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Bickner 10th In Japan Grand Prix

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
August, 26 2018
Kevin Bickner
Kevin Bickner soared to a 10-place result in Summer Grand Prix competition in Habuka, Japan, Saturday. 

Kevin Bickner (Wauconda, Ill.) soared to a 10-place result in Summer Grand Prix competition in Habuka, Japan, Saturday.  Bickner put down jumps of 119.0 and 129.5 to improve upon his 23rd place result from Friday night’s competition.

Japan’s Ryoyu Kobayashi won both days, as Russia's Evgeniy Klimov was runner-up both Friday and Saturday. Japan’s Daiki Ito was third Friday night with Daniel Huber of Austria third on Saturday.

Men’s Large Hill individual Friday
Men’s Large Hill individual Saturday

Forehand, Stevenson 1-2 In Junior Worlds Big Air

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
August, 26 2018
Men's Big Air Podium
Ryan Stevenson (left) won the silver, Mac Forehand took home the gold and Spain’s Thibault Magnin won the bronze in the big air finals at the FIS Junior Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships at Cardrona Alpine Resort. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

Mac Forehand (Winhall, Vt.) and Ryan Stevenson (Washington, N.J.) kicked off the 2018 FIS Junior Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships, winning gold and silver respectively in Sunday’s big air event at Cardrona Alpine Resort. Cody Laplante (Truckee, Calif.) just missed the podium, finishing fourth.

“I’m feeling amazing, I’m so happy to win,” Forehand said. “On the second run I did a trick (switch triple cork 1620) I’ve only landed once before so I was so happy to land that.”

Stevenson put down a switch double cork 1440, blunt grab on run two and triple cork 1440 safety on run three, the judges rewarded him for super clean execution, long grabs and big amplitude with the silver medal.

“I’m very, very stoked,” Stevenson said. “First run I didn’t do the trick I wanted so I got a little stress out. I was stoked to land my second two runs. I’m so hyped to lace them up.”

Rounding out the podium was Spain’s Thibault Magnin taking the bronze medal with a switch left triple 12 on run one, and a flawless left triple cork 1620 on his final hit. 

In the women’s event, Russia took gold and bronze with Anastasia Tatalina taking the victory and countrywomen Lana Prusakova in third. Estonia’s Kelly Sildaru won the silver. For Team USA, Svea Irving (Winter Park, Colo.) was fifth.

Four Americans Qualify For Ski Cross Finals
In the women’s skicross qualifier, Mazie Hayden (North Clarendon, Vt.) was second. In the men’s skicross qualification, Justin Wallasch (Acton, California) was seventh, Stuart Whittier (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) was 12th; Leo Brougher (Lo Alton Hills, Calif.) was 13th. The men and women’s skicross finals take place Monday at Cardrona Alpine Resort.

Men’s big air finals
Women’s big air finals
Men’s ski cross qualification
Women’s ski cross qualification


Forehand Wins Big Air

Stevenson Second In Big Air

Winkelmann Grabs Big Air Silver At Junior World Champs

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
August, 26 2018
Luke Winkelmann
The 2018 FIS Junior Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships kicked off Sunday with Luke Winkelmann winning the silver medal in the snowboard big air. (FIS)

Luke Winkelmann (Blowing Rock, N.C.) kicked off the 2018 FIS Junior Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships with a silver medal in the snowboard big air, leading three Americans into the top six Sunday.

The heavy-hitting men’s big air competition opened the delayed festivities at the Winter Games NZ in hugely entertaining fashion on Sunday, with Japan’s Takeru Otsuka claiming the gold medal. Canada’s William Buffey claimed the bronze medal. Jack Coyne (Edwards, Colo.) and Dylan Okurowski (Vail, Colo.) were fifth and sixth respectively.

Heavy winds at Cardrona Alpine Resort had shut down the big air competition during its scheduled slot on Saturday, forcing it to be rescheduled to Sunday morning. However, on Sunday morning the wind persisted forcing several delays, and come noontime the competition was looking to be in danger of cancellation. 

But at the 11th hour, the winds abated and, under sunny skies on the perfectly-shaped Cardrona big air kicker, the Junior men were able to get back to work at the venue that had yielded such an impressive qualification round two days previous. 

From the outset, it was clear that it would be tough to match Otsuka despite the high-caliber of the field after the 17-year-old posted a score of 96.0 for his best jump in Friday’s qualifiers. On Sunday, Otsuka picked up right where he left off in the qualifying round, stomping a frontside triple cork 1440 on his first run before coming back in his second run and putting down a cab triple cork 1440 mute that earned a 96.4 to make it the best jump of the competition.

“The wind stopped out there and it got perfect and I just went at it,” said Winkelmann, who admitted after a putting down a simple 360 in his final run that the standard set by Otsuka was too much to chase down. “I stomped my first two runs (frontside triple cork 1440 tail grab and a switch backside triple 1260 mute) and I was super hyped with that and now I’m just stoked. I hadn’t landed my switch back 12 all day, didn’t land a single one in practice, so it’s crazy that I landed that in competition. And then I just cruised on my third run.”

The ladies’ junior big air World Championships are slated to take place later in the week after the wind also wiped out their program on Saturday. That competition is tentatively scheduled to take place on Wednesday morning. 

The 2018 FIS Junior Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships continue Monday with snowboardcross finals.

Eight Americans Qualify For Snowboardcross Finals
Five men and three women qualified for the snowboardcross finals for Team USA Sunday at Cardrona Alpine Resort. For the men, Jake Vedder (Pinckney, Mich.),Kurt Hoshino (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Mike Lacroix, (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and Zachary Stewart (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) will compete in the finals Monday. In the women's qualification, Livia Molodyh (Hubbard, Ore.), Isabella Gomez (Issaquah, Wash.) and Kiersten Edwards (Londonderry, Vt.) will compete in the finals Monday.

Men’s big air
Men's snowboardcross qualifications
Women's snowboardcross qualifications

Winkelmann Second In Big Air

Shiffrin Back on Snow in South America

By Megan Harrod
August, 23 2018
Mikaela Shiffrin Hangs with Club Kids in Ushuaia
Mikaela Shiffrin spent time connecting with club kids at her recent prep period camp in Cerro Castor in Ushuaia, Argentina.

As the dog days of August pass, and the mornings and evenings grow crisper in the mountains, it’s hard not to think about winter. As they say in Game of Thrones, after all, winter is coming. It is indeed.

With athletes traveling to the southern hemisphere chasing snow, alpine ski racing is on our minds. With thoughts of alpine skiing, one can’t escape the vision of Mikaela Shiffrin (Avon, Colo.) dancing down the mountain in her signature style, dominating in tech disciplines and successfully transitioning into speed disciplines - now a World Cup victor in downhill as well. 

The back-to-back overall World Cup champion has enjoyed a full summer of activity, including travels to France to see her boyfriend, Mathieu Faivre – a giant slalom specialist on the French National Team – sponsor obligations, an appearance at Cannes Lions Festival alongside Team USA teammate and bronze medalist/new bestie Adam Rippon, and multiple other awards shows. However, her priority number one in preparing for the upcoming season has been hours upon hours of grueling workouts in the gym.

All of those hours in the gym translate to success on the mountain in the winter, and with the World Championships in Are, Sweden this February, Shiffrin has her sights set on gold. And that would be a historic gold for Shiffrin in slalom, as it would be her fourth straight World Championship gold if she secures the victory. Shiffrin has said many times that her goal is to ski her best - it's not about the medals or the records - but she also is keenly aware that if she does ski her best, she'll come out on top. 

During summer prep period camps, athletes get vital time on snow dialing in equipment and technique, and August camps are early indicators of whether or not the summer strength and conditioning block has paid off. During a recent visit to Red Bull facilities in Los Angeles, Shiffrin looked stronger than ever. That’s good, too, considering Shiffrin is one of the few five-event skiers remaining on the White Circus. With a stacked schedule that requires care and attention to avoid burn-out, and maintain focus on her core disciplines of slalom and giant slalom, it’s no easy feat, but she’s ready for the 2018-19 World Cup season. Bring it on!

Shiffrin started her prep period this year in a new location for the U.S. Ski Team – Cerro Castor in Ushuaia, Argentina. Typically, Shiffrin has traveled to New Zealand for her August on-snow camp, but this year she wanted to change things up. As a result of crossing multiple time zones, the New Zealand camp typically ends up being three weeks in order to justify the travel. That means jet lag and recovery. Add to that the sometimes-unpredictable weather and Shiffrin knew Ushuaia would be worth the try. In a phone call the other day, she mentioned that she felt great about the camp, was stoked on the terrain and referred to it as “a hidden gem.”

Mikaela Shiffrin and Team in Cerro Castor

We caught up with U.S. Ski & Snowboard Head Alpine Coach Mike Day as he was still on the ground in Ushuaia to talk shop following the camp. Here’s what he had to say...

U.S. Ski & Snowboard: Why Ushuaia? I know that’s a new venue for us.  
Mike Day: Ushuaia seemed like a good option for us. Lots of national teams come here and use it, and have spoken positively about it. The other benefit for coming down here versus New Zealand, for us anyway, was that we could schedule a slightly shorter camp than New Zealand typically requires (to justify the travel down to New Zealand). Less travel meant a bit shorter of a camp – though not any fewer days on snow. Having a little bit shorter of a camp was nice for us to be able to really focus in on three quality training blocks and technical training. We pushed quite a lot of volume – which is something Mikaela likes to do – and the infrastructure here in Ushuaia allowed for that and ended up being really positive.  

U.S. Ski & Snowboard: So, tell us about the focus of the camp…what did the training blocks look like and what were you working on?
Mike Day: We ended up doing two training blocks, because we had some weather that we pushed up against, and just kept skiing. So, we still got our nine days in, but we did it in a three-day block and a six-day block, which is not necessarily ideal, but we ended up with warm overnight temps and some heavy rain, so the plan worked out well. Ultimately, we got it in a bit of a different fashion than we initially planned, which is normal in this sport.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard: What was the terrain like, and how did that benefit your training in this vital first prep period?
Mike Day: The resort here ended up being a really nice surprise once we got here. There’s a ton of varied terrain, from more flat and moderate slopes to far more demanding World Cup-caliber slopes. It allowed us to do a nice progression, and we had multiple training options. There’s also great infrastructure for the lift surfaces, so we were able to have fast laps on certain runs and slightly slower laps later in the training plan. What is unique about Ushuaia is that we were training in the trees, on tree-lined trails. This time of year, it’s rare to actually have the opportunity to train in an environment that’s a little more World Cup-race like with tree-lined slopes. It was great, and Cerro Castor itself – the management team and all of the employees – did a great job for us, but they have put a great investment into protection as well, so we had really safe slopes as well as having good surfaces all around the resort.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard: Your team connected with the ski community in a really special way down there. We know Mikaela met with the local club kids and you led a coaching clinic. Can you talk a little about that, and what it entailed?
Mike Day: I met with seven or eight of the coaches here from the local club at Cerro Castor and we spent about an hour and a half talking technique and tactics and did a lot of Q&A about what it’s like to work with Mikaela and the other athletes I’ve worked with in the past. It was a lot of fun and a unique group that was interested in all aspects of the sport.  

Head Coach Mike Day Cerro Castor Coaching Clinic

U.S. Ski & Snowboard: What’s next for your team?
Mike Day: We have about 11 days at home, and then we had back down here to Chile. At that point, we’ll be focusing some more on some speed volume to pick up where we left off in the spring, as well as continuing the tech preparation as we head into Soelden, Austria in October.

During my conversation with Day, there was a knock on the door and shortly thereafter Shiffrin entered the room to give the camp doctor, Travis Dekker, a gift. She giggled, said, “Hi, Megan!” in her usual kind, endearing manner, then poked fun at Day’s headset. The U.S. Ski Team has a doctor rotation for camps and World Cup events, and Day informed me that this doc was an all-star doc. Shiffrin expressed her gratitude to the doc with a gift, and then giggled again and said, “Bye Megan!” before she left the room.

The excitement in Shiffrin’s voice was palpable. It was a successful camp and the whole crew is looking forward to getting back on snow in El Colorado, Chile – where they had excellent training last year.

Alpine Athletes on the Mend: Featured in Ski Racing

By Ski Racing
August, 23 2018
Steven Nyman on the Mend
Steven Nyman is expected to compete in the full World Cup downhill season and looks to be in competitive form come the opening races in Lake Louise, Canada, in November (Drew Clark, Spyder).

From veteran and three-time Olympian Steven Nyman (Sundance, Utah) to rising star Galena Wardle (Aspen, Colo.), the U.S. Alpine Ski Team suffered its fair share of injuries in the 2018 season. Nyman and teammates Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, Colo.) and Tommy Biesemeyer (Keene, N.Y.), as well as downhiller Jackie Wiles (Portland, Ore.) all had to sit out the Olympics in PyeongChang, due to injury...and Nyman, Biesemeyer, and Wiles all did so in heartbreaking fashion - either just before traveling to the Games or while in PyeongChang.

Coming back from injury is not easy. It requires a patience, perseverance, extreme mental fortitude, and the right kind of support network. Ski Racing Media caught up with these athletes to check in and see how initial prep period camps are going and how their bodies are feeling. 

“My progression has been great thus far,” Nyman says from his return to snow camp in New Zealand. “My body has adapted well to the stimulus I have put it through and it will be good to get some rest between now and the next camp in Chile, but I feel really good currently. It has been much easier than my last go around when I tore ACL, MCL, and PCL. This year was just ACL and I am leaps and bounds ahead of where I was last year.”

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Loomis Leads USA At Summer Grand Prix

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
August, 22 2018
Jasper Good, Ben Loomis, and Jared Shumate
Jasper Good, Ben Loomis, and Jared Shumate posted career-best results in the second Summer Grand Prix Nordic Combined in Austria Wednesday. (USA Nordic)

Ben Loomis (Eau Claire, Wis.) posted a career-best summer Grand Prix Nordic Combined result, finishing 18th Wednesday in Villach, Austria. Teammate Jasper Good (Steamboat Springs, Colo.), also posted a career-best result in 23rd. 

"It's great to see [Loomis] consistently improving,” said USA Nordic Team Director Clint Jones. “These events are a good barometer to see where we're at as we approach the winter competition schedule. Ben has put a lot of focused energy into his training and for it to be paying off is exciting."

Finland’s Ilkka Herola won the event, as Austria's Franz-Josef Rehle was second and teammate Mario Seidl was third. Loomis was 28th in the jumping portion and started two minutes and 24 seconds behind jump winner Rehle. In the 10k roller ski, he posted the eighth-fasted time and finished less than a minute off the podium. Jared Shumate (Park City, Utah) was 33rd Wednesday. 

The Summer Grand Prix, which is the equivalent to Winter World Cup, continues Aug. 24 and 25th in Germany. The 2018-19 World Cup season kicks off Nov. 23-25 in Ruka, Finland.

Men’s Individual Gundersen 10.0 km
Overall Standings (after two of three events)

Early Bird Registration Deadline Oct. 15

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
August, 22 2018
Early Registration Deadline

Don’t delay! The early bird registration deadline is 5 p.m. (MDT), Monday, Oct 15. Register now to beat the rush!  

Price increases go into effect beginning Oct. 16. Members may renew online at today! This deadline only applies to individual members.

Important reminders:

• Please remember to check the cart on the right to see if the membership has been pre-populated based on the membership held last season.

• Membership information including categories, descriptions, pricing and benefits may be found under the membership link at

• A U.S. Ski & Snowboard Family Membership cap of $400 is provided for immediate family members registering at once. If your family’s U.S. Ski & Snowboard memberships total more than $400, please contact Member Services for a rebate by email, chat or phone with the names and membership numbers for your family. A refund check will be sent via mail. (Division dues, FIS registration and merchandise not included.) 

• Add additional U.S. Ski & Snowboard memberships for only the cost of the highest membership. For example, a freestyle competitor may add an alpine competitor membership at no additional charge. An alpine coach may add an alpine master’s membership at no additional charge. (Division dues and FIS registration not included.)

We encourage you to reach out to Member Services for assistance. We're here to help! 

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Geraghty-Moats Dominates Nordic Combined in Germany

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
August, 19 2018
Tara Geraghty-Moats
Tara Geraghty-Moats celebrates her victory in the second Ladies’ Individual Gundersen/5k summer Grand Prix event in Germany Sunday. (USA Nordic)

Tara Geraghty-Moats (West Fairlee, Vt.) took the win in the second Ladies’ Individual Gundersen/5k Summer Grand Prix event in Oberwiesenthal, Germany Sunday. 

“I had never jumped here before, and I’ve obviously never competed in Nordic Combined before," said Geraghty-Moats, who finished second in Saturday's inaugural ladies event. "The second day I felt like everything came together, I felt much more on top of things on the ski jump and was rewarded with a little bit easier ski so I didn’t have to fight so hard to be on the podium.”

Geraghty-Moats showed her cross-country prowess after a good jump and ended her race one minute and 14 seconds ahead of Russia’s Stefaniya Nadymova, who won Saturday's event. Germany's Jenny Nowak finished third again Sunday. 

The jumping event shook yesterday’s ranking up quite a bit with Nowak taking a narrow lead over Geraghty-Moats (94.5 m) and Austria's Lisa Hirner (95 m), who shared the second intermediate position with 106.1 points each. This meant a four-second delay on Nowak, who had shown 96 meters (107.1 p.).

In the 5k roller ski race, Geraghty-Moats was never in any real danger of losing the victory after she left Hirner, Nadymova and Nowak behind in the first lap of the race. The Russian and the German skied together for most of the second round but going out on the third lap, Nadymova emerged as the stronger roller-skier and put some distance between her and the local hero. 

In the men's Individual Gundersen/10k, Ben Loomis (Eau Claire, Wis.) was the top American in 28th. Jasper Good (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) was 30th.


Geraghty-Moats Second In Inaugural Ladies’ Nordic Combined

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
August, 18 2018
Tara Geraghty-Moats Second in Nordic Combined
Tara Geraghty-Moats finishing second at the inaugural Ladies’ Nordic Combined summer event in Oberwiesenthal, Germany, Saturday. (Sandra Volk)

Tara Geraghty-Moats (West Fairlee, Vt.) stepped onto the podium, finishing second, at the inaugural Ladies’ Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix in Oberwiesenthal, Germany, Saturday. 

"It was a dream come true to finally be able to compete in women’s nordic combined on an international level,” said Geraghty-Moats after winning the 5k roller ski following her fourth-place result in the jumping portion. "I’m using this weekend to learn the level I have to be at to have success in combined."

Russia's Stefaniya Nadymova won after scoring 102 points in the Individual Gundersen and then holding off a charging Geraghty-Moats by three seconds in the 5k roller ski for the victory. Germany's Jenny Nowak was third.

"I made some mistakes today and learned a lot but I came away with a good result and having had a huge amount of fun competing with small but strong field," Geraghty-Moats added.

In the men's team event, Austria's Franz-Josef Rehrl and Mario Seidl took the victory. For Team USA, Ben Loomis (Eau Claire, Wis.) and Jasper Good (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) finished 11th.

Women individual Gundersen
Men’s team event

Ted Ligety Inspires Next Generation in Park City

By Megan Harrod
August, 16 2018
Ted Ligety competes at the Olympics in PyeongChang
Ted Ligety competes in the giant slalom at the Olympics in PyeongChang. (Alexis Boichard/Getty Images)

Former Park City Ski Team athletes including Olympic champion Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah) and brothers Andrew and Max Miller (Park City, Utah) recently joined two-time Olympic medalist, freeskier Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg, Ind.) on Park City Television (PCTV) to talk summer training, Ligety's new family addition and the relocation of his business - Shred Optics - to Park City, fashion, and what's next for all three athletes.  

Andrew Miller is currently on the development team, while younger brother Max is a part of the National Development Group. Both boys looked up to Ligety growing up, and all three athletes have skied for Alpine Director Jesse Hunt - whether while he was the director for Park City Ski Team or alpine director at U.S. Ski & Snowboard.