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Kern, Brennan Third In Livigno Team Sprint

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
January, 22 2023
Kern, Brennan
Julia Kern and Rosie Brennan teamed up to finish third in Sunday's team sprint in Livigno, Italy. (Modica/NordicFocus)

Rosie Brennan and Julia Kern teamed up to finish third in Sunday’s FIS Cross Country World Cup team sprint in Livigno, Italy.

The U.S. advanced three teams to the team sprint finals with Lauren Jortberg and Alayna Sonnesyn finishing 11th and Kevin Bolger and Will Koch finishing 12th.

In the women’s finals, Brennan skied the first of six laps in the 7.5k race, almost missing the first tag to Kern mid-pack as the race unfolded on the wide-open track. "I messed up our first tag as I confused the other USA team for my team, leaving Julia in the back of the pack," Brennan said. "We slowly clawed our way back up and Julia made a strong effort on her second leg to tag me in a place where I had the space I needed to do some work."

On the final exchange, Brennan sat fourth in the lead pack of four and tagged off to Kern, who passed Germany’s Laura Gimmler on the long uphill drag to the finish to grab the final podium spot. "I was able to close the gap to the leaders and tag Julia at the rear of the lead pack for her last leg," Brennan added. "She skied so well and stayed patient as long as she could before unleashing an absolutely epic finish to nab us the last podium spot."

Sweden took the top two spots on the podium with Linn Svahn and Maja Dahlqvist taking the victory, and Emma Ribom and Jonna Sundling in second.

The FIS Cross Country World Cup season continues Friday with a 10k individual start freestyle, followed by a classic sprint Saturday, and a 20k classic mass start on Sunday, Jan. 29 in Les Rousses, France.

RESULTS
Women’s Team Sprint

Men’s Team Sprint

Ferreira, Irving Go 1-2 in Calgary

By Leann Bentley
January, 21 2023
Alex and Birk Calgary
Alex Ferreira and Birk Irving celebrate their first and second places atop the podium in Calgary, Canada.

Alex Ferreira and Birk Irving went one-two to close out the back-to-back freeski halfpipe contests in Calgary, Canada. 

Ferreira added another first-place podium result to his resume and was seen twirling his pole, in classic fashion, to celebrate being back on top. Right beside him is Irving, who proved his result by stringing together enough technical, consistent and unique tricks to land second among the strong field of competitors at the Calgary Rodeo. 

After his second run, which ultimately landed him atop the podium, Ferreria was yelling to the crowd, "Thank you so much, I am so grateful! Let's go!" In his second run, dropping into the pipe switch, Ferreira put together a cork-10, double-cork-12 and a massive double-cork and set the bar nearly out of reach for the other competitors. But, then came Irving.

Irving, now the overall leader in the FIS World Cup standings, was firing on all cylinders. With 27 FIS World Cup starts under his belt and four podiums, Irving knows what it takes to break into the top three. His second run of the event is what led him to second place, when he confidently landed a left-side-cork-10, double-cork straight into a double-flat-spin and a massive double-cork - he had just enough to edge out third-place finisher Noah Bowman of Canada. 

David Wise, who challenged the podium through the entire contest was fifth. Tristan Feinberg who landed three double corks in one single run was ninth and Cameron Brodrick, who was in his first finals of the week in Calgary, was 10th.

On the women's side, Hanna Faulhaber, who was third in the first contest of the week, led the charge for the U.S. team and finished in fourth. Now, Faulhaber will return back to the States for her "favorite event ever" the 2023 Aspen X Games.

Right with Faulhaber was teammate Svea Irving, who was fifth. Irving, throughout her three runs in finals, threw down serious amplitude and clean, technical tricks. Eileen Gu of China was back on top of the podium for the second time this week, winning the contest to close out another Calgary Rodeo. 

Now, the U.S. Freeski Team resets before the last stop on the domestic World Cup circuit, the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain from Feb. 2-4. 

Dehlinger Wins, Caldwell Second in Le Relais

By Lara Carlton
January, 21 2023
Le Relais
Quinn Dehlinger wins his first World Cup in Le Relais. Ashley Caldwell earns second, her 18th career World Cup podium.

The Americans returned to Aerials FIS World Cup competition in force with Quinn Dehlinger winning his first World Cup and Ashley Caldwell claiming her 18th career World Cup podium with a second place. A prime jump site and enthusiastic crowd proved just what the U.S. Aerial Freestyle team needed at the Le Relais, Canada event. 

“It honestly feels unbelievable and it is still settling in,” Dehlinger said from the finish area of his first World Cup victory. “It is so rewarding to have all the hard work and training finally pay off - and it paid off big. I had the mindset to do what I need to do, just think about the beginning of the jump first and the rest will come.” 

“Big thanks goes out to my mom and dad for this,” he added. 

“The site here is so wonderful, the people are incredible,” reflected Caldwell of how the day went for her. “Such a great event. We had a really excited crowd. People are passionate about aerials and you can tell. I had a pretty tough summer and fall and so to have something nice and brought to have happen feels really good.”

I am so proud of Quinn,” she added. “He’s been jumping incredibly and totally earned this win. I’m proud of the younger athletes being able to  do high quality jumps to land on top of the podium.” 

Dehlinger was on fire all day, stomping his Full Double-Full Fulls to qualify for finals in second and supers in third. His super’s round Double-Full Full Full earned a score of 122.62 to beat out the rest of the field. Not only was this Dehlinger’s first World Cup win, it marks his first World Cup podium and first World Cup super finals appearance. 

Chris Lillis qualified for finals, and performed a high-scoring Full Full Double-Full Full to qualify in first going into the super round. Lillis threw a Double-Full Full Full in supers, earning a score of 118.55 and just missing the podium in fourth place. 

Switzerland’s Noe Roth came in second and Ukraine’s Dmytro Kotovskyi came in third. Park City Ski & Snowboard’s Ian Schoenwald tied his career-best result with 13th, just missing the cutoff for the finals round. 

Le Relais marked Caldwell’s first World Cup competition of the 2022-23 season after a tough summer and fall training period. She had strong jumps all day long, qualifying in fourth for finals and supers with a Full Full. Her super round Full Double-Full earned 92 points, landing her in second place. Caldwell shared the podium with Canada’s Marion Thenault (first) and Ukraine’s Anastasiya Novosad (third). 

Kaila Kuhn, Winter Vinecki and Dani Loeb all qualified for finals. Vinecki finished seventh, Loeb finished twelfth. Kuhn made a strong showing in the first round of finals with her Full Full but finished the day in sixth with her Lay Full in supers. 

Aerials competes again Sunday in Le Relais. Dehlinger is hoping for another great day. “I’m going to start with the basics and try and replicate [today].” 

Results
Women’s Aerials
Men’s Aerials 

 

Mastro Third in Laax Open

By Leann Bentley
January, 21 2023
Maddie Mastro
Maddie Mastro looks down the pipe in Laax, Switzerland. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

Due to unfavorable weather in Switzerland, the finals snowboard halfpipe contest was canceled and the semi-final results stand. In qualifiers, Mastro qualified for the final for the women and Chase Josey, Chase Blackwell and Ryan Wachendorfer for the men - ultimately their qualifier results became their final results. 

With a solid run through the pipe two days prior, Mastro found herself back on the podium in the Laax Open, which is one of the biggest and most competitive contests of the World Cup circuit. 

For Mastro, this is her first World Cup of 2023 and her best result at the Laax Open, where last year she was ninth. Now, Mastro is slated to travel back to the States and compete at X Games in the SuperPipe contest at Aspen Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo.

For the men, Josey was ninth, Blackwell tenth, and Wachendorfer 12th, respectively, in the qualifiers, which landed them in the top 15 for finals with the cancelation. This is Wachendorfer's best finals result in the Laax Open. 

Now, the team will rest, travel back to the States and get ready for the last domestic World Cup, the 2023 Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain

RESULTS

Men

Women

 

Kern Sixth In Livigno Sprint

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
January, 21 2023
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Julia Kern competes against Sweden's Maja Dahlqvist and Johanna Hagstroem at the FIS World Cup Cross Country freestyle sprint in Livigno, Italy, Sunday. (Modica/NordicFocus)

Julia Kern advanced to the finals for the first time this season and finished sixth as the FIS Cross Country World Cup Tour resumed in Livigno, Italy, with a freestyle sprint.

Rosie Brennan was 11th, Alayna Sonnesyn was 24th, and Lauren Jortberg scored her first World Cup top 30, finishing 29th.

Kevin Bolger was the lone American man to advance to the heats and posted his best sprint result of the season, finishing 12th. Will Koch and Adam Witkowski each made their World Cup debut, finishing 41st and 42nd respectively.

Racing continues Sunday in Livigno with a team sprint.

RESULTS
Women’s Freestyle Sprint
Men’s Freestyle Sprint

Shiffrin, Johnson Top 10 in Cortina Downhill

By Courtney Harkins
January, 21 2023
Shiffrin Cortina Downhill
Mikaela Shiffrin skis to seventh in the Cortina downhill. (Getty Images/AFP - Tiziana Fabi)

Mikaela Shiffrin led the way for the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team in the second Cortina d’Ampezzo FIS World Cup downhill in two days, taking seventh place. Breezy Johnson was just behind her in 10th.

It was a windy day, which forced the start to be lowered and took off nearly 30 seconds from Friday’s downhill, which left no room for skiers to make mistakes. Only .05 seconds separated Shiffrin from the podium, with less than a half second separating second place from 15th. Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia took her first victory in four years. Norway’s Kajsa Vickhoff Lie came from bib 30 to second place and Elena Curtoni of Italy was third.

Shiffrin is still in pursuit of her 83rd win to become the winningest woman alpine skier of all time, currently sitting at 82 wins. “I am enjoying each race and the process is like an opportunity,” said Shiffrin. “I’m just here trying to figure out the track like all the other racers on the course and see if I can do my best and if it’s good enough to be close to the top. …When I look forward, I see opportunity, but I don’t see pressure.”

Bella Wright also had another great day, skiing to 16th place after her 11th place finish in Friday’s downhill. Keely Cashman skied into the points in 27th. Tricia Mangan was 39th.

The women have one more speed event at the 2026 Olympic Winter Games track on Sunday with a super-G.

RESULTS
Women’s downhill

Ganong Podiums on the Streif

By Courtney Harkins
January, 21 2023
Ganong Podiums in Kitzbuehel
Travis Ganong celebrates his first Kitzbuehel podium. (Getty Images - Alexander Hassenstein)

Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete Travis Ganong scored a podium finish at the hardest downhill on the World Cup circuit, taking third place at the Hahnenkammrennan in Kitzbuehel, Austria in front of a roaring international crowd. It was the first American podium in Kitzbuehel since Bode Miller in 2014.

There was some snowfall at the Austrian venue, but that didn’t slow down the men, who threw themselves down the intimidatingly steep Streif track. Ganong started fourth and grabbed the lead to hang on while racer after racer crossed the finish line.

“My goal this season was to push it and I’m happy with what I did and I can walk away being satisfied on what Kitzbuehel gave me,” said Ganong, who was seventh in Friday’s downhill. “It was a pleasure to ski here—I love this place.”

Ganong, now 34 years old, started his first Hahnenkamm in 2011 and has raced on the track almost every year since. He has had some of his shining moments in his career at the historic venue, including six top 10 finishes, but this is his first podium at the “Super Bowl of ski racing.”

“The goal is always to win,” said Ganong. “But I’m stoked with how I skied and it was a fun time being here as a racer.”

Aleksander Aamodt Kidle of Norway won the race—an impressive feat after a near crash in Friday’s downhill and a hurt hand. Veteran skier Johan Clarey of France took second place at age 42.   

Famed Swiss skier Beat Feuz, who dominated the Kitzbuehel track for more than a decade with three victories and nine podiums, retired at the end of his race and celebrated with his family and friends in the finish.

Ryan Cochran-Siegle also scored points, finishing in 20th place, along with Bryce Bennett in 22nd. Erik Arvidsson was 39th and Kyle Negomir 44th. Sam Morse and Jared Goldberg did not finish, but are OK.

The men now head to Schladming for the famous night slalom on Tuesday and an additional night giant slalom Wednesday.

RESULTS
Men’s downhill

2023 Aspen X Games Preview

By Leann Bentley
January, 20 2023
X Games
The X Games are returning to Aspen Jan. 27-29. (Mark Clavin)

In just a week, Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo. will welcome back the best freeskiers and snowboarders for three days of competition. Snowboarders and skiers from around the world will compete in various contests with over 30,000 fans expected to tune in. X Games Aspen kicks off on Friday, January 27th and goes through Sunday, January 29th.

This year, 22 U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes were invited to compete in the big air, slopestyle, knuckle huck and halfpipe contests. 

Olympic gold medalist Alex Hall, who is the only skier to win the X Games in four different disciplines, slopestyle, big air, knuckle huck, and real ski, will return to chase his sixth X Games gold. In 2022, Hall threw a double cork 2160 to win and stunned everyone in the crowd, leaving even the announcers speechless.

"I'm excited to hopefully take a new approach to some of my tricks and have fun out there," said Hall. "Pushing my creativity will be the goal and the knuckle huck contest should be a great time, too!"

Alex Ferriera, a two-time X Games champion (2019 and 2020 superpipe) will also return to the pipe this year, along with several teammates who have been around the world competing in World Cups, most recently in Calgary, Canada and Laax, Switzerland. 

For the women, Maggie Voisin will make her 2022-23 contest debut. Voisin, a seven-time X Games medalist, will return to the main stage and compete in the slopestyle contest. Along with Voisin is local Aspen athlete Hanna Faulhaber who will return to her home mountain to compete at her "favorite event ever" - the X Games superpipe. Faulhaber was third in 2022 and is looking forward to "having the hometown crowd surrounding the pipe and cheering their loudest for me," she said. "Last year was such an amazing time and to walk away with a third place was a true dream come true. I can't wait to be back there in a week and do it all again and put on the best show for everyone." 

On the snowboard front, Colorado locals Red Gerard and Lucas Foster are slated to drop in. Gerard will compete in slopestyle and Foster in superpipe. Maddie Mastro, who won X Games bronze in 2018, has accepted her invitation and will compete in the superpipe competition. In the 2022-23 season, the snowboarders have been competing around the world, most recently in halfpipe and slopestyle contests in Laax, Switzerland. After X games, they will head to Mammoth Mountain, California for the 2023 Toyota U.S. Grand Prix. 

Athletes 

Snowboard

  • Chris Corning
  • Jake Canter
  • Sean FitzSimons
  • Lucas Foster
  • Red Gerard
  • Dusty Henricksen
  • Julia Marino
  • Maddie Mastro
  • Zeb Powell

Freeski 

  • Aaron Blunk
  • Hanna Faulhaber
  • Alex Ferreira
  • Mac Forehand
  • Alex Hackel
  • Alex Hall
  • Birk Irving
  • Brita Sigourney
  • Colby Stevenson
  • Maggie Voisin
  • David Wise
  • Quinn Wolferman
Schedule 

For the most up-to-date schedule, click here.

Jan. 27, 2023

  • Women's Snowboard Slopestyle
  • Women's Ski Big Air
  • Ski Knuckle Huck
  • Men's Snowboard SuperPipe

Jan. 28, 2023

  • Men's Ski Slopestyle
  • Women's Snowboard SuperPipe
  • Women's Ski SuperPipe
  • Women's Snowboard Big Air
  • Men's Snowboard Big Air

Jan. 29, 2023

  • Women's Ski Slopestyle
  • Men's Snowboard Slopestyle
  • Snowboard Knuckle Huck
  • Men's Big Air
  • Men;s Ski SuperPipe

Goldberg Scores Career Best Fourth Place in Kitzbühel; Ganong Seventh

By Sierra Ryder
January, 20 2023
Goldberg Celebrates a Career Best
Goldberg skis to a career-best finish in Kitzbuehel. (CC: Getty Images)

At the infamous Kitzbühel downhill on Friday, Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete Jared Goldberg scored a career-best finish, just off the podium in fourth place. Goldberg ran bib 28 and was in the green at the top, initially landing in third place. The crowd and his teammates went wild as he crossed the line.

“I am just trying to show myself the level I can ski at, and I was really finding the front of the boot today,” said Goldberg. “It was a really good step forward into the next days to help me relax and get to a good head space, I think I found another gear on how to push and stay loose.”

Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team’s Travis Ganong also showed a strong performance with a seventh place finish. Ganong ran bib one, which can be a difficult position to start not knowing the speeds or tricks of the course, but Ganong held onto the lead for nine racers, a very strong run by him.

“It was good, you never know going first. I had some wild sections, so I was pushing,” said Ganong. “I expect the podium every time I ski. It’s my one goal to podium here, but there is another chance tomorrow. I am happy with my skiing.”

Erik Arvidsson also had a fantastic race going from bib 52 to 21st place. Arvidsson is notoriously strong at technical courses, making this course a great place for him.

“I am really happy with my skiing today. It was a really close race and I knew I would need to risk it,” said Arvidsson.  “I am happy with the commitment of my skiing and staying focused.”

Teammate Bryce Bennett finished in 29th place to also score points. Sam Morse was 38th, Kyle Negomir 40th and Ryan Cochran-Siegle in 41st.

The top three finishers for the day included Austria’s own Vincent Kriechmayr in first, Italian skier Florian Schieder with a tremendous run going from bib 43 to second and Swiss skier Niels Hintermann in third.

RESULTS
Men's downhill

HOW TO WATCH

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023

4:00 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup, Women's Downhill, Cortina, Italy, streaming on skiandsnowboard.live

5:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup, Men's Downhill, Kitzbuehel, Austria, streaming on peacock.com

Shiffrin Fourth, Johnson and Wright Top 15 in Cortina

By Sierra Ryder
January, 20 2023
Women's Speed Skis Strong
Breezy Johnson snags a top 10 in Cortina (Getty Images)

The Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team’s women’s speed team laid it down in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy to place three in the top 15. Mikaela Shiffrin led the way with a fourth place finish. She led the race at the top with some very fast split times, but a little bobble toward the bottom put her into fourth, just shy of the podium. Behind Shiffrin for the Americans was Breezy Johnson in ninth place and Bella Wright in 12th.

“I did not hit my line in all the spots, but the speeds are fast and I am happy with the skiing,” said Johnson who is coming back from a knee injury she sustained last year. “My body is ok; my knee still hurts sometimes but I am just happy to be back here and get a little redemption.”

Wright started bib 27 and skied to a very quick 12th place position. She has had a consistent and strong season thus far and hopes to continue the success.

“I was really trying to focus on good skiing today,” said Wright. “I was nervous but in a good way. I am proud of the skiing and plan to improve for tomorrow. The sun was shining and it was great.”

Shiffrin continues her hunt for the 83rd record-breaking win. She currently stands at 82 wins, tied with Lindsey Vonn for the all-time woman skier record.

The top three finishers for the women's downhill included Italian skier Sofia Goggia in first, Slovakian skier Ilka Stuhec in second and Germany's Kira Weidle in third. Americans Keely Cashman and Tricia Mangan also raced, placing 39th and 41st.

The women race downhill again on Saturday, with the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team hunting for podium spots. 

RESULTS
Women's downhill

HOW TO WATCH

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023

4:00 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup, Women's Downhill, Cortina, Italy, streaming on skiandsnowboard.live

5:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup, Men's Downhill, Kitzbuehel, Austria, streaming on peacock.com