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Gu Earns First World Cup Victory at Seiser Alm Slopestyle

By Andrew Gauthier
January, 27 2019
Gu and Krass at Seiser Alm
Eileen Gu and Julia Krass on the women's slopestyle podium at the 2019 Seiser Alm Legends World Cup. (FIS Freestyle)

U.S. Snowboard Rookie Team member Eileen Gu (San Francisco, Calif.) earned her first-ever World Cup victory at the FIS Freeski World Cup slopestyle in Seiser Alm, Italy. U.S. Pro Team member Julia Krass (Hanover, N.H.) was third.

“I’m still buzzing from winning today,” said Gu, who picked up her second-straight World Cup podium. “Coming into the final run of three after messing up my first two definitely wasn’t easy, especially after qualifying first into finals. I just tried to focus on the little things in my run and it looks like it paid off! When I received my score I was astounded and ecstatic to get my first World Cup win. Not to mention, being able to share the podium with Julia made it even better.”

She’s coming in hot offer successful results at the Font Romeu, France, and Seiser Alm Italy slopestyle World Cups. Look for Gu to give some of the top female freeskiers in the world a run for their money. Also, Krass, a Junior at Dartmouth College, put down a score of 77.30 to jump into podium contention on her second run. Her score would hold for the remainder of the competition.

“Super happy to grab third today,” said Krass. “It was a really sick week here. The course was really fun, and training went well all week. Unfortunately, I couldn’t put together the run I was hoping for today, but still so happy to land and snag third place. Everyone crushed it the whole week, especially Eileen and Megan!”

Megan Oldham of Canada finished second, while U.S. Rookie Team members Marin Hamill (Park City, Utah) and Rell Harwood (Park City, Utah) finished in fourth and sixth respectively.

For the men, American Kiernan Fagan (Frisco, Colo.) finished third in front of U.S. Pro Team member Colby Stevenson (Park City, Utah) in fourth. Max Moffat of Canada claimed the top spot and Oliwer Magnusson of Sweden finished second.

Gu’s victory springs her into the top spot in the World Cup slopestyle standings, and Krass climbs to fourth. For the men, Stevenson is now in 11th and Fagan jumps to 14th. U.S. Pro Team member Alex Hall (Park City, Utah) is currently third, and U.S. Rookie Team member Mac Forehand (Winhall, Vt.) is fourth.

The U.S. Freeski Team now shifts their focus to the 2019 FIS World Championships in Park City, Utah Feb. 1-10 with slopestyle, big air and halfpipe competition. Tune in to NBC to catch all the action.

RESULTS
Women’s slopestyle
Men’s Slopestyle

STANDINGS
Women’s slopestyle
Men’s slopestyle
 

Kim, Langland Podium at X Games

By Andrew Gauthier
January, 27 2019
Chloe Kim and Kelly Clark
Chloe Kim and Kelly Clark after women's snowboard superpipe during X Games Aspen 2019. (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Hailey Langland (San Clemente, Calif.) started off the day for U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes at X Games in Aspen, Colo in the women’s snowboard slopestyle competition in great fashion with smart riding that put her on the podium with a second-place finish.

“I keep forgetting that I’m still coming back from an from injury,” Langland said. “Today, the only thing wanted to do is have fun and gets some old tricks back on a course that I really liked. I ended up having the best practice I have had in a long time and went on to land both of my first two runs. I was so overjoyed. I realized we are at X Games and we can’t really leave anything behind. With all the girls throwing down, I decided to step up my run and it paid off miraculously. I accomplished way more than I thought I would accomplish, so I am extremely happy.”

An ecstatic Langland shared her thoughts looking forward to the 2019 FIS World Championships coming Feb. 1-10.

“I have never competed at a World Championships before and I’m pretty excited to see how the whole thing works and experience the event,” she said.

This was Langlands fourth X Games medal. After getting called up as an alternate, New Zealand’s Zoe Sadowski Synnott won the gold medal and Finnish rider Enni Rukajarvi claimed the bronze.

The men of the U.S. Snowboard Team took to the slopestyle course following the ladies competition and put on a show with a spectacular finish. Red Gerard (Silverthorne, Colo.) was in podium contention for a good portion of the competition utilizing the quarterpipe style take offs, while the rest of the field remained more traditional. Last-minute efforts from the likes of Finnish rider Rene Rinnekangas, and one of the most successful slopestyle snowboarders of all time in Canada’s Mark McMorris, knocked Gerard to fourth place.

“The final today was at an insane level,” said Gerard. “I was hyped to land a solid run and I’m always stoked to be here at X Games. Congrats to Mark and the boys for a great performance.”

U.S. Snowboard Pro Team member Judd Henkes (La Jolla, Calif.) landed a great first run with and 85.33. Henkes would finish seventh, but proved that he is a contender at elite events such as X Games. McMorris finished in the top spot with the gold, Rinnekangas the silver, and Norway’s Mons Roisland earned the bronze.

Competition continued on day three of X Games under the lights for one of the most impressive and flawless freeski big air competitions in the history of X Games. There were very few crashes and incredible progression. U.S. Freeski Pro Team member Alex Hall (Park City, Utah) landed himself in fourth, which was quite the feat considering the star studded field. Hall showed his ability to go big with a fearless approach landing his tracks effortlessly. Finishing just outside podium contention, look for Hall to come back hungry in 2020. Norway’s Birk Ruud earned the gold, Canada’s Alex Beaulieu-Marchand the silver, and Great Britain’s James Wood earned bronze.

Finally, the night would come to a close with the ladies snowboard superpipe final. The competition began with a heartfelt tribute to the most decorated snowboarder in history, male or female in Kelly Clark (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.). Emotions ran high as Clark’s video tribute played on the big screen and she dropped in for her final run in the X Games halfpipe.

“I’m just so thankful. It’s been such an incredible journey,” Clark said. “I mean who gets to do this, have a twenty-year competitive snowboard career. Thanks to all the ladies of who pushed me to be a better snowboarder each and every day. Thanks to my friends and family who stood by me while I sacrificed everything for a single dream. To Burton snowboards for the last twenty years. Jake and Donna, you have been more like a family then a company. To the U.S. Snowboard Team, they just believed in me on the days I didn’t believe in myself. Thanks to ESPN, for putting on events like X Games and showcasing women’s snowboarding in such a wonderful way. Thank you to all the fans because without you, there are none of us.”

Chloe Kim (Torrance, Calif.) earned her fifth X Games superpipe gold medal and seventh medal in seven appearances. Spain's Queralt Castellet walked away with the silver medal and Cait Xuetong of China with the bronze. There was some speculation prior to the competition that Kim would attempt her double cork 1080 for the first time in competition, but with not many completed runs by the rest of the field, Kim stuck to her stock run which as brought her so much success.

“I am super happy to win my fifth X gold,” said Kim. “I’m looking forward to World Championships and the rest of the contest season. I have some new tricks I’m ready to try when the conditions are right.”

The final day of X Games competition will feature men’s freeski slopestyle finals and men’s snowboard superpipe finals under the lights. Tune in to catch all the action.

Chloe Kim gold medal run
Kelly Clark’s final X Games Run

RESULTS
Women’s snowboard slopestyle
Men’s snowboard slopestyle
Women’s snowboard superpipe

HOW TO WATCH

FREESKI
Sunday, Jan. 27

2:00 p.m. - Men’s slopestyle - Aspen, Colo. - ESPN2

SNOWBOARD
Sunday, Jan. 27

8:30 p.m. - Men’s superpipe - Aspen, Colo. - ESPN
 

Vinecki, Lillis U.S. Aerials National Champions

By Lara Carlton
January, 27 2019
Winter Vinecki
Winter Vinecki was crowned U.S. National Champion (Reese Brown - U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

Winter Vinecki (Gaylord, Mich.) and Chris Lillis (Pittsford, N.Y.) were both crowned U.S. National Champions as the top U.S. finishers as the nation’s best aerial skiers came together on a snowy Saturday to compete at U.S. National Championships, held at the Olympic Jumping Complex (OTC) in Lake Placid, New York.

Sixty-one athletes from seven nations competed, and the top U.S. results determined National Championship standings. On the line not only was the title of U.S. National Champion, but 2019 World Championships starts. Usually held later in the competition season, this year’s event was pushed up to allow it to be included in World Championship team nomination criteria.

“We are really happy with Winter and Chris’ return to sport after injuries last season. It’s so great to see them both have such a great comeback season. A U.S. National title is such an honor, so big congrats to both of them,” said World Cup Aerials Coach Emily Cook. Madison Varmette (Stafford, Va.) and Kaila Kuhn (Park City Ski & Snowboard) rounded out the women’s U.S. podium in second and third. Jon Lillis (Pittsford, N.Y.) and Nick Novak (Prince William, Va.) came in second and third on the men’s side.

“It feels amazing to land some nice jumps when it counts!” said Vinecki. “Becoming the U.S. National Champion is a huge confidence boost for the rest of the season to come! It is even more rewarding though because this event is almost exactly one year since my ACL surgery. Being able to come back strong with a start to my best season yet makes all the hard work worth it!”

The U.S. Aerials Ski Team has been training and competing in Lake Placid for the past two weeks in preparation for World Championships. “We love jumping in Lake Placid, it’s always a great venue and the perfect place for the athletes to prepare for a big event. Having everything in one place at the Olympic Training Center from the gym and sports medicine to meals and recovery is really great for the athletes,” explains Cook.

The team is on track for their two hometown World Championships events - aerials and team aerials will be held under the lights at Utah’s Deer Valley Resort Feb. 6-7. “We now have another competition our belt and are happy that everyone competed with high degree of difficulty. We know we have a few things to clean up and we have time to do that going into Worlds, but we’re really psyched on our team right now,” said Cook.

The men jumped well at Nationals, all competing quad twisting triples, and the team in general is looking to peak at the upcoming Utah events. “We were also really impressed by the quality of jumps that our development pipeline is showing and are excited for the future of aerials in this country,” said Cook.

The aerials team heads back to home snow for the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota, taking place at Deer Valley Resort, Utah, Feb. 1-10. Teams will be announced January 29.

Merryweather Posts World Cup Career-Best Downhill In Garmisch

By Tom Horrocks
January, 27 2019
Alice Merryweather
Alice Merryweather finished eighth in Sunday’s Kandahar Downhill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. (Getty Images - Mitchell Gunn)

Alice Merryweather (Hingham, Mass.) posted her first career top-10 downhill result in Sunday’s FIS Ski World Cup in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, finishing eighth on a bumpy, challenging Kandahar track.

“I am super excited with eighth place today,” said Merryweather, whose previous career best was 19th in downhill at the World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colorado in 2017. “First top 10...and it feels really, really good.”

However, she had a wait a long time to achieve her career best as six races starting in front of her failed to finish, causing numerous course hold.

“It took a long time to get to me today, and despite all the course holds, I kept a really calm head and I kept it together and I think that I skied the way that I know I can,” Merryweather said. “I’ve been skiing super well in training and just working on my mental state on race day because I think that is what has been holding me back. The whole weekend I’ve been super, super relaxed and laid back, and for me, that’s the key, relaxing and putting together a race run, trusting my skiing, and I fully did that today.”

Austria’s Stephanie Venier won her first career downhill, as Italy’s Sofia Goggia continued her impressive return to the World Cup circuit after suffering an early-season leg injury, finishing second for the second straight day at Garmisch. Germany’s Kira Weidle was third. Laurenne Ross (Bend, Ore.) was 14th.

Up next, the women compete in giant slalom and slalom event in Maribor, Slovenia, Friday and Saturday, prior to the 2019 FIS World Ski Championships in Are, Sweden, Feb. 4-17.

RESULTS
Women’s downhill

HOW TO WATCH
All times EST
*Same-day broadcast
**Next-day broadcast

Sunday, Jan. 27
9:00 p.m. - Women’s downhill - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER - NBCSN*

Monday, Jan. 28
4:00 p.m. - Men’s downhill and super-G - Kitzbuehel, AUT - NBCSN**

Tuesday, Jan. 29
11:00 p.m. - Men’s slalom - Kitzbuehel, AUT - NBCSN**

Friday, Feb. 1
4:00 a.m. - Women’s giant slalom run 1 - Maribor, SLO - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
7:00 a.m. - Women’s giant slalom run 2 - Maribor, SLO - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
12:00 p.m. - Women’s giant slalom - Maribor, SLO - NBCSN*

Saturday, Feb. 2
4:00 a.m. - Women’s slalom run 1 - Maribor, SLO - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
5:30 a.m. - Men’s downhill, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
7:00 a.m. - Women’s slalom run 2 - Maribor, SLO - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold

Sunday, Feb. 3
2:00 a.m. - Women’s giant slalom - Maribor, SLO - NBCSN**
4:30 a.m. - Men’s giant slalom run 1-  Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
7:30 a.m. - Men’s giant slalom run 2 - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold

All streams are available via desktop (NBCSports.com/Live, NBCSports.com/Gold andOlympicChannel.com) as well as mobile, tablet and connected television platforms. The NBC Sports app, NBC Sports Gold app and Olympic Channel app are available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. Exclusive commercial-free coverage will be available for subscribers of the NBC Sports Gold Pass.
 

U.S. Sweeps Freeski Halfpipe at Junior World Championships

By Tom Horrocks
January, 26 2019
Podium Sweep
Podium sweep for the USA at the FIS Freeski and Snowboard Junior World Championships Saturday in Switzerland (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

It was a huge day for the USA as Connor Ladd (Lakewood, Colo.), Hunter Carey (Winter Park, Colo.) and Aaron Durlester (Mammoth, Calif.) swept the halfpipe podium at the FIS Freeski and Snowboard Junior World Championships in Leysin, Switzerland, Saturday.

“Beyond stoked to take the win today and can’t wait for the next event,” said Ladd, who improved upon his sixth-place finish from the 2018 Junior World Championships in Cardrona, New Zealand. “It was a great event and everyone crushed it. Congrats to all the other U.S. athletes that also killed it.”

Carey improved upon his fifth-place result and Durlester from his ninth-place finish at the 2018 World Championships. In the women’s event, Riley Jacobs (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) was the top American in fifth place.

In the snowboard halfpipe finals, Tessa Maud (Carlsbad, Calif.) won the silver medal, her second Junior World Championships silver medal after finishing second in 2018 in New Zealand.

“I was really happy to be out here in Switzerland,” Maud said. “I had the best time competing with everyone and the team. I was pretty pleased with how I ended up. It was a blast!”

In the men’s event, Jack Coyne (Edwards, Colo.) just missed the podium, finishing fourth, but improved on his 13th-place finish from the 2018 World Championships.

RESULTS
Junior men’s freeski halfpipe
Junior women’s freeski halfpipe
Junior men’s snowboard halfpipe
Junior women’s snowboard halfpipe

 

Kauf fifth in Mont Tremblant World Cup

By Lara Carlton
January, 26 2019
Mont Tremblant

Six U.S. athletes qualified for finals in Saturday’s FIS Freestyle World Cup moguls event in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. Jaelin Kauf (Alta, Wyo.) was the only American to advance to the super final, finishing in fifth.

Perrine Laffont of France topped the podium for the women, followed by Australia’s Jakara Anthony in second, and Canada’s Justine Dufour-Lapointe in third. For the men, Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury skied to a home-town victory, followed by Japan’s Ikuma Horishima in second and Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Reikherd in third.

The American women had a strong showing, with five qualifying for finals. Tess Johnson (Vail, Colo.), Olivia Giaccio (Redding, Conn.) and Hannah Soar (Somers, Conn.) were all a stone’s throw away from skiing in the finals, finishing in seventh, ninth and 10th, respectively. Soar had a career-best, with her first World Cup top-10 finish.

“To see Hannah come up to the top 10 was sweet. She started putting her run together yesterday in training and it’s awesome to see her ski up to her potential,” commented Head U.S. Moguls Coach Matt Gnoza.

Brad Wilson (Butte, Mont.) lead the men, qualifying in ninth and finishing in 14th overall. Casey Andringa (Boulder, Colo.) finished 18th but jumped well.

“We didn’t have the results we hoped for today by it was good progress leading into World Championships,” said Gnoza.

The moguls' team heads back to home snow for the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota, taking place at Deer Valley Resort, Utah, Feb. 1-10. Teams will be announced on January 29.

RESULTS
Men’s moguls
Women’s moguls

Farrell Earns Second Consecutive Podium in Seiser Alm

By Andrew Gauthier
January, 26 2019
Lyon Farrell Seiser Alm
Lyon Farrell on the podium at the Seiser Alm, Italy FIS World Cup in slopestyle. (FIS Snowboard)

U.S. Snowboard Pro Team member Lyon Farrell (Haiku, Hawaii) landed himself on the podium Saturday at the FIS Snowboard World Cup slopestyle in Seiser Alm, Italy.

“I had an epic day of riding with my friends and am so stoked to end up on the podium,” said Farrell. “I’m proud of my riding and the good vibes everyone shared with me today. I’m already excited for next year’s competition.”

Farrell’s excitement for next year’s Seiser Alm World Cup is for good reason as he’s building quite the resume. He earned his first ever World Cup podium in 2018 with a third place finish to join the winner and teammate Chris Corning (SIlverthorne, Colo.) in the top three. Not only is this Farrell’s second consecutive podium at Seiser Alm, but it’s his second career World Cup podium. Norway’s Marcus Olimstad and Stian Kleivdal finished off the podium in first and third respectively.

U.S. Pro Team member Ryan Stassel (Anchorage, Alaska) finished just off the podium in fourth and U.S. Rookie Team member Sean Fitzsimons (Hood River, Ore.) finished in seventh. After competition in Seiser Alm, Farrell jumps from ninth to the second in the FIS World Cup slopestyle standings behind Corning in the top spot. Ryan Stassel also made his way from 12th to fourth. Lastly, Fitzsimons climbed from 18th to 14th.

The U.S. Freeski athletes will take to the slopestyle course in Seiser Alm on Saturday for the final round of competition. The U.S. Snowboard Team now focuses on the 2019 FIS World Championships in Park City, Utah Feb. 1-10 with slopestyle, big air and halfpipe competition. Tune into NBC to catch all the action.

Please note: An initial set of results was released by FIS  that incorrectly listed Kleivdal in second, with Farrell in third. However, after an inquiry by his coach, a video review of Farrell’s best run revealed that a scoring error had been made on his cab double cork 1260, and judges amended his score in accordance to a jury decision. The results now available are the correct, official results.

RESULTS
Men’s slopestyle

STANDINGS
Men’s slopestyle

HOW TO WATCH

FREESKIING
Sunday, Jan. 27

6:30 a.m. - Men’s and women’s slopestyle - Seiser Alm, Italy - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
7:00 a.m. - Men’s and women’s slopestyle - Seiser Alm, Italy - Olympic Channel-TV*
 

U.S. Junior Men Strike World Championship Relay Gold

By Reese Brown
January, 26 2019
Junior Men Gold
Luke Jager, Ben Ogden, Johnny Hagenbuch, and Gus Schumacher won the Junior men's 4x5k relay Sunday at the FIS Junior World Cross Country Championships. (FIS)

The U.S. Men’s Junior Worlds Team took gold on Saturday in the 4x5k relay, the final event of the FIS Junior World Cross Country Championship in Lathi, Finland. The team of Luke Jager (APU/Anchorage, Alaska), Ben Ogden (UVM/Landgrove, Vt.), Johnny Hagenbuch (Sun Valley SEF/Sun Valley, Idaho) and Gus Schumacher (Alaska Winter Stars/Anchorage, Alaska) edged-out the second-place Russia by 3.8 seconds, and third-place Germany by 6.3 seconds.

This is the best Junior World Championship result of a U.S. Men’s Team, surpassing the silver medal won in Goms, Switzerland, in 2018.

Jager was the lead skier who skied very confidently with the font pack, injecting some of his own pace to start dropping teams and handed off to Ogden in a good position. Ogden pushed the pace stringing out the front group to just three. Hagenbuch skied a strong let putting Schumacher in a good position.

“I started a couple seconds behind Germany and Norway and caught them pretty quickly, which was nice, and just kind of tucked in with them,” said Schumacher.  “It was a six-person group about halfway through, then the German pushed the pace and started to break open the field and I just hung onto him and put in a surge around 3k. I cruised into first on the second to last downhill and then went super hard up the last hill, got a bit of a gap and held that to the finish. Overall every leg was so good and I couldn’t really imagine a better way of this going.”

The women’s team of Mara McCollor (Minneapolis Ski Club/ Plymouth, Minn.), Kendall Kramer (NSCF-FXC/ Fairbanks, Alaska), Sydney Palmer-Leger (Sun Valley SEF/Park City, Utah) and Novie McCabe (Methow Valley Nordic/Winthrop, Wash.) also had a strong result finishing fourth.  The race was won by Norway 1, followed by Russia 1 in second and Sweden in third.

RESULTS
Men’s 4x5k Relay
Women’s 4x3.3k Relay

Voisin Third at X Games

By Andrew Gauthier
January, 26 2019
Maggie on podium
Sarah Hoefflin, Kelly Sildaru and Maggie Voisin at the medal ceremony for the women's ski slopestyle during X Games Aspen 2019. (Photo by Eric Lars Bakke / ESPN Images)

Maggie Voisin (Whitefish, Mont.) earned her fourth X Games medal on Friday with a third-place finish in the women’s slopestyle competition in Aspen, Colo.

“We could not have asked for a more perfect day,” said Voisin. “We have had great training all week, but the weather wasn’t quite there yet. We woke up this morning with sunshine, a soft and fast course, it was just amazing. I’m really happy to have landed the double cork today as well. I tried it in Stubai, but wasn’t able to put together a full run there. Moving into the World Championships next week, I would like to improve my grabs and work on locking them in a bit better. I feel like that’s what got me today. The World Champs should be a lot of fun.”

With a stacked field, beautiful weather, and a perfect course, fans watched as the sport of women’s slopestyle freeskiing progressed before their eyes. There were multiple double corks, including Voisin’s left side double cork 1260, numerous complete runs, and incredibly technical rail skiing. Voisin shared the podium with Estonian Kelly Sildaru, who took the victory with a score of 99.00 on her final run. Sarah Hoefflin of Switzerland finished second.

The women continued their day of competition with freeski big air under the lights in Aspen. After findings success earlier in the day, Voisin took to the course, but was unable to reach the podium for second time. Switzerland’s Mathilde Gremaud took home the gold, Norway’s Johanne Killi took silver, and Sildaru earned her third medal of the event with a bronze. Only two other athletes have medaled in three disciplines at the same X Games winter event (Joe Parsons in 2013 and Jennie Waara in 1997).

In men’s snowboard big air, U.S. Snowboard Pro Team member and Olympian Chris Corning started out the jam session strong, but after falling on his attempt of the quad cork 1800, which won him the gold at the 2018 Cardrona, Zew Zealand World Cup in big air, he was unable to move into podium contention. 17-year-old Takeru Otsuka of Japan earned his second consecutive gold medal in X Games snowboard big air, while Canada’s Mark McMorris finished second and Sweden’s Sven Thorgren finished third.

Competition continues Saturday with the women’s snowboard slopestyle final featuring U.S. Pro Team members and Olympians Hailey Langland (San Clemente, Calif.) and Julia Marino (Westport. Conn.).

The men’s snowboard slopestyle final will follow with U.S. Pro Team members Judd Henkes (La Jolla, Calif.) and Olympic gold medalist Red Gerard (Silverthorne, Colo.). Although Chris Corning (Silverthorne, Colo.) qualified into finals in third place, he will sit out the final round of competition to rest for the FIS World Championships Feb. 1-10 after a fall during big air finals. The freeskiers will also take to the big air course with the loan American Alex Hall (Park City, Utah), representing U.S. Ski and Snowboard.

Day three of X Games will conclude with the women’s snowboard superpipe final with Olympic gold medalist and defending X Games champion Chloe Kim (Torrance, Calif.), Arielle Gold (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) and Maddie Mastro (Wrightwood, Calif.). The U.S. ladies will be looking to defend their sweep of the podium from 2018. Stay tuned for an exciting day of competition.

HIGHLIGHTS
Maggie Voisin bronze medal run

RESULTS
Women’s freeski slopestyle
Women’s freeski big air
Men’s snowboard big air

HOW TO WATCH

FREESKI
Saturday, Jan 26

10:00 p.m. - Men’s big air - Aspen, Colo. - ESPN

Sunday, Jan. 27
2:00 p.m. - Men’s slopestyle - Aspen, Colo. - ESPN2

SNOWBOARD
Saturday, Jan 26

1:00 p.m. - Women’s slopestyle - Aspen, Colo. - ABC
1:00 p.m. - Men’s slopestyle - Aspen, Colo. - ABC
8:30 p.m. - Knuckle Huck - Aspen, Colo. - @XGames
10:00 p.m. - Women’s superpipe - Aspen, Colo. - ESPN

Sunday, Jan. 27
8:30 p.m. - Men’s superpipe - Aspen, Colo. - ESPN
 

Diggins Narrowly Misses Podium in Ulricehamn 10k

By Reese Brown
January, 26 2019
Caitlin Patterson
Caitlin Patterson skied to 23rd in Sunday's 10k interval start in Ulricehamn, Sweden. (Getty Images - Trond Tandberg)

Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) was the top American in Sunday’s FIS Cross Country World Cup 10k in Ulricehamn, Sweden, finishing fourth. Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, Wash.) was 15th and Caitlin Petterson (Craftsbury, Vt.) was 23rd.

Norway’s Therese Johaug, followed by fellow countryman Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen in second and Ebba Andersson of Sweden in third.

“The atmosphere here is unreal,” said Diggins. “I have never had the chance to race in front of 50,000 fans lining every inch of the course before, and it was just incredible energy out there! But the biggest boost of all came right before the race when we watched the World Junior Championship relays and cheered on the girls and guys teams. Seeing the guys win, skiing so well and so gutsy, gave me happy tears! I couldn’t be more stoked for them and it got me really fired up to go as hard as I possibly could out there today.”

When asked about her pre-race plan, Diggins continued, “I had been feeling really tired last week, so with some careful rest around the training this week I was really happy to be back to snappier form this weekend! It was nice to be feeling good and I had some great skis today.”

“I went out hot and did my best to hold it. I felt really good and powerful out there,” said Bjornsen. “On my second lap, heading up the second climb, my legs absolutely flooded to the gill, and unfortunately I bled some valuable time. I tried to bring myself together for the final kilometers of the race, and was excited to ski the last kilometer with Astrid (who was 3rd today).”

The men’s race was won by Frenchman Maurice Manificat, followed Simen Hegstad Krueger of Norway with Didrik Toenseth completing the podium.

The weekend concludes Sunday with relays. The women’s 4x5k team will include Bjornsen, Rosie Brennan (Park City, Utah), Patterson and Diggins. The men’s 4x7.5k will include Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, Wash.), Scott Patterson (Anchorage, Alaska), David Norris (Fairbanks, Alaska) and Ben Lustgarten (Burlington, Vt.).

RESULTS
Men’s 15K
Women’s 10k

HOW TO WATCH
All times EST|
Preliminary schedule subject to change

Sunday, Jan. 27
5:15 a.m. - Women’s relay - Ulricehamn, SWE - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
8:15 a.m. - Men’s relay - Ulricehamn, SWE - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
4:00 p.m. - Women’s relay - Ulricehamn, SWE - Olympic Channel-TV*
10:00 a.m. -Men’s and women’s distance -  Lake Placid, NY Super Tour- Live Stream