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Shiffrin Second, Moltzan Fifth Under the Lights in Flachau

By Sierra Ryder
January, 10 2023
Shiffrin Secures 130th Podium
Shiffrin with her 130th World Cup Podium (CC: Getty Images)

It was another successful night of slalom for the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team under the lights in Flachau, Austria. Mikaela Shiffrin secured her 130th World Cup podium with a second place and Paula Moltzan continued her strong season with a fifth place.

Shiffrin skied to a fast second place after first run with 0.17 separating her run from Petra Vlhova of Slovakia in first place, and again skied a solid second run, but it wasn't quite enough to bump Vlhova from first. Lena Duerr of Germany took third. Shiffrin was also feeling under the weather with some stomach issues throughout the race.

“I don’t feel very well but no matter what Petra skied amazing tonight and deserves this victory,” said Shiffrin. “It was a little difficult this evening to perform but I did feel some turns that were good.”

Shiffrin is still on the verge of breaking the 82-World Cup win record that she currently shares with American skier Lindsey Vonn. Shiffrin just tied the record this week in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

Moltzan skied a blazing second run to bump herself up from 10th place to just off the podium in fourth. “I am really happy to end a crazy tech series with a top five in slalom,” said Moltzan. “It feels good to build consistency and have fun while doing it.”

Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete Nina O’Brien also closed out a strong series, scoring World Cup points with her 24th place. Teammate Lila Lapanja had great first and second runs and finished out the day in 23rd.  Ava Sunshine did not finish first run, Katie Hensien and Zoe Zimmerman did not qualify for a second run in, ending the day in 32nd and 41st, respectively. 

The next women’s World Cup is a speed event in St. Anton, Jan. 14-15.

RESULTS
Women's slalom

2023 World University Games U.S. Team Announced

By Leann Bentley
January, 10 2023
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U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced the 44 student-athletes who will represent the United States in five different sports at the 2023 FISU World University Games in Lake Placid, N.Y., Jan 12-22, 2023. 

The FISU Winter World University Games, which occurs biannually, is the largest multi-sport collegiate event in the world after the Winter Olympics. This year, student-athletes will compete in Lake Placid and represent their countries in the same venues as the 1972 Winter Olympic Games.

The World University Games dates back to 1923 and has since brought together college students between the ages of 17-25 to compete in multiple sports in one centralized location. This year, nearly 1,500 athletes from 43 different countries will compete in 12 disciplines: cross country skiing, alpine skiing, biathlon, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, nordic combined, ski jumping, curling, short and long track speed skating and snowboarding. Throughout the 10 days of competition, 86 events will take place with over 250 medal opportunities. 

ROSTERS (Name - University - Birthdate)

Alpine

Women

  • Carissa Cassidy - Colby College - 08/20/2002
  • Sophia Tozzi - Middlebury College - 09/12/2003
  • Ainsley Proffit - University of Alaska Anchorage - 03/21/2001 
  • Mia Hunt - Denver University - 03/21/2001
  • Tegan Wold - Montana State University - 01/11/2003
  • Charlotte Maurer - Colby College - 02/3/2001
  • Ella Spear - Colby College - 03/28/2001
  • Kaitlyn Harsch - University of Colorado - 01/1/2001
  • Cheyenne Brown - Colorado Mountain College - 11/26/1999
  • Ashley Humphreys - Colby-Sawyer College - 01/4/2000

Men

  • Jacob Dilling - University of Colorado - 10/19/1999
  • Tanner Perkins - Montana State University - 05/18/2001
  • Jeremy Mathers - University of Utah - 07/22/2001
  • Spencer Wright - Boston College - 06/29/1999
  • Nicolas Richeda - Middlebury College - 03/12/2002
  • Oliver Parazette - University of Utah - 03/6/2002
  • Jack Reich - University of Colorado - 06/10/2022
  • Hunter Eid - University of Alaska Anchorage - 02/22/2001

 

Cross Country 

Women

  • Anabel Needham - Michigan Tech - 01/8/2001
  • Nina Seemann - Dartmouth College - 10/20/2002
  • Kendall Kramer - University of Alaska Fairbanks - 06/26/2002
  • Sophia Mazzoni - Montana State University - 03/29/2001
  • Lucinda Anderson - University of New Hampshire - 12/3/2000
  • Renae Anderson - Bowdoin College - 09/15/1998
  • Annie McColgan - University of Vermont - 01/23/2002
  • Erin Bianco - Colby College - 10/8/1998

Men

  • John Steel Hagenbuch - Dartmouth College - 10/1/2001
  • Will Koch - University of Colorado - 02/21/2002
  • Finn Sweet - University of Vermont - 03/18/2002
  • Gregory Burt - University of Vermont - 2002
  • Adam Witkowski - Michigan Tech University - 02/12/2000
  • Alexander Maurer - University of Colorado - 08/15/2002
  • Garrett Butts - Alaska Pacific University - 02/16/2001
  • Cameron Wolfe - Dartmouth College - 10/23/2000

Parallel Snowboarding 

Women

  • Alexa Bullis - University of Colorado at Colorado Springs - 03/1/2000
  • Kaiya Kizuka - Penn State - 05/26/1999
  • Mika Kizuka - Lehigh University - 01/22/2002
  • Cecelia Jones - Denver University - 10/20/2001

Men

  • Hunter Bernard - Springfield College - 10/23/2000
  • William Massie - Penn State - 12/2/2000

Snowboardcross

Women

  • Abigail Benser - Westminster College - 09/1/2001
  • Paige Hughes - Northhampton Community College - 06/5/2004

Men

  • Hunter Bernard - Springfield College- 10/23/2000

Skicross

  • Jack Mitchell - Mission Ridge Ski Education Foundation - 03/3/2003

Find the World University Games schedule HERE.

2023 U.S Revolution Tour Returns to Copper, Aspen and Mammoth

By Leann Bentley
January, 10 2023
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An athlete competes at the 2021 Rev Tour at Copper Mountain Resort. (@philmckenziephoto)

Three U.S. resorts to host the next generation of freeskiers and snowboarders for 2023 Revolution Tour

PARK CITY, Utah (Jan. 11, 2023) – U.S. Ski & Snowboard announced the return of the U.S. Revolution Tour (Rev Tour) for the 2023 season to three world-class resorts: Copper Mountain, Colo., Mammoth Mountain, Calif., and Aspen Snowmass, Colo. The Rev Tour is an annual competition tour for up-and-coming freeskiers and snowboarders in halfpipe, slopestyle and big air.

For 19 years, the Rev Tour has served as a stepping stone for athletes transitioning from competing at the grassroots level to the elite level of freeskiing and snowboarding. At each stop of the Tour, some of the world's most promising competitors have the opportunity to compete at professional-level venues and terrain parks. 

To earn a spot on the Rev Tour, athletes must pre-qualify based on criteria for each contest. The Tour is focused on skiers and riders aged 13-19 years old and awards the top athletes with invitations to elite competitions, including the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix, FIS Junior World Championships and USASA Nationals, and Project Gold camps. 

Competition formats vary based on location and event, but skiers and riders compete in open class unless otherwise specified. Athletes must be 13 years of age or older to be eligible to compete at the Rev Tours and athletes must hold a current U.S. Ski & Snowboard competitor membership and FIS license. 

U.S. Ski & Snowboard also continues the Tour with the support of long-standing partnerships, including working with USASA and The Futures Tour, a joint venture between USASA and U.S. Ski & Snowboard. USASA provides an avenue for athletes to qualify for the Rev Tour, as well as solidify their prequalified spot for the 2023-24 season. 

2023 Revolution Tour Stops

Copper Mountain – Jan. 23-27, 2023

The Rev Tour season will kick off at the Athlete’s Mountain the last week of January. Skiers and boarders will compete on venues in the Woodward Mountain Park including the large jump line in Central Park and the 22-foot Superpipe. The Rev Tour at Copper Mountain will be the first stop of the 2023 U.S. NorAm calendar for snowboard and freeski slope and pipe. Copper is the Official Training Center for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard team, facilitating training for athletes who are competing for FIS points and NorAm standings. 

Aspen Snowmass – Feb. 8-14, 2023 

The Rev Tour has partnered with the Aspen Open for the fourth time to host a Rev Tour at Buttermilk in Aspen, Colo. The Rev Tour at Aspen Open will kick things off with halfpipe and slopestyle contests. Athletes will compete on the X Games Aspen courses, providing a taste of what it takes to compete at top freeski and snowboard competitions. 

Mammoth Mountain – March 16-21, 2023

For the third stop of the Rev Tour, athletes will travel to the west coast to compete at one of the nation’s premier ski and snowboard resorts, Mammoth Mountain. Mammoth will host contests in halfpipe, slopestyle and big air on the same course as the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix, a FIS World Cup. Mammoth Mountain has long served as a training ground for U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes, providing world-class slopestyle, big air and halfpipe venues. This year, athletes will compete in the world-renowned Unbound Main Terrain Park and the 22-foot pro halfpipe. 

SCHEDULE

Copper Mountain, Colo.


Jan. 23-27, 2023 - slopestyle, halfpipe 

Tuesday, Jan. 24
Freeski slopestyle 

Wednesday, Jan. 25
Freeski halfpipe

Thursday, Jan. 26
Snowboard slopestyle

Friday, Jan. 27
Snowboard halfpipe 

Aspen Snowmass, Colo.

Feb. 8-14, 2023 - slopestyle, halfpipe

Thursday, Feb. 9
Snowboard halfpipe 

Friday, Feb. 10

Snowboard slopestyle

Saturday, Feb. 11
Freeski halfpipe 

Sunday, Feb. 12
Freeski slopestyle 

Mammoth Mountain, Calif.


March 16-21, 2023 - slopestyle, halfpipe and big air 

Friday, March 17
Snowboard halfpipe

Saturday, March 18
Snowboard slopestyle 

Sunday, March 19
Snowboard big air
Freeski halfpipe 

Monday, March 20
Freeski slopestyle

Tuesday, March 21
Freeski big air 

2023 Alpine Junior World Ski Championships Team Announced

By Sierra Ryder
January, 9 2023
Alpine Junior World Ski Championships Panorama 2022
The team celebrates success at the Alpine Junior World Ski Championships Panorama, 2022

The Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team has announced the 17 athletes who will represent the United States in the 2023 FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships in St. Anton, Austria from Jan. 19-25, 2023.

The 2023 squad is comprised of Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athletes from the B, C and D teams, as well as top U.S. Ski & Snowboard club program athletes from across the nation. The U.S. has a history of strong results at the Junior World Championships. Last season, Isaiah Nelson took home gold in the super-G, Ava Sunshine a silver in super-G and Lauren Macuga a bronze in downhill. 

Many of the athletes named already have had successful seasons so far. On the women’s side, both Sunshine and Zoe Zimmerman scored slalom World Cup points, and Lauren Macuga also scored World Cup points. Stella Johansson took second in a Europa Cup giant slalom and Mary Bocock, Kjersti Moritz and Tatum Grosdidier have all had podium results in NorAm Cup competition. On the men’s side, Cooper Puckett had a recent NorAm slalom win and Jay Poulter snagged a NorAm slalom podium.

“This year’s Junior World Championship team is a remarkable group of athletes who have already achieved tremendous results at the World Cup, Europa Cup and NorAm levels in their young careers,” said Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team Development Director Chip Knight. “With half of the team returning from last year and two medalists among them, we are looking forward to going to St. Anton to compete for medals, top-10 results and the Marc Holder overall team title.”

The 2023 Junior Worlds will once again include downhill, team alpine combined and mixed team events, along with super-G, giant slalom and slalom events for both men and women. Live timing will be provided by the International Ski Federation (FIS).

2023 FIS ALPINE JUNIOR WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM

Name, Hometown; Club (Birthdate)

Women:
Mary Bocock – Salt Lake City, UT; Rowmark/Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team (07/10/2003)
Tatum Grosdidier – Steamboat Springs, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (07/24/2004)
Stella Johansson – Aspen, CO; Aspen Valley Ski Club (09/02/2003)
Lauren Macuga – Park City, UT; Park City Ski & Snowboard/Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team (07/04/2002)
Kjersti Moritz – Vail, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail/Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team (11/28/2004)
Liv Moritz – Vail, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (11/28/2004)
Dasha Romanov – Thornton, CO; Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation/Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team (03/05/2003)
Ava Sunshine – Edwards, CO; Burke Mountain Academy/Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team (06/20/2002)
Zoe Zimmerman – Gilford, NH; Burke Mountain Academy/Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team (05/16/2002)

Men:
Justin Bigatel – Park City, UT; Burke Mountain Academy/Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team (04/29/2003)
Finnigan Donley – Anchorage, AK; Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (02/28/2005)
Camden Palmquist – Eagan, MN; Buck Hill Ski Team/Team Summit Colorado/Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team (04/15/2003)
Oliver Parazette – Jackson, WY; University of Utah (03/06/2002)
Jay Poulter – Stratton, VT; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club/Stratton Mountain School, Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team (07/01/2003)
Cooper Puckett – Steamboat, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club/Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team (03/31/2003)
Hunter Salani – Edwards, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (02/25/2005) 
Ryder Sarchett – Ketchum, ID; Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation/Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team (07/28/2003)

ST. ANTON 2023 COMPETITION SCHEDULE

January 17 – Downhill Training
January 18 – Downhill Training
January 19 – Men’s and Women’s Downhill
January 20 – Men’s and Women’s Super-G
January 20 – Men’s and Women’s Team Alpine Combined
January 21 – Women’s Giant Slalom
January 22 – Men’s Giant Slalom
January 23– Mixed Team Parallel
January 24 – Women’s Slalom
January 25 – Men’s Slalom 

More event information can be found here

Macuga, Mickel First on Day One of U.S. Freestyle Selection Events

By Leann Bentley
January, 9 2023
Alli Macuga, Kasey Hogg
Alli Macuga and Kasey Hogg go 1-2 on the first day of Moguls Selections competition in Winter Park, Colo.

The U.S. Freestyle D-Team moguls athletes filled the podium spots for both men and women on the first day of the U.S. Freestyle Selection Events in Winter Park, Colo. Alli Macuga and Charlie Mickel won the day with their teammates right there with them on the podium.

For the men, Mickel "really went for it" and came out on top. On top of the podium in third was fellow National team athlete Dylan Marcellini. "Today definitely went well for qualifiers and finals, I did what I needed to do to get into the next round and it worked out!" said Mickel. "Definitely means a lot to win this event because it's all the top U.S. guys and it feels good to be on top!"

"I want to give a huge thanks to the Winter Park Competition Center for putting up a great event today," said Dylan Marcellini. "The course was awesome, the jumps were great and I was glad to see it!"

On the women's side, four-time NorAm podium and two-time Junior World Championships podium finisher, Macuga, was once again on top to cap off day one. "First, I want to thank everyone here for putting on a great event," Macuga said, post-competition. "Stoked to see the athletes putting down some really good runs and I'm excited to see what they have for the rest of the days to come!" Right there with Macuga was the 2021 U.S. National Moguls Champion, Kasey Hogg in second. 

"It was an awesome day out there," said Hogg. "The course was better than ever this year and we had great competition. Super excited to be here and excited for the rest of the competition!" 

Also on the podium were U.S. club athletes, LuLu Shaffer in third for the women and Landon Wendler in second for the men. 

The U.S. Freestyle Selection Events are used to qualify skiers to earn starts in the U.S. World Cups and the NorAm competitions. The top regional mogul and dual mogul athletes from the U.S. Ski & Snowboard member clubs, along with athletes from Australia, Japan, The Netherlands, Italy, and the U.S. Freestyle Team are in Winter Park to compete. 

Competition resumes on Wednesday, Jan. 11 for the moguls event, followed by dual moguls on Thursday, Jan. 12. 

JAN. 9th RESULTS 

Women

Men

Ritchie Scores a Top 30 in Adelboden

By Sierra Ryder
January, 8 2023
Ben Ritchie Skis to a Top 30 Slalom Result
Ben Ritchie Skis to a Top 30 Slalom Result (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Stifel U.S. Alpine Team athlete Ben Ritchie secured a 26th place in the Adelboden slalom on Sunday. Ritchie started 42nd and was able to squeeze his way into a second run, a feat considering the deterioration of the course at his bib number.

“It’s a little bittersweet, first run was really tough with the conditions, it was warm and big ruts so I was happy to get a second run,” said Ritchie. “I was happy with my skiing second run just a dumb mistake towards the end, but still happy to get some points.”

Former U.S. Ski Team member and now Greek athlete, AJ Ginnis, had a solid day landing in 20th place, moving up from bib 48. The day’s winners included a one-two podium by the young Norwegians Lucas Braathen in first, and Atle Lie McGrath in second. Germany’s Linus Strasser took third place.

The Swiss crowds again showed up by the thousands to pack the finish stadium and cheer on their favorite racers. The weather did not bring much sunshine, but instead a bit of rain. Regardless the atmosphere was again indescribable.

Stifel U.S. Alpine athletes Luke Winters and Jett Seymour also raced, Winters did not finish first run and Seymour landed in 56th first run after hiking.  

“I think the whole U.S. slalom team is skiing really great, a little bit of bad luck this season but we had one good result by Luke and there are more coming,” said Ritchie.

The slalom team will have another chance at slalom in Wengen, Switerland on Jan. 15th.

RESULTS

Men's slalom

Ogden Makes History, Brennan Fourth, Laukli Third in Final Climb

By Leann Bentley
January, 8 2023
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Sophia Laukli is held up by her teammates after having a career-best result in Val di Fiemme, Italy. (@NordicFocus)

Today was a day for career-bests and rewriting history. Sophia Laukli nabbed her best-ever World Cup result, Ben Ogden made history with the top finish by a U.S. male in the Tour de Ski and Rosie Brennan finished top five overall through the seven stages.

The Final Climb

To cap off the grueling Tour de Ski, the final stage took the athletes still in contention up the Alpe Cermis resort, a 10k course that approaches nearly 30 degrees of steepness at points. The Final Climb course is considered the hardest course on the FIS World Cup circuit as it winds up 10k of alpine terrain with grades that one typically only skis down, not up. 

Laukli, or as her teammates call her, the "uphill queen" left it all out on the course and finished the day in third, skiing to her first career World Cup podium and the best result of her career. Throughout the race, Laukli made pivotal moves that left the women around her shocked.

Laukli, also a professional trail runner, is all too familiar with steep elevation gain in short distances, making the Final Climb far less intimidating. Her experience with steep grades, pushing it through intense elevation gain and just being an overall great skier, led her to make the move onto the podium for the first time in her career. 

“This result is really motivating and it’s so fun to end the Tour on this race. Today topped it all off for sure and I’ll savor this feeling forever!” Laukli said, post-race. 

For the women, the entire team made it to the top and three were in the top ten. Laukli made it to the top of the mountain in third, Jessie Diggins fifth and Brennan sixth. As seen in the last several hundred meters, it was a fight with Diggins and Brennan less than a second apart and only 53 seconds back from the winner, Delphine Claudel of France. Julia Kern crossed the line in 21st and Alayna Sonnesyn in 35th. 

An important note - all women who started the tour for the U.S., finished. 

For the men, Scott Patterson kept his momentum up the hill and ended the day in 14th place, leading the men in the final stage. "It was hard, it's been a long tour but it's been pretty good. I am happy with it and I'm psyched for what's next," said Patterson.

Not far behind was Ogden in 24th, Hunter Wonders in 32nd, Gus Schumacher 33rd and Finn O'Connell in 47th. Zak Ketterson, JC Schoonmaker and Kevin Bolger did not race the final stage of the Tour. 

Overall Tour de Ski Standings

For the overall Tour de Ski standings, history was made. Ogden finished in 13th, marking the best result of any U.S. in Tour de Ski history. The young American skier has made a rapid push to become a strong and consistent contender on the World Cup circuit and his overall result shows why he deserves to be at the top. 

For the women, Brennan was a force throughout the entire seven stages and finished fourth overall, an incredible feat for the team. Brennan was consistent throughout the Tour - she never ventured past 15th place and had several top-ten finishes, her best being fourth place in the 15k classic mass start in Val di Fiemme, Italy. 

"I got a split in the middle of the climb that I was moving up in the overall, so I got a second wind and made it to the top," said Brennan in a post-race interview. "I am finally starting to come around and it's a good sign for the future!" 

Now, the team will rest before they head to the next set of races. 

Shiffrin Clinches 82nd Win, Ties Vonn Record

By Sierra Ryder
January, 8 2023
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Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates in the finish after winning her 82nd World Cup. (Getty Images - Christophe Pallot)

Stifel U.S. Alpine Team athlete Mikaela Shiffrin made history, winning her 82nd career World Cup in the Kranjska Gora giant slalom and tying Lindsey Vonn’s record of 82 World Cup victories, the most World Cup wins by a woman alpine ski racer.

The race conditions were unpredictable in Kranjska Gora, but Shiffrin powered through the sugary snow and flat light to win first run. She built on her lead in second run to win by .77 seconds—a massive margin in alpine ski racing. When she crossed the finish line and saw her result, she let out an uncharacteristic celebratory yell and sat on her skis to let it soak in. 

“I really wanted to ski it well and I did,” said Shiffrin. “I can’t believe it. It was a fight.”

Rounding out the podium for the Kranjska Gora Golden Fox Trophy race, Federica Brignone of Italy was second and Lara Gut-Behrami was third.

Shiffrin’s result ties her with the legendary Lindsey Vonn, who collected 82 wins over her storied career, making the two best women alpine skiers in history from the United States and part of the Stifel U.S. Alpine Team. Together these women have inspired generations of skiers and generations to come. 

"I was so nervous on the second run because I said I did not care about the number, but I was more nervous than I have ever been," said Shiffrin. "I am trying not to think about the records or change my goals but its 82 victories it's a bit indescribable." 

Shiffrin’s victories have spanned the last decade and she hasn’t let up in 2022-23. This is her eighth victory of the season in the women’s World Cup: two slaloms in Levi, a super-G in St. Moritz, two giant slaloms in Semmering, a slalom in Semmering, a slalom in Zagreb and today’s giant slalom in Kranjska Gora. Her win rate is an extraordinary 35%, which means that when she steps into the start gate, she is likely to win over one-third of all races.

Shiffrin also claimed her 51st World Cup slalom win just over a week ago, more than any other alpine skier in a specific event. Only Ingemar Stenmark (81 in men’s slalom & 72 in men’s giant slalom) has as many podium finishes in a specific event as Shiffrin in the women’s slalom (71).

Now Shiffrin will look to the next women’s event in Flachau, Austria, a night slalom, for her 83rd win, and a chance to make history as the best woman alpine skier in history. 

Paula Moltzan also had a banner day, grabbing the top 10 and tying her second-best giant slalom result in ninth place. Nina O’Brien also made the flip and scored her second World Cup points since her injury at the 2022 Olympic Games. 

"I think today was a good step forward of me," said O'Brien. "It is a relief and gives me some confidence, it has been a challenging month or two for me but everyone has been reaching out and has been so supportive." 

Ava Sunshine, Stella Johansson and Katie Hensien did not qualify for second run, but cheered for their Stifel U.S. Alpine Team teammates at the finish.

RESULTS
Women’s giant slalom

Brennan Fourth, Ogden 19th in 15k Classic

By Tom Kelly
January, 7 2023
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Rosie Brennan is all smiles in Val di Fiemme, Italy. (Nordic Focus)

The U.S. Cross Country Team continues to shine at the Tour de Ski. In the 15k classic mass start, Brennan was the top American woman, finishing just off the podium in fourth place, and Ogden led the men in 19th. Now, going into the final climb of the Tour, Brennan is fifth overall and Ogden ninth. Ogden is on track to have the best result for an American man in Tour de Ski history!

“I decided to just believe in myself today, believe in what was possible and take a chance on myself," said Brennan. "I’m really glad I did because I felt good. I had good legs and it was just a really great day!”

Tomorrow, Jan. 8, the team is back in action for the last stage of the Tour de Ski, a 10k skate climb straight up a ski resort. Watch the men and women LIVE on skiandsnowboard.live, starting with the women at 5:45 a.m. ET and men at 7:30 a.m. ET. This is a race you won't want to miss!

Shiffrin Sixth, Moltzan Top 20 in Kransjka Gora

By Sierra Ryder
January, 7 2023
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Shiffrin races the first giant slalom in Kranjska Gora. (Getty Images)

Stifel U.S. Alpine Team athletes Mikaela Shiffrin and Paula Moltzan finished sixth and 19th on the first day of the FIS World Cup giant slalom series in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

The women’s first run was stacked, with mere tenths of a second separating first from 10th, making for a competitive second run. After the first run, Shiffrin clocked in fifth and Moltzan 14th. 

"The course held up great; the snow is probably some of the best we have seen this year,” said Moltzan. “My first run felt better than the second run, but the good thing is there is another day tomorrow.”

Canadian skier Valerie Grenier secured her first-ever World Cup podium and victory with Italian skier Marta Bassino in second, and Petra Vlhova in third. 

“I think it was a very exciting race with the top ladies," said Shiffrin. "They skied very well and it was fun to watch."

Shiffrin is currently at 81 World Cup wins, just one shy of the 82-win women's record held by American skier Lindsey Vonn. Shiffrin plans to remain focused on her skiing as the record looms. 

“It was a great race and I will look at my video to see where I lost time, so we will see if I can pick it up tomorrow,” said Shiffrin. “I was not thinking about the record today. Every race I ski now I have the chance to equalize Lindsey’s record, but I will just focus on my skiing.”

Ava Sunshine, Katie Hensien and Stella Johansson finished the first run but did not qualify for a second run. Nina O’Brien was ripping through the track of the first run but unfortunately did not finish.

Shiffrin and the rest of the Stifel U.S. Alpine Team crew have a chance in another giant slalom race Sunday.

The Stifel U.S. Alpine Team men’s giant slalom crew raced on the Adelboden track in Switzerland today, Jan. 7. A highlight of the afternoon was the thousands of fans in attendance. The cheering was loud and the atmosphere was electric on the warm and sunny Switzerland afternoon.

River Radamus led the team and finished in 22nd place with Tommy Ford close behind in 27th. Both racers had trouble on the first and second runs, but remain in high spirits as they look to the next giant slaloms later this month.

Marco Odermatt of Switzerland had a big win in front of the home crowd. Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway took second and Swiss skier Loic Meillard was third.

Brian McLaughlin and Patrick Kenney both raced, but McLaughlin did not finish and Kenney did not qualify for a second run.

The Adelboden track turns to slalom on Sunday.

RESULTS
Women's slalom
Men's giant slalom

HOW TO WATCH

Sunday, Jan 8, 2023

3:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup, women's giant slalom, first run, Kranjska Gora, Slovenia streaming on skiandsnowboard.live

4:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup, men's slalom, first run, Adelboden, Switzerland, streaming on skiandsnowboard.live

7:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup, men's slalom, second run, Adelboden, Switzerland, streaming on  skiandsnowboard.live

6:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup, women's giant slalom, second run, Kranjska Gora, Slovenia streaming on  skiandsnowboard.live