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Kern Fourth in Falun World Cup Classic Sprint

By Tom Horrocks
March, 11 2022

Julia Kern doesn’t want the FIS Cross Country World Cup season to end. Especially after nearly missing her second career podium, finishing fourth, in Friday’s classic sprint in Falun, Sweden.

“I don’t want the season to end now!” Kern said. “We have been on the road for a long time, but I finally feel like I’m hitting my stride, and the pieces are coming together, so my overall feeling is a bit bittersweet right now. I am really happy with the way I skied today and all of the hard work from the whole staff!”

Racing on soft, spring snow, Kern qualified in 17th following a solid week of training and honing in on race tactics with her coaching staff. She won her opening quarterfinal heat, then took another victory in the semifinal heat to advance to the finals for the second time this season. In the semifinals, Kern edged World Cup leader Maja Dahlqvist at the line for the victory. However, in the finals, Dahlqvist got the better of Kern.

“I gave it all I had today in every round and charged hard to break away at the top of the downhill in the final,” Kern said. “It was bittersweet to have the podium slip through my fingers, but it keeps the hunger alive and gives me the confidence that I am right there. I don’t think I would have changed anything and am psyched to execute a day I am proud of on one of the trickiest courses on the World Cup. It was extra special to have my parents here in person to cheer me on; it seems they bring me good luck and energy!”

Olympic gold medalist Jonna Sundling of Sweden, who sat out the first part of the season due to injury, took her second-straight World Cup sprint win in commanding style, finishing more than eight seconds ahead of Slovenia’s Anamarija Lampic in second and nine seconds ahead of Dalhqvist in third. Kern’s fourth-place result matched her season-best, a fourth-place finish in the freestyle sprint from stage 1 of the FIS Tour de Ski in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

Rosie Brennan, who qualified seventh, finished 16th. And Jessie Diggins, who qualified 18th, finished 19th.

“I had a good qualifier, and that gave me some confidence for the heats,” Brennan said, adding that the Falun course is quite challenging with some technical downhill sections. “I struggled to find space to move on the uphills, which is my strength, and that ultimately cost me moving on to the semifinals by less than a second.”

The women race a 10k freestyle Saturday, where Caitlin Patterson and Rosie Frankowski will join Kern, Brennan, and Diggins. The U.S. men who will compete in Saturday's 15k freestyle are Scott Patterson, Logan Hanneman, Zak Ketterson, Peter Holmes, and Adam Martin. 

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, and participating athletes will each ski a one-lap qualifier (in interval start). The times of all skiers will be cumulated, and the 20 best teams are qualified for the finals.

Sunday’s mixed team sprint and relay lineups for the Davis U.S. Cross Country Team will be determined Saturday afternoon. All events will stream live on NBC’s Peacock platform.

RESULTS
Women’s classic sprint
Men’s classic sprint

HOW TO WATCH
Saturday, March 12, 2022
5:30 a.m. FIS Cross Country World Cup Men’s 15k Freestyle - LIVE, Falun, SWE,  Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Streaming Peacock
8:15 a.m. FIS Cross Country World Cup Women’s 10k Freestyle - LIVE, Falun, SWE,  

Sunday, March 13, 2022
5:30 a.m. FIS Cross Country World Cup Mixed Team Relay - LIVE, Falun, SWE,  Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Streaming Peacock
7:30 a.m. FIS Cross Country World Cup Mixed Team Sprint - LIVE, Falun, SWE,  Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Streaming Peacock



 

Deer Valley Resort Steps In To Host Toyota U.S. Freestyle Championships March 26-27

By Tom Horrocks
March, 9 2022
Deer Valley Resort
Deer Valley Resort, which has already hosted Freestyle World Cup and NorAm events this season will host the Toyota U.S. Freestyle Championship March 27-28. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

U.S. Ski & Snowboard announced today that Deer Valley Resort has stepped up to host the 2022 Toyota U.S. Freestyle Championships March 26-27, which includes moguls and dual moguls competition.

The U.S. Freestyle Championships were originally slated for Palisades Tahoe. However, Mother Nature didn’t deliver the snow needed to build a world-class moguls course on the lower mountain venue site. Palisades Tahoe pulled out all the stops to make snow during a tight snowmaking window, but unfortunately due to unforeseen challenges, was not able to produce the snow needed to build the course. Palisades Tahoe has been committed to U.S. Freestyle Championships since before the COVID-19 pandemic. On very short notice, Deer Valley agreed to host the event. 

“We certainly appreciated the dedication from both Deer Valley and Palisades Tahoe in supporting the athletes and the development of freestyle skiing,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO Sophie Goldschmidt. “Both resorts are outstanding partners and supporters of U.S. Ski & Snowboard, and we certainly could not provide the best athletes in the world with world class venues to showcase their talents without the strong support from both Deer Valley Resort and Palisades Tahoe.”

“Deer Valley is honored to step in and host the 2022 U.S. Freestyle Championships on our 2002 Olympic and World Cup mogul ski run.” said Alterra Mountain Company COO Mark Brownlie.  “We look forward to hosting the athletes and supporting them as they close out their competition season.” 

Athletes will compete on the same course used for January’s Intermountain Healthcare Freestyle International - the only domestic stop on the FIS Freestyle World Cup tour. For the athletes of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team, a majority of whom call Park City and Utah home, the Toyota U.S. Freestyle Championships will once again provide a homecoming event following a long World Cup and Olympic season.

The competition will include individual moguls championships on Saturday, March 26, and dual moguls championships on Sunday, March 27. 2022 Olympic silver medalist Jaelin Kauf is expected to compete, as is three-time Olympian and Deer Valley athlete Brad Wilson. Olympians Olivia Giaccio and Hannah Soar will also cap their season at U.S. Freestyle Championships. 

SCHEDULE
Friday, March 25
1:30 - 2:55 p.m. Women’s moguls qualification

Saturday, March 26
11:25 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. Men’s moguls qualification
2:20 - 2:40 p.m. Women’s moguls finals
2:40 - 3:00 p.m. Men’s moguls finals

Sunday, March 27
10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Men and Women’s dual moguls preliminary rounds
1:25 - 3:00 p.m. Men and Women’s dual moguls finals

Career-Best Seventh For Winters in Flachau Night Slalom

By Megan Harrod
March, 9 2022

Luke Winters scored a career-best seventh place on Wednesday night in under the lights in Flachau, Austria, the final FIS Ski World Cup slalom prior to World Cup Finals. 

The race, originally scheduled to take place in Zagreb, Croatia, thrived under the lights in front of a wild Austrian crowd. Norway’s Atle McGrath won his first-ever World Cup, followed by Olympic champion Clement Noel in France in second, 0.29 seconds off the pace, and Swiss Daniel Yule in third, .64 out. 

With his victory, McGrath became one of eight men to win a World Cup slalom this season. Teammate Henrik Kristoffersen became the first to claim multiple wins last weekend in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany with his back-to-back wins. Half of those eight World Cup slalom winners have been Norwegian, including teammates Lucas Braathen (Wengen, Switzerland) and Sebastian Foss-Solevaag (Madonna di Campiglio, Italy).

Winters skied a solid and smart first run, sitting in 18th, a promising position to move up in the second run. He skied with tactic and confidence in the second run to gain significant time and move up the leaderboard. "First run I wasn't totally sure...in Garmisch I had some trouble, but I had a decent training block between the two races," Winters reflected. "I wasn't totally sure how I'd feel coming out of the gate first run, but I found my rhythm and had some really good sections on the first run, and kind of took that confidence into the second run and was just super focused and knew what I had to do."

With his seventh place, Winters also stamped his ticket to World Cup Finals—in which the top 25 ranked in each discipline will compete to close out the season. He ended up in a three-way tie for 24th place in the standings. "Obviously, with a little added pressure to really push it to try to get to Finals, I knew I had to do that," he said. "It feels good to also barely make Finals - I think I was tied for 24th, so even if I had gotten eighth I would not have made it, so that feels good. Psyched on my best career result and looking forward to one more chance at Finals."

Alex Leever did not qualify for the second run. Ben Ritchie and Jett Seymour also started for the Americans but did not finish the first run. 

Kristoffersen maintained his lead in the slalom standings, with 371 points over teammate Lucas Braathen with 323 points. Germany’s Linus Strasser is sitting in third with 307 points, and Austria’s Manuel Feller has 301 points. With one slalom remaining at World Cup Finals, anything can happen. Swiss Marco Odermatt, who does not ski slalom, maintained his healthy lead in the overall standings, with 1,239 points heading into the double giant slalom weekend in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. 

Up next, the tech men travel to Kranjska Gora for back-to-back giant slalom races on Saturday and Sunday before traveling to World Cup Finals in Courchevel/Meribel. 

RESULTS
Men’s slalom

STANDINGS
Overall
Slalom

HOW TO WATCH

*All times EST

Streaming services and apps are third-party services and subject to such parties’ terms of use and data privacy. U.S. Ski & Snowboard disclaims any and all liability for use of third-party services and apps.

Friday, March 11, 2022
9:00 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Giant Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Are, SWE, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Streaming Peacock
12:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Giant Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Are, SWE, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Streaming Peacock

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

Sport-specific broadcast and streaming schedules are available below:

Broadcast and streaming are updated on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard website throughout the season.

 

U.S. Kicks Off 2022 Freeski & Snowboard Junior World Champs With Five Medals

By Annie Fast
March, 8 2022
Junior World Championships Course
An overview of the Junior World Championships course at Leysin. Photo: Martin Steffen

The Leysin 2022 Park & Pipe Junior World Championships kicked off Tuesday with U.S. freeski & snowboard athletes earning five halfpipe medals.

Snowboard Halfpipe Results 

Fifteen-year-old Bea Kim, a first year U.S. Snowboard Team rookie from Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team earned silver in women’s halfpipe. This follows a stellar season where she earned four NorAm halfpipe podiums. Rounding out the U.S. riders, Lola Cowan finished in 14th, with Olivia Lisle in 17th, Skylar Koeppe in 19th and Kaylie Neal in 20th. 

In men’s snowboard halfpipe, Levko Fedorowycz earned eighth place, followed by Kade Martin in ninth, Connor Cavanagh in 11th and Noah Avallone in 12th. 

U.S. Snowboard halfpipe coach Danny Kass and Ben Wisner provided guidance to these athletes.  

Women's Halfpipe Results
Men's Halfpipe Results

Freeski Halfpipe Results

In men’s freeski halfpipe, two skiers earned podium spots, with Matt Labaugh taking silver and Ben Fethke in the bronze position. Eugene Morris earned sixth place among the field of 21 men.

The women’s division also saw U.S. freeskiers dominate with Kathryn Gray taking silver and Piper Arnold earning bronze.

U.S. Freeski halfpipe coach Ryan Carey was at the top of the pipe providing direction. 

Men's Halfpipe Results
Women's Halfpipe Results

Up Next: Slopestyle & Big Air 

The action is just getting underway as the world’s best up-and-coming freeskiers and snowboarders continue to battle it out for medals in big air and slopestyle.

Freeski Slopestyle & Big Air

Freeski big air qualifications kick off on Wednesday, March 9th, followed by finals on Thursday. Slopestyle qualifications are on Saturday, March 12, finishing the weekend with finals on Sunday.

The U.S. women’s roster includes U.S. Freeski Rookie rider Bella Bacon, plus Alex Thisted, Kathryn Gray, and Elaina Krusiewski. On the men’s side, it’s U.S. Freeski Rookie skier Troy Podmilsak, Matt Labaugh and Colby Johnson. 

Snowboard Slopestyle & Big Air

Snowboard slopestyle qualifications kick off on Wednesday, March 9th, followed by slopestyle finals on Thursday. Then it’s on to big air qualifications on Saturday and big air finals on Sunday. 

The U.S. women’s snowboard field is stacked with Kaitlyn Adams, Alyssa Moroco, Veda Hallen, Rebecca Flynn and Ella Sorensen for the girls. The deep men’s field includes U.S. Snowboard Rookie rider Fynn Bullock-Womble, Lucas Ferry, Evan Wrobel, Jaxson Moon, Hayden Tyler and Brooklyn DePriest. 

U.S. Snowboard slopestyle coach Eric Beauchemin and Nichole Mason will be on hand to help guide these riders. 

2022 Freestyle Junior World Ski Championships Team Announced

By Lara Carlton
March, 7 2022
Cole McDonald
Cole McDonald, who will represent the U.S. at FIS Freestyle Junior World Ski Championships, made his Olympic debut in February at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, China. (Mike Dawson/U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has named 16 athletes to the 2022 FIS Freestyle Junior World Ski Championships Team. These athletes will represent the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team in Chiesa in Valmalenco, Italy, March 25-29, 2022.

Junior Worlds will feature men’s and women’s aerials, mixed team aerials, moguls and dual moguls, as well as the first-ever team dual moguls FIS-sanctioned competition in history. The 2022 team is led by newly minted Olympians Cole McDonald, Kaila Kuhn, Kai Owens, and Nick Page. U.S. Ski Team athletes Quinn Dehlinger, Kasey Hogg, Elizabeth Lemley, Dylan Marcellini and Ali Macuga are set to compete. Park City Ski & Snowboard’s Jackson Crockett, Connor Curran, Amelia Glogowski, Catherine McEany, Reese Muzny, Ashton Salwan and Ian Schoenwald round out the roster. 

“We are thrilled with the talented group of young athletes representing the U.S. in aerial and mogul skiing at this year’s Junior World Ski Championships,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard Sport Development Senior Manager Ashley Diebold. “We are excited to have four Olympians participating. Each athlete named to this year’s team has experience competing at the highest level of their sport and we cannot wait to see what they accomplish.”  

2022 FIS FREESTYLE JUNIOR WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM
Name, Hometown; Club (Birthdate)

Aerials
Women

  • Amelia Glogowski, Buffalo, N.Y.; Park City Ski & Snowboard (01/26/05) 
  • Kaila Kuhn, Boyne City, Mich.; Park City Ski and Snowboard (4/8/03)
  • Catherine McEany, Park City, Utah; Park City Ski and Snowboard (11/14/06)
  • Reese Muzny, Houston, Texas; Park City Ski & Snowboard (07/18/06) 

Men

  • Connor Curran, Cincinnati, Ohio; Park City Ski & Snowboard (09/23/04)  
  • Quinn Dehlinger, Cincinnati, Ohio; Elite Aerial Development Program (6/8/02)
  • Ashton Salwan, Cleveland, Ohio; Park City Ski & Snowboard (06/23/04) 
  • Ian Schoenwald, Park City, Utah; Park City Ski & Snowboard (06/18/04)

Moguls
Women

  • Kasey Hogg, Park City, Utah; Wasatch Freestyle Foundation (1/8/2003)
  • Elizabeth Lemley, Vail, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (1/22/2006)
  • Ali Macuga, Park City, Utah; Park City Ski & Snowboard (9/24/2003)
  • Kai Owens, Vail, Colorado; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (8/16/04)

Men

  • Jackson Crockett, Park City; Park City Ski & Snowboard (10/23/02)
  • Dylan Marcellini, Walnut Creek, Calif.; Wasatch Freestyle (9/29/2002)
  • Cole McDonald, Park City, Utah; Wasatch Freestyle (3/6/2003)
  • Nick Page, Park City, Utah; Wasatch Freestyle Foundation (8/1/02)

2022 FREESTYLE JUNIOR WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS COMPETITION SCHEDULE
March 25 – Men’s and Women’s Moguls
March 26 – Men’s and Women’s Aerials
March 27 – Mixed Team Aerials
March 28 – Men’s and Women’s Dual Moguls
March 29 – Mixed Team Dual Moguls

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Shiffrin Fourth In Lenzerheide Giant Slalom

By Mackenzie Moran
March, 6 2022

Mikaela Shiffrin led two Americans into the top 10 of the Lenzerheide, Switzerland giant slalom on Sunday, March 6, finishing fourth overall. Her teammate, Paula Moltzan, finished 10th. 

Shiffrin skied the second-fastest first run, trailing Sweden's Sara Hector by a mere 0.11 seconds. Unfortunately, a couple of slow turns her second run pushed her out of podium position and into fourth. Shiffrin reported that the course didn't feel clean at some gates, and she subsequently felt like she was fighting to regain time through the finish.

"It was hard to get [time] back, but it's not so difficult to lose time," said Shiffrin. "It's a big fight with these other women that are pushing really hard." 

France's Tessa Worley ended the day in first, followed by Federica Brignone in second and Hector in third. Hector remains at the top of the giant slalom standings, 111 points ahead of Shiffrin, who sits in third.

AJ Hurt also punched into the point-scoring range, finishing 26th overall. Keely Cashman also started for the Americans but did not finish her first run.

Shiffrin's fourth-place finish allowed her to widen the gap ahead of Slovakia's Petra Vlhova in the fight for the overall crystal globe. She maintains the lead with 1,156 points overall and ranks second in slalom, third in giant slalom, and fourth in super-G. Vlhova, who crashed out in the day's giant slalom, maintains her overall points at 1,039.

With six races left in the season, the fight for the overall Crystal Globe continues.

"It's not the end, for sure," said Shiffrin. "There are plenty of races left, and this was very abnormal for [Petra] today. I doubt she will do that again. It will be a strong fight right to the last race, and I take nothing for granted. And I know she's going to come back motivated and fighting."

The women's tech team will return to race another giant slalom in Are, Sweden, on Friday, March 11. 

RESULTS
Women's giant slalom

STANDINGS
Overall
Giant Slalom

HOW TO WATCH
*
All times EST

Streaming services and apps are third-party services and subject to such parties’ terms of use and data privacy. U.S. Ski & Snowboard disclaims any and all liability for use of third-party services and apps.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022
11:45 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Flachau, AUT,  Ski World Cup Live, Streaming Peacock
2:45 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Flachau, AUT,  Ski World Cup Live, Streaming Peacock

Friday, March 11, 2022
9:00 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Giant Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Are, SWE, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Streaming Peacock
12:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Giant Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Are, SWE, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Streaming Peacock

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

Sport-specific broadcast and streaming schedules are available below:

Broadcast and streaming are updated on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard website throughout the season.

Cochran-Siegle 11th In Kvitfjell Super-G

By Mackenzie Moran
March, 6 2022
Ryan Cochran-Siegle
Ryan Cochran-Siegle of Team United States competes during the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Super G on March 6, 2022, in Kvitfjell Norway. (Agence Zoom/Getty Images-Jonas Ericsson)

Olympic silver medalist, Ryan Cochran-Siegle, once led the American men in Kvitjfell, Norway, finishing 11th overall in the super-G on Sunday, March 6. Cochran-Siegle finished one second off of Aleksander Aamodt Kilde's top pace, tying with Austria's Stefan Babinsky. 

Canada's James Crawford finished second, just seven hundredths behind Kilde. Austria's Mattias Mayer finished third. 

Travis Ganong and Bryce Bennett posted top 25 finishes finishing 21st and 25th respectively.

Steven Nyman, Jared Goldberg, and Erik Arvidsson finished outside of the points in 37th, 38th, and 48th, respectively.

RESULTS
Men's super-G

STANDINGS
Overall
Super-G

HOW TO WATCH
*
All times EST

Streaming services and apps are third-party services and subject to such parties’ terms of use and data privacy. U.S. Ski & Snowboard disclaims any and all liability for use of third-party services and apps.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022
11:45 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Flachau, AUT,  Ski World Cup Live, Streaming Peacock
2:45 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Flachau, AUT,  Ski World Cup Live, Streaming Peacock

Friday, March 11, 2022
9:00 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Giant Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Are, SWE, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Streaming Peacock
12:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Giant Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Are, SWE, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Streaming Peacock

Saturday, March 12, 2022
2:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Giant Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Kranjska Gora, SLO, Streaming Peacock
3:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Are, SWE, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Streaming Peacock
5:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Giant Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Kranjska Gora, SLO, Streaming Peacock
6:45 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
3:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Giant Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Kranjska Gora, SLO, Streaming Peacock
6:30 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 are updated on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard website throughout the season.

 

No Holding Back at the 2022 Masters Eastern Regional Championships

By Lauren Beckos
March, 5 2022
2022 Eastern Regional Champions at West Mountain, NY
Congratulations to the 2022 Phillips 66 Eastern Regional Champions!

Thanks to Carol Tomassetti for this great recap from the 2022 Phillips 66 Eastern Regional Championships!

 

We had a fantastic time at West Mountain for the Eastern Regional Championships. We started with a great day of training on Thursday, running from the top of the Cure to the bottom on a GS course.  What a treat.  We managed to get our training in before the rain started which was a huge bonus. Thursday night it rained hard enough that I questioned whether it was monsoon season. The surface set up firm enough that we were able pull off the SG with a nice solid surface.  (some may dispute nice when we describe the solid surface, but it was a good race surface). 

The GS and SL races for Saturday and Sunday were sunny and bright and the surfaces were once again nice and race solid. 

We had some great hot competition among racers coming from five different regional Masters groups across the East and Rockies including SARA (Southern), New England, NY, Mid-Atlantic and Rocky Mountain. We had racers from many different states. Tennessee, Utah, Ohio, NY, NJ, CT, MA, NH, VT, Delaware, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  A great showing from a broad set of locations. 


You can find the results for the races at usalpinemasters.org/er 
SG: Congratulations to Eliza Phillips and Matt Dodge who were the fastest woman and man for the day.  This race also counted for the National Speed Series.  You can find the current National Speed series class and overall standings here.
GS: Congratulations to Kerry Finch and Matt Dodge who were the fastest woman and man for the day.  
SL: Congratulations to Kerry Finch and Jim Thoman who were the fastest woman and man for the day.  

You'll see the full list of the Eastern Regional Class Champions here  MEN  WOMEN

Thanks to Mark Phillips for taking photos at the event which can be found here: SG   GS  SL

Thank you also to all the people that contributed or helped over the weekend.  Bill Bolte (TD), Gail Bolte (registration, finish hand timing), Matthew Abrams, Eliza Phillips, Dale Zigenfelder (start hand timing), Greg Gallup (finish hand timing, envelope stuffer), Lauren Beckos (Forerunner, finish ref and tons of other stuff),  Darnell Holmes (Ref), Karen Sanderson (bib collection), Sandra Schwinzer (envelope stuffer), Steve Zilli (envelope stuffer, banner take down), Dan Scuderi (helped make the race happen on the hill), Jim Tomassetti (too numerous to mention), Jesse Stevenson (bib Utility) , Mark Phillips, Iggy Manoylovich (awesome pictures), Hannah Knudsen (social media pictures), Carole Scoville (finish ref), Ben Herr (Banner assembly) and anyone else I forgot to mention.  And of course thanks to West Mountain for hosting us.  Most of all thanks to everyone that came out and supported the races.

Great International Competition at the Masters FIS Masters Cup & Western Region Champs

By Lauren Beckos
March, 5 2022
2022 Western Region Champions at Beaver Creek
Congratulations to the 2022 Phillips 66 Western Regional Champions!

What a weekend! While many international racers were gearing up for the olympic competition, we had 115 masters competitors from 12 countries gathering in Beaver Creek, Colorado - Australia, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Spain, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, New Zealand, Switzerland, and USA! The Beaver Creek Race Crew put on quite a show with excellently run races and great courses. There were bluebird skies and lots of happy racers! If you've never been to a FIS Masters event, consider checking it out next year - likely dates are February 3-5, 2023 for the USA stop in the FIS Masters Cup!

Link to Official Event Results on FIS site

Link to Western Regional Championship Results
Western Region Class Champions Full Result Reports MEN  WOMEN 

Race Photo Link – free to download! Thank you Erika Krainz!

Event photos and podium images from the last day on Facebook (account not required to view) 
Thanks Heather Black for the podium shots!

Nelson Golden, Jemison Grabs Silver At Junior Worlds Super-G

By Madison Osberger-Low
March, 5 2022
Isaiah Nelson Golden
Isaiah Nelson walked away from Saturday's super-G crowned the 2022 Junior World Super-G Champion. (Malcolm Carmichael-Panorama 2022)

For the fourth day of competition, the 2022 FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships started the morning off with the women’s super-G, followed by the men’s super-G. Isaiah Nelson and Ava Sunshine Jemison led the way for the Americans, earning their inaugural Junior Worlds medals, with gold and silver, respectively.  

Nelson Crowned Junior World Super-G Champ
Nelson kicked out of the gate bib three and raced into first with a time of 1:06.57. Fortunately for Nelson, that would hold for 82 more racers, as he walked away crowned 2022 Junior World Super-G Champion. Born and raised in Wayzata, MN, and skied for Buck Hill Ski Racing Club, Nelson has had success in the 2022 FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships so far, grabbing seventh in the downhill on Friday. 

Swiss Franjo Von Allmen was second, just 0.13 seconds off the pace. Von Allmen also placed second in Friday’s downhill. Rounding out the podium was Italian Giovanni Franzoni, who won Friday’s downhill. Franzoni was 0.41 seconds out.

"What an amazing day: to win medals in both the women’s and men’s super-G on the same day was truly spectacular!" commented Alpine Development Director Chip Knight. 

"Isaiah had a strong game plan from the get-go," he continued, "picking an early start number and having a good inspection plan for the open course set. There are some very strong juniors here so he knew he had to attack the whole way to be competitive. He executed his game plan, pushing the line and absorbing the terrain, and was rewarded with a gold medal."

Nelson is still in disbelief after his result, saying "Today was amazing, insane really. I still don’t quite believe it. Even though I came down into first I was actually upset because I knew I left some time on the top section of the course. But after that mistake, I knew I had to make up for it so I was really pushing hard and on the limit the rest of the way! And it was enough to hold first place! I was super nervous in the finish because the next three guys to come down were the best-ranked guys, and seeing each one come down behind me was a feeling I cannot describe."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Teammate Cooper Puckett, skiing out of Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, snagged himself a top 10 as well, landing in an impressive ninth. Also starting for the Americans were Tanner Perkins was 22nd, Jay Poulter 36th, Camden Palmquist 46th, and Ryder Sarchett 65th. 

Jemison Leads Women with Silver 
Jemison, a native of Edwards, Colo. kicked out of the start gate and skied into second place with a time of 1:08.79, .45 seconds off of winner, Austrian Magdalena Egger. Egger is no stranger to the podium, as she is now a five-time World Junior Champion, and started this series off with the gold medal in the downhill on Thursday. Rounding out the podium was another Austrian, Victoria Olivier with a time of 1:09.5, .71 seconds off of teammate Egger. 

Despite Jemison’s downhill race, she reflects on her finish today and how she was eager to come back faster. “The conditions were phenomenal. I was a little nervous because I didn’t have the best downhill race but it made me determined to make today a good one,” said Jemison. Jemison sees a bright future for her team and teammates. 

“Lots of good momentum as a team. Fun on and off the hill and good energy across the board,” she added.

Coming out of the gate in bib 13 was Park City, Utah native Lauren Macuga, a 20-year-old member of the U.S. Ski Team, finishing 12th with a time of 1:04.88. Macuga was a bronze medalist in Thursday’s downhill, the opening race in the nine-day competition in Panorama, B.C.

Dasha Romanov, 18, from Thornton, Colo. also started for the Americans, finishing 35th. Romanov speaks fluent Russian and English. Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation is her home ski club.

Knight said of Jemison's performance, "Ava has been skiing well all year, so we all knew she was capable of a result like this, but it’s always a little different at a championship event. It was really impressive to see the way she overcame some nerves and uncharacteristic mistakes from the downhill, and rebounded with aggressive skiing today along with tactical adjustments in key spots. This is a huge achievement for her!"

Nelson reflected on what this result means for the team as a whole, saying, "To get this result and add to the impressive results the girls already got was so much fun. Our team is so excited right now. We’ve got gold, silver, and bronze! We are all super fired up for the combined and I must say that we are definitely a little lucky that this super-G counts for both the super-G and alpine combined because I think a lot of us are in a really good position for the slalom!"

Up next for the men and women is the alpine combined on Sunday. Saturday’s super-G run will count towards the super-G portion of the alpine combined, so both Jemison and Nelson are in a good position to hunt for the podium. 

RESULTS
Women's super-G
Men’s super-G

PANORAMA 2022 COMPETITION SCHEDULE
March 6 – Men’s and Women’s Alpine Combined
March 7 – Mixed Team Event
March 8 – Men’s Giant Slalom and Women’s Slalom
March 9 – Women’s Giant Slalom and Men’s Slalom

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Panorama 2022 Official Website

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