with three athletes making their World Cup debut, including Novie McCabe, Sydney Palmer-Leger and Zanden McMullen. Palmer-Leger is scheduled to start Friday’s classic sprint. McCabe will race in all events. McMulllen will compete in the men’s 15 classic Saturday, and the 15k freestyle pursuit Sunday.

One team member notable missing will be Scott Patterson, who plans to join the team next week in Lillehammer Norway. “We had Scott pull out just several days earlier because of a wrist that is healing,” Whitcomb said. 

FIS Cross Country World Cup
Ruka, Finland
Schedule/U.S. Starters

Friday, Nov. 26
Classic Sprint
Men

  • Gus Schumacher
  • JC Schoonmaker
  • Kevin Bolger
  • Logan Hanneman
  • Luke Jager
  • Ben Ogden

Women

  • Jessie Diggins
  • Rosie Brennan
  • Hailey Swirbul
  • Katharine Ogden
  • Sydney Palmer-Leger
  • Julia Kern
  • Hannah Halvorsen
  • Novie McCabe

Saturday, Nov. 27
Men’s 15k classic

  • Gus Schumacher
  • Hunter Wonders
  • Zanden McMullen
  • Ben Ogden
  • David Norris
  • Luke Jager

Women’s 10 Classic

  • Jessie Diggins
  • Rosie Brennan
  • Hailey Swirbul
  • Katharine Ogden
  • Sophia Laukli
  • Julia Kern
  • Novie McCabe
  • Caitlin Patterson

Sunday, Nov. 28
Men’s 15k freestyle pursuit

  • Gus Schumacher
  • Hunter Wonders
  • Zanden McMullen
  • Ben Ogden
  • David Norris
  • Luke Jager

Women’s 10k freestyle pursuit

  • Jessie Diggins
  • Rosie Brennan
  • Hailey Swirbul
  • Katharine Ogden
  • Sophia Laukli
  • Julia Kern
  • Novie McCabe
  • Caitlin Patterson

HOW TO WATCH 
All times EDT

Friday, Nov. 26
6:30 a.m. FIS Cross Country World Cup Men and Women’s Freestyle Sprint - LIVE,  Ruka, FIN, Streaming Peacock, Ski and Snowboard Live

Saturday, Nov. 27
4:15 a.m. FIS Cross Country World Cup Men’s 15k - LIVE,  Ruka, FIN, Streaming Peacock, Ski and Snowboard Live
7:30 a.m. FIS Cross Country World Cup Women’s 10k - LIVE,  Ruka, FIN, Streaming Peacock, Ski and Snowboard Live

Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021
4:20 a.m. FIS Cross Country World Cup Women’s 10k Pursuit - LIVE,  Ruka, FIN, Streaming Peacock, Ski and Snowboard Live
6:30 a.m. FIS Cross Country World Cup Men’s 15k Pursuit - 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 FIS World Cup Schedule
2022 Olympic Winter Games Schedule

Follow the Davis U.S. Cross Country Team:
Instagram: @usskiteam
Facebook: @usskiandsnowboard
TikTok: @usskiandsnowboard
Twitter: @usskiteam

 

North America’s Much-Anticipated World Cup Return

By Megan Harrod
November, 25 2021
Mikaela Shiffrin Killington
Two-time Olympic champion and six-time world champion Mikaela Shiffrin, shown here after her 2019 HomeLight Killington Cup slalom victory (her fourth straight at the venue), will be headlining a deeply talented group of women who will start at the 2021 edition of the HomeLight Killington Cup this weekend. (Steven Earl Photography - U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

After a year without the North American FIS Ski World Cup series due to COVID-19 setbacks, everyone and their mother is frothing at the mouth for its return. From the HomeLight Killington Cup to the Xfinity Birds of Prey World Cup and Lake Louise, the excitement to be back on North American soil is palpable. It’s safe to say that this year, U.S. fans, staff, and athletes are collectively thankful for the return of our domestic races. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Happy Thanksgiving, indeed. 

Let’s Get Down to Business: the HomeLight Killington Cup
Let’s talk Killington first...and about the rivalry everyone is talking about. Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova vs. our very own Mikaela Shiffrin. They’re tied in first in the overall standings with 260 points after the first four races of the season. Shiffrin won the season-opening giant slalom World Cup and grabbed back-to-back second-place finishes in the Levi, Finland slaloms, despite an ongoing struggle with back pain that has interfered with her training schedule. 

Vlhova narrowly edged Shiffrin out on day one in Levi, and bested Shiffrin on day two by nearly half of a second...but Shiffrin made a heroic recovery that lost her at least that much time. It’s a rivalry for the ages, and Shiffrin—who has won all four World Cup slalom events held in Killington—will no doubt equally feed off the hometown vibes, and feel the nerves and expectation. 

Shiffrin is joined by a deep tech crew who comes into Killington leading the nation standings following the first giant slalom of the season. Nina O’Brien, Paula Moltzan, AJ Hurt, and Keely Cashman round out the crew, each with top-20 finishes under their belt on the World Cup circuit. Joining them are up-and-comers Zoe Zimmermann and Allie Resnick, who stamped their tickets to the Killington World Cup based on stellar HomeLight Foundation Series NorAM results at Copper Mountain

Following her results in Copper Mountain, Resnick said “I am really happy with my skiing during this race series and I’m even more excited for my first slalom and GS World Cup start in Killington. After Killington, we are heading to Europe for the Europa Cup races. I hope we can carry this momentum to Killington, and through the rest of the season.” 

Coach Coley Oliver echoed her statement, saying “While [this] is a large step from the NorAm circuit, I’m very confident in their skiing and cannot wait to see how they stack up with the best in the world. They raced this past week with the knowledge of the World Cup start qualifying criteria on their shoulders in addition to the normal stress of a NorAm and both excelled under that pressure. That ability to perform under pressure will be critical for them as they race more and more Europa Cup and World Cup races.”

Shiffrin spoke of the depth of the team, saying, “I’m really looking forward to heading into Killington with such a deep and talented team, including some fresh faces like Allie and Zoe, who have proven themselves at the NorAm level and earned their spots for Killington. We are bringing the best women’s tech crew into the Olympic season that I’ve seen since I’ve been with the team...and that’s been a long time. It’s exciting to see and experience, and the team environment is so solid and positive right now.” 

On the broader international front, keep an eye out for Switzerland’s ss Lara Gut and the Italian squad in giant slalom, along with France’s Tessa Worley, Poland’s Maryna Gąsienica-Daniel (my dark horse!), and New Zealand’s young phenom Alice Robinson. In slalom, one can’t discount Austria’s Katharina Liensberger and Sweden’s Anna Swenn Larsson, but watch out for our neighbors to the north, as the Canadians have a great amount of depth in the discipline, led by Erin Mielzynski and former University of Vermont standout Laurence St. Germain. 

What’s Up...Up North, Eh
Up in Lake Louise, the American men have had a solid couple of days of training. The track, which boasts new terrain features that somewhat mirror Val Gardena, Italy’s Saslong track, where both Steven Nyman and Bryce Bennet have excelled and Jared Goldberg has also had solid results. 

Travis Ganong led three into the top 10 on the first day of training in third. On day two, the final day of training, Ryan Cochran-Siegle posted the fourth-fastest time. The Austrians and the Norwegians, though...and that sneaky Swiss Beat Feuz, as well as Italy’s Dominik Paris, will be strong contenders.

Ganong and Cochran-Siegle both feel relieved to be back at Lake Louise. “It’s such a beautiful location, and the track is really fun...we definitely missed it last year,” noted Ganong. “Conditions this year - there’s tons of natural snow, and they were able to build up a bunch of terrain, so it’s pretty different from what we’ve seen in the past. There’s a lot of new rolls and terrain in different places, and a few new little jumps here and there, so it’s not your typical, kind of, highway tuckfest at Lake Louise...it’s more intricate, more playful, more terrain. I like that a lot. I think it really suits my style.” As Ganong said, “Anything is possible.” 

Cochran-Siegle will enter the speed start gate for the first time since he fractured his neck on the Hahnenkamm in Kitzbuehel, Austria last January. He will head into Lake Louise with the same cautious optimism he has had in the past. “I’m feeling good...not amazing...just, I think there’s some better skiing to be found right now...not that I’m skiing poorly, just that I know that I can be cleaner in places and just have a little more of a race mentality,” he reflected. “I think skiing in sections was good today, but there’s still some time I’m losing in other places that I definitely need to figure out and clean up so that I can give myself the best chance on race day. Definitely a good warm-up, it seems, I’m trying not to put too much pressure on myself because I think that Lake Louise can be kind of a funny race and I’m not carrying too many expectations, but hopefully it’s a good weekend. It was fun to ski today.”

What’s New on the Broadcast
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety will return to NBC Sports’ alpine skiing coverage for the two upcoming domestic events, including the women’s giant slalom and slalom this Saturday and Sunday in Killington, Vt., and the Birds of Prey Super-G and downhill races in  Beaver Creek, Colo., Dec. 3-5.

“I’m excited to join NBC Sports as an alpine analyst this weekend in Killington and next weekend in Beaver Creek,” said Ligety. “I’m looking forward to feeling the race jitters, but from a new perspective, and to bring my love for skiing and all that I’ve learned as a racer to TV.”

The Inside Scoop - HomeLight Killington Cup
If there’s one thing I’ve taken away from the HomeLight Killington Cup (other than Mikaela Shiffrin being a complete boss), it’s that Herwig Demschar’s team throws an amazing party and knows how to put on an event. Case in point: the music.  All concerts are included with the purchase of HomeLight Killington Cup General Admission ticket or the premier seating option. Killington will host free concerts on the stage throughout the weekend featuring O.A.R., DJ Z-Trip, and G Love.

Even though none of the women competing at Killington will be able to meet, greet, and interact with the crowd, Ligety will be signing autographs on Saturday, November 27th after racing has concluded. WINTERSTEIGER, the global leader in ski service, has teamed up with Mr. GS to offer fans a taste of pre-Covid fanfare and fun. Hosted at Peak Performance Ski Shop, time and details to be announced on social media, the signing will run for 45 minutes. Peak Performance is just down the access road from the World Cup event at 2808 Killington Road and the signing will take place outside, so attendees should dress accordingly.

Just got your booster and looking for a night out, with a purpose? Look no further than the Pickle Barrel. On Saturday night, World Cup Dreams Foundation will be hosting a party, Saturday night after the women’s GS in Killington, WCD is partnering with the Pickle Barrel (the best Apres spot in Killington, VT) to host an Apres party in support of the World Cup Dreams grant fund, and when Slalom Tokyo Drift is involved, it’s bound to be a good time. Tickets are $11.50 and the event is 3-7 pm. Hang with U.S. Ski Team alumni like Ted Ligety, Andrew Weibrecht, Tommy Biesemeyer, and current athletes like AJ Ginnis (Greece), Alice Merryweather, and Sam DuPratt (who has a birthday on Sunday, FYI). 

Last but not least, we’re hearing there’s a post-World Cup party at none other than the Wobbly Barn. Of course there is. Would the HomeLight Killington Cup be the HomeLight Killington Cup without the Wobbly Barn?! Have a blast...and please, have a drink for me. 

Housekeeping Deets for the HomeLight Killington Cup - COVID-19 Protocol
All event attendees must have a World Cup ticket and will be required to go through a ticket/security checkpoint in front of K-1 Base Lodge to enter the festival village, K-1 Lodge and spectator areas. For families or groups who purchased tickets in one order, please plan to arrive together – only one person needs to show the QR code entry ticket. If this is not possible, one person in each arrival group must have the QR code entry ticket. Each QR code will only be valid for the number of admissions purchased.

All event attendees (except those who purchased K-1 VIP World Cup Parking Passes) will be required to park in a remote lot and use a shuttle to get to the event. Masks are REQUIRED for everyone on shuttles regardless of vaccination status.

Attendees 12 years and older will also need to show proof of vaccine or a negative Covid-19 test result (PCR or rapid antigen) that was administered by an official testing center. The test must occur no earlier than November 24, 2021. Home testing kit results will not be accepted for entry. Proof of vaccination may be shown via the actual vaccine card (or copy), a photo of the vaccine card on a phone, CLEAR Health Pass, NY Excelsior Pass, Docket, NYC Covid Safe, CommonPass, or VeriFLY.

Tune in this Thanksgiving weekend to cheer for the Americans as we kick off the bulk of our 2021-22 Olympic season World Cup action. 

WOMEN’S STARTERS - KILLINGTON
Keely Cashman
Katie Hensien
AJ Hurt 
Paula Moltzan
Nina O’Brien
Allie Resnick
Mikaela Shiffrin

Zoe Zimmermann

MEN’S STARTERS - LAKE LOUISE
Erik Arvidsson
Bryce Bennett
Ryan Cochran-Siegle
Travis Ganong
Jared Goldberg
Sam Morse
Steven Nyman

RESULTS
Men’s downhill training run 1
Men’s downhill training run 2

HOW TO WATCH
All times EST

Friday, Nov. 26
2:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Downhill - LIVE, Lake Louise, CAN, Streaming Peacock, Ski and Snowboard Live

Saturday, Nov. 27
10:00 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup HomeLight Killington Cup Women's Giant Slalom - run 1 LIVE, Killington, VT, Streaming Peacock
1:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup HomeLight Killington Cup Women's Giant Slalom - run 2 LIVE, Killington, VT, Streaming Peacock
2:15 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Downhill - LIVE, Lake Louise, CAN, Streaming Peacock, Ski and Snowboard Live
3:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup HomeLight Killington Cup Women's Giant Slalom - same-day broadcast Killington, VT, Broadcast NBC

Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021
9:45 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup HomeLight Killington Cup Women's Slalom - run 1- LIVE Killington, VT, Streaming Peacock
2:15 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Super G - LIVE, Lake Louise, CAN, Streaming Peacock, Ski and Snowboard Live
12:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup HomeLight Killington Cup Women's Slalom - LIVE Killington, VT, Broadcast NBC
12:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup HomeLight Killington Cup Women's Slalom - run 2 LIVE Killington, VT Streaming, Peacock
5:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup HomeLight Killington Cup Women's Slalom - Same-day delayed broadcast, Killington, VT, Broadcast NBCSN

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


 

10 Questions With Kai Owens

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
November, 23 2021
Kai Owens
Kai Owens captured her first podium with a win to lead the U.S. women's dual moguls sweep at the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare Freestyle International at Deer Valley Resort. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

2021 Rookie of the Year Kai Owens caught up with FIS for their 10 questions Q&A series:

Continuing with our Q&A series today we bring you 10 questions with 2021 moguls Rookie of the Year Kai Owens out of USA. Enjoy! 

Q: Looking back at 2020/21 season, no doubt it was a very successful season for you. First World Cup victory, 4th place in the overall standing, impressive results at World Championships in Almaty that led to the Rookie of the Year award. What does it all mean to you? 

A: Last season meant a ton to me. It was full of adversity and there were many challenges that I faced. For me being able to find success in a difficult season is very exciting and confidence building. Overall I am very grateful for last season and the opportunities that were presented!

Q: Your first World Cup victory came in front of the home crowd in Deer Valley where you led the US podium sweep in dual. It’s hard to imagine a better introduction to World Cup podium. Can you tell us something more about that day and the feeling you had once it became clear you’re the winner of the day. 

A: Deer Valley last year was very special for me for so many reasons. I’d say a lot of stars aligned and the feeling I had after my last run was indescribable. I was very excited and proud of my team! That day was also very special for my family and I because we welcomed a new puppy into our family. He is a lilac French bulldog named Mochi. I woke up that morning of the competition and had already won because I got a puppy.

Q: What is the biggest challenge for you when competing during a worldwide pandemic and how do you deal with it?

A: The biggest challenge that I faced with the pandemic going on was the stress. Typically we deal with lots of pressure and performance related stress. But last season our safety and the safety of everyone else added extra. I personally deal with the challenge of the pandemic by practicing good hygiene, following all U.S Ski Team and CDC guidelines. And just doing my best to be mindful and positive. I hope and trust that everyone stays safe and I try to take advantage of all opportunities that we get during this time. 

Q: Now looking ahead to the new season with the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing on the horizon, what are your goals for 2021/22?

A: My goals for this upcoming season is to continue to build off of last year, and keep the momentum going. I am working towards making the U.S Olympic Team. It would be my first Olympics. 

Q: The US moguls team looks like one big family. You spend a lot of time together training, traveling and competing. What is like to be part of such a successful team? Who pushes you the most and how? 

A: We definitely are like a family. I am very grateful to be apart of an incredible team full of very talented individuals. I am especially grateful for their support and also their dedication to each other. I would say the women of our team push me the most. They not only push me physically and in training, but they push me to be a good teammate. I’m very proud to be apart of it! 

Q: What is your favourite World Cup venue to compete at?

A: Honestly I don’t have a favourite one. It’s definitely tied up between Deer Valley and Tazawako, Japan. I love the culture and time I got to spend in Japan, and I love getting to compete on home soil and on  the “Champion" run . However I will have to re-evaluate after this upcoming season, I would love the opportunity to compete in China, which is my birth country. And I would also really like to compete in France. So fingers crossed that I will make it to both! 

Q: Name three things you love about skiing moguls.

A: I love the challenge of moguls, mastering turns, jumps and being fast makes me feel like I’ll never get sick of it. Secondly I love the people and culture of mogul skiing. Finally I am definitely addicted to the adrenaline rush of skiing bumps. 

Q: Single or duals? And why?

A: I honestly like both equally. They are similar in lots of ways but different enough for me to not be able to compare them. I’d say I have a different mindset for each event. I definitely get more nervous for singles, and with duals it’s easier for me to focus on the rounds. Singles is what I train for, it’s the only mogul event in the Olympics and if I had to choose it would be singles. But duals definitely wins for excitement. 

Q: What do you wish for the future of the sport?

A: I hope to see our sport grow and I hope to see athletes continue to get better and progress further. 

Q: Name three things you never travel without on the World Cup circuit?

A: Ha! Well I’m not a light packer that’s for sure. My top three is ski equipment clothes and toiletries…  I consider those extreme necessities. But I have countless things I bring on World Cup that I wont travel without ie nutition, recovery, shoes, etc.

Original article on FIS-Ski.com

McDonald wins FIS Open, Lemley finishes third

By Lara Carlton
November, 22 2021
Cole McDonald
Cole McDonald posted the best results for the U.S. men both days of the FIS Open in IdreFjäll, Sweden, Nov. 20-21. On Saturday he placed seventh and bested that to first on Sunday. (Instagram @_colemcdonald)

The U.S. Mogul Freestyle Ski Team is back to bumpin’ after wrapping up competition at the FIS Open in IdreFjäll, Sweden, Nov. 20-21. D Team up and comers put their mark on the international field to lead the U.S. contingent.

The FIS Open marks the end of the final pre-season training block for the mogul skiing community. With limited mogul venues around the world at this time of year, many teams opt for several weeks of training in Sweden and finish off the prep period with this first competition opportunity. Athletes are able to put to snow what they’ve been working on all summer and get back into the competition mindset. 

“It’s always so fun to finally put the bibs on and compete after such a long prep,” said World Cup Mogul Coach Riley Campbell. ”We prep from May until November, that’s a really long time to train without competing. So it’s always exciting when it’s time to compete again.”

Cole McDonald posted the best results for the U.S. men on both days. On Saturday he placed seventh and bested that to first on Sunday. "It feels great to finally prove to myself that I am able to compete with the people I have idolized my whole life," said McDonald of his performances.

“Cole skied incredibly well,” said Campbell. “He was just so fast and clean with a really dominant bottom air. On that second day, he proved he was up there with those veteran-level skiers.”

Saturday’s podium was topped by Japan’s Ikuma Horishima, followed by Sweden’s Walter Wallberg in second and Canada’s Elliot Vaillancourt in third. Jesse Andringa, in his first competition since injury, finished sixth, Landon Wendler 15th, Alex Lewis 24th, and Joel Hedrick 26th. McDonald shared the podium on Sunday with Japan’s Ikuma Horishima in second and Sweden’s Walter Wallberg in third. 

Elizabeth Lemley led the women on Saturday, finishing in third place. “Liz skied great,” said Riley. “She threw the highest-scoring highest DD trick in the women’s field, a cork grab. She proved she’s an up and comer to watch.” Kasey Hogg finished 43rd and Alli Macuga did not finish. Lemley shared the podium with Japan’s Rino Yanagimoto in first and Karuka Nakao in second. 

On Sunday, Hogg posted the best U.S. Team result with seventh place. Alli Macuga finished 28th and Lemley finished 58th. Japan’s Yanagimoto won again on Sunday, Kazakhstan’s Anastassiya Gorodko finished second and Japan’s Yuki Kajiwara finished third. 

Results
Nov. 20, Women’s Moguls
Nov. 20, Men’s Moguls
Nov. 21, Women’s Moguls
Nov. 21, Men’s Moguls

 

Laukli Puts Norwegian Elite In Place At Beitostølen

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
November, 21 2021
Sophie Laukli
Sophie Laukli, competing at the 2021 World Champs in Oberstdorf, Germany, opened her 2021-22 season with 15th place on Saturday's 10-kilometer classic during the season opener at Beitostølen. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

Sophie Laukli went into 15th place on Saturday's 10-kilometer classic during the season opener at Beitostølen and put several of the Norwegian national team runners in place on their own home track. 

Cross-country skiing.com met the 21-year-old after the opening distance at Beitostølen on Saturday afternoon. 

"It is very fun to do so well in such a company, and very fun also because my path into cross-country skiing is quite different than for most other elite runners," says the American national team member.  

Laukli is originally from Maine in the far north of the American east coast, and it was only a couple of years ago that she started to focus seriously on cross-country skiing. Until then, she had practiced versatility with a number of different sports, and bet for a long time, including a long time on football.  Cross-country skiing was more of a hobby I did in the winter. And in Maine, the winter conditions were not always very good, so it was not always tempting. But then I lived in Switzerland for a year, and that was when I started investing in cross-country skiing, Laukli says. 

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Shiffrin Second to Lead Two Americans Into Points

By Megan Harrod
November, 21 2021
Mikaela Shiffrin Levi
It was déjà vu over at the second of two FIS Ski World Cup slalom races in Levi Finland, with Saturday’s podium repeating itself. Two-time Olympic champion and six-time world champion Mikaela Shiffrin once again finished in second place, while Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova in first, and Germany’s Lena Duerr in third. (Millo Moravski - Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

It was déjà vu over at the second of two FIS Ski World Cup slalom races in Levi Finland, with Saturday’s podium repeating itself. Two-time Olympic champion and six-time world champion Mikaela Shiffrin once again finished in second place, while Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova in first, and Germany’s Lena Duerr in third. American Paula Moltzan also finished in the points, landing in 24th.

Battling some jetlag and ongoing back stiffness, Shiffrin came out firing on a course set by coach Jeff Lackie that was pretty straight with some room but with rhythm on the pitch. Before the first run, Lackie commented that the weather and the snow surface at the Finnish Lapland venue were the best he has seen on that pitch, where Shiffrin has won four times and has podiumed nine times. Shiffrin had a solid first run, even with a slight bobble in the hairpin heading on to the pitch, trailing Vlhova by a fine of margin once again—18 hundredths of a second. Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin was .36 seconds off the pace in third. 

The second run was an Austrian-set course with more swing but not much tempo—a stark contrast to the American-set first run. Moltzan, who straddled in the second run and did not finish on Saturday, threw down a solid time to earn her first World Cup points of the Olympic season in 24th. Swiss Wendy Holdener, who recently returned from some time off due to a double wrist injury sustained while training in the gym, made things exciting with a fast run that would eventually land her just off the podium in fourth place. Duerr took home another third place, grabbing two World Cup podiums in a row and ending Germany’s eight-year drought in the discipline. 

It was down to Shiffrin and Vlhova, in an ongoing rivalry, and today was more of the same between the two. Shiffrin skied a blazing fast top section but got in the backseat and ran into trouble on the pitch, making an acrobatic recovery. She generated speed to the bottom and came down .31 seconds ahead of Duerr. Vlhova had a flawless second run, though, and finished .47 seconds ahead of Shiffrin to take her second win of the weekend and her fourth-straight victory at the venue. 

When asked if she was disappointed following the race, Shiffrin replied, “To be honest, I’m not disappointed with anything...I was pushing, I made a mistake, and we don’t know what would have happened without the mistake, but after that, I pushed even harder.” She continued, “And, I haven’t really done that in a long time. I mean, if I made a mistake like that last season, I would have just—I don’t know—skied to the finish. I skied the pitch the second run really, really strong in with a course that didn’t have a lot of tempo, and some tracks. I’m really excited about it, actually.” 

The second-place finish marks Shiffrin’s 109th career podium in 195 World Cup starts—an astounding 66% podium percentage. In her last 54 World Cup slalom starts, Shiffrin has finished on the podium 50 times (36 wins). In a sport with a plethora of variables, Shiffrin has been able to maintain a mind-blowing level of consistency, bringing podium-level performances to every start gate she enters. 

When asked if she had gained more confidence heading into the HomeLight Killington Cup next weekend, Shiffrin paused to think and replied, “I have a little bit more confidence after feeling that I could push my skiing. It was maybe not a perfect run, but knowing I could still push it harder after a mistake, that’s a really big step. So, maybe a little more confidence headed into Killington, but it’s also a home race, and I want to do well. I have a good record there, so there’s some expectation and pressure there as well. But, it’s also really exciting to race in Killington, so I’m looking forward to it.” 

AJ Hurt narrowly missed qualifying for the second run, while teammate Nina O’Brien got low and late in a combination and did not finish. Lila Lapanja also started but did not qualify for the second run. 

Up next for the women is a giant slalom and slalom in Killington, Vt., where Shiffrin has won four-straight slalom races, and the entire team has seen some solid results—Moltzan and O’Brien included. The men head to their first speed series in Lake Louise, Canada, featuring a pair of downhills and a super-G. 

RESULTS 
Women’s slalom

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Shiffrin 2nd with Great Recovery

Watch World Cup Racing

By Lauren Beckos
November, 21 2021
Beaver Creek Stands
Fans at the 2019 Beaver Creek Birds of Prey

Watching World Cup Racing in the U.S. just got a lot easier! Click to see the full writeup of the latest changes!

You can watch live and on demand World Cup Racing through the NBC Peacock Premium tv and Ski and Snowboard Live.

When/where to watch NBC Sports via NBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel:
Where to Watch on U.S. Ski & Snowboard Website

Other online services offer access packages to many of the NBC Sports channels:
Hulu w/Live TVAT&T TV NowSlingTVYouTube TV

See full schedule and there's a link you can use to add the events to your digital calendar:
FIS Website Calendar

Printable PDF calendars of schedules:
Official FIS PDF Schedules MEN WOMEN
Schedule Also Listing Times of Events once they are available (can be printed as PDF with link at bottom of page)

Masters Getting a New Look Online

By Lauren Beckos
November, 20 2021
All Masters Division Logos

After more than a decade of skiracereg.com (SRR) and even longer with some division websites, some transitions are in process this season. We would like to thank Doug Briggs for his service to the masters maintaining and adapting the registration system that has been a tremendous asset for our masters divisions for the last decade. Doug streamlined our registration not just within division, but across divisions. He continually added and adapted functionality all on a volunteer basis. We are truly lucky to have had his support and help improving and streamlining the racer experience. We are excited that this transition will allow Doug to get out, travel, and play more as all retirees should! 

Many divisions are still with SRR this season as we phase in the transition. See below for details about registration for each division. New England Masters and Mid-Atlantic Masters are the first to move forward in the transition. You can see their new websites and mamasters.org and nemsracing.org (also a new domain for NEMs.) The new registration website is masters.adminskiracing.com. Part of the transition will include development of a central hub for all masters divisions that better combines division sites with registration, results, and archives - we look forward to tackling more pieces of this project next summer. In the meantime, if you use any of the new sites, feedback is welcome to make these sites they best they can be!

Far West, PNSA, Intermountain/Northern, Rocky, Central Members
Renew your membership with your division and register for events same as last year through skiracereg.com . If you are new click "sign up" and create an account. If you plan to attend National Speed Series or other events in the New England or Mid-Atlantic race series you will need to create an account at masters.adminskiracing.com and details will be released later for how to do that as a visiting racer.

New England and Mid-Atlantic Members
For the 2021-2022 season, the New England Masters and Mid-Atlantic Masters are starting the process of moving the Masters to a new registration platform. All membership renewal and registration for New England Masters and Mid-Atlantic Masters events will take place at masters.adminskiracing.com. 

For FIS Masters Cup, Nationals, or registration for races with the other divisions still on skiracereg.com you will need to renew your account on SRR to register. Just log in with your previous username and password to update your credit card information on file and register same as you have in the past.  If you have not previously had a SRR account, click "sign up" and select skiracereg.com as your home series. In either case, renewing your SRR account or creating a new one, no membership fees will be assessed through SRR.

Alaska, New York, and Southern Members
Continue to register as you have at the series specific websites. See usskiandsnowboard.org/masters/masters-regions for links and contacts.