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Shiffrin Second In Super-G, Clinches Fourth Overall Globe

By Megan Harrod
March, 17 2022
Mikaela Shiffrin Clinches Overall Globe
Mikaela Shiffrin reacts after crossing the finish line during the super-G of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Finals in Courchevel, France, on March 17, 2022. (AFP via Getty Images-Nicolas Tucat)

Two-time Olympic champion and six-time world champion Mikaela Shiffrin finished second in Thursday’s super-G at World Cup Finals in Courchevel/Meribel, France, clinching her fourth career overall Crystal Globe, a little earlier than expected. Slovakian rival Petra Vlhova finished outside of the points in 17th, making it mathematically impossible to catch Shiffrin in the remaining two races of the FIS Ski World Cup Finals. 

Conditions were not necessarily ideal for Shiffrin. Challenging light, warm temperatures, and a soft surface on an open and straight super-G set did not play into her technical skills. But in the end, it didn’t matter. Shiffrin carried her confidence from Wednesday’s downhill victory to the super-G, finishing a mere .05 seconds behind Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel. Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin finished in third, .13 off the pace. Vlhova was 1.39 seconds out. The super-G title winner, Italy’s Federica Brignone, finished in 19th, 1.64 seconds out. 

Despite the highs and lows of this season, Shiffrin admits she found some “really nice moments” during the last couple of races. She found joy in skiing to her career fourth overall title and 120th career podium. With the title, Shiffrin tied former teammate Lindsey Vonn with four overall titles. Among women, only Annemarie Moser-Pröll has more overall titles (six). When asked if this victory was more memorable than the others, given the challenges of the season, Shiffrin said, “It’s hard to compare them all…they’re all special, but this season has been one of the most confusing seasons I’ve ever had. I felt motivation, I felt triumph…but I also had some tough moments…this COVID time and different things that were difficult to deal with. That carried through the Olympics, and carried right until now.”

Shiffrin herself is still surprised with Wednesday’s downhill victory, admitting, “I never would say I’d be a threat to win downhills again after the last two seasons…I can perform well, maybe get some points…but I wouldn’t say that I had the right mentality or emotional or mental energy to push in downhill in a way you have to do to win.” She continued, “And, there’s maybe some conditions and how things came together for yesterday and today that suited me very well, so that was a perfect opportunity, and I can’t believe it worked out that way.” 

Looking ahead to the tech events on Saturday and Sunday, Shiffrin acknowledged that the conditions with the soft snow are not her ideal conditions, but she is looking forward to going out and just skiing. “We have two more races this season to hopefully ski well…and most importantly, just try to enjoy it,” she said. “It’s certainly not the conditions I normally love in either GS or slalom, but I think I can ski well if I’m working on the right things, so I can take it even as training days to practice how I perform in races on these conditions as well. So, that could be quite fun and could be something to enjoy, and I really appreciate that.” 

Brignone won the super-G title with 506 points, followed by teammate Elena Curtoni (390). Shiffrin ended up third in the super-G season standings, with 380 points. 

Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr won on the men's side, followed by Swiss Marco Odermatt in second, .53 seconds back. Switzerland’s Gino Caviezel rounded out the podium in third, .75 back. Olympic silver medalist Ryan Cochran-Siegle led the way for the Americans in seventh place, with Travis Ganong in 20th. In doing so, Cochran-Siegle snuck into the top 10 in the super-G season standings, along with the downhill season standings. Ganong ended up 14th in the season super-G standings. 

Aamodt Kilde won the super-G globe with 530 points, followed by Odermatt with 402 points. Vincent Kriechmayr ended up third, with 375 points. Swiss Marco Odermatt clinched the overall Crystal Globe over Aamodt Kilde on Wednesday. 

Up next is the mixed team event on Friday. The U.S. will not field a team. On Saturday, River Radamus will take on the giant slalom, and Mikaela Shiffrin and Paula Moltzan will represent the U.S. in the slalom. 

RESULTS
Women’s super-G
Men's super-G

STANDINGS

Women
Women’s super-G
Women’s overall

Men
Men’s super-G
Men’s overall

HOW TO WATCH

*All times EDT.

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Friday, March 18, 2022
7:00 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Mixed Team Parallel Slalom, Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock

Saturday, March 19, 2022
4:00 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Men’s Giant Slalom (Run 1) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock
5:30 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Women’s Slalom (Run 1) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock
7:00 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Men’s Giant Slalom (Run 2) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock

8:30 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Women’s Slalom (Run 2) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock

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 Live, Peacock
5:30 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Men’s Slalom (Run 1) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock
7:00 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Women’s Giant Slalom (Run 2) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock
8:30 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Men’s Slalom (Run 2) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock

Sport-specific broadcast and streaming schedules are available below:

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

 

Shiffrin Earns First Downhill Victory Since 2020

By Megan Harrod
March, 16 2022

Two-time Olympic champion and six-time world champion Mikaela Shiffrin reminded everyone that she’s not just one of the best technical skiers in the world, with a massive victory in Wednesday’s downhill to open FIS Ski World Cup Finals in Courchevel/Meribel, France. 

It was a tight and exciting downhill race at the site of the 2023 World Championships on a new track for everyone, L'Eclipse, at Courchevel. The coveted leaderboard saw a lot of faces, with Czech Republic’s Ester Ledecka setting the pace and hanging on until Swiss Joana Haehlen took over. From there, Austria’s Christine Scheyer came down tied with Haehlen. Though she was running bib 21 with only two downhill World Cups under her belt this season—in which she placed 26th and 38th, at Lake Louise, Canada—Shiffrin had confidence from her fast downhill training runs and took that confidence into race day. Shiffrin came down in first by .10 seconds to push Haehlen and Scheyer into second. Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin finished fourth, a mere .14 off Shiffrin’s pace. 

The victory is Shiffrin’s 74th career victory and third downhill victory. The last time Shiffrin was on top of the downhill podium—or a speed podium of any kind—was on January 24, 2020, in Bankso, Bulgaria. Though she is the only athlete in history to win in all six World Cup disciplines, Shiffrin still doesn’t consider herself a seasoned speed skier, yet her natural gift for speed is undeniable. 

“I don’t really feel like I’m supposed to be winning downhills,” she reflected following her victory. She continued, “Actually, I feel like I’m supposed to not be winning downhills, so it worked out amazing today, and I think I did a really good job with my coaches and the whole team here, they’re all here and fully committed to helping me learn this track and execute it the best possible way…and giving me exactly what I needed to ski the most confident. Even then, I’m not a downhill skier right now. I have great pieces, but it takes a lot of thought, a lot of work, a lot of effort…some of the things that come naturally to other women are not coming naturally to me. So I have to remind myself of little things that no one else is having to think about.” 

With just a handful of downhill training days under her belt this season, Shiffrin was just looking for some points. “For me, I was thinking if I could be top 10 or top five that would be great…but to actually win the race is above my expectations,” she said.

Shiffrin's boyfriend, Norway's Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, put down an inspiring performance for Shiffrin on Wednesday to secure the downhill globe, and he and Shiffrin spent significant time talking about L'Eclipse and their game plan heading into Wednesday. “He’s skiing the course, so obviously he knows how it’s feeling…how the surface feels, and we’re talking about skiing a lot, so it’s really pretty easy for me to understand his points," Shiffrin shared. "From the first training, he said, ‘be smart in these key sections and then just good turns.’ It was just simple and clear. And then I felt very comfortable with where I was going on the track all of the time, so then I felt like I could really push and ski with good intention and timing. It worked perfectly. I love talking about skiing with Aleks. He’s an amazing skier, so I love to watch him and I love to talk about it with him.”

Shiffrin is happy to put the Olympics at Beijing 2022 in her rearview mirror and move towards the goal to win her fourth overall Crystal Globe. With the victory, Shiffrin walked away with 100 valuable points towards her overall effort. Meanwhile, rival Slovakian Petra Vlhova finished 16th and therefore outside of the points, as the top 15 athletes at World Cup Finals score points. She now has a 156-point lead over Vlhova going into the rest of the series. 

In the women's downhill globe race, Italy’s Sofia Goggia secured the title with her 12th place finish, as Switzerland’s Corinne Suter struggled and finished outside of the points, in 19th place. Goggia finished the season with 504 points to Suter’s 407 points to take home the discipline globe for the second-straight year and third time in her career. 

Olympic silver medalist Ryan Cochran-Siegle led the Americans in eighth place on the men's side, with Travis Ganong in 10th and Bryce Bennett finishing 20th. In the downhill season standings, Cochran-Siegle ended up 10th in his comeback season, followed by Ganong in 11th and Bennett in 12th. This is Cochran-Siegle’s career-best season ranking in downhill. 

"It’s great to finish within the top 10 considering I was coming back from an injury and also adjusting to the new equipment," Cochran-Siegle said. "That being said, I believe there is still more to be had and that I have a lot to work on to show my best skiing every race. This is certainly a good place to be heading into the offseason and starting preparations for next year, but I really need to stay focused and keep working hard if I want to continue moving up the ranks. I’m hoping this will take some of the pressure off for tomorrow, not really having to worry about results or standings and instead being able to go out and race. I think in order to do well tomorrow I just need to ski with confidence and put it on the line to finish the season strong!"

In the tight race for the men’s downhill globe, Aamodt Kilde snuck past Switzerland’s Beat Feuz with 620 points to Feuz’s 607, spoiling the party and Feuz’s goal to get five-straight downhill globes. Aamodt Kilde also earned the super-G discipline globe this season. With his second-place finish on Wednesday, Swiss Marco Odermatt clinched the overall Crystal Globe over Aamodt Kilde. 

Up next for the men and women is super-G on Thursday. Cochran-Siegle, Ganong, and Shiffrin have qualified in super-G and will represent the U.S. Ski Team. 

RESULTS
Men’s downhill
Women’s downhill

STANDINGS
Men
Men’s downhill
Men’s overall

Women
Women’s downhill
Women’s overall

HOW TO WATCH
*All times EDT.

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Thursday, March 17, 2022
5:00 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Women’s super-G, Courchevel, France, Streaming Peacock
6:30 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Men’s super-G, Courchevel, France, Streaming Peacock

Friday, March 18, 2022
7:00 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Mixed Team Parallel Slalom, Courchevel, France, Streaming Peacock

Saturday, March 19, 2022
4:00 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Men’s Giant Slalom (Run 1) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock
5:30 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Women’s Slalom (Run 1) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock
7:00 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Men’s Giant Slalom (Run 2) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock

8:30 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Women’s Slalom (Run 2) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock

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 Live, Peacock
5:30 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Men’s Slalom (Run 1) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock
7:00 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Women’s Giant Slalom (Run 2) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock
8:30 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Men’s Slalom (Run 2) - Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock

Sport-specific broadcast and streaming schedules are available below:

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

 

Lillis, Nick Win Toyota U.S. Aerial Freestyle Titles

By Tom Horrocks
March, 14 2022
Megan Nick
Megan Nick jumps in front of more than 1,000 fans at the Toyota U.S. Aerial Freestyle Championships at Bristol Mountain, New York, Sunday evening. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

Olympic gold medalist Chris Lillis, and Olympic bronze medalist Megan Nick took home U.S. titles Sunday night in front of a crowd of more than 1,000 fans at the Toyota U.S. Aerial Freestyle Championships at Bristol Mountian, New York.

"It was a lot of fun," said Lillis, who won with a double full full to defend his U.S. title. "I'm stoked for what the future holds at Bristol we had almost 1500 ticketed people in the crowd!"

This was the second time that Bristol has hosted the U.S. Aerial Freestyle Championships. Sunday's event was scheduled to take place on Jan. 31, 2021, however, it was rescheduled due to snow conditions. 

Lillis posted a score of 100.46 to take the win. Connor Curran was second, and Derek Krueger was third.

Nick posted a score of 86.62 to earn her first U.S. title. Kaila Kuhn was second, followed by Ashley Caldwell in third.

RESULTS

Women's U.S. Aerial Championships
Men's U.S. Aerial Championships

Freeski & Snowboard Teams Earn Eleven Medals at Junior World Championships

By Annie Fast
March, 14 2022
Men's Freeski Halfpipe podium.
The men's freeski halfpipe podium: New Zealand's Gustav Legnavsky with gold, and U.S. skiers Matt Labaugh and Ben Fethke earning silver and bronze. (Martin Steffen / @Leysin22)

The 2022 U.S. Freeski Junior World Championships team earned a total of eleven medals during the six-day competition in Leysin, Switzerland, with the freeski team earning nine medals and two in snowboard.

“We’re very excited to return to Junior World Championships after a two-year break due to Covid, says U.S. Ski & Snowboard Sport Development Director Ashley Deibold, The U.S. has a lot of very talented development athletes coming up through our pipeline and it was great to see how they stacked up against the best development athletes from around the world. We are proud of all of our Junior Worlds team athletes and it’s a bonus to be bring home eleven medals from Leysin.”

The freeski team earned nine of the 18 medals with several athletes earning multiple medals. U.S. Freeski Rookie Team athlete Troy Podmilsak earned gold in big air and slopestyle. Kate Gray, a member of the Mammoth Mountain Ski & Snowboard Club, medaled in all three disciplines earning two silvers and a bronze. While Matt Labaugh with the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, took home a pair of silver medals in halfpipe and slopestyle. 

Congratulations to all of the skiers and snowboarders for a great week of competition. The future is bright! 

FREESKI

Men’s Freeski Halfpipe
Silver: Matt Labaugh (Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Rocky Mountain Series)
Bronze: Ben Fethke 

Women’s Freeski Halfpipe
Silver: Kate Gray (Mammoth Mountain Freeski Team, Unbound Series)
Bronze: Piper Arnold (Sierra at Tahoe Competition Team, South Tahoe Series)

Men’s Freeski Big Air
Gold: Troy Podmilsak (U.S. Freeski Rookie Slopestyle Team, Park City Ski Team, Big Mountain West Series)

Women’s Freeski Big Air
Silver: Kate Gray (Mammoth Mountain Freeski Team, Unbound Series)

Men’s Freeski Slopestyle
Gold: Troy Podmilsak (U.S. Freeski Rookie Slopestyle Team, Park City Ski Team, Big Mountain West Series)
Silver: Matt Labaugh (Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Rocky Mountain Series)

Women’s Freeski Slopestyle
Bronze: Kate Gray (Mammoth Mountain Freeski Team, Unbound Series)

SNOWBOARD

Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle
Bronze: Fynn Bullock-Womble (U.S. Snowboard Rookie Team, Rocky Mountain Series)

Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe
Silver: Bea Kim (U.S. Snowboard Halfpipe Rookie Team, Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team, Unbound Series)

Complete Freeski Results
Complete Snowboard Results 

 

USA Wins First-Ever World Cup Mixed Team Relay In Falun

By Tom Horrocks
March, 13 2022

Keep it close, then tag off to Jessie Diggins. That was the plan, and Team USA executed it perfectly to take the victory Sunday in the first-ever FIS Cross Country World Cup mixed team relay in Falun, Sweden. 

“It was fast and furious out there today, so our goal was to stay out of trouble and stay in the pack, then let Diggy do her thing, which she does best, and that worked out really well,” said Rosie Brennan, who skied the first of four 5k freestyle legs, tagging off to Zak Ketterson, then Scott Patterson and finally to Diggins, who skied away from Finland Krista Parmakoski and Norway’s Therese Johaug for the victory.

Sunday’s relay win was the first time the United States has stood atop a World Cup relay podium. The previous best was second, accomplished by Rosie Brennan, Jessie Diggins, Sophie Caldwell Hamilton, and Sadie Maubet Bjornson in 2019 in Lillehammer, Norway, and second in 2016 in Nova Mesto, Czech Republic, with Diggins, Caldwell Hamilton, Maubet Bjornson, and Liz Stephens in 2016.

“That was so, so fun,” Diggins said. “We had all the techs out there cheering, we put a lot of glitter on, and when you race for the team, and not just for yourself, it sometimes helps you pull out those very special performances. And for me, it has always been really special because you know that your team is always waiting for you at the finish line.”

Heading into Sunday’s race, the U.S. knew that it had a chance following Saturday’s outstanding performances in the freestyle individual start, including a podium from Diggins and career-best results from Patterson and Ketterson. So with a strategy of staying in the pack near the front of the race, they knew they had a podium shot.

“After Scott and Zak had great days yesterday, I felt that we definitely had a chance, but I was not expecting a victory like that,” Brennan said. “It was fast and tactical racing out there, and in the scramble leg, I wanted to stay near the front of the pack and stay out of trouble.

“I found myself further back in the pack than I wanted on the second (2.5k) lap, but also knew a fall or broken pole would cost us, so I tried to be patient, calm, and tag off in the pack,” Brennan added. “Zak, Scott, and I had the same strategy, and Scott made a great move to get ahead of a split in the pack to tag Jessie in a great place.”

Diggins moved into the lead at the 17.5k mark and used her exceptional downhill skills and fast skis to put some distance on Parmakoski and Johaug.

“I knew that those downhill working corners were one of my strengths, so I thought that I could make sure that I got to the top of that first big sprint climb first, then I could ski all the other downhills how I wanted and have a good shot at setting up a finishing sprint,” Diggins said.

As it turned out, the U.S. techs did such an outstanding job, Diggins didn’t need to pull out a sprint finish as she glided across the line more than three seconds ahead of Parmakoski for the victory.

“I can’t think of a more perfect way to end a really awesome year,” Diggins added. 

The USA 2 team of Julia Kern, Logan Hanneman, Adam Martin, and Caitlin Patterson finished 14th. For the season, the USA finished fifth in the Nations Cup standings.

RESULTS
Mixed Team Relay
National Cup Standings

 

Shiffrin Ninth, Moltzan 11th In Are Slalom

By Mackenzie Moran
March, 12 2022
Mikaela Shiffrin
Mikaela Shiffrin in action during the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on March 12, 2022, in Are Sweden. (Agence Zoom/Getty Images-Jonas Ericsson)

Mikaela Shiffrin continues to hang on to her lead in the fight for the overall Crystal Globe, sitting 56 points ahead of Slovakian rival Petra Vlhova after finishing ninth in Saturday's slalom in Are, Sweden.

Vlhova, who has already clinched the overall slalom title, finished just off the podium in fourth, 0.25 seconds off of the day's winner, Katharina Liensberger. Norway's Mina Fuerst Holtmann finished second, followed by Switzerland's Michelle Gisin in third. This is the first women's World Cup slalom since January of 2016 in which neither Shiffrin nor Vlhova finished on the podium. 

"I felt okay with some of my skiing but never really found good timing," Shiffrin commented. "In the end I liked the feeling of my first run better than my second. But my skiing is feeling good and even in my warm-ups today, it's feeling pretty on point, but its just a matter of doing it the right way in the races and today it wasn't quite there, that's for sure."

"The [giant slalom] last night took the most energy I had out of any race this season. It was a short time to recover for today's race," she added. "But I think it's pretty typical once the season goes on that towards the end you start to feel it a little bit."

Fellow American, Paula Moltzan, also had a strong showing in the slalom despite competing in the giant slalom the previous evening. She finished 11th overall, 0.21 seconds behind Shiffrin. AJ Hurt did not qualify for a second run. 

Next week, the women head into the final races of the season at the World Cup finals in Courchevel, France. The battle for the overall crystal globe will come down to the wire for Shiffrin and Vlhova, as the two will compete in the four major disciplines, slalom, giant slalom, super G, and downhill, in hopes of claiming the highest honor of the World Cup season.

RESULTS
Women’s slalom

STANDINGS
Overall
Slalom

HOW TO WATCH
*All times EST.

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Sunday, March 13, 2022
4:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Giant Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Kranjska Gora, SLO, Streaming Peacock
7:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Giant Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Kranjska Gora, SLO, Streaming Peacock

Sport-specific broadcast and streaming schedules are available below:

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

Radamus 16th In Kranjska Gora Giant Slalom

By Mackenzie Moran
March, 12 2022
River Radamus
River Radamus competes during the first run of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup GS race in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, on March 12, 2022. (AFP via Getty Images-Jure Makovec)

River Radamus led the way for the American men to score his first points at the Kranjska Gora giant slalom, finishing 16th overall after making a few agile recoveries to stay in the mix. Tommy Ford followed suit, hanging on to finish 22nd in his return to the World Cup stage. 

Radamus, who sat a second off the pace after the first run in 11th, put up a big fight to hang on in the second run and in the first of the Kranjska Gora giant slalom series. While he wasn't quite happy with the way he skied in both runs, the 24-year-old is happy to have scored his first points at the legendary venue.

"I didn't feel like I skied up to my ability level on either run, really," said Radamus. "Left too much time out there, and skied a little too defensive I think. But I felt like I made some really good recoveries and walking away with points is always a good thing."

Ford, who made his official return to racing during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games after a long recovery from injury, was also satisfied with his point-scoring finish. 

"Overall I thought I skied pretty well and made some pretty big mistakes," commented Ford. "First run I didn't really quite get it going out of the start and really paid for it on a couple of gates. But my knee felt good throughout the run so I was able to build up some confidence as I went down. Kranjska is a great place to get back at it after not racing World Cup for a while. It's been a battle with the head, definitely some fear involved, but also some joy as well. I just need to lean into the joy part of it more." 

Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen took home the first win of the weekend, followed by fellow countryman, Lucas Braathen, who tied for second with Switzerland's Marco Odermatt.

American George Steffey did not finish his first run, while Patrick Kenney, Bridger Gile, and Brian McLaughlin did not qualify for a second run.

RESULTS
Men’s giant slalom

STANDINGS
Overall
Giant Slalom

HOW TO WATCH
*All times EST.

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Sunday, March 13, 2022
4:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Giant Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Kranjska Gora, SLO, Streaming Peacock
7:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Giant Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Kranjska Gora, SLO, Streaming Peacock

Sport-specific broadcast and streaming schedules are available below:

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

Kauf Third In Valmalenco World Cup Dual Moguls

By Tom Horrocks
March, 12 2022
Jaelin Kauf
Jaelin Kauf (right) was third in Saturday’s FIS Freestyle World Cup dual moguls in Chiesa In Valmalenco, Italy. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

Olympic silver medalist Jaelin Kauf led five U.S. Freestyle Ski Team women into the top 10, finishing third in Saturday’s FIS Freestyle World Cup dual moguls in Chiesa In Valmalenco, Italy.

“It was a good day for Jaelin and a good day for the whole team,” said U.S. Freestyle Team World Cup Coach Riley Campbell. “Everyone skied really well, and Jaelin set the standard, just skiing like a savvy veteran.”

Kauf defeated teammate Kia Owens in the small final, who unfortunately crashed but is okay to grab the final podium spot. Owens finished fourth, Hannah Soar finished seventh, Tess Johnson eighth, and Olivia Giaccio in 10th. Elizabeth Lemley was 13th.

Despite a weather delay at the start, Kauf maintained her focus and put down some clean, fast runs while having fun at the same time.

"It’s good to carry that momentum (from the Games), and I think more than that, it’s just carrying the mental attitude I had at the Olympics of leaving it all out there and mostly just having fun out here," she said.

For the U.S. men, Cole McDonald was the top finisher in sixth. Dylan Walczyk was 11th, Brad Wilson 12th, and Nick Page was 14th.

Up next, the FIS World Cup Freestyle moguls season wraps up in Megeve, France, March 18-19, with an individual moguls competition under the lights on Saturday, March 18, and a final dual moguls competition on Sunday, March 19.

RESULTS
Women’s dual moguls
Men’s dual moguls

STANDINGS
Women’s World Cup 
Men’s World Cup

 

Diggins Third, Leads Five into Top 20 in Falun

By Tom Horrocks
March, 12 2022
Jessie Diggins
Jessie Diggins sprints to the finish line Saturday in the final individual FIS Cross Country World Cup race of the season in Falun, Sweden. (Modica/NordicFocus)

Jessie Diggins wrapped up the FIS Cross Country World Cup season on the podium in third and led an outstanding day for the Davis U.S. Cross Country Team with five athletes finishing in the top 20 Saturday in Falun, Sweden.

“All I really wanted was to end the season feeling like I was able to go out there and fight as hard as I could,” said Diggins, who sat out last weekend’s 30k Holmenkollen Skifestival in Norway after still feeling fatigued from her silver-medal finish in the 30k at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.  “(Today) was less about the results and more about having that really great feeling. But of course, it was really special to end the season with a podium.”

In the women’s 10k individual start freestyle, Norway’s Therese Johaug grabbed one final career victory, winning by more than 35 seconds over Sweden’s Jonna Sundling in second. Diggins was just four hundredths of a second behind Sundling in third. Rosie Brennan was eighth, and Julia Kern posted a World Cup career-best distance result, finishing 20th. Caitlin Paterson was 31st, and Rosie Frankowski was 41st.

In the men’s 15k individual start freestyle, Scott Patterson posted a career-best World Cup result in seventh, and Zak Ketterson scored his first career World Cup points in 15th. Adam Martin was 44th, Logan Hanneman 52nd, and Peter Holmes 68th.

“​​It was a great race where the important factors came together,” Ketterson said. “My body felt solid, skis were really good, and I paced the race pretty well.”

“I am not super surprised, honestly," Ketterson added. "Distance racing was such a big focus during my five years in the NCAA, so I came into the season with a lot of confidence in both distance and sprint racing. It feels really good to score points, and I hope I can do it again soon!”

Norway’s Didrik Toenseth took the 15k victory in 31 minutes, 57 seconds. Sweden’s Calle Halfvarsson was second, and Norway’s Harald Oestberg Amundsen was third.

With the final individual races of the season in the books, Diggins finished second in the overall World Cup standings, Brennan was 14th, and Kern was 20th. 

“It was really special to finish second in the overall World Cup,” Diggins said. “That is something that I am very proud of because it represents a lot of hard work and a lot of consistently giving it everything I have every time I raced. That was really special to share with the team, the coaches, and the wax techs. Overall, I’m very happy and satisfied, and proud of the season. I’m definitely still processing it…but for me, it was a season where I came in with very concrete goals about my preparation, both physically, and mentally, for the Olympics - and that was the big target. But to be able to have some World Cup wins, and some World Cup podiums was really just the icing on the cake.”

In the overall World Cup sprint standings, Diggins was fourth, Kern eighth, and Brennan was 12th. 

“There were some really strong moments for me throughout the season and my consistency was better than ever,” Brennan said. “That is something I'm really happy about because being on the road for so long has been a challenge for me in the past. We have one last team event tomorrow that should be a great way to close out the World Cup season.”

The World Cup season concludes Sunday with the first-ever mixed team relay and mixed team sprint. The mixed team relay will consist of four 5k freestyle technique laps in the following order: woman/man/man/woman. Each nation will be allowed to enter two teams. Each country may enter two teams for the mixed team sprint, and athletes will each ski a one-lap qualifier (in interval start). The times of both skiers will be cumulated, and the 20 best teams are qualified for the finals.

Sunday’s mixed relay for the Davis U.S. Cross Country Team will consist of Brennan, Ketterson, Scott Patterson, and Diggins. 

RESULTS
Women’s 10k freestyle
Men’s 15k freestyle 

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

START LIST
Mixed Team Realy

 

Shiffrin Earns 12th Season Podium In Are Giant Slalom

By Mackenzie Moran
March, 11 2022

Mikaela Shiffrin earned her 12th podium of the season, punching in at third under the lights in Are, Sweden on Friday. Shiffrin sat in sixth after her first run and was able to hang on throughout what she described as a “wild” course. As the night went on, spring-like skiing conditions became bumpier and more difficult to navigate. Sara Hector, who had the chance to clinch the giant slalom crystal globe, skied out near the top of the course on her second run. Michele Gisin and Tessa Worley suffered a few large mistakes that pushed them out of podium position. At the end of the race, Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova claimed first, 1.24 seconds ahead of Italy’s Marta Bassino in second, and Shiffrin, who moved up into third.

“I felt like my skiing [in the second run] had a bit more fire, and I had mostly hoped I wouldn’t move back a bit, so it’s quite incredible to have moved up a couple of places,” said Shiffrin.

Shiffrin’s podium finish allowed her to stay ahead of Vlhova in the race for the overall Crystal Globe, as well as in the mix of the top three in the giant slalom standings. Vlhova’s win decreased the overall margin a touch. The duo now sits 77 points apart in the standings. In Saturday’s slalom, Shiffrin will look to keep up the fight, knowing that both she and Vlhova have little recovery time before another day of racing on spring-like conditions.

Teammates Paula Moltzan and AJ Hurt also managed to conquer the bumpy conditions and complete both runs. Moltzan finished 22nd, and Hurt finished 23rd. 

The women have a quick turnaround headed into Saturday’s slalom, will in the morning start at 10:30 a.m. CET following Friday’s giant slalom night race. Shiffrin will continue to fight to stay on top of the overall standings in the final race prior to World Cup Finals in Courchevel, France, next week.

RESULTS
Women’s giant slalom

STANDINGS
Overall
Giant Slalom

HOW TO WATCH
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Saturday, March 12, 2022
3:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Giant Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Kranjska Gora, SLO, Streaming Peacock
4:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Are, SWE, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Streaming Peacock
6:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Giant Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Kranjska Gora, SLO, Streaming Peacock
7:45 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Are, SWE, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Streaming Peacock

Sunday, March 13, 2022
4:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Giant Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Kranjska Gora, SLO, Streaming Peacock
7:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Giant Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Kranjska Gora, SLO, Streaming Peacock

 

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