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Final Olympic Preparation For U.S. Athletes This Weekend

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
January, 25 2018
Bryce Bennett finished eighth in Thursday's downhill training run in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom - Christophe Pallot)

Two weeks to go until the Opening Ceremonies of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and athletes are completing their final preparations with events from Aspen to Austria and points in between. Catch all the action this weekend on the networks of NBCUniversal, including NBCSN, the NBC Sports app and The Olympic Channel - Home of Team USA!

FIS Women’s Ski World Cup -  Lenzerheide, SUI
The women’s World Cup tour stops in Lenzerheide for alpine combined, giant slalom and slalom races Jan. 26-18. 2018 Olympic Team members Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.), Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.), Stacey Cook (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) and Breezy Johnson (Victor, Idaho) are all expected to race throughout the weekend.
Women’s alpine combined start list

FIS Men’s Ski World Cup - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER
The U.S. Ski Team men’s alpine squad is out in full force this weekend for giant slalom and downhill races in Garmisch. Olympic team members Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah), Tommy Ford (Bend, Ore.), Steven Nyman (Sundance, Utah) and Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, Calif.) are on the roster to compete. This will be the first time Nyman has skied the Garmisch downhill since suffering a knee injury there last season.
Thursday’s Downhill training results

FIS Cross Country World Cup - Seefeld, AUT
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team is in the Austrian mountain village of Seefeld this weekend for a test of the 2019 World Championships venue. Saturday opens with a freestyle sprint then a mass start freestyle distance race Sunday. It’s the final World Cup before the team heads to PyeongChang. U.S. Ski & Snowboard is expected to announce the full Olympic Team later on Thursday. Olympic team members Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.), Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, Wash.), Simi Hamilton (Aspen, Colo.), Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, Vt.) and others will compete in sprint and 10k/15k races before entering their pre-Olympic training camp.

FIS Women’s Ski Jumping World Cup - Ljubno, SLO
FIS Men’s Ski Jumping World Cup - Zakopane, POL

The men’s World Cup tour heads to Zakopane, Poland this weekend while the women compete at their European training base in Ljubno, Slovenia – each with competitions Saturday and Sunday. It’s the final women’s competition before the Olympics with the men in Willingen, Germany just prior to heading to PyeongChang. 

FIS Nordic Combined World Cup -  Seefeld, AUT
The Seefeld Triple World Cup gets underway Friday featuring three straight days of competition. The event will be a test for the 2019 World Championships. The team then heads to Hakuba, Japan for a weekend World Cup on the way into PyeongChang. U.S. Ski & Snowboard is expected to announce the full Olympic Team later on Thursday.

FIS Snowboard World Cup - Bansko, BUL
Snowboardcross riders are headed to Bulgaria to compete in the 2017-18 FIS Snowboard World Cup season's seventh SBX event which will be staged as a sprint race in Bansko Saturday. Leading the way for the USA are Olympic team members Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, Mich.), Mick Deirdorf (Steamboat Springs, Colo.), Hagen Kearney (Telluride, Colo.), Rosie Mancari (Anchorage, Alaska) and Meghan Tierney (Edwards, Colo.).

X Games Aspen
Top U.S. Snowboard Team and U.S. Freeski Team athletes are back in Aspen, Colorado this week looking to land some X Games medals before going for medals in PyeongChang. Many members of the newly named Olympic teams are expected to compete including David Wise (Reno, Nev.), Chloe Kim (Torrence, Calif.), Jamie Anderson (S. Lake Tahoe, Calif.) and Red Gerard (Silverthorne, Colo.). Fans can follow the action at

Olympic Team
The U.S. Olympic Committee will formally unveil the entire Team USA lineup on Friday at 1:00 p.m. EST. U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced alpine, freeski, freestyle and snowboard teams. Cross country, nordic combined and ski jumping are on tap for later on Thursday.
U.S. Olympic Alpine Team
U.S. Olympic Freeski Team
U.S. Olympic Freestyle Team
U.S. Olympic Ski Jumping Team 

U.S. Olympic Snowboard Team

All times EST
*schedules subject to change

Jan. 26

4:00 a.m. – Women’s alpine combined, run 1; Lenzerheide –
9:30 a.m. – Women’s alpine combined, run 2; Lenzerheide –

Jan. 27
4:15 a.m. – Women’s giant slalom, run 1; Lenzerheide –
5:45 a.m. – Men’s Downhill; Garmisch-Partenkirchen –
7:00 a.m. – Women’s giant slalom, run 2; Lenzerheide – NBCSN
8:30 a.m. – Men’s Downhill; Garmisch-Partenkirchen – NBCSN (same day coverage)

Jan. 28
3:30 a.m. – Women’s slalom, run 1; Lenzerheide –
4:30 a.m. – Men’s giant slalom, run 1; Garmisch-Partenkirchen –
6:00 a.m. – Women’s slalom, run 2; Lenzerheide – NBCSN
7:30 a.m. – Men’s giant slalom, run 2; Garmisch-Partenkirchen – NBCSN

Jan. 27

7:45 a.m. – Men and women’s sprint; Seefeld –
10:00 a.m. – Men and women’s sprint; Seefeld – NBCSN

Jan. 28
5:20 a.m. – Men's 15km mass start; Seefeld –
8:30 a.m. – Women's 10k mass start; Seefeld –
11:00 a.m. – Women's 10k mass start; Seefeld – NBCSN (same day coverage)

Jan. 26

12:00 p.m. –  Men's HS 140 qualification; Zakopane –

Jan. 27
8:00 a.m. –  Women’s HS94; Ljubno –
10:00 a.m. –  Men's team HS 140; Zakopane –
4:00 p.m. –  Women’s HS94; Ljubno – (same day coverage)
5:30 p.m. –  Men's team HS 140; Zakopane – (same day coverage)

Jan. 28
8:00 a.m. –  Women’s HS94; Ljubno –
10:00 a.m. –  Men's HS 140; Zakopane –
4:00 p.m. –  Women’s HS94; Ljubno – (same day coverage)
5:30 p.m. –  Men's HS 140; Zakopane – (same day coverage)

Jan. 26

8:00 a.m. – Gundersen NH HS 109; Seefeld –
10:10 a.m. – Individual 5k; Seefeld –

Jan. 27
8:00 a.m. – Gundersen NH HS 109; Seefeld –
9:45 a.m. – Individual 10k; Seefeld –

Jan. 28
6:30 a.m. – Gundersen NH HS 109; Seefeld –
9:30 a.m. – Individual 15k; Seefeld –

Jan. 26

5:30 a.m. – Parallel giant slalom; Blansko –
4:00 p.m. – Toyota U.S. Grand Prix slopestyle; Mammoth – NBCSN (re-air of Jan. 20 event)

Jan. 27
5:30 a.m. – Snowboardcross; Blansko –
11:00 a.m. – Toyota U.S. Grand Prix halfpipe; Mammoth – NBCSN (re-air of Jan. 21 event)

Jan. 28
7:00 a.m. – Parallel slalom; Blansko –

U.S. Olympic Alpine Team Announced

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
January, 24 2018
Shiffrin Olympics
Mikaela Shiffrin, the 2014 Olympic slalom gold medallist, joins 21 U.S. alpine athletes who will represent the United States at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. (Getty Images)

Olympic gold medalists Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.), Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) and Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah), and two-time medalist Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, N.Y.) will lead a strong U.S. Olympic Alpine Ski Team of 22 men and women at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard today (January 24) announced its selections for the U.S. Olympic Alpine Ski Team that will compete at the Games in PyeongChang beginning February 9. The selections will be confirmed by the United States Olympic Committee when it formally names Team USA this Friday (January 26).

The team includes 22 athletes who qualified for the team through one or more top-three finishes, top five finishes, and top 10 finishes, and then World Cup points. Qualification included 2017-18 FIS World Cup races through Cortina, Italy and Kitzbuehel, Austria on Jan. 20-21, 2018.

The alpine team will have its first Olympic competition on February 11 with the men’s downhill. The women will kick it off with the giant slalom on February 12.

NBCUniversal will present more than 2,400 hours of coverage across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA Network, and the NBC Sports app - the most ever for a Winter Olympics.

Team Facts

  • The winningest female ski racer of all time, Lindsey Vonn won Olympic gold in downhill in Vancouver in 2010, but was sidelined with an injury and did not compete in Sochi. She is coming back with a vengeance, on a hunt for Olympic gold once again. Vonn will be competing in her fourth Olympics and finished second in both the downhill and super-G Olympic test events in 2017. Vonn has been named the first international PyeongChang 2018 Games Ambassador. She’s won 79 World Cup races in all five disciplines of alpine skiing - downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom and alpine combined - in her career.
  • Mikaela Shiffrin is arguably one of the most dominant athletes in world sport competing today. Mikaela won the 2016-17 overall and slalom FIS Ski World Cup titles, and currently leads the 2017-18 overall, slalom and giant slalom World Cup standings. She became the youngest woman in U.S. history to win a World Championship and the youngest athlete in history (male or female) to win an Olympic gold medal in Sochi. Shiffrin has a hat-trick of World Championship gold medals in slalom - 2013, 2015 and 2017.
  • Known as “Mr. GS,” two-time Olympic champion Ted Ligety underwent back surgery in January 2017, causing him to miss the rest of the 2016-17 season. The YongPyong Alpine Centre is a special venue for Ligety as it is the home of his very first World Cup giant slalom victory in 2006. He won his first Olympic gold in 2006 in the alpine combined in Torino, then again in his main discipline, giant slalom, in 2014 in Sochi.
  • Andrew Weibrecht grabbed the 2010 Olympic super-G bronze medal, and then in 2014, produced a truly inspirational run to claim silver. Nicknamed “Warhorse”, he has a knack for performing when it matters most - on the big stage.
  • The U.S. men’s American downhill racers are a strong and tight group of athletes. Veteran Steven Nyman (Sundance, Utah) suffered a knee injury in 2017 and is making a strong comeback for PyeongChang. In the 2016 Olympic test event, Nyman finished third in the downhill. Promising young talent like Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, Calif.) - who will make his Olympic debut - as well as Jared Goldberg (Holladay, Utah), also look to make their mark. 
  • Just 10 months after a significant knee injury, Laurenne Ross (Bend, Ore.) has made an impressive return to competition and continues to have her eyes on the prize in PyeongChang.
  • Resi Stiegler (Jackson, Wyo.) clinched her spot on a third Olympic team. Her father, Austrian Pepi Stiegler, was an Olympic Gold medalist in slalom in Innsbruck in 1964.
  • Young up-and-comers Breezy Johnson (Victor, Idaho), and Lindsey Vonn Foundation ambassador Jackie Wiles (Aurora, Ore.) also look to make an impression in PyeongChang.

Men's Alpine

  • Bryce Bennett, Squaw Valley, Calif. (7/14/1992)
  • Tommy Biesemeyer, Keene, N.Y. (1/30/1989)
  • David Chodounsky, Crested Butte, Colo. (6/25/1984)*
  • Ryan Cochran-Siegle, Starksboro, Vt. (3/27/1992)
  • Mark Engel, Truckee, Calif. (10/1/1991)
  • Tommy Ford, Bend, Ore. (3/20/1989)*
  • Jared Goldberg, Holladay, Utah (6/15/1991)*
  • Tim Jitloff, Reno, Nev. (1/11/1985)*
  • Nolan Kasper, Warren, Vt. (3/27/1989)*
  • Ted Ligety, Park City, Utah (8/31/1984)*
  • Wiley Maple, Aspen, Colo. (5/25/1990)
  • Steven Nyman, Sundance, Utah (2/12/1982)*
  • Andrew Weibrecht, Lake Placid, N.Y. (2/10/1986)*

Women’s Alpine

  • Stacey Cook, Mammoth Lakes, Calif. (7/3/1984)*
  • Breezy Johnson, Victor, Idaho (1/19/1996)
  • Megan McJames, Park City, Utah (9/24/1987)*
  • Alice McKennis, New Castle, Colo. (8/18/1989)*
  • Laurenne Ross, Bend, Ore. (8/17/1988)*
  • Mikaela Shiffrin, Eagle-Vail, Colo. (3/13/1995)*
  • Resi Stiegler, Jackson, Wyo. (11/14/1985)*
  • Lindsey Vonn, Vail, Colo. (10/18/1984)*
  • Jackie Wiles, Aurora, Ore. (7/13/1992)*
  • Alice Merryweather, Hingham, Mass. (10/5/96)
  • Tricia Mangan, Buffalo, N.Y. (3/7/97)

* Competed in past Olympics

Patrick Riml, Alpine Director

A big group of people have worked very hard to enable us to put together such a strong alpine race team for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. We have a good mix of veterans, Olympic champions who know what it takes to win at the highest level, and new, younger talent who have consistently shown throughout the qualifying process that they are ready now to fly the flag for the USA at the greatest competition of all.

Over the last three months of competition, our preparation for the Games has been meticulous and we go to South Korea feeling confident about our chances. I am pleased with the strength of our team and know that every member of the staff will work hard to ensure athletes maximize their potential and execute on the plan. We also know that we are going to the Games with the cheers of the American public ringing in our ears, and that is a very proud feeling for the whole team.

Lindsey Vonn
I’m incredibly excited to be going to my fourth Olympics. I’ve been waiting for these Games since I was injured, before Sochi, so it’s been about eight years. I’m very proud to represent America, I’m proud to be on this team with so many amazing athletes, and I look forward to competing.

Mikaela Shiffrin
I’m honored to represent my country in my second Olympic Winter Games alongside some of the top athletes of the Games, including Lindsey, Ted, and Andrew. This has already been a wonderful season, and going to the Games is almost like the cherry on top of the cake! I am very excited about getting back to PyeongChang, and I’m looking forward to racing against so many incredible competitors on the biggest stage of them all. I will be taking it one event at a time, exactly as I do in the World Cup events.

Ted Ligety
I’m excited to be going to my fourth Olympics. It’s definitely been a fun journey over all these years, and to be able to go to an Olympics where I actually had my first World Cup win ever, it’s really fun to be able to revisit that hill. The last time I raced on that hill was in 2006 and that was my first World Cup win. So to go from being a rookie back in 2006, to now being in my fourth Olympics is pretty crazy to see how far I’ve come.

Steven Nyman
It is incredible to be named to my fourth Olympic team! It is wild to grasp that this will be my fourth Olympics. It was always my dream as a kid to ski in the Olympics, and my Olympic heroes were a great influence on my life. Hopefully, our team can provide similar inspiration to future generations.

U.S. Olympic Snowboard Team Announced

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
January, 23 2018
U.S. Snowboard Team
Athletes named to the U.S. Olympic Snowboard Team were recognized in Mammoth at the Olympic Team Nomination Celebration presented by Visa. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

One of the most successful snowboard teams in the world will bring a star-studded lineup to PyeongChang for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Following final selection events this past weekend, U.S. Ski & Snowboard announced 26 athletes who will compete at the Games, including two-time gold medalist Shaun White (Carlsbad, Calif.), three-time Olympic medalist Kelly Clark (Mt. Snow, Vt.) and Sochi gold medalist Jamie Anderson (S. Lake Tahoe, Calif.). The selections will be confirmed by the United States Olympic Committee when it formally names Team USA this Friday (January 26).

Snowboardcross and parallel giant slalom athletes qualified from select World Cups this past season. Halfpipe and slopestyle athletes qualified through a process that included the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix and the Dew Tour, with the team being recognized after last weekend's finale at the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Olympic Team Nomination Celebration presented by Visa.

The Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony is set for February 9. The U.S. Olympic Snowboard Team will have its first competition on Monday, February 10 with men’s slopestyle qualifiers.

NBCUniversal will present more than 2,400 hours of coverage across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA Network, and the NBC Sports app, the most ever for a Winter Olympics.

Team Facts

  • 17-year-old Chloe Kim, who has Korean parentage, will be looking for her first Olympic gold medal. She is a three-time X Games gold medalist.
  • Shaun White will be returning to his fourth Olympic Games. He has gold medals from Torino 2006 and Vancouver 2010.
  • Jamie Anderson will be looking to defend her gold medal from Sochi 2014.
  • Kelly Clark will be looking for her second Olympic gold, and her fourth overall Olympic Medal. Clark will be attending her fifth Olympics.
  • New to the Olympics, with six combined X Games medals, Julia Marino and Hailey Langland will be looking for their first Olympic podiums.
  • 17-year-old Red Gerard will be heading to his first Olympics as one of the youngest athletes in PyeongChang. The only younger athlete on the U.S. Snowboard Team is Hailey Langland.
  • The most decorated snowboarder in history, Lindsey Jacobellis looks to add more snowboardcross Olympic medals to her collection, having won silver in 2006.

Men's Snowboard Slopestyle/Big Air

  • Redmond Gerard, Silverthorne, Colo. (6/29/2000)
  • Chris Corning, Silverthorne, Colo. (9/07/1999)
  • Kyle Mack, West Bloomfield, Mich. (7/06/1997)
  • Ryan Stassel, Anchorage, Alaska (10/23/1992) *

Women's Snowboard Slopestyle/Big Air

  • Jamie Anderson, South Lake Tahoe, Calif. (9/13/1990) *
  • Julia Marino, Westport, Conn. (9/11/1997)
  • Hailey Langland, San Clemente, Calif. (8/02/2000)
  • Jessika Jenson, Rigby, Idaho (8/07/1991)

Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe

  • Ben Ferguson, Bend, Ore. (1/21/1995)
  • Jake Pates, Eagle, Colo. (7/30/1998)
  • Shaun White, Carlsbad, Calif. (9/3/1986) *
  • Chase Josey, Hailey, Idaho (3/31/1995)

Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe

  • Chloe Kim, Torrance, Calif. (4/23/2000)
  • Kelly Clark, Mt. Snow, Vt. (7/26/1983) *
  • Maddie Mastro, Wrightwood, Calif. (2/22/2000)
  • Arielle Gold, Steamboat Springs, Colo. (5/04/1996) *

Men’s Snowboardcross

  • Jonathan Cheever, Saugus, Mass. (4/17/1985)
  • Hagan Kearney, Telluride, Colo. (11/06/1991)
  • Nick Baumgartner, Iron River, Mich. (12/17/1981) *
  • Mick Dierdorff, Steamboat Springs, Colo. (4/30/1991)

Women’s Snowboardcross

  • Lindsey Jacobellis, Roxbury, Conn. (8/19/1985) *
  • Faye Gulini, Salt Lake City, Utah (3/24/1992) *
  • Meghan Tierney, Edwards, Colo. (1/15/1997)
  • Rosie Mancari, Anchorage (1/22/1994)

Men’s Parallel Giant Slalom

Mike Jankowski, Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Big Air Head Coach, U.S. Snowboard Team

The 2018 U.S. Olympic Snowboard Team is led by three of the best snowboarders of all time in Shaun White, Kelly Clark and Jamie Anderson. Add in some of the best young talent in the world with Chloe Kim, Red Gerard, Ben Ferguson, Chris Corning and Hailey Langland, and it’s the best U.S. team we have ever had. They are all proud and ready to bring home some medals from Pyeongchang.

Peter Foley, Snowboardcross Head Coach, U.S. Snowboard Team
Jonathan Cheever came out charging and really did himself a favor getting on the podium in the first selection event in Argentina to take a lot of the pressure off of himself for the season. Olympic selection for the men’s team has been brutal with six incredibly strong Americans battling for only four spots. It crushes me that we are not able to bring all six.

Nick Baumgartner has a podium from the Olympic test event in Korea and is such a solid medal contender. He battled back from injury this season and made the big final in the last selection event, showing his speed is increasing as we approach the games.

Lindsey Jacobellis has had an unbelievable career. She has won an Olympic medal but she hasn’t been as successful at the Olympics as she would like. She is really excited to give it another shot. Faye has really upped her level - she is in incredible form and her results on the World Cup this season show that she is a contender for a medal in Korea.

Jeremy Forster, Director, U.S. Snowboard Team
It’s amazing that this is the 20th year since snowboarding was officially introduced into the Olympic program in Nagano, Japan. Regarding the team, it is clearly an incredible mix of talent both with Olympic experience and first time Olympians. Eight out of our 16 snowboarding athletes on our halfpipe and slopestyle/big air teams will be under age of 21, and 17 out of 26 snowboard athletes are first time Olympians.

Shaun White
I am beside myself - this is my fourth Olympics and it’s just unreal. To be an Olympian is awesome. In our sport of snowboarding, it’s really the only time you feel like you are part of a team and that’s a great feeling. I’m so excited to have another shot at the Olympic title.

I would say qualifying for the Olympics is almost harder than competing at the Olympics. Especially when trying to make the U.S. Team, all our riders are so strong. I love that the U.S. waits until so close to the start of the Olympics to choose their team because it keeps you up to par and on your game. I feel so many people maybe take a breather once they make the team, but we have to fight it out in the U.S. and when you arrive at the Olympics you have been through the battle and are ready to perform.

Julia Marino
The qualifying process was super hectic and stressful sometimes, especially coming down to the last qualifier. But once I landed my run, I knew I was going to the Olympics. It was an insane feeling of excitement and relief knowing that all the training and competing of the past couple seasons was coming to this moment! It feels unreal to be representing my country. We have an amazing team and I’m really looking forward to the experience.

Jonathan Cheever
I was super pumped to make the team. However, it's like time trials: one part of the process is done; the next one is still ahead of me. My family is beyond happy and so are my supporters. For me - I'll process this whole thing after I grab some Olympic hardware.

AJ Muss
It's an absolute honor to be named to the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team and something that I've dreamt about since I was a kid. It hasn't been easy and it's definitely a road less traveled. But my journey doesn't end here; it continues. I'm not going to the Olympics to just go to the Olympics - I'm going to win medals!

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Staff
Jeremy Forster, Director, U.S. Snowboard Team
Abbi Nyberg, Sport Development Manager, U.S. Snowboard Team
Kelsey Sloan, Team Manager, U.S. Snowboard Team

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Coaches
Mike Jankowski, Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Big Air Head Coach, U.S. Snowboard Team
Peter Foley, Snowboardcross Head Coach, U.S. Snowboard Team
Jeff Archibald, Snowboardcross Coach, U.S. Snowboard Team
Rick Bower, Pro Halfpipe Head Coach, U.S. Snowboard Team
Rick Shimpeno, Pro Halfpipe Coach, U.S. Snowboard Team
Mike Ramirez, Pro Slopestyle and Big Air Head Coach, U.S. Snowboard Team
Dave Reynolds, Pro Slopestyle and Big Air Head Coach, U.S. Snowboard Team

Justin Reiter, PGS coach - Mike Trapp
Richard Pick, PGS coach - AJ Muss

2018 World Junior Championships Alpine Team Announced

By Megan Harrod
January, 23 2018
River Radamus
River Radamus, who made his World Cup debut this season in Beaver Creek, leads a talented team of 16 athletes that will represent the U.S. at the FIS Alpine Junior World Championships. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

A promising group of 16 talented athletes – eight women and eight men – have been named to the 2018 FIS Alpine Junior World Championships Team. The team, led by three-time Youth Olympic Games gold medalist River Radamus (Edwards, Colo.), will represent the U.S. in Davos, Switzerland in six events from January 29-February 8, 2018.

Chosen athletes come from the U.S. Ski Team C, D, and the U.S. Ski & Snowboard National Training Group, as well as top U.S. Ski & Snowboard club programs across the nation. Headlining the team and joining Radamus will be fellow 2016 Youth Olympic Games participant Keely Cashman (Strawberry, Calif.), and frequent Alpine FIS Ski World Cup participants AJ Hurt (Carnelian Bay, Calif.), Tricia Mangan (Derby, N.Y.), Nina O’Brien (Edwards, Colo.), and Katie Hensien (Redmond, Wash.).

"I'm fired up about how the front half of the season has gone, and look to show out at world juniors next week," Radamus said. "I've been feeling very good in my preparation, and collected a few strong results in Cortina, so I'm entering Davos with complete confidence in my ability to contend. We're bringing a strong team this season, and everyone is excited to show what America's got on the world stage." 

The team will have a good chance at the prestigious Marc Hodler Trophy, awarded to the team with the best overall performance. Last season, the U.S. finished fifth.

“Top five was a goal of ours last year, after only managing ninth in 2016,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine Development Director Chip Knight. “We still have a lot of work to do as a country to challenge for the title, so we’re keeping the same top-five team focus this year while aiming for more individual top-10 results.”

The 2018 Junior Worlds will include men and women’s downhill, super-G, alpine combined, slalom, giant slalom and a mixed team event. Live timing will be provided by FIS.

Name, Hometown; Team Affiliation; Club (Birthdate)

  • Keely Cashman, Strawberry, Calif; Squaw Valley Ski Team (4/4/1999)
  • Katie Hensien, Redmond, Wash.; Rowmark Ski Academy (12/1/1999)
  • AJ Hurt, Carnelian Bay, Calif.; Squaw Valley Ski Team (12/5/2000)
  • Abi Jewett, Ripton, Vt.; Green Mountain Valley School (1/10/2000)
  • Patricia Mangan, Derby, N.Y.; Holimont Race Team (3/7/1997)
  • Abigail Murer, Wildwood, Mo.; Team Summit Colorado (1/18/1997)
  • Nina O’Brien, Edwards, Colo.; Burke Mountain Academy/Squaw Valley Ski Team (11/29/1997)
  • Isabella Wright, Salt Lake City; Aspen Valley Ski Club (2/10/1997)


  • Jimmy Krupka, Waitsfield, Vt.; Green Mountain Valley School (7/15/1998)
  • Matthew Macaluso, Vail, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (6/29/1999)
  • Andrew Miller, Park City, Utah; Park City Ski Team (12/18/1998)
  • Kyle Negomir, Littleton, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (10/03/1998)
  • River Radamus, Edwards, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (2/12/1998)
  • Jett Seymour, Steamboat, Colo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and University of Denver (11/5/1998)
  • George Steffey, Lyme, N.H.; Stratton Mountain School (8/8/1997)
  • Luke Winters, Gresham, Ore.; Sugar Bowl Academy (4/2/1997)


  • A strong and deep team of 16 rising stars – eight women and eight men – will represent the U.S. at the 2018 FIS Alpine Junior World Championships in Davos, Switzerland from January 29-February 8, 2018.
  • Chosen athletes come from the U.S. Ski Team C, D, and the U.S. Ski & Snowboard National Training Group, as well as top U.S. Ski & Snowboard club programs across the nation.
  • Medals will be awarded in six events – downhill, super G, giant slalom, slalom, alpine combined, the team event – with top ten results counting towards the Marc Hodler Trophy for overall team performance.
  • Last year, Sam Morse (Sugarloaf, ME) and Alice Merryweather (Hingham, MA) were crowned double World Juniors downhill champions.
  • Two years ago, at the Youth Olympic Games, held in Lillehammer, Norway, River Radamus (Edwards, CO) grabbed a hat-trick of victories across super G, giant slalom, and combined disciplines and became the first skier or snowboarder in history to win three individual gold medals.
  • AJ Hurt made her World Cup debut at 16 years old on American soil in Killington, VT in November 2017.

Chip Knight, Alpine Development Director

“The World Junior Championships is an important benchmark for us in developing athletes on the road to the World Cup.  This year we are bringing a talented group that has shown great promise at the NorAm level.  I am looking forward to seeing what they can do against international competition on the championship stage in Davos!”

Jan. 30 – Women’s giant slalom
Jan. 31 – Women’s slalom
Feb. 1 – Men’s downhill

Feb. 2 – Men's and women’s super-G
Feb. 3 – Men’s and women’s team event
Feb. 4 – Men’s alpine combined
Feb. 5 – Ladies’ alpine combined
Feb. 6 – Men’s giant slalom
Feb. 7 – Men’s slalom

Feb. 8 – Women’s downhill

Davos 2018

U.S. Ski & Snowboard and STRIVR

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
January, 23 2018
Laurenne Ross VR
U.S. Ski Team athlete Laurenne Ross uses STRIVR to prepare for World Cup and Olympic events. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

The integration of technology and sport has a long, rich history. This is especially true in snowsports where equipment and technological innovations have helped increase speed, performance, pure spectacle and safety in all snowsports disciplines.

Now, in 2018, Virtual Reality is the latest technological innovation to be introduced to the sporting world, especially for U.S. Ski & Snowboard, the Olympic organization that is the governing body for ski and snowboard sports in the USA.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard, based in Park City, Utah, have been working in the VR field with STRIVR in a project funded by U.S. Ski & Snowboard partner Visa and the United State Olympic Committee. STRIVR are the California-based VR specialists whose work in VR helps to improve the performances of individuals, corporations, and sports teams. In the case of U.S. Ski & Snowboard, this work is specifically with their High Performance division, under the leadership of Troy Taylor, High Performance Director at U.S. Ski & Snowboard.

“We first started working with STRIVR around two years ago,” explains Taylor. “Since then, we have seen that the value of the work we do with STRIVR is confirmed in the feedback we have from our athletes and their coaches taking part in World Cup and Olympic events. They feel that 360 video and VR increases both the confidence and performance of the athletes in events.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes are using 360 videos and VR in multiple ways in competition, from inspections of the race course, helping athletes learn the lines they will race through, to helping athletes rehabilitate from injuries.

“Our athletes have very limited time and opportunities to train on race courses when they are competing in World Cup or Olympic events,” Taylor said. “The clear advantage of VR is that it is a great way to help athletes get more used to and learn specific courses, which is an obvious performance benefit. The implementation of VR is also part of a larger strategy of US Ski & Snowboard’s High Performance department to embrace the leading edge of technology and innovations to equip our athletes with the latest tools to aid their performance.

“The feedback we have from our athletes suggests that the biggest benefit of using VR is building confidence,” Taylor continued. “They feel they know the courses they will race on better, so when they come to ski on it during a race they enter the start gate with an increased confidence level. That is a big part of competition, having the confidence to attack parts of the course where you can find time, so that’s a clear benefit.”

In simple terms, through the work U.S. Ski & Snowboard is doing with STRIVR in VR, the organization now has “mental access” to each course their athletes compete on, meaning they can mentally prepare for the race they are going to ski: the positions of the gates, the terrain, the way the turns appear—all this mental preparation and visualization is crucial to this sport at the highest level. Before STRIVR, it was impossible to get these repetitions unless you just closed your eyes. Now it’s completely possible and very advantageous for athletes competing right across the U.S. Ski & Snowboard sport spectrum.

U.S. Olympic Freeski Team Announced

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
January, 22 2018
Slopestyle skiers Maggie Voisin, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper are among the 15 athletes nominated to the Olympic Freeski Team. (Sarah Brunson)

A strong and deep U.S. Olympic Freeskiing Team is headed to PyeongChang for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. U.S. Ski & Snowboard announced the selection of 15 halfpipe and slopestyle freeski athletes who will compete at the Games beginning February 9. Highlighted among the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team athletes are defending halfpipe gold medalists David Wise (Reno, Nev.) and Maddie Bowman (S. Lake Tahoe, Calif.), defending slopestyle silver medalists Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, Colo.) and Devin Logan (W. Dover, Vt.), and defending bronze medalist Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg, Ind.). The selections will be confirmed by the United States Olympic Committee when it formally names Team USA this Friday (January 26).
Athletes qualified for the team through a series of five selection events beginning in February 2017 and concluding at Mammoth Mountain, California this past weekend. Athletes qualifying by objective criteria were honored at Mammoth Mountain as a part of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Nomination Ceremony presented by Visa.

Logan, who won silver in slopestyle at Sochi, will return in both slopestyle and in halfpipe.

Of the 15 athletes named to the team, 10 were members of the debut Olympic squad at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, including six of the eight halfpipe team members named.

The Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games is set for February 9. The U.S. Olympic Freeskiing Team will have its first competition on Saturday, February 18, with women's slopestyle qualifications. Finals are on Sunday, February 19. 
NBCUniversal will present more than 2,400 hours of coverage across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA Network,, and the NBC Sports app - the most ever for a Winter Olympics.
Team Facts

  • David Wise and Maddie Bowman return for their second Olympics to defend their halfpipe skiing Olympic gold medals from the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
  • Maggie Voisin will be returning to the Olympics with redemption on her mind. She injured her ankle in Sochi during training and was unable to compete. This will be her second chance to make an Olympic podium.
  • Devin Logan, who competed in slopestyle at Sochi, will be representing Team USA for the first time in halfpipe - the only dual event Olympians for the U.S. Freeskiing Team. 
  • After nearly missing the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team, Alex Ferreira found redemption by locking in an objective position in halfpipe at Mammoth Mountain.
  • Torin Yater-Wallace will be returning to the Olympics, this time healthy and as an objectively qualified athlete vs a discretionary pick in 2014.
  • 2014 slopestyle medalists Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper qualified for the 2018 Games on the final day of the selection period, with Kenworthy coming from behind in dramatic style, winning in Aspen-Snowmass and then taking second in the Mammoth Mountain finale.


  • Nick Goepper, Lawrenceburg, Ind. (3/14/1994) *
  • Alex Hall, Salt Lake City, Utah (09/21/1998)
  • Gus Kenworthy, Telluride, Colo. (10/01/1991) *
  • McRae Williams, Park City, Utah (10/23/1990)


  • Caroline Claire, Manchester Center, Vt. (02/02/2000)
  • Devin Logan, W. Dover, Vt. (02/17/1993) *
  • Darian Stevens, Missoula, Mont. (10/29/1996)
  • Maggie Voisin, Whitefish, Mont. (12/14/1998) *


  • Aaron Blunck, Crested Butte, Colo. (04/12/1996) *
  • Alex Ferreira, Aspen, Colo. (8/14/1994)
  • Torin Yater-Wallace, Basalt, Colo. (12/02/1995) *
  • David Wise, Reno, Nev. (6/30/1990) *


  • Maddie Bowman, South Lake Tahoe, Calif. (1/10/1994) *
  • Annalisa Drew, Andover, Mass. (05/28/1993) *
  • Devin Logan, West Dover, Vt. (02/17/1993)
  • Brita Sigourney, Carmel, Calif. (1/17/1990) *

Jeremy Forster, Freeski Program Director

The selection process was challenging for the athletes but it resulted in a truly remarkable team of athletes ready to challenge for Olympic medals. Our selection event resorts, including Mammoth Mountain, Aspen-Snowmass, Copper Mountain and Breckenridge, did a great job in providing world-class venues. This is a veteran team that knows how to win, with a great mix of youth.

David Wise
My first trip to the Olympic Games was a true lifetime highlight. If anything, qualifying for the team this time was even harder. It is an unbelievable honor to be among this great team of Americans going to South Korea to represent our country.

Maggie Voisin
Going into the Olympics I am just super excited to represent Team USA, but also I'm just so excited to go out and ski for myself. Being one of the few freeskiing athletes who get to showcase what our sport is about on the world stage is just a huge honor as well. I am so grateful to be headed back to my second Olympics and to get another opportunity to redeem myself and show my love for skiing!

Gus Kenworthy
The biggest advantage of our selection process is it motivates all of the U.S. guys to really be on their game. Right beforehand, it really incentivizes us to be good going into the Games. Skiing is at the highest level it’s ever been. The depth of the field is so much greater than it’s ever been before. In Sochi, our three runs were pretty standout from the field. But now a 90 score isn’t a podium run, maybe you just make finals.

Torin Yater-Wallace
This year has been stressful. To be here and get it done has been an amazing ride. I’m happy to be feeling good and healthy and go into this next Olympics.

Devin Logan
It’s been a long road for me but making it in both slope and pipe has been my biggest goal for the longest time and I’m thrilled.

McRae Williams
Not making the Olympic team back in 2014 was absolutely devastating. Thinking of having to wait four years to try again and wondering if I’d even still be at the top of my game was hard. To get that redemption now is beyond a dream come true. I can’t even begin to describe the feeling of accomplishment I’m experiencing. It was an extremely difficult battle with many unexpected obstacles but I powered through and it all paid off. Still can’t believe it.

U.S. Olympic Freestyle Team Announced

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
January, 22 2018
Brad Wilson (left), Jaelin Kauf and Morgan Schild are three of the 14 athletes named to the 2018 U.S. Olympic Freestyle Ski Team.

Veteran Olympians Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, Va.), Mac Bohonnon (Madison, Conn.) and Bradley Wilson (Butte, Mont.), plus current World Cup leader Jaelin Kauf (Alta, Wyo.) headline a team of 14 athletes named to the 2018 U.S. Olympic Freestyle Ski Team that will compete at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 beginning February 9. The selections will be confirmed by the United States Olympic Committee when it formally names Team USA this Friday (January 26).

The moguls and aerials teams were selected based on results from seven Olympic qualification events during the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

“This is one of the strongest freestyle teams we’ve seen in recent Olympic years,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard freestyle program director Todd Schirman. “Every single one of these athletes have podium potential and have demonstrated that leading up to this season and throughout our qualification process. We are extremely proud of this team and look forward to seeing what they can do in PyeongChang.”

The moguls team will open its Olympic competition with qualifying and medal events Feb. 9, 11 and 12. Aerials will compete Feb. 15-18.

NBCUniversal will present more than 2,400 hours of coverage across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA Network,, and the NBC Sports app - the most ever for a Winter Olympics.


  • At 24 years old, Ashley Caldwell carries the most Olympic experience on this team, having competed in both Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014. The reigning World Champion has progressed from double jumps to throwing some of the highest degree of difficulty triple-twisting triple flips on the women’s World Cup tour. In 2017, she becomes the first woman to successfully land a quadruple-twisting triple flip called “The Daddy.”
  • Mac Bohonnon and Kiley McKinnon grew up in the same town. Both have seen success at the World Cup and World Championship level. McKinnon brought home a World Championship silver medal in 2015. She and Bohonnon shared overall World Cup titles that same season.
  • Bohonnon has trained “The Hurricane,” a quintuple-twisting triple flip that won Jeret “Speedy” Peterson a silver medal at the 2010 Games. It hasn’t been completed since Speedy and Bohonnon could potentially compete with it in PyeongChang.
  • After proving her prowess in dual moguls, Jaelin Kauf has dominated single moguls competitions this season with four podium finishes, including two wins. Her parents both competed on the pro mogul tour. The course in PyeongChang will play to Kauf’s strengths of clean, fast skiing.
  • 20-year-old Morgan Schild spent 22 months recovering from an ACL injury. She returned to competition in January 2016 and has been one of the strongest U.S. women’s mogul skiers ever since.
  • Casey Andringa burst onto the World Cup scene just one month ago, placing in the top 10 in his first two starts. He and his brother lived in a tent in Steamboat Springs, Colorado this summer to supplement costs and train on the water ramps there.

2018 U.S. Olympic Freestyle Skiing Team

Men’s Moguls
Casey Andringa - Boulder, Colo. (10/6/1995)
Troy Murphy - Bethel, Maine (06/13/1992)
Bradley Wilson - Butte, Mont. (06/05/1992)*
Emerson Smith - Dover, Vt. (12/13/1997)

Women’s Moguls
Tess Johnson - Vail, Colo. (06/12/2000)
Jaelin Kauf - Alta, Wyo. (09/26/1996)
Keaton McCargo - Telluride, Colo. (07/10/1995)
Morgan Schild - Rochester, N.Y. (08/25/1997)

Men’s Aerials
Mac Bohonnon - Madison, Conn. (08/20/1994)*
Jon Lillis - Rochester, N.Y. (08/20/1994)
Eric Loughran - Pelham, N.H. (12/04/1995)

Women’s Aerials
Ashley Caldwell - Ashburn, Va. (09/14/1993)*
Kiley McKinnon - Madison, Conn. (09/01/1995)
Madison Olsen - Park City, Utah (04/07/1995)

*Competed in past Olympics


Matt Gnoza, Head Moguls Coach
Our Olympic moguls team has a great blend of experience and youth. For many athletes, this will be their first time competing at the Games. I couldn’t be more pleased with what we have in the way of a team. This is a very solid group of athletes that are strong, prepared and focused and has a ton of potential to execute in PyeongChang.

Todd Ossian, Head Aerials Coach
Our aerials Olympic team has experienced a huge level of success at the World Cup and World Championship levels and is fully capable of replicating that success in PyeongChang. We’re coming into these Games with more on snow time than we’ve ever had and are primed for our best performances.

Jaelin Kauf
Representing my country in the Olympics is something I have been dreaming of for such a long time and I cannot wait to finally make it a reality. Not only am I accomplishing this huge goal but I am able to share this experience and compete in my first Olympic Games alongside my closest friends and teammates. To be able to share this with them will make the whole experience so much more special. Knowing that the whole country is supporting us and cheering us on as we represent the United States in Korea is incredible. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the realness of it.

Bradley Wilson
To get the call that I qualified was huge. There’s so much that goes into this process, all the training and intense, high-pressure competition, so to finally get that confirmation is amazing. I am just as excited as I was when I made the team in 2014.

Ashley Caldwell
I never thought that I would be going to my third Olympic games at 24, and being the veteran is wild to me. I’ve been training with this team since I was 13 years old. We all started the sport at the same time and it’s really cool that we get to go to the Olympics together. We’re a strong team and I’m excited for the camaraderie we’re going to have this Games.

Mac Bohonnon
I could not be more excited to have made my second Olympic team. It was the greatest experience of my life going to my first Olympics in 2014 and since I got a taste I’ve wanted to get back. I spent the past four years training to not only get back to the games but to go and win a gold medal. I am so excited to have the opportunity to represent myself, my family, my team and most importantly Team USA in PyeongChang.

Slopestyle Ski Team Announced

By Tom Kelly
January, 21 2018
Slopestyle Team
Maggie Voisin, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper are heading to PyeongChang, proudly wearing their The North Face team jackets. (Sarah Brunson)

The Toyota U.S. Grand Prix wrapped up Sunday at Mammoth Mountain, Calif. with final objective criteria selections for the Olympic Team announced for slopestyle skiing. Three athletes were recognized as Olympic selections at the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team Nomination Ceremony presented by Visa at the base of Mammoth's Unbound Terrain park. All three achieved their team status through objective selection criteria.

The entire freeski team, including any additional selections based on team quotas, will be announced this coming week.
The team will be headlined by Sochi medalists Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, Colo,) and Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg, Ind.) It will also be the second Olympics for Maggie Voisin (Whitefish, Mont.), who was injured in the days leading up to the start of the Sochi Olympics four years ago. She was the only objective criteria qualifier for the women.
NBCUniversal will present more than 2,400 hours of coverage across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA Network,, and the NBC Sports app - the most ever for a Winter Olympics.
All members of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team will be confirmed by the United States Olympic Committee when it formally names Team USA this Friday (January 26).
Men's Slopestyle

Nick Goepper, Lawrenceburg, Ind. (03/14/1994) *
Gus Kenworthy, Telluride, Colo. (10/1/1991) *
Women's Slopestyle
Maggie Voisin, Whitefish, Mont.  (12/14/1998) *
* Past Olympian


Nick Goepper
Yes, I felt like I was still going to be in my prime and skiing well and going to another games and hopefully another one after this. Nice to meet my goals.

Gus Kenworthy
I don’t know if I have another one in the tank. But I felt that at 26 it was still age appropriate. 30 is young in life but old for a freeskier .
Maggie Voisin
I’m just super grateful to make it to another Games. I was injured in Sochi and wasn’t able to compete. But this is nice redemption to be able to show what I can do. There was a lot of emotion when I called my mom. I told myself that day four years ago I would do whatever it took to get back. It’s been a roller coaster four years but I did what I wanted to do.

Gus Kenworthy
I haven’t talked to anyone yet. My boyfriend is here and my agent. It was more emotional not making the pipe this time. I definitely cried some tears in my hotel room. It’s nice redemption to make it in slope.

Nick Goepper
Thanks to social media, before I even knew my phone was blowing up. I was surprised but my mom’s here, a childhood friend and my girlfriend. It’s nice to be able to celebrate it with them.

Nick Goepper
I’m going to get more sleep - that’s the learning tool I’ll take to Korea. I didn’t get much sleep in Sochi - my heart was racing.

Gus Kenworthy
The last Olympics went by in a flash, a whirlwind. This time I want to soak up the experience, really be there for it and make memories that will las t a  lifetime. 

Maggie Voisin
Last Olympics I was able to soak it up after I got hurt. I stayed to closing ceremony. I’m going in with the same mindset - I’m doing it because I love it.

Gus Kenworthy
The biggest advantage of our selection process is it motivates all of the U.S. guys to really be on their game.

Right beforehand, it really incentivizes us to perform well going into the Games. 

Nick Goepper
It’s grueling on the athletes - a lot of stress, sleepless nights. But it’s positive as the U.S. always has the strongest team performing right up to the 11th hour. Hopefully Korea will be a walk in the park.

Maggie Voisin
Choosing the team weeks prior to going to the games really shows who’s best. Yes, it’s stressful. But it shows who’s on top of it just before we go.

Nick Goepper
To be healthy and stay on top of my game I try to eat healthy meals, spend time with my friends , fly some RC helicopters  and play a lot of poker which has kept m y competitive edge sharp.

I have an amazing support system behind me. As much as I wanted to make the team, if God forbid I hadn’t made it, I have family and great p eople in my life. It’s a huge deal but it’s not everything.
Maggie Voisin
Having a strong support system is important. Going home for the holidays and where skiing started for me, mentally gets me ready. Physically it’s not easy getting ready to do what we do - stay strong in the gym and keep the head from going crazy.

Gus Kenworthy
I just felt tremendous relief. I had such a roller coaster qualifying process. I had a lot of pressure in pipe. It came down to the last run and I really had to put one down. Just landing a run today and knowing I was through to the finals was a new chapter. It was a sigh of relief.

I came out a little over two years ago. When I did I had no idea what to expect. My close friends and family had been super supportive. But I didn’t know how the industry would react. I painted the worst scenario in my head. It wasn’t like that at all. I had so much encouragement. Last Olympics I had no expectations on me - I had no Olympic sponsors. This time around I’ve signed around 15 Olympic sponsors - partly because of my skiing but also because I’m out. Brands want to get behind someone who is living authentically and I think it’s great.
I think the only way to break down stereotypes and homophobia is to have visibility. Having Adam and I at the Games being out and proud - hopefully if there’s one kid who comes out of the closet it will be a success.

Maggie Voisin
It’s crazy. The sport of free skiing is a family. Gus was there for my last Olympic experience. The last four years we’ve traveled around the world to contests. Just to see Gus and Nick do well - we’re all going through it - its a family.

Nick Goepper
Switzerland, Norway, Canada - McEacharn, B raaten are all at the top level. I think the competition will be much higher this time around than in Sochi as the depth of the field has increased.   the 9th place run compared to Sochi will be much better.  

Gus Kenworthy
Skiing is at the highest level it’s ever been. The depth of field is so much greater than it’s ever been before. In Sochi our three runs were pretty standout from the field. But now a 90 isn’t a podium run, maybe you make finals.

Nick Goepper
I’m grateful that my family and friends have the opportunity to go over and experience the Olympics. So I’m looking forward to that and sharing the experience with them.

Gus Kenworthy
None of my family was able to be in Sochi. My mom definitely kicks herself for missing that. One of the things I’m most looking forward to is that my family is going. I’m most looking forward to the karaoke.

Maggie Voisin
PyeongChang hosted such a wonderful test event - they were just in awe of what we did. It’s going to be greater this year. I’m excited for my family to be there. Round two - let’s do it!

Two Olympic Medalists to Return

By Tom Kelly
January, 21 2018
Gus Kenworthy
Gus Kenworthy celebrates his clinching a spot on the Olympic Team with teammate Nick Goepper as qualifying ended Sunday at Mammoth Mountain with the final Toyota U.S. Grand Prix. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Sarah Brunson)

An Olympic selection process that began a full year ago in Mammoth Mountain came full circle Sunday. On the final day of a hotly-contested battle for slopestyle skiing Olympic berths, Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, Colo.) and bronze medalist Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg, Ind.) finally sealed their spots to return. Gold medalist Joss Christensen (Park City, Utah), who made a valiant effort in returning from a late-season knee injury, came ever so close to vying for a return ticket.

Coming into the final two selection events for the men, none of the three objective spots had been claimed. Goepper and Kenworthy needed only a podium in one of the two men's competitions to clinch outright. After he missed qualifying for the morning World Cup, Kenworthy came back in the afternoon to make a statement on his first run with a 94.8, holding on to finish second and gain a ticket to PyeongChang.

Goepper joined Kenworthy on the podium, finishing third. Alex Hall (Park City, Utah) was fifth as Canada's Evan McEachran took the win with a giant 96.40 on his second run.

In the opening FIS World Cup event Sunday morning, Canada's Teal Harle took the men's win. No Americans cracked the podium, but Goepper clinched his Olympic spot by virtue of two earlier podiums with only one event remaining. Tiril Sjaastad Christiansen of Norway took the women's win with Caroline Claire (Manchester Center, Vt.) finishing third. 

Maggie Voisin (Whitefish, Mont.), who was the only American to clinch a women's Olympic spot by objective criteria, sat out the competition.

The athletes will now head to the X Games in Aspen before winging their way to South Korea in early February for the Olympic Winter Games. The remainder of the Olympic Freeski Team will be announced this coming week.

Men's Slopestyle #1
Women's Slopestyle #1

Men's Slopestyle #2

Chodounsky Grabs Olympic Spot

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
January, 21 2018
Chodounsky Kitz 1-21-18
David Chodounsky finished 15th in Sunday's FIS Ski World Cup slalom in Kitzbuehel, Austria. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom - Alexis Boichard)

David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, Colo.) led the way for the U.S. Ski Team, finishing 15th in Sunday’s FIS Ski World Cup slalom in Kitzbuehel, Austria, to secure his place on the U.S. Olympic Team for next month’s Games in PyeongChang. Nolan Kasper (Warren, Vt.), who returned to the World Cup circuit after nearly three years battling injuries, also qualified for his third Olympic Team based on his World Cup ranking in slalom.

“After the rough January that I had, I’m really happy,” Chodounsky said about putting together two solid runs Sunday. “I stuck to my game plan and did what I wanted. I definitely could have pushed a little more in that second run. But I had a solid run. Fifteenth place, not bad.”

Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen took the victory over Austria’s Marcel Hirscher. Switzerland’s Daniel Yule was third. Chodounsky was the lone American to qualify for the second run and will lead the U.S. Ski Team into Tuesday’s evening slalom in Schladming, Austria.

“There is another race coming up, so this is just a little confidence boost,” Chodounsky said. “The plan is to get some World Cup points, make sure I stay in the top 30, then I can go hammer.”

Men’s slalom

All times EST
Sunday, Jan. 21
9:00 p.m. - Women’s super-G; Cortina – NBCSN Encore (same day broadcast)
10:00 p.m. - Men’s slalom; Kitzbuehel – NBCSN Encore (same day broadcast)

Tuesday, Jan. 23
6:30 a.m. - Women’s giant slalom; Kronplatz – Olympic Channel TV
2:30 p.m. - Men’s slalom; Schladming – Olympic Channel TV
12:00 a.m. - Men’s slalom; Schladming – NBCSN Encore (same day broadcast)