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Shiffrin Fourth in St. Moritz Downhill

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
December, 17 2022
Shiffrin Takes Fourth in Downhill

It was a successful downhill race for the women’s Stifel U.S. Alpine team in St. Moritz, with Mikaela Shiffrin posting a stellar speed result in fourth place, just off the podium. Bella Wright also with a strong performance in 11th place.

“The conditions were amazing today, full bluebird, a perfect day,” said Wright on the day’s conditions. “I didn’t take quite as much risk as I could, but I am really happy with the quality of my skiing.”

Shiffrin also commenting on her successful speed races, “it’s exciting to have two really good results, for sure it’s helpful for the overall,” said Shiffrin.

Stifel U.S. Alpine athlete Breezy Johnson also finishing in the points in 25th place. Tricia Mangan finished in 40th, Lauren Macuga in 43rd, and Keely Cashman in 48th position.

Italian skier Sofia Goggia won the race, Ilka Stuhec took second, and Kira Weidle of Germany landed in third.

The women will now focus on super-G for Sunday.

RESULTS

Women's downhill

HOW TO WATCH
Women’s St. Moritz Super G Dec. 18th 5:30 a.m. ET  https://skiandsnowboard.live/

Diggins Second At Davos Freestyle Sprint

By Tom Horrocks
December, 17 2022
Women's top 3
Jessie Diggins (left), Nadine Faehndrich, and Johanna Hagstroem took the podium at the Davos freestyle sprint. (@NordicFocus)

On sun-splashed Swiss day, Jessie Diggins led the U.S. Cross Country Team with a second-place finish at Davos's FIS World Cup Cross Country freestyle sprint.

"It was a beautiful, sunny day and I feel like this might have been the third weekend in a row where Team USA had the most passionate fans," Diggins said. "I'm pretty sure half of Landgrove (Vermont) was out there as well as some other special guests...and it was a really cool atmosphere!"

Rosie Brennan was the top U.S. qualifier in sixth, with Diggins in seventh. Diggins and Brennan both raced in the first heat of the quarterfinals, with Diggins setting the early pace and finishing second to advance to the semifinals. Brennan, unfortunately, was a distant third and did not advance. 

"I did not have the day I was hoping for today," Brennan said. "I am really struggling to find my power and speed in sprinting which has been frustrating for me. My fall and early season has been marred by illness and I think that has made it difficult for me to find all my gears. I am healthy now and my base fitness still feels good so I am looking forward to tomorrow. It was a great day for ski racing and Davos does a great job at hosting races. Even without my best today, this is still one of my favorite places to race."

Julia Kern, who qualified ninth, advanced to the semifinals, finishing third in quarterfinal heat two and advancing as a Lucky Loser. 

In the semifinal heat, Diggins fought for her line on the two-lap course and snuck into the finals, finishing third and advancing as one of two Lucky Losers. Kern, meanwhile, finished fifth in the first semi-final heat, finishing 10th on the day, for her third individual World Cup top 10 of the season.

In the finals, Diggins, Switzerland’s Nadine Faehndrich, Sweden’s Johanna Haegstroem and Norway’s Tiril Udnes Weng came off the second climb and into the fast downhill altogether. Fighting for positioning on the inside, Diggins took a clear shot to the finish, lunging to the line to nip Weng and Haegstroem for the second podium spot. Faehndrich crossed the line 0.24 seconds ahead of Diggins to win her second-straight World Cup sprint. Haegstroem was third.

"My strategy was to tuck in behind either Tiril or Nadine, and I just sort of ended up skiing the inside line," Diggins said. "I just took a sharp inside lane, just tried to stay calm and ski with a lot of power into the finish."

For the U.S. Men, Ben Ogden, Kevin Bolger, and JC Schoonmaker all qualified for the heats. Ogden skied aggressively and was in contention, sitting second at the top of the climb on lap two, but got tripped up on a pole from Sweden’s Johan Haeggstroem and fell. Bolger and Schoonmaker each finished fifth in their respective heats.

Italy’s Frederico Pelligrino edged Norway’s Johannes Klaebo for the victory, with Lucas Chanavat of France in third.Ogden was XX, Bolger XX and Schoonmaker was 

Alayna Sonnesyn qualified for her first sprint heats, finishing fifth in heat three and settling for 24th on the day for her first top-30 World Cup result. 

Up next, a 20k freestyle Sunday in Davos.

RESULTS
Women’s freestyle sprint
Men’s freestyle sprint

 

Gold Fourth, Mastro Fifth at Toyota U.S. Grand Prix

By Courtney Harkins
December, 16 2022
Taylor Gold
Taylor Gold competes in the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix halfpipe at Copper Mountain. (Getty Images - Tom Pennington)

Taylor Gold was the top American in the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix halfpipe at Copper Mountain, finishing just off the podium in fourth place. Maddie Mastro was the top U.S. woman, finishing fifth.

It was a sunny but frigid day, with temperatures topping out at 3 degrees at Copper Mountain, but that didn’t stop the level of riding, as both men and women threw down in the pipe. Mastro’s double crippler on her second run had everyone talking, but wasn’t quite enough to make it to the podium. Queralt Castellet of Spain took the win, Elizabeth Hosking of Canada was second and Mitsuki Ono of Japan third.

Gold put down an amazing first run, with an air to fakey with a tail grab to a flat spun cab 10, putting him a strong contention for both the podium and a style award. But the men’s competition was heavy, with Scotty James of Australia scoring a 99.00 on his second run, which no one could touch. Jan Scherrer of Switzerland was second and Kaishu Hirano third.

In her first World Cup, not only did U.S. Freeski Team rookie team rider Bea Kim make finals, but she snagged sixth place, showing off her switch riding with a switch back 5 and switch front 5. Sonoro Alba was eighth in her first World Cup final, throwing a stylish backside air with a tail grab with a ton of amplitude on her first hit.

In only his second finals, young Joey Okesson took fifth—his best ever World Cup finish—with a huge frontside 1080 on the last hit of his last run. Chase Josey rode well to finish sixth, with the fans excited to see his “double heinous flip”—a variation on a front double cork 10. Colorado’s Lucas Foster was ninth.

Comps at Copper Mountain finish on Saturday with the Visa Big Air presented by Toyota finals.

RESULTS
Women’s snowboard halfpipe

Men’s snowboard halfpipe

HOW TO WATCH
All times EST - Please refer to this link for most up-to-date schedule.

Friday, Dec. 16, 2022
3:00 p.m. - Toyota U.S. Grand Prix snowboard halfpipe finals - streaming LIVE on Outside

Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022 
11:30 a.m. - Visa Big Air presented by Toyota snowboard big air finals - streaming LIVE on Outside
3:00 p.m. - Toyota U.S. Grand Prix freeski halfpipe finals - streaming LIVE on Outside

Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022
12:30 p.m. - Toyota U.S. Grand Prix snowboard halfpipe finals - tape delayed on NBC and simulcasted on Peacock
4:30 p.m. - Visa Big Air presented by Toyota freeski and snowboard finals - tape delayed on NBC and simulcasted on Peacock

Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022
5:00 p.m. - Toyota U.S. Grand Prix freeski halfpipe finals - tape delayed on NBC and simulcasted on Peacock

Henderson Siblings Top Americans in Visa Big Air presented by Toyota at Copper

By Courtney Harkins
December, 16 2022
Hunter Henderson Copper
Hunter Henderson throws a trick at the Visa Big Air presented by Toyota at Copper Mountain. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

Brother and sister Hunter and Grace Henderson were the top performing Americans at the Visa Big Air presented by Toyota at Copper Mountain, a FIS Freeski World Cup, with Hunter finishing fifth for the men and Grace seventh for the women.

Hunter put together two solid jumps—a switch left dub 18 and a left dub 16—to score his best big air result in his career. Grace laced her second hit, with a left dub 10 and then put down a switch left 9.

The siblings were stoked to have put down solid finishes together. “Traveling around with my sister is one my favorite parts of doing all of this,” said Hunter. Grace agreed, “Not many people get to have your best friends and your family with them, and I have my very best friend and my family with me everywhere I go and it’s awesome.”

Rookie Troy Podmilsak was sixth, with a big first score on his right triple cork 18 that placed him in the running for a podium, but couldn’t quite put down a second jump to keep him in the top three. Mac Forehand was eighth, throwing a huge left 1980 on his second jump. Alex Hall was ninth, putting down a switch left 18, and stuck to his style of skiing with a unique right dub 19 pull back for his second and third hit.

Birk Ruud of Norway took the win, with three massive hits that scored all jumps in the 90s. Timothe Sivignon of France was the second and Sebastian Schjerve was third.

Canadian Megan Oldham won for the women, while Mathilde Gremaud of Switzerland was second and Olivia Asselin of Canada was third.

The Visa Big Air presented by Toyota was a huge success, with excited fans cheering at the finish of the scaffolding big air jump that came right down to the village. Copper feels like a home base for many of the U.S. Freeski Team skiers, who spend weeks training at the venue each fall and return for multiple comps throughout the season.  

“We’ve been competing at Copper since USASA Nationals,” said Grace. “With my family and friends here, it’s so much fun. It feels like home.”

The halfpipe team competes next at Copper with the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix halfpipe comp going off on Saturday, Dec. 17. Watch it live on Outside

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

HOW TO WATCH
All times EST - Please refer to this link for most up-to-date schedule.

Friday, Dec. 16, 2022
3:00 p.m. - Toyota U.S. Grand Prix snowboard halfpipe finals - streaming LIVE on Outside

Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022 
11:30 a.m. - Visa Big Air presented by Toyota snowboard big air finals - streaming LIVE on Outside
3:00 p.m. - Toyota U.S. Grand Prix freeski halfpipe finals - streaming LIVE on Outside

Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022
12:30 p.m. - Toyota U.S. Grand Prix snowboard halfpipe finals - tape delayed on NBC and simulcasted on Peacock
4:30 p.m. - Visa Big Air presented by Toyota freeski and snowboard finals - tape delayed on NBC and simulcasted on Peacock

Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022
5:00 p.m. - Toyota U.S. Grand Prix freeski halfpipe finals - tape delayed on NBC and simulcasted on Peacock

Dierdorff Fourth in Cervinia

By Courtney Harkins
December, 16 2022
Cervinia SBX
Riders race in Cervinia, Italy. (FIS Snowboard - Pierre Lucianaz)

Mick Dierdorff just missed the podium, finishing fourth place in the second FIS World Cup snowboardcross race of the season.

Dierdorff made it through the heats and qualified for the big final, but couldn’t sneak onto the podium. Hagen Kearney was in the small final and finished seventh. Senna Leith and Jake Vedder made it to the quarterfinals, taking 11th and 16th. Nick Baumgartner was 21st.

Austrians Alessandro Haemmerle and Jakob Dusek went one-two, with Martin Noerl of Germany third.

On the women's side, Brianna Schnorrbusch was the only U.S. woman to pass through the qualification round, and she finished 15th. Chloe Trespeuch of France was first with her teammate Manon Petit Lenoir second. Charlotte Bankes of Great Britain finished third.

The team races another individual snowboardcross Saturday.

RESULTS
Women’s snowboardcross
Men’s snowboardcross

Landmark Podiums for McDonald and Lemley in Alpe d’Huez

By Courtney Harkins
December, 16 2022
Liz Lemley and Cole McDonald Alpe d'Huez
Liz Lemley and Cole McDonald celebrate with their teammates after scoring podiums in Alpe d'Huez, France

Cole McDonald scored his first career World Cup podium, finishing third, and Elizabeth Lemley took her first individual moguls World Cup podium, also in third place, in Alpe d’Huez, France.

McDonald had been dancing around the podium, finishing eighth, fifth and fourth between the first three races of the season in Ruka, Finland and Idra Fjall, Sweden, and finally secured his first ever World Cup podium in Alpe d’Huez.

Lemley continues to be on a roll, having threatened the podium for the last year before bursting onto it in Idra Fjall when she won her first World Cup in dual moguls. She quickly followed up that result with another podium, scoring third in Friday’s individual moguls event in France. She threw a cork 7 grab to cork 7—an impressive trick for the 16-year-old skier.

Jakara Anthony of Austria won for the women with Perrine Laffont of France in second. Ikuma Horishima of Japan was first for the men and Mikael Kingsbury of Canada was second.

The team stacked in women into the top 10, with Jaelin Kauf in sixth, Tess Johnson in seventh and Alli Macuga in 10th. Olivia Giaccio finished 16th. Kasey Hogg was just out of finals in 17th.

The men's team was also strong, with last week’s double podium star Nick Page taking fifth and Dylan Walcyzk in eighth. Landon Wendler just missed qualifying for finals and took 19th. Ian Beauregard was 43rd and Charlie Mickel 49th.

The team moves on to Sunday’s dual moguls competition before taking a holiday break.

RESULTS
Women’s moguls
Men’s moguls

Johnson, Shiffrin Take Top Ten in St. Moritz Downhill

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
December, 16 2022
Breezy Johnson in St. Moritz

It was a great day for the Stifel U.S. Alpine Team women’s speed team in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Breezy Johnson scored a fifth place finish and Mikaela Shiffrin was right behind her in sixth place. Tricia Mangan also nabbed a career-best 17th place result, and Stifel U.S. Alpine Team athlete Lauren Macuga grabbed her first World Cup points in 30th. 

Johnson has been battling back from a knee injury last winter, and the seven-time podium finisher has been looking to find her way back to the top three. The result in St. Moritz felt like a good start. “I just tried to ski with passion and commitment," said Johnson. "It worked out so I am really happy with the result and will try to keep building on this." 

The top three finishers for the downhill included Italian skier Elena Curtoni in first, Sofia Goggia of Italy in second and Swiss skier Corinne Suter in third. 

Mangan's 17th place finish was her best finish since 2018 and her second time scoring World Cup points. Macuga nailed her first points in 30th.

Keely Cashman and Bella Wright also raced in the downhill. Cashman landed in 38th place and Wright did not finish. 

The conditions were noticeably difficult on the St. Moritz track. Many athletes noted that it took real determination to make it down fast. 

“It was definitely a challenging day with the snowfall and the flat light,” said Wright. “It was dark and bumpy out there you couldn’t see a lot,” agreed Johnson. 

The women have another downhill on Saturday. 

On the men’s circuit, the super-G in Val Gardena was canceled Friday due to poor weather conditions and fog. They will continue the speed series with a downhill on Saturday. 

RESULTS
Women's downhill

HOW TO WATCH

Saturday, Dec. 17
Men’s Val Gardena Downhill Dec. 17th, 5:45 a.m. ET https://skiandsnowboard.live/
Women’s St. Moritz Downhill Dec. 17th 4:30 a.m. ET  https://skiandsnowboard.live/

Sunday, Dec. 18
Women’s St. Moritz Super G Dec. 18th 5:30 a.m. ET  https://skiandsnowboard.live/

Toyota U.S. Grand Prix and Visa Big Air Qualifier Results

By Courtney Harkins
December, 15 2022
Chase Josey Copper
Chase Josey rides to finals in the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix halfpipe. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Mike Dawson)

The U.S. Snowboard and Freeski Teams are in Copper Mountain, Colo. for the Visa Big Air presented by Toyota and the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix contests.

It's cold in Colorado's Summit County, but that didn't stop the U.S. Snowboard Team and U.S. Freeski Team from stacking skiers and riders from Wednesday and Thursday's qualifiers into Friday and Saturday's finals. All athletes that qualified to finals are listed below.

All qualifier runs and final runs are LIVE and FREE on outside.com.

TOYOTA U.S. GRAND PRIX

SNOWBOARD
Women:
Maddie Mastro
Bea Kim
Sonora Alba

Men:
Lucas Foster
Taylor Gold
Joey Okesson
Chase Josey

FREESKI
Women:
Brita Sigourney
Hanna Faulhaber
Carly Margulies
Svea Irving

Men:

Alex Ferreira
Hunter Hess
Birk Irving

VISA BIG AIR PRESENTED BY TOYOTA

SNOWBOARD
Women:
Hailey Langland
Julia Marino
Courtney Rummel

Men:

Chris Corning
Luke Winkelmann

FREESKI
Women:
Grace Henderson

Men:
Troy Podmilsak
Mac Forehand
Hunter Henderson
Alex Hall

Ford, Radamus Launch YouTube Series on Stifel U.S. Alpine Team’s Men’s Tech Team

By Courtney Harkins
December, 15 2022
Men's tech skier
(U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Mike Dawson)

Tommy Ford and River Radamus launched a new YouTube series called Parabolic, a behind-the-scenes look at life on the road as a men’s tech skier on the Stifel U.S. Alpine Team. Featuring Ford, Radamus, Isaiah Nelson, Bridger Gile and their coach Ian Garner, the series will take a look at what it’s like traveling the world as a professional ski racer, from training gates to lifting weights and everything in between.

Filmed in black and white, the series shows a more intimate side of the athletes as they gear up for a long season traveling through Europe and North America. Ford is a World Cup winner and Radamus has two fourth-place Olympic finishes, and both men have massive potential to make waves on the circuit this season. Nelson and Gile are the up-and-comers, with Nelson skiing his first FIS World Cup in Soelden in October and Gile hunting for his first World Cup points.

Watch the episode and follow the series along on Ford and Radamus’ YouTube, @shinbang.creative.

Morse Grabs Career Best Top Ten, Five in the Top 30 Downhill

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
December, 15 2022
Sam Morse Celebrates Top Ten
Sam Morse Celebrates Career Best CC: Getty Images

Stifel U.S. Alpine skier Sam Morse posted a career best 10th place finish in the Val Gardena World Cup downhill. Morse making the jump from bib 38.

Behind Morse was Stifel U.S. Alpine athlete Ryan Cochran-Siegle in 14th place, Jared Goldberg with a solid run in 23rd, Bryce Bennett in 29th and Travis Ganong in 30th. Stifel U.S. Alpine athletes Kyle Negomir finished in 47th place, and Erik Arvidsson finished in 55th. 

“It’s such a confirmation of all the hard work I put in, there’s a lot of tough days out on the hill,” said Morse. “To finally have one come together, and in Val Gardena, it's such a sweet spot for Americans so I’m stoked.” 

The top three finishers for the day included Austrian skier Vincent Kriechmayr in first, swiss skier Marco Odermatt in second, and Mattias Mayer of Austria in third. 

It was a picture perfect day for downhill at the Val Gardena track. Temperatures warm, vibes high, and the men’s speed team skiing fast. The U.S. skiers have a rich history of success on this hill. Since the new millennium there have been almost a dozen podiums. 

“You definitely have to put it all on the line and execute every section,” said Ryan Cochran-Siegle. “It’s a very cool course, us Americans love to ski here.” 

Now the Stifel U.S. Alpine athletes will focus on super-g on Friday and the second downhill Saturday. The second downhill has been added as a replacement to the canceled Birds of Prey downhill. 

The Stifel U.S. Alpine women’s speed team also reconvenes with downhill in St. Moritz on Friday.

RESULTS:

Men's Downhill

HOW TO WATCH:

4:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup, Women’s Downhill, St. Mortiz, streaming LIVE on skiandsnowboard.live

5:45 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup, Men's Super G, Val Gardena, streaming LIVE on skiandsnowboard.live.