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U.S. Alpine Championships Tech Schedule Changes in Sugarloaf

By Megan Harrod
March, 27 2022
Jimmy Krupka U.S. Alpine Championships
Jimmy Krupka eyes the HomeLight Foundation Series NorAm Cup Finals giant slalom at Sugarloaf, Maine. (Jay Riley-U.S. Ski Team)

Due to ongoing challenging weather conditions at Sugarloaf, Maine, the upcoming Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships tech schedule has changed. 

While the organizers were able to host successful U.S. Alpine Championship downhill and HomeLight Foundation Series NorAm downhill events, super-G events were canceled. Despite being able to get a men's giant slalom NorAm Cup Final race off on Saturday, conditions were challenging yet again on Sunday, and the women's giant slalom NorAm Cup Final was canceled. 

After looking at the weather for the upcoming week—along with team travel plans—and discussing with the jury, organizers have decided to change the schedule and move the entire U.S. Alpine Championships tech series up one day. The new U.S. Alpine Championships schedule is below. The HomeLight Foundation Series will wrap with the men's and women's NorAm Cup Finals slalom on Monday, March 28th. 

U.S. ALPINE CHAMPIONSHIPS - REVISED SCHEDULE
March 29 - U.S. Alpine Championships Men's and Women's Slalom 
March 30 - U.S. Alpine Championships Men's Giant Slalom 
March 31 - U.S. Alpine Championships Women's Giant Slalom 

HOMELIGHT FOUNDATION SERIES RESULTS
NorAm Cup Overall
Women
Men

NorAm Cup Downhill
Women
Men

NorAm Cup Super-G
Women
Men

NorAm Cup Giant Slalom
Women
Men

NorAm Cup Slalom
Women
Men

Statement Regarding Termination Of U.S. Snowboard Coach Peter Foley

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
March, 25 2022
tom.horrocks@usskiandsnowboard.org

The health, safety, and well-being of our U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes is our highest priority. Monitoring and disciplining the activity of coaches is an important component of that responsibility.

As we noted on March 20, former snowboard coach Peter Foley was terminated by U.S. Ski & Snowboard. He had been on a leave of absence since Feb. 21, 2022.

Ordinarily, as is the policy of most organizations, we do not comment further on the details of personnel matters. However, because of the considerable public interest in this matter, and questions that have arisen surrounding it, we believe it is appropriate to now provide additional information.

Beginning on February 6, 2022, we were made aware of information alleging sexual and other misconduct by Mr. Foley. As required by law, we immediately forwarded that information to the U.S. Center for Safe Sport, which by federal statute has exclusive jurisdiction over investigations of sexual misconduct made by members of U.S. Ski & Snowboard and all other organizations that participate in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movement. 

Based on this same information, U.S. Ski & Snowboard opened our own investigation into other forms of workplace misconduct, including alleged bullying and the creation of a hostile work environment, against Mr. Foley. This investigation was led by our general counsel, Alison Pitt. We did this because it is our obligation to maintain a healthy and welcoming workplace free of all forms of discrimination and misconduct, not just sexual harassment.

Inevitably there was some overlap between the Center’s sexual misconduct investigation and the U.S. Ski & Snowboard investigation into other workplace misconduct. When there was, the record is clear: Ms. Pitt passed that information along to the Center promptly, sometimes within minutes. She and U.S. Ski & Snowboard strongly support the Center’s work and cooperated in every way with the Center’s investigation.

In one isolated instance, a U.S. Ski & Snowboard board member – not on our staff – spoke with two of the athletes regarding their allegations and, apparently believing she was obliged to maintain the athlete’s confidence, failed to forward the information to the Center. This was a mistake, which we regret, and this individual is no longer associated with the organization.  But that isolated instance certainly does not reflect U.S. Ski & Snowboard policy or practice, and that information was eventually provided to the Center so that its investigation would not be impeded.

While the Center’s sexual misconduct investigation apparently remains ongoing, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard investigation into a broader array of workplace issues found sufficient information to warrant suspending Mr. Foley from his duties on February 21 and ordering him not to contact any of the athletes. We then terminated his employment on March 20, effective immediately. He was terminated after reports surfaced of his contribution to a toxic culture among the team in the workplace where certain athletes were favored over others – and not as a result of reports of sexual misconduct, which we referred to, and are in the exclusive purview of, the Center. To protect the privacy of the various people involved we are not providing additional details concerning the alleged misconduct.

In messages to our athletes and other members of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard community on March 24, CEO Sophie Goldschmidt said the following: 

“I am fully committed to creating a culture of transparency and accountability at U.S. Ski & Snowboard and creating the best environment for our athletes, staff and members. I encourage anyone who is aware of any issues of harassment or abuse at our organization to come forward. We are working to put additional channels and resource opportunities in place so that athletes, staff and all members of our organization have options to communicate concerns regarding this situation and others that may arise. This is in addition to mental health resources that we have available for all athletes and staff.”

The entire U.S. Ski & Snowboard community are committed to placing athletes first, and to supporting their health, safety and well-being at every turn.

For More Information Contact:
Tom Horrocks
tom.horrocks@usskiandsnowboard.org

Cochran-Siegle Featured in HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

By Megan Harrod
March, 24 2022
Ryan Cochran-Siegle Silver Medalist
Ryan Cochran-Siegle celebrates his silver medal in super-G at Beijing, 50 years after his mother, Barbara Ann, won gold in the slalom at Sapporo. (Getty Images-Sean M. Haffey)

2022 Olympic silver super-G medalist Ryan Cochran-Siegle and the famous "Skiing Cochrans" were recently featured in HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. 

As the description says under the trailer

Sixty years ago, a schoolteacher named Mickey Cochran and his wife Ginny bought some overgrown farmland in northern Vermont and began to transform their backyard into a tiny ski hill for their four young kids. Mickey used his background in engineering to construct a rope tow and snapped off saplings to use as gates. The point wasn’t to beat anyone, he believed, but to have fun and get a little bit faster and a little bit faster with every run. Soon the neighborhood kids were coming to bomb the hill after school once Mickey installed lights on the back of their home, which had become a lodge for the community to gather in. All four children became among the very best ski racers in the country; they all went to the Olympics, son Bob won the prestigious and infamous Hahnenkamm, and middle daughter Barbara won gold in slalom at the 1972 Olympics. The next generation of Cochrans began making the US Ski Team as well, totaling TEN Cochrans in all. The youngest is Ryan Cochran-Siegle who was having the best year of his skiing career in 2020 when he fractured his neck in a harrowing fall at the Hahnenkamm and had to be airlifted to the hospital. He had fusion surgery on his C6 and C7 vertebrae and, miraculously, was able to represent the US last month in Beijing. 365 days after starting a new life after surgery, he unexpectedly won silver in Super G, almost 50 years to the day after his mother’s win in Sapporo. Today, Cochran’s Ski Area has grown to four main trails and a T-bar in addition to the rope tow - but is far from cry from the mountains in the Alps other Olympians train on. The ‘Skiing Cochrans’ as they are affectionately known, are continuing to carry out the vision of their late parents by allowing the kids of Northern Vermont, no matter their parents’ means, the opportunity to ski and have fun.

 

 

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Announces Patty as Chief of Sport; Riml As Alpine Director

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
March, 23 2022
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U.S. Ski & Snowboard announced today the appointment of Anouk Patty as the organization’s new Chief of Sport. Patty will develop and implement the organization’s athletic strategic plan working with the elite programs and pipeline development in all disciplines across the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboard Team and U.S. Freeski Team. Patty’s appointment is part of an organizational restructuring for U.S. Ski & Snowboard, designed to enhance athletic performance across each sport at all levels.

Patty comes to U.S. Ski & Snowboard following an intensive search to fill the Chief of Sport position. She is a decorated alpine skier who has provided visionary leadership at blue-chip corporations throughout her career. Most recently, she was the Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at Dropbox and has held senior roles at Hewlett-Packard, Intuit, Bain & Company and J.P. Morgan. Patty competed on the U.S. Alpine Ski Team in the 1980s and raced for Dartmouth College, where she was a three-time All-American and won the NCAA Skiing Championship in 1988. She is on the board of POWDR, the parent company of U.S. Ski & Snowboard event venues including Killington Resort and Copper Mountain, and previously sat on the board of Green Mountain Valley School. She has her MBA from Harvard Business School and an executive education certificate in leadership in innovation from Stanford Business School.

“Anouk’s unique skill set combining business and sport knowledge made her the ideal strategic leader for this role,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO Sophie Goldschmidt. “We are thrilled to have her return to her roots to manage the vision and road map for all sports from development to the elite level, as well as optimize success in athlete programs and high performance.”

The core focus of the Chief of Sport role is to lead the organization to the next level of athletic performance from the grassroots to elite levels. Patty will work hand-in-hand with Goldschmidt to ensure that the sports are also integrated within the business side of the organization, as well as working closely with all key internal and external stakeholders.

“It is an honor to be joining U.S. Ski & Snowboard as the Chief of Sport,” said Patty. “The organization has a great foundation and I plan to further develop our athlete-centric culture while also emphasizing development in each sport to build an even stronger future. I’m excited to work with Sophie, the sport directors, coaches and athletes to enhance our athletic programs and create a robust talent pipeline that will compete with the world’s best.”

In addition to the appointment of the Chief of Sport, following an extensive search internationally and in the U.S., Patrick Riml will return to U.S. Ski & Snowboard as Alpine Director. Riml began with U.S. Ski & Snowboard in 2001 as a coach, served as Head Coach of the women’s team in 2003-08 and was the Alpine Director from 2011-18, overseeing some of the most successful teams in U.S. Ski & Snowboard history. He has most recently been serving as the Alpine Director for the Austrian Ski Federation. 

“We are thrilled to have Patrick return to build on the success in alpine and bring the program to the next level from the development to World Cup level,” said Goldschmidt. “His proven breadth of expertise in working with world-class athletes and understanding of developing young talent makes him the right leader for our alpine program. His intimate knowledge of the U.S. system combined with broad European experience, along with his expertise and passion for athletes at all levels will be extremely valuable for our program.”

“I am very happy to be returning to the alpine program at U.S. Ski & Snowboard,” said Riml. “The program is unmatched in its potential and I’m excited to be working with both the talent coming up through the ranks and the elite athletes to help the skiers achieve their dreams.”

Patty will join the organization in early April, while Riml will start at the end of March.

“These additions to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletics department combine proven experience with the fresh outside perspective required for innovation and moving our sports forward to their maximum potential,” said Kipp Nelson, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Board of Directors Chairman. “These transitions require a lot of thought and effort and this has been a thorough process. We are proud to welcome Anouk as the leader of the team and to bring Patrick back into the fold. Anouk’s wealth of experience in both sport and business will move the needle and with support from someone like Patrick, with a proven track record at all levels, will help push our organization to new heights from the development level upwards.”

U.S. Ski & Snowboard is also in the process of hiring a new Freestyle Sport Development Director to concentrate on the moguls and aerials teams, and will be introducing a High Performance Advisory Group to work with both Goldschmidt and Patty. The group will be focused on keeping the organization on the cutting edge of sport performance by learning best practices from other sports, sectors and organizations.

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

IMAGES FOR EDITORIAL USE
Anouk Patty photos
Patrick Riml photos

 

Wright and Goldberg Crowned National Downhill Champions

By Madison Osberger-Low
March, 23 2022
Jared Goldberg and Bella Wright
Bella Wright led an American podium sweep at U.S. Alpine Championships, decisively taking the win for her career-first national title. On the men's side, Jared Goldberg won, grabbing his third national downhill title. Both downhill champions came to the U.S. Ski Team out of Snowbird Sports Education Foundation in Utah.  (Jamie Walter-U.S. Ski Team)

U.S. Ski Team veteran and Olympian Jared Goldberg held off two Canadian skiers in the opening race of the Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships in Sugarloaf, Maine, to earn the crown of national champion Wednesday morning. Goldberg now will hold the title as the three-time national downhill champion; the first victory was in 2012. 

Goldberg, 30, finished with a time of 1:10.34, three-tenths of a second ahead of Canadian Jeffrey Read, in second. Read’s teammate Broderick Thompson finished in third, just one one-hundredth of a second back. 

On the women’s side, it was an American podium sweep, with Bella Wright decisively taking the win with a time of 1:12.83. Just behind the 24-year-old Salt Lake native and into the second position was teammate Jacqueline Wiles, a 10-year national team veteran. Wiles, 29, was .76 seconds off of Wright’s winning time. Rounding out the podium into third place was Keely Cashman in 1:13.62.

Wright said of the national championship, “It feels amazing. I think this year has had its challenges and also its great moments. I’m just excited to be back in the U.S. racing here.” The last time the event was held at Sugarloaf, three years ago, Wrighta Beijing 2022 Olympianwas still trying to qualify for the national team.

“Just to think of the road that I’ve come from then to now is so exciting and heartwarming and I’m grateful to have my teammates here,” Wright said.

Goldberg described how he felt about the course and his thoughts after seeing his results at the bottom of the run. “I felt like I was really pushing the limits and on the limit. This course was pretty swingy as we say, and turny,” said Goldberg. 

Both downhill champions came to the U.S. Ski Team out of Snowbird Sports Education Foundation in Utah. 

Carrabassett Valley native Sam Morse, a U.S. Ski Team member since 2015, was feeling right at home and finished just off the podium in fourth. Forty-seven men started the race. There were two DNFs. The entire 27-strong women’s field completed the downhill. 

Among juniors, Lauren Macuga was the fastest on the women's side, while Isaiah Nelson was the fastest among the men. Both athletes are fresh off their 2022 Alpine Junior World Ski Championships medals, with Macuga grabbing bronze in downhill, and Nelson crowned World Juniors super-G champion. 

The downhills were contested on Sugarloaf’s Narrow Gauge trail, whose name honors the area’s logging history. Over the years the Narrow Gauge trail has hosted many of the world’s biggest alpine events, including men’s and women’s World Cup races in 1971, and the first official FIS Alpine Junior World Championships in 1984.

This is the eighth time that Sugarloaf has hosted the U.S. Alpine Championships, which continue through April 1. The series also includes the conclusion of the HomeLight Foundation Series—the NorAm Cup Finals. 

Up next is the U.S. Alpine Championships super-G for both men and women, on Thursday, followed by the HomeLight Foundation Series super-G on Friday for both men and women. 

RESULTS
Women’s downhill
Men’s downhill

SCHEDULE
March 24 – U.S. Alpine Championships, Men’s and Women’s Super-G
March 25 – NorAm Cup Finals, Men’s and Women’s Super-G
March 26 – NorAm Cup Finals, Men’s Giant Slalom  
March 27 – NorAm Cup Finals, Women’s Giant Slalom  
March 28 – NorAm Cup Finals, Men’s and Women’s Slalom 
March 30 – U.S. Alpine Championships, Men’s and Women’s Slalom
March 31 – U.S. Alpine Championships, Men’s Giant Slalom
April 1 – U.S. Alpine Championships, Women’s Giant Slalom 

 

Gulini Second at World Cup Finals in Veysonnaz, Switzerland

By Annie Fast
March, 20 2022
Women's podium
Faye Gulini finishes second in World Cup Finals snowboardcross. (GEPA pictures/ Daniel Goetzhaber)

Faye Gulini took second place at the finals of the FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup tour 2021/22 at Veysonnaz, Switzerland. This marks a stellar end of the season for the U.S. Snowboard Team pro rider, who started her season off with a second-place finish at the Cervinia World Cup. Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Jacobellis finished in ninth, with Stacy Gaskill in 13th.

The women’s big final consisted of Gulini, Great Britain’s Charlotte Bankes, France’s Manon Petit Lenoir and Canadian Audrey McManiman. Gulini took the lead from the start and held it through the upper section, powering through the jumps where fourth-place finisher McManiman crashed out. Bankes eventually overtook Gulini through a banked turn midway through the course. Gulini confidently held onto second place across the finish line, followed by Lenoir in third.

“After another stressful season and a lot of adversity thrown at our team this season, I couldn’t be happier to be standing atop a podium here at the World Cup Finals,” said Gulini.

In the men’s field, Senna Leith had the top finish for the men in ninth, with Mick Dierdorff and Hagen Kearney finishing in 17th and Jake Vedder in 25th.

The U.S. Snowboardcross team ends this season with six World Cup podiums—with Gulini, Jacobellis and Nick Baumgartner earning two podiums each. Add to this two gold medals at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing, where Jacobellis earned gold in women’s snowboardcross, then teaming up with Baumgartner to win gold in the inaugural mixed team event to bring the U.S. team podiums to eight for the season. 

Women’s Finals
Men’s Finals

Shiffrin Claims Overall Title; Winters Top Ten in Slalom To Finish Season

By Mackenzie Moran
March, 20 2022

Mikaela Shiffrin's season concluded on Sunday, March 20, when the 27-year-old hoisted her fourth World Cup overall crystal globe over her head. Shiffrin, who finished seventh in her final race on Sunday, is excited to get some rest before looking forward to spring and summer training, where she'll focus on conquering the softer snow conditions that seemed to give her a hard time this year. 

"All in all, it was a good season with some really great performances, and it was also a tough season," she reflected. "I think everybody would say that they are tired at this point, and we're excited to have a couple of days at home before we start right up again."

After her first run of the giant slalom, Shiffrin held the lead by 0.82 seconds. Unfortunately, the snow softened up significantly between the first and second run, making it challenging for Shiffrin, who loves hard, icy surfaces, to hang on to her time. She ended the day in seventh and overall finished third in the giant slalom standings behind Sweden's Sara Hector in second and France's Tessa Worley in first. 

"I had a really awesome first run," she said. "It felt like I was trying to replicate it in the second run, but in the end, I wasn't making quick enough turns with the change of conditions. It is what it is. It shows that I have work to do on these types of conditions. It was much like the slalom yesterday, and it gives me a direction to go. But it's so cool for Tessa, on this day, in France, that she was able to grab the globe."

Paula Moltzan joined Shiffrin in the giant slalom and finished in 21st. She is ranked 22nd overall in the giant slalom season standings. 

On the men's side, Luke Winters grabbed yet another slalom top 10 in his final slalom race, finishing 8th overall. Winters sat in 21st after his first run and laid down the third-fastest time on the second run to bump him up in the standings and finish the season strong. Winters ended the year ranked 23rd in the slalom overall—marking the best season of his career. 

Sunday's races in Courchevel/Meribel, France mark the conclusion of the men's and women's World Cup season. Next, the alpine team heads to Sugarloaf, Maine to compete in U.S. Nationals before jumping right into the spring training series. 

RESULTS
Women's giant slalom
Men's slalom

STANDINGS
Women's overall
Women's slalom
Men's slalom

Shiffrin Second In Slalom Season Standings

By Mackenzie Moran
March, 19 2022
Mikaela Shiffrin
Mikaela Shiffrin finishes second in the overall standings, behind Slovakia's Petra Vlhova. Germany's Lena Duerr Germany finished third overall. (Agence Zoom/Getty Images-Michel Cottin)

Mikaela Shiffrin's slalom season came to its conclusion Saturday with an eighth-place finish in the FIS World Cup Finals in Courchevel, France. Shiffrin was also acknowledged for her overall season performance, where she finished second in the overall standings behind Slovakian rival Petra Vlhova. 

Warm weather and sunny conditions made the snow a bit softer on the pitch than Shiffrin likes it, and she struggled to find her perfect balance in Saturday's slalom. Although she was not completely satisfied with her result, Shiffrin was happy to have the opportunity to ski a few good turns and celebrate a hard-fought slalom season under blue skies.

"In past races I've shown not much speed in these softer conditions," commented Shiffrin. "It's something I didn't have time to figure out before now, but now we have something I can really work on over the summer if we want to try and improve a bit on this kind of softer snow."

When asked if she is looking forward to the final race of the season, the giant slalom on Sunday, she said, "I'm optimistic. I think it's a chance for me to again try to work on some things in softer snow. Normally I won't risk something unless I feel that there is something to get back from the surface. But I'm also watching all the other competitors when they're skiing really well on these kinds of conditions, their movements and how they're able to perform and I'm hopeful that I have the chance to perform like that as well."

Teammate Paula Moltzan finished 16th in the final slalom on Saturday, landing her in the top 20 ranking in slalom overall. Moltzan will join Shiffrin on Sunday in the World Cup Final giant slalom for the first time in her career.

In the men's giant slalom, River Radamus was the sole representative for the United States. He finished the day 20th overall, and the season ranked 15th on the World Cup in giant slalom. For Radamus, this is a career-best overall finish to the season.

In the final day of the FIS Ski World Cup on Sunday, the women will race giant slalom and the men will race slalom. Shiffrin is still in contention for the giant slalom globe. Moltzan will also race. Luke Winters will represent the U.S. for the men in slalom. 

RESULTS
Women's slalom
Men's giant slalom

STANDINGS
Women

Overall
Slalom

Men
Overall
Giant Slalom

HOW TO WATCH
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Sunday, March 20, 2022
 
4:00 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Women’s Giant Slalom (Run 1) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard LivePeacock
5:30 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Men’s Slalom (Run 1) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard LivePeacock
7:00 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Women’s Giant Slalom (Run 2) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard LivePeacock
8:30 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Men’s Slalom (Run 2) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard LivePeacock

Sport-specific broadcast and streaming schedules are available below:

Broadcast and streaming schedules are updated on a daily basis throughout the season.

U.S. 3-4 in Dual Moguls World Cup Finals, Wins Nations Cup

By Lara Carlton
March, 19 2022
Jaelin Kauf
Jaelin Kauf finishes third in World Cup Finals dual moguls competition. (Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom)

Moguls wrapped their World Cup season with a last Duals under bluebird skies and in front of an excited crowd during the second day of World Cup Finals in Megève, France. Jaelin Kauf and Kai Owens finished third and fourth, respectively, after a battle for bronze in the Small Final. This marks Kauf’s 20th career World Cup podium. France’s Perrine Laffont won for the women, Australia’s Jakarta Anthony came in second. 

"Today I was just focusing on my run and doing what I could, keeping to my strengths, said Kauf. "It’s been a good year. Pretty fun to end it with a few podiums and dualing it out against Kai again. Onto nationals next week to have some more fun."

Kauf, Hannah Soar, Owens and Elizebeth Lemley represented the U.S. in the Eight Final. Soar finished sixth and after a friendly-fire round between Owens and Lemley, Lemley finished fifth. 

Two men, Cole McDonald and Dylan Walczyk, skied for the U.S. in the Eight Final. McDonald had trouble getting out of the gate against Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury and finished eighth. Walczyk finished fifth, Nick Page finished 13th and Brad Wilson 19th. 

Kingsbury won for the men, Japan’s Ikuma Horishima finished second and Sweden’s Ludvig Fjallstrom finished third. 

New this season was the distinction of Moguls and Dual Moguls as separate Globe and Nations’ Cups disciplines. The U.S. captured the Dual Moguls Nations Cup in its inaugural year. Owens finished third in the Dual Moguls standings.

“We have been through a lot this season as a team, and to come away with a collective win together is an awesome way to cap the World Cup tour,” said Head Moguls Coach Matt Gnoza. “Nations’ Cups are won by every American athlete that started in a World Cup competition and to have such a deep field of talent is promising for our future. Every athlete who contributed to this accolade can be proud of what they have accomplished personally and know it way a key factor in us winning this.”

It feels amazing [to finish third in Duals standings],” reflected Owens. “I’m feeling very fortunate and also feeling super excited for next season and what’s to come!”

Moguls competes next at Deer Valley Resort for the 2022 U.S. Freestyle Championships presented by Toyota March 25-27.

 

RESULTS
Women’s Dual Moguls
Men’s Dual Moguls

 

Winkelmann Earns Third at Spinderluv Mlyn World Cup Slopestyle

By Annie Fast
March, 19 2022
Luke Winkelmann
Luke Winkelmann earns third place at the Spinderluv Mlyn SnowJam slopestyle World Cup. (FIS Snowboard)

U.S. Snowboard Slopestyle team rider Luke Winkelmann earned third place at the Spinderluv Mlyn SnowJam slopestyle World Cup. This marks the second FIS World Cup podium for the 21-year-old, who made his first podium in January at the Calgary Snow Rodeo, also in third place.

Winkelmann took third place on his first run and held on all the way to the end, bumping up his score to 85.50 on his second run as the last rider to drop.  

Winkelmann landed two completely different runs, increasing the difficulty in his second run linking together a switch lipslide pretzel out on the upper rail, into a frontside double 1260, into a Cab 720 double nosegrab, into the second rail feature with a switch boardslide 270 out onto the butter box into switch backside 360 off, and finishing with a switch backside triple cork 1440.

“Going after Tian [Collins], William [Mathisen], Sven [Thorgren] and Dusty [Henricksen] is always nerve-wracking when you’re sitting in third and you don’t know if it’s going to stick,” said Winkelmann. “I was so happy to do the run that I really wanted to do in finals and not just my safety run. So, I’m just happy it worked out.

As for earning his second World Cup podium of the season, Winkelmann shared, “Calgary was insane, that was awesome to get on the podium, and I just wanted to feel that again and know I still got it, and I’m just so happy today worked out!”

After qualifying first in his heat Friday, Dusty Henricksen landed in ninth place in finals with a score of 59.5. New Zealand’s Tiarn Collins earned first with a score of 90.25, followed by Sweden’s William Mathisen in second with a score of 86.75, both putting down 1620s in their runs.

Winkelmann is now in fourth place in the World Cup standings. U.S. teammate Sean Fitzsimons is in eighth and Red Gerard is in ninth to round out the top ten.


The season's final FIS World Cup slopestyle competition is up next, March 25–27, at the Corvatsch ski resort in Silvaplana, Switzerland. 

Full Results
Men’s Finals
Women’s Finals