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FEBRUARY 11, 2019 - reflecting on 10 days of unforgettable winter sports competition

2019 FIS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MARKED BY INSPIRATION AND CAMARADERIE

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2019 FIS World Champs presented by Toyota - Park City, Utah
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Snowboarder Chloe Kim (Torrance, Calif.) receives the rock-star treatment as she arrives for the 2019 FIS World Championships halfpipe finals on Friday, February 8, 2019. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

PARK CITY, Utah -- Almost two weeks ago, on the eve of the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle & Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota, U.S. Ski & Snowboard athlete Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, Calif) summed up his intent for the following days like this: “I came here to win and throw a party,” he said.

Though he remains the U.S.’s most successful male snowboard athlete ever, Holland’s World Championships podium plans did not work out. But plenty of other U.S. athletes did earn medals over the last 10 days--14, in fact. And, as his comments foreshadowed, the 2019 FIS World Championships were an unforgettable and inspiring celebration of winter sport that, despite cancellation of six events due to weather along the way, succinctly illustrated the unique power of winter sport to break down barriers and foster camaraderie.

“What an incredible ten days we had,” said Calum Clark, chair of the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships. “We had 1,400 athletes competing in dozens of medal events, and the world tuned in to see some of the best action I’ve ever seen in snow sports, right here in Utah. The athletes inspired us all and I think that was one of the main themes of these World Champs, inspiration. From the army of volunteers, whose smiles and hard work lit up the whole ten days, to the people who were up before sunrise every day, working to make sure the courses were as good as possible, everyone involved in the World Champs inspired each other."

Along with winning the medals race, a few of the more awesome moments delivered by U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes during the 10 days of the 2019 FIS World Championships included:

  • Mick Dierdorff (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) snagging the first men’s gold medal, and his first World Cup win, on day one of the World Champs

  • Lindsey Jacobellis’ (Stratton Mountain, Vt) come-from-behind final run of the World Championships first-ever mixed-gender team snowboardcross to grab gold for her and her teammate Dierdorff

  • The enormous crowds that turned out to watch Park City home-girl Julia Krass snag silver in the freeski big air, her best career finish to date

  • Snowboarder Chloe Kim’s (Torrance, Calif.) gold medal win in the halfpipe, continuing her more than yearlong run of winning every contest she enters

  • Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, Colo.) becoming a two-time men’s freeski halfpipe World Champion

  • The thrilling dual moguls competition under the lights at Deer Valley Resort, where U.S. athletes took three medals--silver for Jaelin Kauf (Alta, Wyo.) and Bradley Wilson (Butte, Mont.) and bronze for Tess Johnson (Vail, Colo.)

U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s 2019 FIS World Championships 14-medal cache included five gold, three silver and six bronze. Canada took home nine medals, followed by Switzerland at seven and both Russian and France at six.

The 2019 FIS World Championships concluded on Sunday with the closing ceremonies on Park City’s historic Main Street. Park City Mayor Andy Beerman passed the World Championships flag to FIS Council member Dexter Paine, who delivered the flag to Zhang Wenhao, vice secretary of Zhangjiakou Municipal Government, Beijing, China, host city for both the 2020 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle & Freeski World Championships and the next Olympic Winter Games in 2022.

For event-by-event results and coverage from the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle & Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota, visit 2019worldchampionships.com.      

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FEBRUARY 10, 2019 - WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS FINAL DAY

AMERICANS CORNING, Anderson AND HENKES WIN SLOPESTYLE MEDALS AT PARK CITY

 Pacifico Snowboard Slopestyle Finals
2019 FIS World Champs presented by Toyota - Park City, Utah
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The men’s and women’s snowboard slopestyle medal winners, left to right: women’s silver, Silje Norendal; men’s silver, Mark Morris; men’s gold, Chris Corning; women’s gold, Zoi Sadowski Synnott; men’s bronze, Judd Henkes; and women’s bronze, Jamie Anderson. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

PARK CITY MOUNTAIN, Utah - The 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota, competition came to an abrupt end on Sunday, when high-speed winds forced organizers to cancel the snowboarding slopestyle event. Medals were, however, awarded to the top-three finishers from the event’s two-run qualification round on Saturday, as allowed by slopestyle’s official rules. Though many of the athletes understood the decision to cancel the event, they were also disappointed to not get to compete in the final.

“The nice thing is that we knew ahead of qualifications that they could take the qualification results, so everybody at least had the same opportunity to basically to put down their best run,” said gold medalist Chris Corning (Silverthorne, Colo.), winner of the overall World Cup title in slopestyle in 2016 and 2018, and two-medal winner at the 2017 World Championships. “Everyone rode really well yesterday. I really wanted them to put on the contest on today. I argued for it but they said it was unsafe and so it is what it is.”

Jamie Anderson (South Lake Tahoe, Calif.), the two-time slopestyle Olympic gold medalist and five-time X Games slopestyle champion, concurred with Corning about not getting to compete in the final. “I was honestly pretty sad that they cancelled the finals,” said Anderson, who took bronze. “I think there’s a lot of mixed emotions. I was on the podium but I still wanted to have a chance to ride better, There’s definitely some gusty winds. They definitely made the best call for the safety of everyone. I really wanted to ride though, I’m a competitor. I wanted to get on the top of that podium.”

Fresh off winning slopestyle gold at the X Games in January, Zoi Sadowski Synnott of New Zealand, put down a really strong first run in the qualifications, earning a score of 91.75 and the gold medal. But then she suffered an injury on her second run that would have precluded her from competing on Sunday, had the finals not been cancelled. “Since, I knew I wasn’t riding today, I didn’t have any part in the decision about whether or not the competition went ahead today or not,” sadowski Synnott said. “But I was was real stoked on yesterday’s run. I got my rail line and then got my jump suite which I hadn't been getting in practice. I personally really liked the course. I think it had a really nice flow. I love the options for the rails. They gave you time to experiment and get creative and then it moved into some nice jumps.”

WOMEN’S MEDAL FINISHERS OFFICIAL RESULTS

  1. Zoi Sadowski Synnott (NZL)

  2. Silje Norendal (NOR)

  3. Jamie Anderson (South Lake Tahoe, Calif., USA)

MEN’S MEDAL FINISHERS OFFICIAL RESULTS

  1. Chris Corning (Silverthorne, Colo., USA)

  2. Mark Morris (CAN)

  3. Judd Henkes (La Jolla, Calif., USA)

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FEBRUARY 10, 2019 - WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS FINAL DAY

2019 FIS SNOWBOARD, FREESTYLE AND FREESKI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SNOWBOARD SLOPESTYLE FINALS CANCELLED

Park City, Utah - With strong winds creating possible safety and consistency issues for the competitors, the organizers of the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, working in close cooperation with Team Captains, Park City Mountain and the International Ski Federation (FIS), have regrettably had to cancel the finals of the snowboard slopestyle competition, scheduled to take place as the final event of the 2019 World Championships on Sunday February 10, 2019.

“The safety of the athletes is our number one priority, so with wind levels across the slopestyle course at Park City above tolerable limits, and with no sign of the strength of the wind decreasing, we regret to announce we have had to cancel today’s competition,” said Calum Clark, Chair of the 2019 World Championships organizing committee. “We also have to ensure that all the athletes have as close as possible to the same conditions in which to compete which was not the case today, with wind speeds varying at different speeds and different times across the course. We did not take the decision to cancel lightly, and we engaged fully with the athletes, their Team Captains, the FIS and our venue hosts at Park City Mountain throughout the assessments we have been making since early this morning. However, we have to accept that the conditions could have presented undue risks and possible fairness issues to the athletes, hence our decision to cancel is the right action to take.

“As we are not running finals, the results of the competition revert to the qualifying sessions we ran on Saturday, which means there will be a medals presentation. Even though the athletes did not have the chance to take part in a finals round, we are still able to award medals and world championship titles, so that is some consolation.

“Now we have reached the end of the 2019 World Championships competition, I want to thank every single person who has had any role to play in the last ten days of these events. We have seen spectacular action, we have witnessed many athletes seeing their dreams come true, and, from Solitude Mountain Resort to here in Park City, home to Deer Valley and Park City Mountain, we have shown the world that Utah truly is the State of Sport. Thank you, one and all.”


FEBRUARY 9, 2019 - men’s and women’s dual moguls
BY: MELISSA FIELDS

U.S. ATHLETES TAKE THREE MEDALS IN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP DUAL MOGULS

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The women’s dual moguls podium, left to right: silver medalist, Jaelin Kauf; gold medalist, Perrine Laffont; and bronze medalist, Tess Johnson. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

DEER VALLEY RESORT, Utah - Canada’s Mikaёl Kingsbury won his second World Championships title of the weekend and France’s Perrine Laffont took the women’s dual moguls title. However, in the company of thousands of spectators and yet another snowstorm, U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes Jaelin Kauf (Alta, Wyo.), Bradley Willson (Butte, Mont.) and Tess Johnson (Vail, Colo.), were the clear crowd favorites, taking two silvers and a bronze, respectively, at the 2019 FIS World Championships dual moguls competition on Saturday night at Deer Valley Resort. The U.S. trio did not disappoint the hometown crowd, delivering stellar performances through four extremely close competition heats.

“Tonight was incredible. I mean I am so exhausted from this week, but I skied as hard as I could tonight and I’m really proud of my skiing and myself,” Kauf said. “I’m stoked to be on the podium with both Brad and Tess.”

Kauf prevailed in a U.S.-versus-U.S. face-off with Johnson in the women’s semi finals. But then Johnson went on to an unexpected win in the battle for the women’s bronze against Kazakhstan’s Yulia Galysheva, gold medal winner of Friday night’s World Championships individual women’s moguls competition.

“It feels like nothing I’ve ever felt before standing on the podium here tonight,” said Johnson, who’d been on the World Cup podium just once before Friday night. “I’m on cloud nine and I don’t think I’m ever going to come down. I just had the most fun tonight amd skiing against my best friend and teammate, Jaelin, was more than I could ever have dreamed of. To end this on the podium, I’m just so grateful.”

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Johnson (left) and Kauf celebrate their dual moguls podium finishes. (Getty Images)

In the women’s gold medal run, Kauf stayed neck and neck with the 2017 dual moguls World Champion, France’s Perrine Laffont, to the finish. But Laffont completed a more technically difficult trick off the course’s first jump and won her second World Championship gold. Laffont’s victory brought tears to her eyes, emotions she expressed in the finish area.

“I was very tired this morning, and was disappointed about yesterday’s judgement,” said Laffont, who placed in the bronze position on Friday night. “I didn’t really want to compete today, I felt like I had no more energy this morning. But my head coach was there to push me on every single run and told me to try to do your best and enjoy the moment in front of this crazy crowd.”

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The men’s dual moguls medal winners, left to right: silver medalist, Bradley Wilson; gold medalist, Mikael Kingbury; and bronze medalist, Daichi Hara. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

Wilson faced Canadian freestyle skiing super power, Mikael Kingsbury, the men’s gold medal winner from at Friday night’s moguls competition. Though Wilson definitely gave Kingsbury, who is the most accomplished mogul skier of all time, a run for his money by crossing the finish line first, the competition ended with Kingsbury winning his fourth World Championship gold medal.

“I kind of have no words now because my goal all season was to win the world championship and now I did it,” Kingsbury said. “The guys were skiing so fast today. I wasn’t the fastest in the red, but I know I was the cleanest skier and they rewarded me. Unbelievable.”

“Kingsbury and I have had some really good duals in the past,” Wilson said. “He’s won the majority of them and every time he’s just able to throw down his best run when he’s with me. It’s frustrating, you know, I need him to make just a little bit of a mistake, but of course I couldn’t expect it. He’s just an incredible an skier and an incredible dude.”      

Hands down, the most mind-blowing performance of the evening came during Japan’s Daichi Hara’s semi finals run against Wilson. Hara lost control as he approached the red course’s second jump causing him to send his trick much higher than is considered typical. Hara then pulled off an astounding double front flip, presumably to dump some of his speed, and then crashed into the lower course’s mogul section. Despite the spectacular crash, Hara was apparently unhurt and went on to win the bronze final round against Sweden’s Walter Wallberg.

A video clip of Daichi Hara’s unbelievable World Championships dual moguls semi final run. (Video - U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

While Saturday night’s competition drew some of the largest crowds of the 2019 FIS World Championships to date--the snowboard slopestyle is still to come on Sunday--dual moguls still has not been added to the Olympic program by the International Olympic Committee. “I think duals should definitely be an Olympic event,” Wilson said. “You could use the same athletes, it wouldn’t cost anything to house those athletes. You can use the same venue, it would be very easy to throw out there. And it’s an incredible spectator sport. It’s what people want to watch and we want to ski it.”   

WOMEN’S DUAL MOGULS PODIUM OFFICIAL RESULTS

  1. Perrine Laffont (FRA)

  2. Jaelin Kauf (Alta, Wyo. USA)

  3. Tess Johnson (Vail, Colo. USA)

MEN’S DUAL MOGULS PODIUM OFFICIAL RESULTS

  1. Mikaёl Kingsbury (CAN)

  2. Brad Wilson (Butte, Mont. USA)

  3. Daichi Hara (JPN)

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Tom Webb
Director of Marketing and Communications, U.S. Ski & Snowboard
+1.435.602.9644
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Tom Kelly
Chief of Press
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FEBRUARY 9, 2019- WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS final day preview
BY: MELISSA FIELDS

2019 FIS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WRAP WITH SLOPESTYLE AND CLOSING CEREMONIES FEATURING LUPE FIASCO

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Hip hop superstar, Lupe Fiasco, will headline the 2019 FIS World Championships closing ceremonies.

PARK CITY, Utah - After nine days of thrilling and inspiring, elite-level competition, on Sunday the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota, heads into its final day. The final day’s packed events schedule--all of which is free and open to the public--is as follows:

11 a.m.: Snowboard slopestyle final, Park City Mountain’s Town Base
Snowboard slopestyle athletes to watch include two-time Olympic gold medalist, Jamie Anderson (South Lake Tahoe, Calif.); two-time 2017 World Championships medalist, Chris Corning (Silverthorne, Colo.); Darcy Sharpe of Canada and brother to 2019 World Champs halfpipe freesking silver medalist, Cassie Sharpe; 2019 X Games silver medalist, Rene Rinnekangas of Finland; and the gold, silver and bronze Olympic medalist from Slovakia, Klaudia Medlova.  

1 - 7 p.m.: High West USA House Open (651 Park Ave) featuring “Art of an Athlete”
Made up of work created by current and alumni U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes, “Art of an Athlete” showcases a different side of what it means to be an elite snowsports athlete. Many athletes find balance in their training and competition schedules with artistic pursuits such as painting, photography and pottery. Art provides another avenue to express themselves, not only on snow, but also on paper, canvas and clay.

4 p.m.: 2019 FIS World Championships Closing Ceremonies and Concert with Lupe Fiasco, hosted by Deer Valley Resort, Historic Main Street, Park City
Lupe Fiasco is a true hip hop pioneer. A rapper, record producer, entrepreneur, and community advocate, the artist rose to fame in 2006, following the success of his debut album Food & Liquor. Since then Lupe has released more than four acclaimed studio albums; his latest being Drogas Wave released in 2018.   

Can’t make it to Park City to witness the final day of the 2019 FIS World Championships firsthand? No problem. Tune into the action on Sunday, February 10:
1 p.m. EST: Snowboarding slopestyle, NBC Sports Gold and OlympicChannel.com
4:30 p.m. EST: Men and women’s dual moguls, NBC

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Director of Marketing and Communications, U.S. Ski & Snowboard
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FEBRUARY 9, 2019- WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN’S AND WOMEN’S freeski halfpipe
BY: MELISSA FIELDS

AMERICAN AARON BLUNCK holds on to WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE

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The two-time men’s freeski halfpipe World Champion, Aaron Blunck. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

PARK CITY MOUNTAIN, Utah - Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, Colo.) let it rip on his third run in the 2019 FIS Freeski World Championships Halfpipe final, retaining the World Championship title the U.S. Ski & Snowboard athlete won in 2017. Blunck performed some of the day’s most difficult tricks and used the full length of Park City Mountain’s Eagle Superpipe to take top podium spot from second place men’s finisher, France’s Kevin Rolland. Following his eighth-place at the 2019 X Games, Saturday’s win represented sweet redemption for Blunck in the 2018 / 2019 season.

“X Games didn’t really go my way so I just wanted to come out here and redeem myself, and it just so happens that we got to ski quite a bit of pow beforehand,” he said, recalling a winter storm that dumped more than a foot of snow on Park City during the 2019 World Champs. “I really think that was the recipe for success. I was happy. I was having fun the whole time. I came out here for finals day and it was game on. I was ready to go.” Having won freeski halfpipe gold in 2017 at Sierra Nevada, Blunck is now a two-time World Champion.

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The women’s freeski halfpipe podium, left to right: Cassie Sharpe, Kelly Sildaru and Brita Sigourney. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

In her third and final run of Saturday’s 2019 FIS World Championships freeski halfpipe competition, 16-year-old Estonian ski prodigy, Kelly Sildaru, became the first woman to land a Switch-1080 in competition and seal her first World Championships title. The feat, which involved the skier completing three 360-degree rotations and then landing facing backwards down the pipe, earned her a field-crushing score of 95, and World Championship gold.

“I wasn’t sure if I should do it because I didn’t know if I was going to land it,” Sildaru said. “ At first I thought I should do what I did on my second run and just go higher and be better but then I thought, ‘Why don’t you try?’ and then I did and I couldn’t believe it! I’m shaking.”

Saturday’s competition was not the first time Sildaru has made history in her sport. In 2016, she became the youngest woman to win X Games gold at age 13. Since then, despite being briefly derailed by an ACL tear last season, Sildaru has performed exceptionally in most contests she’s entered, often trading the top-of-the-podium spot with Canada’s Cassie Sharpe, who took silver in Saturday’s competition and gold at both this year’s X Games and in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games

U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Brita Sigourney (Carmel, Calif.), the first woman to ever land a 1080 in a competition halfpipe run, and the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic silver medalist, rounded out the women’s podium in the bronze position, making Saturday a medal laden day for the home team.

The men’s battle for the men’s bronze came down to a super tight contest between two Canadians, Noah Bowman and Simon d’Artois. “The pipe was sick,” d’Artois said. “You could just roost in it. It was really good.” But in the end, Bowman bested his countryman by just two-tenths of a point. “This feels amazing,” Bowman said. “This is probably the happiest I’ve ever felt with a result like this. I just – I really skied as well as I possibly could today and it feels so good just to be on the podium.”

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The men’s freeski halfpipe podium, left to right: Kevin Rolland, Aaron Blunck and Noah Bowman. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

WOMEN’S FREESKI HALFPIPE PODIUM OFFICIAL RESULTS

  1. Kelly Sildaru (EST)

  2. Cassie Sharpe (CAN)

  3. Brita Sigourney (Carmel, Calif., USA)

MEN’S FREESKI HALFPIPE PODIUM OFFICIAL RESULTS

  1. Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, Colo.)

  2. Kevin Rolland (FRA)

  3. Noah Bowman (CAN)

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February 8, 2019- World Championships men’s and women’s Moguls
by: Melissa Fields

GALYSHEVA WINS FIRST FIS FREESTYLE WORLD CHAMPS GOLD FOR KAZAKHSTAN

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The women’s moguls podium, left to right: silver medalist Jakara Anthony, gold medal winner Yulia Galysheva and Perrine Laffont, the bronze medal winner. (Steven Earl Photography)

Full throttle best describes how Kazakhstan’s Yulia Galysheva came out of the gate on her first run of Friday night’s 2019 FIS World Championships moguls competition at Deer Valley Resort. She set the bar high for the women’s field when she nailed a difficult moguls trick known as the Truck Driver, a double grab front flip. Galysheva kept her foot on the gas into run two, garnering a 79.14 and the first ever World Championships gold in freestyle for her native Kazakhstan. “I really like the night events and I really like the crowd because it’s amazing to perform here,” she said.

Joining Galysheva in the gold medal position on the men’s side was Mikael Kingsbury of Canada. “I feel amazing! It’s a title that I’ve tried to get. I won the World Championship when I was 19 in 2013 and to get it back on that course, such a legendary course--yeah, it’s unreal. The guys were skiing so well, so I had to step it up and do the double fallout there for the super final. I was a little nervous but managed to do it. I’m so stoked.”

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2019 FIS World Champs presented by Toyota - Deer Valley, Utah
Photo: Steven Earl

The men’s moguls podium, left to right: silver medalist Matt Graham, gold medal winner Mikael Kingsbury and Daichi Hara, the bronze medal winner. (Steven Earl Photography)

Though both Galysheva and Kingsbury reveled in becoming moguls World Champions on Friday night, neither are new to elite level victories in their sport. Galysheva won a bronze and a silver at the 2015 and 2017 World Championships, respectively. Kingsbury’s career results now include eight World Championships medals, three of which are gold (one dual moguls, two moguls).

Once the fields were narrowed to the top six athletes in the super final, the competition was extremely tight in both the men’s and women’s events. Perrine Laffont from France, moguls silver medalist at the 2017 World Championships, delivered an extremely strong second run, earning her a score of 78. 70 and the bronze medal. “Yeah, I’m feeling so great,” Laffont said. “I can’t be more happy standing here and on the podium tonight.”

The two Aussie silver medalists, Jakara Anthony and Matt Graham, both submitted exceptional runs as well. “I’m over the moon,” Anthony said. “This is always such a special event on the tour--getting to ski under the lights. It’s the one that lots of our families make the trip out to from Australia to watch so it’s pretty special to get to perform in front of them.”

The lone U.S. athlete to make it to the super final, Jaelin Kauf (Alta, Wyo.), faltered a bit in her second run, but skied well for the remainder of the course and ended the evening in sixth place. “Tonight went all right,” Kauf said. “I got a lot better as the day went on. In the final run I made a bobble in the top section and almost fell. After that I figured I had nothing to lose and had to send it in the middle. I’m excited for duals tomorrow. I think it’s going to be awesome and this course is the best for it.”

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Jaelin Kauf launches off the second jump at the 2019 FIS World Championships moguls contest at Deer Valley Resort. (Steven Earl Photography)

WOMEN’S MOGULS PODIUM - OFFICIAL RESULTS

  1. Yulia Galysheva (KAZ)

  2. Jakara Anthony (AUS)

  3. Perrine Laffont (FRA)

MEN’S MOGULS PODIUM - OFFICIAL RESULTS

  1. Mikael Kingsbury (CAN)

  2. Matt Graham (AUS)

  3. Daichi Hara (JPN

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February 8, 2019- World Championships day 9 preview - freeski halfpipe and dual moguls
by: Melissa Fields

PARK CITY’S FIS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS PARTY
CONTINUES ON SATURDAY

 Freeski Halfpipe Qualifiers
2019 FIS World Champs presented by Toyota - Park City, Utah
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A scene from Thursday’s freeski halfpipe qualifications. The finals will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m.
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The 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota, is now reaching its crescendo. Friday’s events included incredible performances by the world’s best snowboarders in Park City Mountain’s Eagle Superpipe, and Deer Valley Resort hosted the always crowd-pleasing moguls competition. Likewise, Saturday’s World Championships schedule of events promises to be just as exciting, and inspiring, as follows:

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Vendor village open at Park City Mountain, adjacent to the First Time chairlift at the resort’s Town Base

11 a.m.: Freeski halfpipe final, Eagle Superpipe, Park City Mountain’s Town Base

1 - 6:30 p.m.: High West USA House Open (651 Park Ave) featuring “Art of an Athlete,” an exhibition of visual art creating by current and former U.S. Ski & Snowboard team athletes

2:30 - 10 p.m.: Aprés ski entertainment at Deer Valley Resort’s EBS Lounge, Snow Park Lodge

7 p.m.: Men’s and women’s dual moguls final, Deer Valley Resort’s Champion run, Snow Park Base

Athletes to watch as the freeski halfpipe competition gets underway in the Eagle Superpipe on Saturday include David Wise (Reno, Nev.), Canada’s Simon Artois, Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, Colo.), Brita Sigourney (Carmel, Calif.), Estonia’s 16-year-old Kelly Sildaru and Cassie Sharpe from Canada.

Mogulists expected to fare well in the dual moguls contest on Deer Valley’s Champion run on Saturday evening, should they make it through Saturday afternoon’s qualification round, include Jaelin Kauf (Alta, Wyo.), Bradley Wilson (Butte, Mont.), Perrine Laffont and Benjamin Cavet from France, and Ikuma Horishima from Japan.

 Dual Moguls
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Olivia Giaccio (Redding, Conn.) and Jaelin Kauf (Alta, Wyo.) compete in dual moguls in the 2017 Visa Freestyle International World Cup. (Steven Earl Photography)

Freeski halfpipe has been part of the Olympic program since 2014. Single-skier moguls has been an Olympic medal event since 1992. Despite being competed on the World Cup circuit for years, dual moguls is still not an Olympic sport, a status that many freestyle skiers would like to see changed.

“I think dual moguls are Olympic worthy because it’s very exciting for the fans and is a much easier way for people to be subjective on who wins,” Kauf said. “I think that duals is a little more reckless and puts you on edge. When you have a competitor right at your side you start to push your limits and your abilities. Anything can happen in duals, the athletes know that and so does the crowd. It’s a different sport, a different mindset and mentality. In my opinion it should absolutely be an Olympic sport.”   

Can’t make it to Park City to witness the 2019 FIS World Championships firsthand? No problem. Tune into the action on Saturday, February 9:

1 p.m. EST: Men’s and women’s halfpipe, NBC Sports Gold

9 p.m. EST: Men and women’s dual moguls, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold

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The “Art of an Athlete” exhibition at the High West USA House. (Lara Carlton)

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February 8, 2019- World Championships halfpipe
by: Melissa Fields

KIM’S, JAMES’ DOMINANCE SOLIDIFIED AT 2019 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS HALFPIPE COMPETITION

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Australia’s Scotty James celebrates winning his third consecutive World Championships gold medal, setting a world record. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

Park City Mountain, Utah (February 8, 2018) - Against a picture-perfect, bluebird day backdrop, two of snowboarding’s “it” riders - Chloe Kim (Torrance, Calif.) and and Australia’s Scotty James - maintained their incredible dominance of this sport by taking gold at the 2019 FIS World Championships, presented by Toyota, snowboard halfpipe competition.

Along with winning her first World Championships medal Friday, Kim’s meteoric rise over the last two years has included landing gold at last year’s PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games and the 2019 X Games, and being named one of the “Most Influential People of 2018” by TIME Magazine. “I’m going to celebrate by going home, having dinner, watch some Netflix, maybe hot tub and hang out with Toby,” said Kim at the post-event press conference. Kim is dating U.S. snowboarder Toby Miller, the sole U.S. male athlete to make it to Thursday’s men’s halfpipe final. Miller finished just off the podium in fourth place.

Like Kim, James also took halfpipe gold at the 2019 X Games in Aspen. But with Friday’s win, he set a world record by being the first snowboarder to win gold at three-consecutive World Championships. “I was pinching myself when I won my second world title. And now I’m triple pinching myself that I’ve won my third. It’s amazing,” James said. “The level of riding was incredible. I was on my toes. I knew the last two guys behind me had a lot in them to pull it together. And so I just wanted to land that run and I was able to do it the way I wanted to and so I’m over the moon.”

Kim laid down her gold-medal performance in her first run, blowing away the rest of the women’s field with a score of 93.5, a full point higher than the men’s silver medalist finisher, Yuto Totsuka from Japan. For her third run, Kim went for a trick she’d never before attempted in competition: a front double cork 1080. “I’ve been waiting for the perfect contest to do it,” she said. “It’s been pretty rough to find a good halfpipe to do it in that’s safe and that’s fun to do it in. And so today, I was like, ‘I have a third run, why not try it?’ I really wish I would have gotten it, but at the same time I kinda knew it wasn’t going to go all right when I took off. But I’m pretty stoked on how it went and hyped to go home in one piece. So, it’s all good!”

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Kim making easy work of the 2019 FIS World Championships halfpipe competition on Friday. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

Crowds are typically large at snowboarding competitions at Park City Mountain, which hosted the first Olympic snowboarding events in 2002, and today was no exception. “I’ve loved my time here in Park City,” James said. “Americans always get really excited and that makes it exciting for us to ride. That energy is amazing for us to be a part of and Park City always does it really well. I haven’t competed here in the long time and I was looking forward to getting back here.”

The World Championships halfpipe contest marks the best finish by far for the women’s bronze medalist, Maddie Mastro (Wrightwood, Calif.). “I’m pretty stoked. It’s really fun to come out and put down runs and have fun with it,” Mastro said. “That’s what today was about for me. It’s awesome everyone [on team U.S. Ski & Snowboard] is ripping. We really pushed each other this week. It’s inspiring to have such a great group of girls all around you, from slopestyle to halfpipe.”

The women’s silver medalist, Xuetong “Tong Tong” Cai of China, echoed Mastro’s appreciation for the obvious camaraderie among the snowboarding competitors. “I’m so happy to get second and to get to compete with Chloe and Maddie,” she said. “Though everyone knows Chloe is the boss. I’m really looking forward to competing in 2022 in [the Beijing Winter Olympic Games] in China. It’s very exciting to see so many younger riders coming up.”          

Swiss snowboarder Patrick Burgener showed his signature exuberant style at Thursday’s halfpipe event, throwing his helmet into the crowd after securing the bronze with his 91.25-point second run. Burgener took bronze at the 2017 World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain as well, but it seems the thrill of being on the podium, and representing his country, was still just as prescient for him this time around. “It’s unbelievable,” Burgener said. “I did it last time and I’m so stoked I did it again. It’s really important for the whole country. It’s that kind of thing like the Olympics where it’s not just you competing, you’re doing it for your country.”

WOMEN’S SNOWBOARDING HALFPIPE PODIUM OFFICIAL RESULTS

  1. Chloe Kim (Torrance, Calif., USA)

  2. Xueton Cai (CHN)

  3. Maddie Mastro (Mammoth Mountain, Calif., USA)

MEN’S SNOWBOARDING HALFPIPE PODIUM OFFICIAL RESULTS

  1. Scotty James (AUS)

  2. Yuto Totsuka (JPN)

  3. Patrick Burgener (SUI)

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February 7, 2019- World Championships team AERIALS
by: Melissa Fields

SWITZERLAND TAKES GOLD AT FIRST-EVER FIS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM AERIALS COMPETITION

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The team aerials podium, left to right: the silver medal-winning team from China; Team Switzerland, winners the of the gold medal ; and the bronze medal-finishing team from Russia. (Steven Earl Photography)

DEER VALLEY RESORT, Utah - The Swiss team showed up, and then some, for the first-ever FIS World Championships team aerials competition at Deer Valley Resort on Thursday night. The two-man, one-woman team included Carol Bouvard, Nicolas Gygax and Wednesday night’s individual men’s aerials bronze medalist, Noe Roth and stormed to gold medals in the inaugural FIS World Championships event.

“This is absolutely unbelievable,” said Gygax. “Amazing! We had a strong team this season. It’s just absolutely great that we all could put down a clean run, so we’re super stoked in our performance tonight.”

Roth, who is just 18-years-old and now has earned two World Championship medals in his first year on the World Cup circuit, said that competing in the team format didn’t really change the way he approached his performance. I just did my jumps and hoped that the other guys were going to do their stuff to do. They did,” he said.

The Swiss trio had respectable results in the first two rounds of the preliminaries. But then on the third preliminary round, Roth landed a huge jump garnering his team 110 points and propelling them into the final. Then Gygax stuck the landing of a huge full-double-full-full in the final, known as ‘The Daddy,’ earning 121.68 points, the highest score of the evening.

Just one point separated the final results of the Chinese and Russian teams who finished second and third respectively on the night. Russian team member, Liubov Nikitina, who snagged a silver medal in Wednesday night’s individual women’s aerials competition, stomped the landing of the double backflip she performed in the final. And then all eyes were on Maxim Burov to pull the team into gold medal position. But, a slight bobble on the landing of Burov’s final jump saw the Russian earn 117 points, not enough for the top two steps of the podium and dropping his team to bronze position.

“I’m very very happy and very excited because this is our first time doing team competition for World Championships,” said Xu Mengtao, who now, after winning bronze in the individual aerials Wednesday night, is a two-time medalist at the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota. “We’re on the podium so we did manage that. Today, it was very cold and very difficult for us,  but ow I’m very excited. We are looking forward to the Beijing World Championships [in 2021].”     

Belarus had been in gold medal contention after the first two jumps in the final round, delivered by Aliaksandra Ramonouskaya, the new women’s individual aerials FIS World Champion, and Anton Kushnir. And then, though Belarus team anchor, Maxim Gustik, dispatched a beautiful lay-full-full for his final jump, he slapbacked the landing and dropped his team off the podium.

The U.S. team, made up of former World Champions Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, Va.) and Jon Lillis (Rochester, NY) and Jon’s younger brother, Chris Lillis (Pittsford, NY), ended the evening in sixth place. “The U.S. team has the capability to be at the top of this team podium. Tonight wasn’t our night but it will be, one day in the future for sure,” said Caldwell.

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A skier pops off the White Owl jumps kicker during Thursday’s historic World Championships team aerials competition at Deer Valley Resort. (Steven Earl Photography)

TEAM AERIALS PODIUM
1. Switzerland
2. China
3. Russia

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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About the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle & Freeski World Championships
More than 1,400 athletes from 40 nations are competing in 28 World Championship medal events from February 1-10. Solitude Mountain Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon hosted snowboardcross and skicross. Park City Mountain in Park City is the site of parallel events, halfpipe, slopestyle and big air. Deer Valley Resort is the site for moguls and aerials.

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February 7, 2019- World Championships day 8 preview
by: Melissa Fields

Snowboard Halfpipe, Freestyle Moguls & Art

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Chloe Kim takes flight out of the Eagle Superpipe at the 2019 FIS World Championships halfpipe qualifications at Park City Mountain on Thursday. (Ryan Wachendorfer)

Friday marks the beginning of the finale weekend  of the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota. Fittingly, the day’s events will feature snowboarding halfpipe, freestyle moguls and a glimpse into how some of the athletes spend their off-snow time.

First up is the snowboarding halfpipe competition at Park City Mountain’s Eagle Superpipe. The women competitors will begin dropping in at 11 a.m and include Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim (Torrance, Calif.). Kim received the best score during Thursday’s qualifiers and has her sights set on winning her first-ever World Championships medal in Friday’s final. Two other U.S. athletes that could give Kim a run for her money include Olympians Maddie Mastro (Wrightwood, Calif.) and Arielle Gold (Steamboat Springs, Colo.).

The men will take to pipe immediately following the women. Japan’s Yuto Totsuka delivered a strong first-place finish during the men’s qualification round and appears to be fully recovered from a crash he suffered last year at the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games. Another one to watch on the men’s side is Australia’s Scotty James, who took bronze in PyeongChang.

At 1 p.m., the High West USA House at Nelson Cottage in Park City (651 Park Ave) opens featuring “Art of an Athlete,” an exclusive exhibition of original works of art by current and alumni U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes. This exhibition will be on display Feb. 8-10. All pieces part of the exhibition are for sale and all proceeds directly benefit the artists. The public is invited to gather at the High West USA House to view “Art of an Athlete” and catch 2019 FIS World Championships events being broadcast on NBC. Space is limited and available on a first come first served basis.

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The photograph, taken U.S. Ski & Snowboard mogul skier Hunter Bailey, is part of the exhibit on display at the High West USA House, “Art of an Athlete.”

The day concludes back at Deer Valley with the men and women’s moguls competition at 7 p.m. Should he make it through Friday afternoon’s moguls qualifications, U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Bradley Wilson (Butte, Mont.) can’t wait to compete on Deer Valley’s Champion moguls run under the lights.

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A member of one of the women’s teams trains Thursday on Deer Valley Resort’s Champion run. (Steven Kornreich)

“Deer Valley has been a World Cup moguls venue for so long, and I grew up watching and competing in plenty of events there, including seeing Jonny Moseley pull off the Dinner Roll and Shannon Bahrke win two medals there during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games,” he says. “Because of that, the Champion moguls run is really considered hallowed ground for moguls skiers. I don’t know any athlete that doesn’t look forward to competing there.”

Well, almost all moguls skiers look forward to competing there. “I don’t really like this course,” said Japan’s Ikuma Horishima, who took gold in both the moguls and dual moguls at the 2017 World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain. “I’m really nervous and want good skiing and am looking forward to the challenge.”

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BROADCAST AND LIVE STREAM SCHEDULE, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8
1:00 p.m. EST - Men and women’s snowboard halfpipe - NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold
9:00 p.m. EST - Men and women’s moguls - NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold

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February 7, 2019- World Championships day 7 preview: team aerials
by: Melissa Fields

TEAMS OF THREE TO TAKE OFF FROM DEER VALLEY’S
WHITE OWL JUMPS

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Photo: Steven Earl Photography // @steveearl

Aerialist Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, Va.) will head up Team USA at the first-ever World Championships team aerials competition Thursday night at Deer Valley Resort. (Steven Earl Photography)

PARK CITY, Utah (February 7, 2019) - Now more than halfway complete, the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships continues Thursday with a second night of under-the-lights action, the team aerials competition at Deer Valley Resort. This event is not only making its World Championships debut, but as one of the newest events to be added to the Olympic program, will provide a sneak peek at what to expect in Beijing in 2022.

In team aerials, eight teams of three (two women and one man or vice versa with a fourth alternate) jump in two rounds. Each of the three members perform a jump in both rounds and all team members’ scores count. The scores are made up of the jump’s performance value multiplied by the degree of difficulty.

The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team, competing on home snow, will be represented by Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, Va.) and Jonathon Lillis (Rochester, N.Y.)--both former World Champions; along with Jonathon’s brother, Christopher Lillis (Pittsford, N.Y.); and alternate Morgan Northrop (Haymarket, Va.). “This will be my first team event! I’m so excited to be competing alongside Jon and Chris. They are my family and I hope I can live up to how incredible they are and have been jumping,” says Caldwell. “Team aerials is now a medal event at the Olympics and really gives us a chance to pull together as a team to show the world what we’ve got.”

The Russian team, which includes Maxim Burov and Liubov Nikitina, the men’s gold and women’s silver medal winners from Wednesday’s individual aerials competition, will be among Thursday night’s teams to beat. David Morris from Australia is coming out of retirement for a "one night only" appearance to now only allow Australia a team, but  to ensure this event can meet the eight-nation minimum requirement. Morris is the bronze medalist from 2017 World Championships, an Olympic silver medalist and now coaches the Australian team. The other national teams competing in this event include Belarus--featuring the new women’s World Champion, Aliaksandra Romanouskaya, China, Kazakhstan, Switzerland and Canada.

The competition gets underway at Deer Valley Resort’s Snow Park Base Area at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public and spectators are encouraged to carpool and take public transit to the venue. Visit 2019worldchamps.com/parking-buses-and-transportation/ for details, or catch the action on on telelvision and online on Thursday at 9 p.m. EST on the NBC Sports Network and NBC Sports Gold.

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February 6, 2019- World Championships day 6 AERIALS FINALS
by: Melissa Fields

RAMANOUSKAYA, BUrov CROWNED WORLD CHAMPIONS in aerials AT DEER VALLEY

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Noe Roth is all smiles after his final World Championships jump, which earned him a bronze medal and his first-ever World Cup podium finish. (Steven Earl Photography)

On a fairytale-like winter’s evening at Deer Valley Resort, World Championships gold medal dreams came true for freestyle aerialists Aliaksandra Romanouskaya of Belarus and Maxim Burov of Russia.

“I can’t believe it,” said Romanouskaya, following her 113-point final jump--a score 24 points higher than the silver medalist, Liubov of Russia. “I’m very happy. It’s an amazing feeling. I still can’t believe that I did it. I need some time to understand it. I love having a crowd like this because I think it helps up what we do.”

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Photo: Steven Earl Photography // @steveearl

Aliaksandra Romanouskaya blew away the women’s field by landing a triple for her final jump and earning a score a full 20 points higher than silver medalist Liubov Nikitina. (Steven Earl Photography)

Burov won the first aerials World Cup event of the season at Lake Placid last month (January), putting him in a very strong position coming into the 2019 FIS World Championships. But he finished 11th at the 2017 World Championships in Spain and when asked how it felt to become a World Champion on the coveted Deer Valley jumps, he struggled to find words. “This is the first time. I don’t know how to explain it, but it’s totally full,” he said.

Likely the most mind-blowing story of the evening, however, was Noe Roth’s, the Swiss bronze medalist. This season marks the 18-year-old’s first on the World Cup circuit and this World Championships is Noe’s first podium finish. “I’m so overwhelmed I don’t know what to say,” he said.

Though the women’s 2017 World Champion, Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, Va.) is still recovering from a shoulder surgery and missed all of the important off-season water ramp training, she delivered a respectable result, logging the best U.S. finish among the women’s field in fifth place. “I’m proud of my performance even though I didn’t come home with a medal. I think I could have. It was there for me, I just didn’t have the practice under my belt. It was a push for me to get to Worlds at all,” she said of the event. The best men’s U.S. finish was delivered by Christopher Lillis (Pittsford, NY), who took seventh place.

Thousands of spectators braved single-digit temperatures to watch 12 men and 12 women from around the world contesting the finals soar off Deer Valley’s White Owl jumps in a quest for World Championships glory.

Aerials competition as part of the 2019 FIS World Championships continues at Deer Valley Resort on Thursday with the mixed-gender team aerials event--a World Championships first--from 7 p.m. MST.

WOMEN’S FREESTYLE AERIALS TOP-3 FINISHERS

Aliaksandra Romanouskaya (BLR)
Liubov Nikitina (RUS)
Xu Mengtao (CHN)

MEN’S FREESTYLE AERIALS TOP-3 FINISHERS

Maxim Burov (RUS)
Oleksandr Abramenko (UKR)
Noe Roth (SUI)

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February 6, 2019

WOMEN’S FREESKI SLOPESTYLE COMPETITION CANCELLED AT 2019 FIS SNOWBOARD, FREESKI AND FREESTYLE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Park City, Utah (February 6, 2019) - The organizers of the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, together with the International Ski Federation (FIS) and Park City Mountain, host venue of a number of 2019 World Championship events, have announced that the women’s freeski slopestyle competition has been cancelled.

"The FIS, the Organizing Committee of the 2019 World Championships and the host venue, Park City Mountain, had formulated a proposal to reschedule the competition for consideration by all the event stakeholders, but the complexities were such that it simply was not viable,” said Calum Clark, Chair of the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships Organizing Committee. "With the sheer amount of hard work and planning that has gone into every event at these World Champs, it’s obviously incredibly disappointing to have to move plans around, and to have to cancel such exciting competitions, not just for those involved in putting on these events, but in particular for the athletes.”



FEBRUARY 5, 2019 - World Championships day 6 preview
by: Melissa Fields

GREAT BRITAIN'S JAMES WOODS TAKES SNOWY FREESKI SLOPESTYLE GOLD AT PARK CITY MOUNTAIN

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Norway’s Birk Ruud on Park City Mountain’s Pick ‘n’ Shovel slopestyle course. (Photo - Rocky Maloney)

After more than 45 inches of snowfall in the last four days, the weather abated enough by early afternoon on Wednesday to allow 2019 FIS World Championships’ organizers to stage the men’s slopestyle competition at Park City Mountain. The U.S.’s Nick Goepper (Lawrence, Ind.) made it to the podium with a bronze, Norway’s Birk Ruud took silver and James “Woodsy” Woods of Great Britain walked away with gold. Woods secured his World Championship title with his second run, which at 86.68 was the high single-run score of the day.

“It feels good. Obviously, I couldn’t be more proud,” Woods said. “I’ve put a lot of effort in over the years as everybody has. And the crowd was bumping! It was nice that so many people came out because it’s cold. It’s been dumping so there’s plenty of skiing opportunities so it’s good that everybody came out. I appreciate that a lot.”

Every skier in the field seemed to struggle with the wind and low visibility that persisted--and at times got worse--through the contest. The qualification runs were moved from Tuesday to Wednesday morning due to weather. And then just as the athletes were scheduled to begin the finals, officials issued a course hold that lasted for around 45 minutes.

“Although we got the contest off, really I think in this type of weather it’s about competing and not necessarily about the skiing, if you know what I mean,” Goepper said. “There’s a lot more strategy involved just with the runs you choose to do if you’re going forward or switch into the jumps, because you tend to get more speed when you go forward.”  

Sweden’s Henrik Harlaut was arguably the day’s most upbeat competitor, perhaps still celebrating after taking silver in Sunday’s night’s 2019 FIS World Championships men’s big air contest. “The Park City crowd has been treating me so well all week,” Harlaut said. “It’s so so good to see so many people are hyped on skiing and are so very supportive. I really really appreciate everyone coming out and cheering.”

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The men’s slopestyle podium, left to right: silver medalist and Norwegian Birk Ruud; gold medal champions James “Woodsy” Woods; and bronze medalist Nick Goepper (Lawrence, Ind.). (Photo - Rocky Maloney)

The World Championships represent silver medalist Birk Ruud’s first time to Park City, a place the Norwegian says he’d like to return to sometime soon. “I really enjoyed Park City,” Ruud said. “There are such grocery stores here! A lot of good restaurants. It’s way cheaper than Norway and the nature is beautiful. I really like it here.”   

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Rookie Team Member Mac Forehand (Winhall, Vt.) placed fourth, his best result by far since he made the U.S. team a year ago. Park City’s hometown hero and the former slopestyle World Champion, McRae Williams, had a strong first run but fell on both his second and third runs, finishing the comp in seventh.   

MEN’S SLOPESTYLE PODIUM

  1. James “Woodsy” Woods (GBR)

  2. Birk Ruud (NOR)

  3. Nick Goepper (Lawrence, Ind., USA)   

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February 6, 2019

WOMEN’S FREESKI SLOPESTYLE COMPETITION POSTPONED AT 2019 FIS SNOWBOARD, FREESKI AND FREESTYLE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Taking into account the substantial snowfall over the last 24 hours in Park City, Utah, and the impact that has had on the overall event schedule, the organizers of the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships have taken the decision to postpone the women’s freeski slopestyle competition, previously scheduled to take place at Park City Mountain resort from 2.00pm MST on February 6, 2019.

"Taking the decision to postpone any of our World Championships events is not something we take lightly,” said Calum Clark, Chair of the the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships Organizing Committee. "However, the weather that has come in to Park City over the last 24 hours has had an impact on our schedule, so we have taken the decision to postpone the women’s freeski slopestyle competition for today.

“We will be meeting with the Team Captains and all the relevant organizations after the men’s freeski slopestyle competition has concluded this afternoon and will issue a further update when that meeting has concluded.”

The 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships action continues tonight, February 6, 2019, from 7pm MST with the first of the night events at Deer Valley Resort, the men’s and womens’ aerials competition.


FEBRUARY 5, 2019 - World Championships day 6 preview
by: Melissa Fields

Stoking the Stoke with freeski slopestyle and
freestyle aerials

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Deer Valley Resort’s World Cup and World Championship White Owl aerial jumps. (Photo - Deer Valley Resort)

PARK CITY, Utah - Next up on the 2019 FIS World Championships schedule: Wednesday’s freeski slopestyle at Park City Mountain and freestyle skiing aerials at Deer Valley Resort.  

Park City is the bonafide heart of competitive slopestyle skiing in the U.S. Park City native Alex Schlopy took gold at the sport’s World Championships debut here in 2011. And then Joss Christensen, another native son, won slopestyle’s first Olympic showing at Sochi in 2014. A third local, McRae Williams, is the reigning men’s slopestyle world champion and, assuming he makes it through the qualifiers Wednesday morning, will be competing that same afternoon to defend his title.

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McRae Williams on the slopestyle course at Park City Mountain. (Photo - Rocky Maloney)

“It’s amazing to be in Park City again,” Williams said. “We had the first World Championships here in 2011 and it’s awesome to have it back here again. It’s the perfect place to have the World Champs, with all the resources here. I’m excited to have all my friends and family here and to have the home field advantage.”

Another slopestyle athlete to watch on Wednesday is the Estonian phenom Kelly Sildaru, fresh off her triple-medal win at the X Games in Aspen, who is also the youngest athlete to win an X Games medal at age 13. Sildaru missed the 2018 Olympics due to a torn ACL, but is obviously now enjoying a very strong comeback season. “I was very bummed to miss the Olympics but I’m happy that I’m skiing again this year and am really enjoying it,” Sildaru said.  

Freestyle aerials has similarly deep roots in the Park City area. The late Stein Eriksen, Deer Valley’s former director of skiing, was an aerials pioneer in the 1950s. But it wasn’t until 1994 that the sport was added to the Olympic program. Deer Valley has hosted aerials World Cup events (along with moguls) since 2000. The resort’s White Owl aerials venue is among the most coveted by athletes on the World Cup circuit.

All eyes will be on U.S. aerialist Ashley Caldwell, who won gold at the 2017 World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain. Though she’s still recovering from a shoulder surgery last summer (due to an injury she suffered the day before she competed in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang), Caldwell says she’s feeling relatively good. “I’ve had a couple of crashes on my shoulder and it’s held together,” she said. Whether it feels good enough for a repeat of her 2017 World Champs record-setting full-double-full-full jump, remains to be seen. “If I’m ready, I’m going to rip,” Caldwell says.

COMPETITION SCHEDULE
PLEASE NOTE: the schedule for the slopestyle skiing finals on Wednesday at Park City Mountain’s Town Base has been changed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. MST.
The aerials will be held at Deer Valley’s Snow Park Base at 7 p.m. MST. If you are planning to drive to either event, please carpool use the free park and ride services, and the free bus services which are both extensively available around Park City. More information about Park City’s excellent and free city-wide public transit system can be found here.  

BROADCAST SCHEDULE
4:00 P.M. EST - Freeski Slopestyle - NBC Sports Gold
5:00 p.m. EST- Freeski Slopestyle - NBCSN
9:00 p.m. EST- Freestyle Skiing: Aerials - Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold

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FEBRUARY 5, 2019 - World Championships schedule update
by: Andrew gauthier

Weather causes freeski slopestyle to be rescheduled and snowboard big air is cancelled

After much careful consideration, the organizers of the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships have taken the decision to cancel the snowboard big air competition, based on the weather forecast and with the best interests of the athletes in mind, and the remaining events scheduled to take place.
   
The snowboard big air finals were due to take place at Park City Mountain's Canyons Village from 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5. Having taken into account all relevant factors, including the weather forecast for the next 24 hours in Park City, the organizing committee, comprising U.S. Ski & Snowboard, the International Ski Federation, Park City Mountain and a number of related agencies, took the regrettable decision to cancel the event.
   
"There is an awful lot of snow coming in to Park City in the next 24 hours, and the temperatures are dropping fast" said Calum Clark, Chair of the the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle & Freeski World Championships Organizing Committee. "This means that we have had to take the toughest of decisions, cancelling one of the headline events of these World Championships. We looked in detail at every option open to us, but the Organizing Committee agreed unanimously that the safety of the athletes taking part in the competition is our primary concern, as is the smooth running of the rest of the schedule. Despite this news, we have five more days of incredible action to look forward to, and many more World Champions to crown."
   
Also announced today was a change to the schedule for Wednesday, February 6, with the freeski slopestyle finals moved from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., still at Park City Mountain. This change also takes into account the postponement of freeski slopestyle qualifiers on Tuesday, February 5, allowing the qualifiers to take place from 9:15 a.m.m on Wednesday, February 6 at Park City Mountain. For full schedule details please go to https://2019worldchamps.com/schedule/.




FEBRUARY 5, 2019 - RUSSIAN SWEEps ALPINE SNOWBOARDING EVENTS
BY: MELISSA FIELDS

LOGINOV STRIKES GOLD TWICE AT 2019 FIS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Dmitry Loginov of Russian (center) celebrates his alpine snowboarding sweep at Tuesday’s snowboard parallel slalom medals ceremony with second place finisher Roland Fischnaller of Italy (left) and bronze medalist Stefan Baumeister of Germany. (Photo - Steve Kornreich)

Amazingly clean and strong riding paid off once again for Russia’s Dmitry Loginov, who won Tuesday’s 2019 FIS World Championships snowboard parallel slalom title at Park City Mountain, his second victory of this World Champs after his parallel giant slalom win on Monday.

“Thank you, Park City,” said Loginov, who at 19 is also the youngest athlete to win a World Championship medal in alpine snowboarding. Loginov attributed his winning strategy to focusing on a good result in the qualification round. “Everything was dependant on that. My good qualifying run allowed me to choose the side of the course I’d ride,” he said.

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Julie Zogg on the 2019 World Champs snowboarding parallel slalom course at Park City Mountain. (Photo - Steve Kornreich)

For the women’s gold medal winner, Julie Zogg of Switzerland, Tuesday’s win represents not only her first World Championships win but the first time she’s made it to the podium in her seven years on the World Cup circuit. “It’s unbelievable. It’s just been a crazy day,” she said.

Like alpine ski racers, alpine snowboarders prefer hard and fast conditions. The race surface on Picabo’s Trail at Park City Mountain was the opposite of that on Tuesday. Constant heavy snowfall and low visibility provided some of the most challenging conditions many of the athletes had ever faced.  

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The women’s podium, left to right: silver medalist Annamari Dancha of Ukraine, gold medalist Julie Zogg of Switzerland and bronze finisher Ramona Theresia Hofmeister of Germany. (Photo - Steve Kornreich)

“This was not my line today,” said bronze medallist Ramona Theresia Hofmeister of Germany. “I like to go straight through the gates rather than carving. But I’m so happy,” she said. “I need some time to realize this moment.”

“Thanks a lot to the course workers for providing a good slope for us to compete on. The fresh snow makes for a lot of work and they did a great job,” said Roland Fischnaller, the Italian men’s silver medalist.  

Fischnaller, age 38 and the 2015 snowboard parallel slalom World Champion, won the qualifications but then in the big final said he “pushed every gate but in the end my legs just didn’t have it anymore.” The 2019 World Championships is Fischnaller’s second trip to Park City; his first was to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games where he placed 19th in the snowboarding parallel slalom.

One of the surprises of this race was the silver-medal finish of Annamari Dancha. The Ukranian National Team member took 15th in the qualification round, just making it to the finals. Dancha turned out very strong runs thereafter, eventually facing Zogg in the big final and winning a silver, the first ever World Championships medal won by a Ukrainian.       

Another surprise showing was delivered by Robert Burns (Steamboat Springs, Colo.), the only American to advance to the final. Burns was paired with Loginov in the first finals round and gave the gold medal winner a run for his money before being eliminated. “That was the first time I’ve raced Loginov head-to-head and it was so much fun,” Burns said. “It’s just an honor to be here wit some of my best buds on snowboards. It’s been a crazy year of working a lot and trying to train as much as possible So getting to come out here and represent the U.S. is a huge honor.” Burns ended the day with a respectable 15th place finish.

TOP 3 SNOWBOARD PARALLEL SLALOM FINISHERS, WOMEN:

  1. Julie Zogg (SUI)

  2. Annamari Dancha (UKR)

  3. Ramona Theresia Hofmeister (GER)

TOP 3 SNOWBOARD PARALLEL GS FINISHERS, MEN:

  1. Dmitry Loginov (RUS)

  2. Roland Fischnaller (ITA)

  3. Stefan Baumeister (GER)

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FEBRUARY 4, 2019 - WORLD CHAMPionships day five preview:
SNOWBOARD PARALLEL SLALOM AND BIG AIR
BY: MELISSA FIELDS

SNOWBOARDING BIG AIR CANCELLED FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4 - RESCHEDULING TBD

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A diagram of the 2019 FIS World Championships big air jump. (Courtesy Park City Mountain)

PARK CITY, Utah (February 4, 2019) - Snowboarders from around the globe are ready to compete on Tuesday as the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota, continues in Park City, Utah. The alpine snowboard racers will battle it out on Park City Mountain’s Eagle Race Arena parallel slalom course beginning at 11 a.m.; the freestyle riders hit the big air jump at Canyons Village at 7 p.m.

Having hosted skiing and snowboarding events since before it was a venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Park City Mountain is one of the most tested alpine racing venues in the world. Competitors in Monday’s snowboarding parallel giant slalom gave the resort’s Picabo’s Run course high marks, setting the stage an exciting slalom competition there on Tuesday.   

The big air jump at Canyons proved its World Championship caliber on Sunday night with the freeski big air competition, and the snowboarders are stoked to have their turn on the huge jump there as well. Thousands of fans turned out on Saturday night to watch the freeski big air competition and similar numbers are anticipated for Tuesday night’s competition. Spectators are advised to carpool and take advantage of Park City’s extensive free public transit system. Click here for details.     

Armchair fans can get in on the action on Tuesday as well by tuning in to the NBC Sports Network and NBC Sports Gold for the snowboarding parallel slalom at 3 p.m. EST and for the snowboarding big air. at 9 p.m. EST.

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FEBRUARY 4, 2019 - WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS parallel Giant slalom at Park City Mountain
BY: MELISSA FIELDS

JOERG, LOGINOV CARVE OUT SNOWBOARD PARALLEL GS GOLD on PARK CITY Mountain’s Picabo’s Run

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Competitors in Monday’s Worlds Championships snowboard parallel giant slalom battle it out in powder day conditions at Park City Mountain’s Eagle Race Arena. (Photo - Steve Kornreich)

PARK CITY, Utah (February 4, 2019) - Socked-in skies and graupel snow greeted men and women’s alpine snowboarders at Park City Mountain’s Eagle Race Arena for the 2019 FIS World Championships parallel giant slalom Monday. Despite the challenging conditions, Selina Joerg of Germany and Russian Dmitry Loginov carved their way to gold on the Picabo’s Run course.

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Selina Joerg of Germany celebrates her gold medal performance. (Photo - Steve Kornreich)

“Today was really hard conditions but the organization was great and the course workers handled it really well,” Loginov said.

Joerg’s gold-medal win held particular redemption for her: though she won silver in 2018 at the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games, the 2019 FIS World Snowboard Championships represent her seventh trip to the World Championships and the first time she’s made it to the podium.“Winning a silver medal at the Olympics was great,” Joerg said. “But winning a World Championships gold medal is overwhelming.”

The women’s silver medal went to Natalia Soboleva of Russia after she missed a gate in the big final, setting the stage for Selina Joerg to easily take gold. Circumstances played out similarly in the men’s big final when Slovenia’s Tim Mastnak went down just below the start after catching his frontside edge, allowing Loginov an easy run to victory.

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The women’s podium, left to right: Russia’s Natalia Soboleva, Germany’s Selina Joerg and Ladina Jenny of Switzerland. (Photo - Steve Kornreich)

“The conditions made today a really hard day because of the conditions and the visibility,” Soboleva said. “At first I thought there would be no way I’d make it, but I did everything I could and am so happy to get on the podium.”

Most of the other podium finishers echoed Soboleva’s sentiments regarding the fresh snow. All except, the men’s bronze medal winner, Stefan Baumeister of Germany. “The course was quite good,” he said. “I think it was the perfect day.”

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The men’s podium, left to right: Tim Mastnak of Slovenia, Russia’s Dimitry Loginov and Stefan Baumeister from Germany. (Photo - Steve Kornreich)  

Notably absent from today’s contest was the women’s reigning snowboard parallel GS World Champion, Ester Ledecka from the Czech Republic, who chose to compete in the FIS alpine skiing World Ski Championships in Sweden this week rather than 2019 FIS World Championships here in Utah. Ledecka made history at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games when she won gold medals in both the women’s alpine super-G and the snowboarding parallel giant slalom, qualifying her as the first person to win two gold medals at the same Olympic Winter Games using two different types of equipment (skis and a snowboard).   

TOP 3 SNOWBOARD PARALLEL GS FINISHERS, WOMEN:

  1. Selina Joerg (GER)

  2. Natalia Soboleva (RUS)

  3. Ladina Jenny (SUI)

TOP 3 SNOWBOARD PARALLEL GS FINISHERS, MEN:

  1. Dmitry Loginov (RUS)

  2. Tim Mastnak (SLO)

  3. Stefan Baumeister (GER)

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FEBRUARY 3, 2019 - WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY four PREVIEW
BY: MELISSA FIELDS

SNOWBOARD PARALLEL GIANT SLALOM AT PARK CITY MOUNTAIN

PARK CITY, Utah (February 3, 2019) - Sunday’s exciting team snowboardcross was the final event of the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota to be held at Solitude Mountain Resort. On Monday, February 4, the action moves to Park City Mountain’s legendary Eagle Race Arena for the snowboard parallel giant slalom.

“We take a similar approach to the snowboarding event venue as we would for a ski racing venue,” says Park City Mountain Competition Services Manager Karen Korfanta. “The ultimate goal is to get the two courses as even as possible, left to right. And snowboarders love going fast just as much as the ski racing population but the course surface should be firm, but not slippery or as dense as an alpine skiing event.”

ABOUT SNOWBOARD PARALLEL GIANT SLALOM
Two competitors will race side-by-side down the 500-meter long, Picabo’s run course for two runs. The loser of the first run starts with a time delay, which corresponds to his/her time behind from the first run. The competitors then switch sides for the second run; the rider with the best combined time wins. Picabo’s run was the venue for snowboard parallel giant slalom during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

The snowboard parallel giant slalom final will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. As with all 2019 FIS World Championships events, spectator access is free and open to the public. If you go please consider taking public transit. A guide to park and ride lots, Park City’s public bus system and more spectator information can be found here.

TELEVISION AND LIVE BROADCAST SCHEDULE:
Monday, Feb. 4
3:00 p.m. EST - Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold
7:30 p.m. EST - NBCSN*





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February 3, 2019 - A world championships first: team snowboardcross
by: melissa fields

JACOBELLIS AND DIERDORFF WIN THE FIRST-EVER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MIXED TEAM SNOWBOARD MEDAL EVENT

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Mick Dierdorff (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) and Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, Vt.) celebrate their team snowboardcross win at Solitude Mountain Resort. (Photo - U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah (February 3, 2019) - Amid snowy conditions the U.S. Ski & Snowboard team of Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, Vt.) and Mick Dierdorff (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) took home the first-ever team snowboardcross World Championships gold medal at Solitude Mountain Resort Sunday.

“It was really great to be teamed up with Mick,” Jacobellis said. “It feels great to come back a couple of days later after the women’s competition, back on the top of the podium with another World Cup title, and to have Mick along with me!”

Dierdorff finished strongly in both the mixed-team snowboardcross quarter- and semi-finals, but then crossed the finish line last in the men’s half of the big final. Jacobellis followed her teammate, charging into second place right out of the start. She then grabbed the lead on the course’s second turn and laid down an untouchable line for the rest of the run, securing the victory for her and her teammate Dierdorff by a wide margin.

“My goal in this event, of course, was to try to be first to give Lindsey as big of a gap as possible,” Dierdorff said. “That worked out for the first two runs, but then in the big final, it just didn’t go my way. At first I had this gut-wrenching feeling. But then I was like, wait, I have the greatest snowboarder of all time, Lindsey Jacobellis, there on my team. I think that almost made it more exciting, to have the task ahead of her of going from fourth to first in the final run. It shows what a badass rider she is!”  

With this team snowboardcross win, Jacobellis’ results now include a record-setting six World Championship titles. For his part, Dierdorff’s snowboarding career has taken a significant step forwards at the 2019 FIS World Championships: along with Sunday’s win, Dierdorff took the gold at the men’s individual snowboardcross on Saturday, his first-ever World Cup podium finish, followed up immediately with win number two.

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The World Championships team snowboardcross podium winners, left to right: Michela Moioli and Omar Visintin or Italy; USA’s Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, Vt.) and Mick Dierdorff (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) and Hanna Ihedioha and Paul Berg of Germany. (Photo - U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

More than seven inches of snow fell the night before the team snowboardcross competition, making for an early wake up call for Solitude Mountain Resort course crews, who were out before dawn to shovel and smooth the course in time for the scheduled 11 a.m. start. Snow continued throughout the competition, providing the athletes with conditions completely different from Friday’s individual races. “It was a totally different style of riding from Friday,” said bronze medal finisher Paul Berg of Germany. “You don’t want to edge too hard. You try to find one line where you don’t lose too much speed in the turns. It was way gnarly because you had to pump everything.”  

The weather, however, wasn’t the only challenge competitors faced at Sunday’s team snowboardcross. During the second semifinal run, Jacobellis’ gate failed to drop as Dierdorff crossed the finish line, causing the women to rerun their portion of the heat.

“I’m used to being first in team events so it was a little nerve-wracking waiting for the gate to drop,” Jacobellis said. “And then [after the malfunction] I definitely over-gripped a little and had some trouble getting out of the start on the rerun. I was really happy to turn that around and execute.”

Bronze medal Hanna Ihedioha of Germany empathized with Jacobellis’ relay format start gate stress. “I just tried to stay calm, not think about the others and focus on my riding and going as fast as I can,” said Berg’s teammate, Hanna Ihedioha.

TOP THREE TEAM SNOWBOARDCROSS FINISHERS

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  1. Mick Dierdorff (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) and Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, Vt.)

  2. Omar Visintin and Michela Moioli, ITA

  3. Paul Berg and Hanna Ihedioha, GER

ABOUT TEAM SNOWBOARDCROSS

Each heat of this relatively new event spans two runs in a relay format. For Sunday’s first-ever World Championships team snowboardcross contest, the men ran first. Each woman’s run began when their respective teammate crossed the finish line. This event will make its Olympic debut in 2022 in Beijing, China.  

Snowboarding events as part of the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota, continue at Park City Mountain’s town base Eagle Race Arena on Monday with the snowboard parallel giant slalom at 1 p.m.

For complete event details, visit 2019worldchampionships.com.   

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February 2, 2019 - world championships day three Preview:
team snowboardcross
by: melissa fields

DYNAMIC DUOS TAKE TO THE SOLITUDE COURSE FOR SUNDAY’S MIXED TEAM SNOWBOARDCROSS

BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON, UT (February 2, 2019) - The 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota continues on Sunday at Solitude Mountain Resort with the gender-barrier breaking mixed team snowboardcross competition at 11 a.m MST.

One man and one woman make up each of the 16 two-athlete teams for this event. Teams race against the clock in a relay format, with the second member of the team released from the start gate as soon as the first member of the pair has crossed the finish line. As with standard four-aside snowboardcross events, the team competition works in a knockout bracket format, with four teams racing head-to-head in heats. The top two teams from each heat advance towards the eventual big final.    

One of the teams to watch during this event will be U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team members Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, Vt.) and newly crowned World Champion Mick Dierdorff (Steamboat Springs, Colo.). Though Jacobellis missed snagging a record-setting sixth World Championship title during Friday’s individual snowboardcross competition, she remains the most dominant athlete in her discipline. Dierdorff made it to a World Cup level podium only twice in his career before becoming FIS Snowboardcross World Champion on Friday--a victory that will likely propel him to bring his A-game when he competes with Jacobellis on Solitude’s Main Street course on Sunday.

Other teams sure to give the Jacobellis-Dierdorff duo a run for their money include the Czech Republic’s Eva Samkova (2019 World Championships gold medalist) and Jan Kubicik, and Michela Moioli (2019 World Championships bronze medalist) and Omar Visintin of Italy.  

The mixed team snowboardcross event made its World Cup debut during the 2012-13 season; it will make its first Olympics showing in 2022 at the Beijing Olympic Winter Games. This 2019 World Championships event will air on at Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. EST on OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold and at 5 p.m. EST on NBCSN*.

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FEBRUARY 2, 2019 - 2019 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS big air and opening ceremonies
BY: MELISSA FIELDS

LEDEUX AND BOESCH SOAR TO BIG AIR GOLD IN FRONT OF A HUGE CROWD IN PARK CITY

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Thousands turned out on Saturday night to watch the 2019 FIS World Championships big air at Park City Mountain’s Canyons Village. (Photo - U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

CANYONS VILLAGE, Park City, Utah (February 2, 2019) - A crowd numbering in the thousands turned out on Saturday evening at in Park City to witness the first-ever freeski big air World Championships event. Swiss national team member Fabian Boesch earned the highest score of the night to win gold in the men’s competition. French national freeski team member Tess Ledeux was not only the highest scorer in the women’s field, but garnered more points than all of the male competitors other than gold medal winner Boesch.

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The women’s big air winners: Julia Krass (Hanover, N.H. and Park City, UT), USA; Tess Ledeux, FRA; and Isabel Atkin, GBR. (Photo - U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

“I’m so happy,” said Ledeux after her final run. “It’s a very, very nice night and many people, just crazy.”

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France’s Tess Ledeux catches enormous air off the big air take off transition. (Photo - Rocky Maloney)

“The jumps were perfect,” Boesch said. “The in-run was a little tricky because you could drop from way up top or halfway down and sometimes the wind messed with you. But it worked out in the end. I didn’t think that so many people would show up. It was a lot of fun. I won World Championships in 2015 in slopestyle and now to win it again in big air is unbelievable.”

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The men’s big air podium: Henrik Harlaut, SWE; Fabian Boesch, SUI; and Alex Beaulieu-Marchand, CAN. (Photo - Rocky Maloney)

Park City, Utah local Alex Hall raised the temperatures of the crowd at Park City Mountain Resort’s Canyons Village, pushing for a podium spot throughout qualifying and the three-run final. However, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard freeski star was just nudged out of the top three by Sweden’s Henrik Harlaut whose final run saw him secure third place.

The freeski big air competition was also celebrated as the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota’s, official kick-off. In addition to the huge spectacle provided by the big air event, the evening’s festivities also included a live concert, fireworks show and remarks by members of the 2019 World Championships organizing committee, Utah ski industry officials and Utah Governor Gary Herbert. “I was told that more people will be watching this event [over its 10 days on television and livestream] than will be tuning in to the Super Bowl, 250-plus million worldwide, so this is a big event and we thank all those who help put this together. Utah is known by many as having the Greatest Snow on Earth and so it’s only fitting that we have the greatest athletes on snow here in Utah in the State of Sport to participate.”

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert makes remarks at the opening ceremonies that preceded the big air competition while Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski looks on. (Photo - U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

ADDITIONAL ATHLETE QUOTES

Julia Krass, Hanover, NH, USA:  “Today was unbelievable. It couldn’t have gone better. I’ve never done an event like this with so many people watching. My family doesn’t get to watch me ski very often and so it was pretty special to have them here.”

Isabel Atkin, GBR: “I’m really happy. I wasn’t expecting to be on the podium in big air, I’m really happy with the way I skied and the jumps I put down. This big of a crowd is really awesome to see at a ski event. I’m just happy to perform for everybody.”

Henrik Harlaut, SWE: “Everybody skied so well. I did some of the best tricks I’ve ever done probably and I was so stoked, with some Dolomite flavor.”

OFFICIAL RESULTS

Men’s big air

Women’s big air

WOMEN’S BIG AIR TOP THREE FINISHERS

  1. Tess Ledeux, FRA

  2. Julia Krass (Hanover, N.H. and Park City, UT), USA

  3. Isabel Atkin, GBR

MEN’S BIG AIR TOP THREE FINISHERS

1. Fabian Boesch, SUI
2. Henrik “Dolomite” Harlaut, SWE
3. Alex Beaulieu-Marchand, CAN     

ABOUT BIG AIR
Big air snowboarding made its debut in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games and big air freeskiing will follow suit for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, China. This competition is a judged sport. The competitors perform tricks after launching off a manmade jump built specifically for the event, and are judged on height, distance and landing. The competition format is based on two runs in the qualification and three runs in the final. The best run counts in the qualification. The two best runs count in the finals.

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February 2, 2019 - 2019 world championships day two skicross
by: melissa fields

Thompson and Place snag gold at the 2019 fis world championships skicross

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The Top 3 winners from the men’s World Championships skicross, left to right: silver medalist Brady Lehman, CAN; the winner, Francois Place, FRA; and bronze medalist, Kevin Drury, CAN. (Photo - FIS Snowboard)

BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah (February 2, 2019) - Under cloudy skies, grey with an approaching storm, Canada’s Marielle Thompson and Francois Place of France fought their way to gold medals during Saturday’s 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota, skicross competition at Solitude Mountain Resort.

“I knew I was skiing well in the qualifying and then all day today,” Thompson said. “I definitely had a few tough few heats today, especially in the final but I’m so glad to come out on top. I’ve never been World Champion before. I’m super, super excited.”

Thompson’s victory is particularly sweet in that she missed most of last season due to injury. “Last year at this time I had not even skied yet,” Thompson said. “I’ve been building on my skiing all season and am overjoyed to land on top at the biggest point of the season.”

“It was an incredible race,” said Place, who won bronze at the World Championships in 2017. “Things were very different with the weather than it had been over the last few days which made for a long, hard day. But then at the finish it turned into a good day.”

Despite temperatures hovering around the mid-40s and winds picking up right before the big final, course conditions remained relatively consistent most of the day. “There was a bit of slough in the turns, but overall it was quite a good race,” Thompson said.

The 2019 FIS World Championships men and women’s skicross at Solitude Mountain Resort, Utah will air on NBCSN** on Sunday, February 3 at 1 a.m.

OFFICIAL SKICROSS RESULTS

WOMEN’S SKICROSS TOP THREE FINISHERS AND CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Marielle Thompson, CAN

  • Gold medal, 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia

  • Overall World Champion 2013-14, and 2016-17

  • Podium finish a the 2017 World Championships

2. Fanny Smith, SUI

  • 3-time Olympian

  • 34 career podiums

  • Won silver in the 2017 World Championships

  • 2013 World Champion

3. Alizee Baron, FRA

  • 13 career World Cup podiums

MEN’S SKICROSS TOP THREE FINISHERS AND CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

1. Francois Place, FRA

  • 2017 World Championships bronze medal

2. Brady Leman, CAN

  • Reigning Olympic Champion

  • Podium finish a the 2017 World Championships

3. Kevin Drury, CAN

  • 4th in in 2016 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea

  • Ended last season third overall in the World Cup standings

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Tom Webb
Director of Marketing and Communications, U.S. Ski & Snowboard
+1.435.602.9644
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February 2, 2019 - 2019 world championships day two skicross
by: melissa fields

SKICROSS, OPENING CEREMONIES & BIG AIR ON TAP FOR SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2

BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah (February 1, 2019) - There is universal agreement that the snowboardcross finals at Solitude Mountain Resort, the showpiece of day one of the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota, was absolutely flawless. “The combined factors of excellent course conditions and the volunteers being on point at every stage of the event made for an amazing day of competition,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard Chief of Systems & Operations and 2019 World Championships Organizing Committee Chair Calum Clark.

Blue skies, an awesome venue, great crowds and a U.S. World Champion crowned made Friday’s action a spectacular start to ten days of World Champ action in Utah.

Attention now turns to Saturday’s competitions and events: the skicross final, opening ceremonies and freeski big air final at Park City Mountain’s Canyons Village. “We’re looking forward to another world class athletic tussle with the skicross final and then, what will be a truly groundbreaking event, the Big Air freeski final, a World Championships first.”

The skicross final begins on 1 p.m. back on Solitude Mountain Resort’s Main Street run. Spectator admission around the finish area is free and open to the public. The length of the competition course can may be viewed by ticket-holding skiers and riders. For those traveling to the event, leave your car at the park and ride lot at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon, take UTA Bus 972 to Solitude’s Moonbeam base and then ride the free resort shuttle to the competition venue.

The 2019 FIS World Championships opening ceremonies begin at Park City Mountain’s Canyons Village at 6 p.m. The freeski big air final beings at 7 p.m. followed by a concert with The Main Squeeze and fireworks show from 9 p.m. As at Solitude, all of these events are free and open to the public. If you go, please carpool and take advantage of Park City’s free public transit system. Click here for detailed Park City Public transit information.   

Current weather forecasts for Saturday are calling for a 50 percent chance of snow at both Solitude and Park City for most of the day and into the evening, a factor that event organizers are well prepared for. “We have an amazing staff of event professionals, FIS officials and close to 600 volunteers that are prepared to run elite level events in any weather conditions,” said Eric “Web” Webster, U.S. Ski & Snowboard director of events. “All of the participants are used to competing in snowy conditions. A good example was the 2017 test event at Solitude where we had close to two feet of snow overnight and were able to host the event and provide safe and fair conditions.”

OFFICIAL SKICROSS & FREESKI BIG AIR START LISTS

SKICROSS & BIG AIR BROADCAST & STREAMING SCHEDULE

3:00 p.m. - FIS World Championships men and women’s skicross - Solitude Mountain Resort, Utah - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold

9:00 p.m. - FIS World Championships men and women’s free ski big air - Park City Mountain, Utah - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold

February 1, 2019 - 2019 world championships day onE medal events
by: melissa fields

dierdorff, samkova win snowboardcross titles

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USA’s Mick Dierdorff (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) celebrates his 2019 World Championships snowboardcross gold medal win with his family and teammates at Solitude Mountain Resort. (Photo - Steve Kornreich)

BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah (February 1, 2019) - Crystal-clear blue skies and crisp temps provided near perfect course conditions for the Czech Republic’s Eva Samkova to win the women’s competition, and U.S. Ski & snowboard’s Mick Dierdorff (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) to take gold for the men in snowboardcross on day one of the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota.

“That was the best day of my life! I love this sport and I love to be out there racing with my buddies,” Dierdorff said. “We battled today and coming out on top is surreal.”   

A definitely festive air greeted snowboardcross athletes, along with a healthy throng of spectators at Solitude Mountain Resort, for the first day of medal events at the World Championships.

“I’m so happy. I’ve been waiting for this since 2011 when my best result was fifth and from then it was just getting worse,” Samkova said. “I didn’t feel so well in training. It’s a pretty long course and at this altitude I’ve been at full gas. All the girls were racing amazing and I had to pull my best. It was an awesome race. Great weather and the course was perfect.”

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The top sixth women snowboardcross women finishers on the winners podium at Solitude Mountain Resort. (Photo - U.S.Ski & Snowboard)

In the men’s final, Austria’s Hanno Douschan was place and Emanuel Perathoner of Italy wads third. In the women’s event, Great Britain's Charlotte Bankes and Italy’s Michela Moioli, finished second and third respectively. Bankes won Great Britain’s first ever World Championships snowboard medal.

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Several hundred spectators gathered near the finish area to watch the World Championships snowboardcross competitions on Friday at Solitude Mountain Resort. (Photo - U.S.Ski & Snowboard)

One of the biggest surprises of the day was the elimination in the semifinals of the most dominant snowboardcross athlete in the history of the sport - Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, Vt.). Jacobellis, the five-time defending World Champion, finished third in the first semifinal heat and did not advance to the big finals, but won the small semi-final, thereby finishing fifth overall.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

MEN’S TOP THREE FINISHERS AND CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Mick Dierdorff (Steamboat Springs, Colo., USA, age 27

  • 2 career World Cup podiums

  • 2019 World Championships is his first win at World Cup or above

  • 3 NorAm Cup wins

Hanno Douschan, AUT, age 29

  • 27th at the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games

  • 10th at Sochi Olympic Winter Games

  • 2 World Cup podiums

Emanuel Perathoner, ITA, age 32

  • 15th PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games

  • 30th in Sochi

  • 4 World Cup podiums

WOMEN’S TOP THREE FINISHERS AND CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Eva Samkova, CZE, age 25

  • Olympic Bronze PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games

  • Olympic Gold Sochi Olympic Winter Games

  • 5th at Sierra Nevada

  • No World Champs medals

Charlotte Bankes, GBR, age 23

  • 7th PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games

  • Silver at Sierra Nevada

  • 3 World Cup wins

Michela Moioli, ITA, age 23

  • Olympic Bronze at PyeongChang

  • 9 World Cup wins

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Tom Webb
Director of Marketing and Communications, U.S. Ski & Snowboard
+1.435.602.9644
tom.webb@usskiandsnowboard.org

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Tom Kelly
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January 30, 2019 - world Championships snowboardcross preview
by: melissa fields

2019 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ATHLETES GIVE SOLITUDE’S MAIN STREET SNOWBOARDCROSS COURSE HIGH MARKS

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Under bluebird skies, Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton, Vt) catches air off a feature on Solitude’s Main Street snowboardcross course. (Photo - FIS Snowboard)

BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah (January 30, 2019)--On Wednesday, against a backdrop of sunny skies and snow-filled slopes, snowboardcross athletes from the around the globe took the first official training runs of the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota at Solitude Mountain Resort.    

At a post-training press conference, athletes gave the 1,400-meter course--designed by famed snowboardcross and skicross course builder Nick Roma--overwhelmingly positive, though slightly contradictory, reviews. “The big drop at the start definitely got my attention,” said eight-time X Games gold medalist and two time World Champion Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, Calif.). “After I got past that technical start, the course was fast and flowy. I think if I can get through the start with the group them I’m going to be OK.”

“I really like the course, it’s not so difficult and it feels safer which I think is really important,” said Michela Moioli, Olympic gold medalist and member of the Italian national snowboardcross team. “Last year at the Olympics there were a lot of [snowboardcross] injuries, particularly among the men. We, of course, all want a big, challenging course but we also want safety. And this course at Solitude is both of those things.

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Michela Moioli of Italy takes a training run on Solitude’s Main Street snowboardcross course. (Photo - FIS Snowboard)

Two of the field’s top athletes suffered crashes during the morning training sessions at Solitude: four-time Olympian and five-time World Champion Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT) and two-time Olympic Gold Champion Pierre Vaultier (France). Whether or not either athlete would be well enough to participate in scheduled qualifier runs on Thursday was unclear as of press time.

Though Solitude has hosted only one other World Cup event prior to the 2019 World Championships, praise for resort staff and volunteers’ presentation of this truly international event was high. “Solitude is our happiest partner,” said Calum Clark, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Chief of Systems & Operations and 2019 FIS World Championships Organizing Committee Chair. “They have done everything they could to give the athletes an authentic, World Cup-caliber experience.”  

The relevance of the 2019 World Championships to the effort for Salt Lake City to again be an Olympic host city in 2030 was highlighted by Scott Beck, president and CEO of Visit Salt Lake. “The Olympic legacy is part of our community ethos in Utah, it’s alive in our DNA,” Beck said. “I think Utah’s commitment to keep the venues alive and active is strong sign to the International Olympic Committee about how committed Utah is to bringing back the Games.”  

The 2019 FIS World Championships men’s and women’s snowboardcross qualifiers will be held on Solitude’s Main Street Run snowboardcross course on Thursday at 9:40 a.m. and 12:20 p.m., respectively. The finals will commence in alternating heats, starting with the men, on Friday at 11 a.m.

For a complete 2019 World Championship schedule, click here.
Watch a recording of Wednesday’s press conference.

Qualifier runs start lists

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Tom Webb
Director of Marketing and Communications, U.S. Ski & Snowboard
+1.435.602.9644
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January 30, 2019 - OPening snowboardcross Press conference

WATCH RECORDING

Participating Athletes

Jake Vedder (Pinckney, Mich.) - 2016 Youth Olympic Games gold, 2018 Junior Worlds gold, just coming off first World Cup podium.

Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, Calif.) - 2x World Champs medalist, 3x Olympian, 7 World Cup wins, 8 X-Games gold (USA’s most successful ever male snowboard athlete)

Jarryd Hughes (Australia) - 2018 PyeongChang Olympic silver medalist.

Meghan Tierney (Rumson, N.J.) - 2018 PyeongChang Olympian

Anna Miller (Orem, Utah) - Utah local and 2 16th place World Cup finishes at Cervinia, Italy World Cup.

Michela Moioli (Italy) - 2018 Olympic gold, reigning World Cup champion




January 30, 2019 - U.S. Snowboard, Freeski, Freestyle Teams for 2019 World Championships

U.S. Snowboard, Freeski, Freestyle Teams for 2019 WOrld Championships

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U.S. Ski & Snowboard announces U.S. Teams for the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota, taking place in Utah from February 1 - 10, 2019.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Director – Snowboard, Freeski, Freestyle Jeremy Forster said, “We are fielding a strong team that will be on display at the 2019 World Championships. It’s a great group of athletes, including five defending World Champions who are all excited to be competing for World Championship titles on home soil. Having the events in our backyard, at Park City Mountain, Deer Valley Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort, is a great opportunity and we are all looking forward to seeing them face off against the best the world has to offer, right here in Utah.”

Quotes from Reigning World Champions

McRae Williams - “I could not be more stoked to have the opportunity to defend my title in my home town of Park City, Utah. Not only will I have the home field advantage, but I’ll have all my friends and family there cheering me on. That’s a win in itself. Gonna be a special week.”

Aaron Blunck -  “I am super stoked to be a part of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard World Championships team and even more stoked to try and defend my title. Sierra Nevada, Spain went really well and I’m hoping this time around is no different. It is on home turf and in a halfpipe I really like so it should be a fun event! “

Lindsey Jacobellis - “Really excited to be attending my sixth World Championships, and even more excited to be in the USA. I look forward to the venue that Solitude Mountain has put together as well as the mix gender team race.”

Jonathon Lillis - "It has been one of the great honors of my life representing the sport that I love so much as the World Champion for the past two seasons. I can think of nothing better than being able to come back to Deer Valley and defend my title in the town that has opened its arms and been home to me for the past seven years. I know with the support of my teammates and my brother Chris at my side we have the ability to do anything. We are ready to come in and handle our business. I continue to be ever-grateful for each person who has supported me in this journey, all the way down to the volunteers who work so hard to keep us safe. Being able to compete at home gives us the perfect opportunity to make them proud! Team Lillis will be in full effect, so watch out!"

Ashley Caldwell - “Deer Valley is always at the top of the list when it comes to an aerialist’s favorite place to compete. Having this year’s event upgraded to World Championships makes the event even more prestigious and exciting. While defending  my title as World Champion comes with pressure and anxiety it also gives me an opportunity to show all of the hard work, resilience and passion of myself, my team and my coaches to our friends, family, and sponsors that come to cheer us on!”

2019 U.S. FIS World Championships Teams

SNOWBOARD
Halfpipe
Men

Toby Miller - Mammoth Lakes, Calif., (2/14/00)
Jake Pates - Eagle, Colo., (7/30/98)
Chase Josey - Hailey, Idaho, (3/31/95)
Chase Blackwell - Longmont, Colo., (2/27/99)

Women
Chloe Kim - Torrance, Calif., (4/23/00)
Maddie Mastro - Wrightwood, Calif., (2/22/00)
Arielle Gold - Steamboat Springs, Colo., (5/4/96)
Tessa Maud - Carlsbad, Calif., (10/10/03)

Slopestyle/Big Air
Men

Chris Corning - Silverthorne, Colo., (9/7/99)
Red Gerard - Silverthorne, Colo., (6/29/00)
Lyon Farrell - Haiku, Hawaii, (11/22/98)
Judd Henkes - La Jolla, Calif., (4/3/01)

Women
Julia Marino - Westport, Conn., (9/11/97)
Jamie Anderson - S. Lake Tahoe, Calif., (9/13/90)
Hailey Langland - San Clemente, Calif., (8/2/00)
Jade Thurgood - Salt Lake City, Utah, (1/27/02)

Snowboardcross
Men

Jake Vedder - Pinckney, Mich., (4/16/98)
Nate Holland - Sandpoint, Idaho, (11/8/78)
Mick Dierdorff - Steamboat Springs Colo., (4/30/91)
Nick Baumgartner - Iron River, Mich., (12/17/81)

Women
Lindsey Jacobellis - Stratton Mountain, Vt., (8/19/85)
Meghan Tierney - Edwards, Colo., (1/15/97)
Anna Miller - Orem, Utah, (7/16/1996)
Stacy Gaskill - Golden, Colo., (5/21/00)
Livia Molodyh - Hubbard, Ore., (6/30/1999)

Parallel Slalom & Parallel Giant Slalom
Men

AJ Muss - Rumson, N.J., (12/15/94)
Robert Burns - Mount Shasta, Calif., (11/11/90)
Cody Winters - Steamboat Springs, Colo. (4/20/00)
Ryan Rosencranz - Weston, Mass., (4/23/94)

Women
Abby Champagne - Park City, Utah, (1/2/96)
Kaiya Kizuka - Sinking Spring, Penn., (5/26/99)
Lynn Ott - Boston, Mass., (10/20/67)
Alexa Bullis - Slinger Wisc., (3/1/00)

FREESTYLE
Moguls
Men

Bradley Wilson - Butte, Mont., (6/5/92)
Casey Andringa - Boulder, Colo., (10/6/95)
Hunter Bailey - Vail, Colo., (3/24/96)
Dylan Walczyk - Rochester, N.Y., (6/25/93)

Women
Jaelin Kauf - Alta, Wyo., (9/26/96)
Tess Johnson - Vail, Colo., (6/19/00)
Olivia Giaccio - Redding, Conn., (8/15/00)
Nessa Dziemian - East Hampstead, N.H., (4/14/94)

Aerials
Men

Jonathon Lillis - Pittsford, N.Y., (8/20/94)
Chris Lillis - Pittsford, N.Y., (4/10/98)
Alex Bowen - Springville, N.Y., (5/21/92)
Eric Loughran - Pelham, N.H., (12/4/95)
Nicholas Novak - Stafford, Va., (3/15/96)

Women
Ashley Caldwell - Ashburn, Va., (9/14/93)
Madison Varmette - Stafford, Va., (5/8/96)
Winter Vinecki - Salem, Ore., (12/18/98)
Morgan Northrop - Haymarket, Va., (4/16/94)
Kaila Kuhn - Boyne City, Mich., (4/8/03)

FREESKI
Halfpipe
Men

Aaron Blunck - Crested Butte, Colo., (4/12/96)
David Wise - Reno, Nev., (6/30/90)
Alex Ferreira - Aspen, Colo., (8/14/94)
Birk Irving - Winter Park, Colo., (7/26/99)
Taylor Seaton - Avon, Colo., (7/16/90)

Women
Brita Sigourney - Carmel, Calif., (1/17/90)
Maddie Bowman - S. Lake Tahoe, Calif., (1/10/94)
Abigale Hansen - June Lake, Calif., (5/26/98)
Annalisa Drew - Andover, Mass., (5/28/93)

Slopestyle/Big Air
Men

McRae Williams - Park City, Utah, (10/13/90)
Alex Hall - Salt Lake City, Utah, (9/21/98)
Nick Goepper - Lawrenceburg, Ind., (3/14/94)
Mac Forehand - Winhall, Vt., (8/4/01)
Willie Borm - Chaska, Minn., (5/21/97)

Women
Eileen Gu - San Francisco, Calif., (9/3/03)
Maggie Voisin - Whitefish, Mont., (12/14/98)
Caroline Claire - Manchester Center, Vt., (2/2/00)
Julia Krass - Hanover, N.H., (6/7/97)

Skicross
Men

Tyler Wallasch - Los Angeles, Calif., (6/8/94)

Women
Tania Prymak - Goshen, N.Y., (10/12/92)
Leta McNatt - Ridgeway, Colo., (12/13/94)
Whitney Gardner - Zephyr Cove, Nev., (6/24/94)

PRESS CONFERENCES
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

1:15 p.m. Snowboardcross Press Conference, Solitude Press Room

Featuring the top U.S. and select international SBX athletes plus resort leadership. Media access to snowboard cross and ski cross training before and after the press conference.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

5:00 p.m. Opening Press Conference, Canyons Village Press Room

Featuring the top U.S. and select international halfpipe and slopestyle athletes, along with FIS, organizing committee and resort leadership plus Utah Governor Gary Herbert.

Monday, February 4, 2019

4:00 p.m. Moguls/aerials Press Conference, Bald Eagle Room, Snow Park Lodge, Deer Valley

Featuring the top U.S. and select international moguls and aerials athletes, along with resort leadership.

Post Event Press Conferences

Official press conferences with the top three finishers will be held following all daytime events at Solitude Mountain Resort and Park City Mountain in the respective press centers. Press conferences will not be held following night time events at Canyons Village or Deer Valley Resort, although top three finishers will be available in the finish area following awards.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Tom Webb
Director of Marketing and Communications, U.S. Ski & Snowboard
+1.435.602.9644
tom.webb@usskiandsnowboard.org

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Tom Kelly
Chief of Press
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January 29, 2019 - It’s almost showtime
by: Melissa Fields

excitement builds for 2019 FIS World Championships both on and off the snow in utah

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Glass artist Daniel Bell with Park City’s Red Flower Studios works on one of the 192 trophies he designed and made for the top three finishers of each event in the 2019 World Championships. (Photo - Daniel Bell, Red Flower Studios)

PARK CITY, Utah (January 29, 2019) - This week, while Park City’s streets bustle with movie buffs, film industry insiders and celebrity watchers in town for the Sundance Film Festival, nearby on the snow at Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain and Solitude Mountain Resort, the energy and excitement is just as palpable, but in a decidedly different way.

In just three short days, the eyes of the international winter sports community will focus on Utah for 10 action-packed days during the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota. The finishing touches have been made at the venues and, with the conclusion of last week’s X Games and World Cup events, the athletes are now arriving in Utah enforce. “We have an average of 200 athletes, teams and event personnel arriving almost every day now,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard Event Manager Lindsay Arnold.

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A scene from the FIS World Cup snowboardcross test event held at Solitude Mountain Resort in January 2017. (Photo - US Ski & Snowboard)  

Among the first to arrive this week have been snowboardcross and skicross athletes, anxious to get on the snow at Solitude Mountain Resort where the 2019 World Champs competition will kick off with the snowboardcross finals on Friday, Feb. 1. “The feedback we’ve received so far from the athletes training at Solitude has been very positive,” says Eric “Web” Webster, U.S. Ski & Snowboard director of events. “The World Cup test event that Solitude hosted in 2017 received rave reviews from coaches and athletes and was voted Best Course on the World Cup tour in its debut event. The plan is to replicate the build from 2017 so teams are anticipating a great venue.”

Italian National Snowboardcross Team Member Michela Moioli—one of the best snowboardcross racers in the world—competed in the FIS World Cup Snowboardcross test event at Solitude Mountain Resort in 2017 and is back in Utah for the 2019 World Champs. “I'm super excited to return to Solitude, this time for the World Championships,” Moioli said. “I took second place there two years ago and I can’t wait to see what will happen there this time.”

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Aerialist Jon Lillis competing in the 2018 FIS Visa Freestyle International World Cup at Deer Valley Resort. (Photo - Steven Earl Photography)

Having hosted more than 20 World Cup events—including two previous World Championships in 2003 and 2011—Deer Valley Resort is considered hallowed ground to many of the skiers who’ve competed there over the years, including defending World Champion Aerialist Jonathon Lillis (Rochester, NY). “I can think of nothing better than being able to return to Deer Valley and defend my title in the town that has opened its arms and been home to me for the past seven years,” Lillis says.

Anticipation for the 2019 World Champs is inspiring those off the snow as well. Glass artist from Park City’s Red Flower Studios, Daniel Bell, designed and painstakingly handmade 192 trophies to be awarded to the top three finishers of each 2019 World Champs event. The elegant, wing-like shape of the trophies, Bell explained, represents the culmination of the athletes’ hard work. “There’s a reason we throw our arms in the air after we win: it's the universal expression of strength and mastery,” Bell said. “It’s embedded deep within our psychology: a natural reaction that occurs within milliseconds signifying all the dedication we put into getting here, the top of our metaphorical mountain. No matter how drained or depleted we are from putting everything into our sport, we’ll always have enough left over for that small, but mighty signal of victory.” Check out a video of Bell’s process here.

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One of Bell’s finished 2019 World Championships trophies. (Photo - Daniel Bell)

Another artistic celebration around the 2019 World Champs is an exclusive exhibition of original works of art by current and alumni U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes, titled “Art of Athlete.” This exhibition will be on display at High West’s USA House at Nelson Cottage in Park City (651 Park Ave) Feb. 8 - 10, 2019 and is open to the public. All pieces on display will be for sale and all proceeds directly benefit the artists.

About the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle & Freeski World Championships
More than 1,400 athletes from 40 nations are competing in 25 World Championship medal events from February 1-10. Solitude Mountain Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon is hosting snowboardcross and skicross. Park City Mountain in Park City is the site of parallel events, halfpipe, slopestyle and big air. Deer Valley Resort is the site for moguls and aerials. Click herefor spectator information.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Tom Webb
Director of Marketing and Communications, U.S. Ski & Snowboard
+1.435.602.9644
tom.webb@usskiandsnowboard.org

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January 25, 2019 - One week to go to 2019 FIS World Championships
by: Melissa Fields

2019 FIS World Championships Preparation
Ahead of Schedule

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PARK CITY, Utah (January 25, 2019) - Only one week remains before more than 1,400 athletes from around the globe converge on Utah for the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota. Mother Nature has gone above and beyond for her part, blanketing all three event venues—Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain and Solitude Mountain Resort—with almost five feet of snow in the last seven days.

“All season, Utah has been blessed with cold weather and consistent snow,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard Chief of Systems & Operations and 2019 World Championships Organizing Committee Chair Calum Clark. “That snow, combined with the amazing commitment from the resort partners, means that the competition venues are ahead of schedule in their preparations for the events to come at this stage of the countdown to day one!”

Another part of 2019 World Champs preparations that came together this week was the announcement that Grammy award-winning, hip hop superstar Lupe Fiasco will be the headline act at the closing ceremonies, scheduled for Feb. 10 on Park City’s Lower Main Street beginning at 4:00 p.m. Joining Lupe Fiasco are The Main Squeeze, performing at the event’s opening ceremonies at Park City Mountain’s Canyons Village on Feb. 2 at 9:00 p.m., and Joe Hertler and The Rainbow Seekers who will be on stage at Canyons Village Feb. 5, at 5:00 p.m. prior to the snowboard big air final at 7:00 p.m.

HOW TO WATCH
There are two ways to spectators can get in on the excitement of the 2019 World Champs: watching the events from the comfort of home via the NBC television broadcast or online live stream at nbcsports.com (see complete schedule below) or live, in real, time at the venues.

VENUE ACCESS
Solitude kicks off the 2019 World Champs competition schedule with what are likely to be some of the most easily accessible—and perhaps most exciting—events of the entire 10 days: the snowboard and skicross competitions on Feb. 1 to 3. Get there by taking the Utah Transit Authority bus number 972 with regular service from park and ride lots in Salt Lake City at 6400 South and Wasatch as well as at the base of Big Cottonwood Canyon. The fare is $4.50 one way; Solitude season pass holders and Ikon Pass holders can ride the UTA ski bus for free. (Ikon Pass bus access must be activated in advance at a Solitude ticket window.) Parking on site at Solitude is limited and will be available to the public at the Moonbeam base area (Entry 1) only. Shuttles circulate regularly between Moonbeam Lodge and Solitude Village, and the public can also ski there via Moonbeam Express and Link chairlifts. A lift ticket or pass is required to use these chairlifts. There is no public parking at Solitude Village.

Plan on plenty of time to get to and from the Park City venues—Deer Valley and Park City Mountain--particularly if you plan to attend the 2019 World Champs opening ceremonies, featuring the freeski big air finals, a free concert with Main Squeeze and fireworks, at Canyons Village on Saturday, Feb. 2, which also happens to be the last night of Park City’s Sundance Film Festival. Deer Valley Resort’s evening freestyle aerials and moguls events on Feb. 6-9 are also expected to draw high attendance and it is highly recommended that spectators park at Park City High School and take the free bus (yellow route) to Snow Park Lodge.

Following are a few more tips for planning your trip to the Park City venues:

Take the Bus: Park City Transit will offer increased service on the Red, Blue, White, Lime, and Yellow bus routes throughout the 2019 FIS World Champs. Please visit parkcitytransit.org  for a route and transit schedule, or download the MyStop app for real-time transit information.

Park & Ride: The new Ecker Hill Park & Ride, accessible via I-80 exit 141/Jeremy Ranch, is an ideal location to park and catch transit to the event venues. Spectators can take advantage of 15-minute transit service (approx.) into Park City via the Lime and Pink routes.

Free Parking: Carpooling is encouraged for those wishing to park in town and at the venues.

Free parking is available at Park City Resort Mountain Base, Park City Resort Canyons Village and Deer Valley Resort from 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. daily, and at Park City High School, Treasure Mountain Middle School, McPolin Elementary and the Park City Learning Center Parking (all located off Kearns Blvd/SR248) from 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. daily and all day on the weekends. The Richardson Flat Park & Ride (accessible via U.S. 40) will be available for carpool parking; however no transit service will be provided from this location during the 2019 FIS World Champs. Text PCEVENTS to 888777 for the most up to date transportation information.

If you do go, please bring a reusable water bottle. The 2019 World Champ Organizing Committee has undertaken a zero single-use plastic water bottle initiative for this event and will provide water bottle refilling stations at all three venues. Funds saved from not purchasing bottled water for 2019 World Champs staff and volunteers (all of whom have been supplied with a collapsible water bottle for this event) will be donated to Protect Our Winters, the sports community’s leading climate advocacy group. Other sustainability measures that will be in practice during the 2019 World Champs include the use of notification apps and other electronic communications to eliminate paper and stationing staff near recycling bins at each venue to avoid waste mixing. Also, each of the resort venues engage in rigorous sustainability programs, covering everything from efficient snowmaking practices to using recycled and recyclable products in on-mountain restaurants.

Everyone attending the events will be searched prior to entering the venues. We strongly suggest that you do not bring bags; priority for security screening will be given to those without bags. People with bags should expect long lines and wait times when entering the venue. Keep the following tips in mind when planning your arrival to the venues. Only bring what you absolutely need. Do not bring any of the following items to any venue: knives, weapons, laser pointers, pets, illegal drugs, or drones. Do not bring any of the following prohibited items to the Opening Ceremonies and big air competitions at the Canyons Village: alcoholic beverages, glass containers, knives, weapons, laser pointers, pets, illegal drugs, or drones.

For those interested in catching a 2019 World Champs preview, athlete training will begin in earnest on Monday, Jan. 28 at Solitude, on Feb. 1 at Park City Mountain and on Feb. 3 at Deer Valley. “The resorts will be open before and during the World Championships and the competition venues at each are very accessible to both skiers and those on foot,” Clark said. “We encourage people to check each out the training sessions during their ski day.”

Get the latest on 2019 World Champs competition, road conditions, weather updates and more  starting January 28, 2019 by following @2019worldchamps on Twitter or visiting2019worldchamps.com.  

TELEVISION BROADCAST AND LIVE STREAMING
All times EST
Preliminary broadcast schedule, subject to change
Streaming schedule TBA
*Same-day broadcast
**Next-day broadcast

Friday, Feb. 1
1:00 p.m. EST - Snowboardcross - NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold

Saturday, Feb. 2
3:00 p.m. EST - Skicross - Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold
9:00 p.m. EST - Freestyle Skiing: Big Air - Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold

Sunday, Feb. 3
1:00 a.m. EST - Skicross - NBCSN**
1:00 p.m.EST - Team Snowboardcross - Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold
3:30 p.m. EST - Freestyle Skiing: Big Air - NBCSN**
5:00 p.m. EST -  Team Snowboardcross - NBCSN*

Monday, Feb. 4
3:00 p.m. - Parallel snowboard giant slalom - Olympic Channel
7:00 p.m. - Parallel snowboard giant slalom - NBCSN*

Tuesday, Feb. 5
3:00 p.m. - Parallel snowboard slalom - NBCSN*
9:00 p.m. - Men and women’s snowboard big air - NBCSN*

Wednesday, Feb. 6
3:00 p.m. - Men and women’s freeski slopestyle finals - NBCSN*
9:00 p.m. - Men and women’s aerials - Olympic Channel
11:30 p.m. - Men and women’s aerials - NBCSN*

Thursday, Feb. 7
9:00 p.m. - Team aerials - NBCSN*

Friday, Feb. 8
1:00 p.m. - Men and women’s snowboard  halfpipe - NBCSN*
9:00 p.m. - Men and women’s moguls - NBCSN*

Sunday, Feb. 10
2:00 a.m. - Men and women’s dual moguls - NBCSN**
1:00 p.m. - Men and women’s snowboard slopestyle - Olympic Channel
3:00 p.m. - Men and women’s snowboard slopestyle - NBC*

Monday, Feb. 11
10:30 p.m. - Women’s freeski halfpipe finals - NBCSN**

EVENT SCHEDULE
All times MST (local time)

Friday, Feb. 1
11:00 a.m. - Snowboardcross Final - Solitude Mountain Resort

Saturday, Feb. 2
1:00 p.m. - Skicross Final - Solitude Mountain Resort
7:00 p.m. - Freeski Big Air Final - Canyons Village - Park City Mountain

Sunday, Feb. 3
11:00 a.m. - Mixed Gender Team Snowboardcross Final - Solitude Mountain Resort

Monday, Feb. 4
1:00 p.m. - Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom Final - Park City Village at Park City Mountain

Tuesday, Feb. 5
1:00 p.m. - Snowboard Parallel Slalom Final - Park City Village at Park City Mountain
7:00 p.m. - Snowboard Big Air Final - Canyons Village - Park City Mountain

Wednesday, Feb. 6
11:00 a.m. - Freeski Slopestyle Final - Park City Village at Park City Mountain
7:00 p.m. - Freestyle Aerials Final - Deer Valley Resort

Thursday, Feb. 7
7:00 p.m. - Freestyle Team Aerials Final - Deer Valley Resort

Friday, Feb. 8
11:00 a.m. - Snowboard Halfpipe Final - Park City Village at Park City Mountain
7:00 p.m. - Freestyle Moguls Final - Deer Valley Resort

Saturday, Feb. 9
11:00 a.m. - Freeski Halfpipe Final - Park City Village at Park City Mountain
7:00 p.m. - Freestyle Dual Moguls Final - Deer Valley Resort

Sunday, Feb. 10
11:00 a.m. - Snowboard Slopestyle Final - Park City Village at Park City Mountain

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Tom Webb
Director of Marketing and Communications, U.S. Ski & Snowboard
+1.435.602.9644
tom.webb@usskiandsnowboard.org

FOR ACCREDITED MEDIA INQUIRIES:
Tom Kelly
Chief of Press
+1.435.602.9799
2019WorldChampsMedia@usskiandsnowboard.org

January 23, 2019 - Lupe Fiasco Headline World Championships Entertainment Lineup

Lupe Fiasco Headline World Championships Entertainment Lineup

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PARK CITY, Utah (January 23, 2019) - Hip hop superstar Lupe Fiasco will be the headline musical act at the closing ceremonies of the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota, taking place at Utah’s Solitude Mountain Resort, Park City Mountain and Deer Valley Resort February 1 - 10, 2019. The closing ceremonies will start at 4:00 p.m., February 10, on Park City’s Main Street, bringing to a close the largest winter sports event to take place in Utah since the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

Joining Lupe Fiasco on the 2019 World Champs musical roster are The Main Squeeze, performing at the event’s opening ceremonies at Canyons Village, Park City on February 2 at 9:00 p.m., and Joe Hertler and The Rainbow Seekers who will be on stage at Canyons Village, Park City February 5, at 5:00 p.m. prior to the snowboard big air final at 7.00 p.m.

Lupe Fiasco is a true hip hop pioneer. A rapper, record producer, entrepreneur, and community advocate, the artist rose to fame in 2006, following the success of his debut album Food & Liquor. Since then Lupe has released more than four acclaimed studio albums; his latest being Drogas Wave released in 2018.

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Kicking off the 2019 World Champs musical offering are The Main Squeeze. From their origins as a jam/party band in Indiana, The Main Squeeze have been weaving the veins of rock, funk, blues, and R&B into modern song stylings. Now LA-based and with three albums under their belt (last one being 2017’s Without A Sound), festival appearances from KABOO to Bonnaroo, and features from Billboard and Rolling Stone, The Main Squeeze have a rich touring history including opening slots for The Roots, Jane’s Addiction, D.R.A.M., Mac Miller, Aloe Blacc, and Umphrey’s McGee, The Main Squeeze are launching into a new musical orbit with plans for a fourth LP in 2019.

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Rounding up the musical roster are Joe Hertler and The Rainbow Seekers who are not to be missed. In their own words, the band “will make a sprightly young groove doctor out of anyone. With spectacular energy pulsating from every member of the band, the Rainbow Seekers could illuminate the very chambers of Heaven. Lead singer Joe Hertler splashes through lyrical puddles of golden rain, leaving his audience wearing flowery crowns and bubbling smiles. A ride on the Rainbow will take you across the mountains of Motown, through the fjords of folk, over the archipelagos of Americana, and-at last-into a funky firth, where only the fiercest of friendships can be found.”

For more information on the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota, visit www.2019worldchamps.com

January 16, 2019 - Inside the mind of a world championship athlete
by: Melissa Fields

inside the mind of a world championship athlete

Jonathon Lillis and Ashley Caldwell proudly swept gold in aerials at Freestyle World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain. (Sierra Nevada - Pepe Marin)

Jonathon Lillis and Ashley Caldwell proudly swept gold in aerials at Freestyle World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain. (Sierra Nevada - Pepe Marin)

With only two weeks to go until the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota kicks off in Utah, many of the athletes expected to compete are well on their way to ensuring they are in the best possible physical condition to pull off a podium-worthy performance. But while the principles of physical preparation - getting enough sleep, eating well, avoiding overtraining, etc. - are fairly similar, the way each athlete readies themselves psychologically for this huge event - considered second only to Olympic competition - are very different.

For freestyle aerialist Ashley Caldwell (Park City, Utah), the 2019 World Championships holds significance in a number of ways. First, having lived and trained in Park City for the past seven years, she’s looking forward to competing in her own backyard. Second, this season Caldwell is recovering from shoulder surgery after she injured it the day before competing in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games. And finally, she not only won the aerials competition at the 2017 World Championships but did so by landing a full-double-full-full, the most difficult jump successfully completed by a female aerialist ever.

“My signature style is to perform the hardest tricks and that’s my plan for the 2019 World Championships, but this injury has put me on the little different trajectory."
 - Ashley Caldwell

Caldwell will have competed in just one other event this season prior to stepping into the White Owl jumps start gate during the World Championships next month. And so to alleviate some of the obvious pressure this event will present, Caldwell is looking forward to staying as busy as possible in the days leading up to the competition while stretching just a little more or going to bed just a little earlier. She hasn’t decided whether or not she’ll go for a repeat performance of a full-double-full-full - Caldwell considers several factors when deciding what jumps to perform and often doesn’t make a final decision until the day of competition. “But then again, Deer Valley is the most hyped-up event of our season where you get to feel like a rock star,” she says. “And the weather could be terrible, my shoulder might be feeling not great and yet because the crowds are so great and the volunteers are so great, I could be pushed to want to do something really awesome.”

Mogul skier Bradley Wilson’s (Park City, Utah) sentiments for Deer Valley are similar to Caldwell’s. “Deer Valley has been a World Cup moguls venue for so long, and I grew up watching and competing in plenty of events there, including seeing Jonny Moseley pull off the Dinner Roll and Shannon Bahrke win two medals there during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games,” he says. “Because of that, the Champion moguls run is really considered a hallowed ground for moguls skiers. I don’t know any athlete that doesn’t look forward to competing there.”

But sacred or not, because of its length, pitch and size of the jumps, Champion is also considered one of the most challenging moguls courses in the world. Wilson admits that it’s taken him a while to figure out how to keep the pressure presented by any one event - World Championships and others - from holding him back. His strategy: focusing on performance rather than results. “In judged sports like moguls, getting too results oriented can take away a lot of the fun of competing,” he says. “And so I have learned to just show up and do what I know how to do.” And when his day to compete in the World Championships arrives, Wilson figures he has two choices.

“I can let it take my breath away or I can just smile and enjoy it. I’m going to choose to take the second option.”
 - Bradley Wilson

Snowboardcross athlete Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, Vt.) maintains her perspective by considering every competition - X Games, World Cup, the Olympics and World Championships - in the same way. “Yes, World Champs has a bigger crowd, marketing and TV time,” Jacobellis admits. “But the field will include all the same athletes I have been racing with for years. I just focus on what I have to do and remember how long I have been doing this and have been successful.”

The 2019 World Championships’ mixed gender snowboardcross team event will present a new and different aspect of competition for Jacobellis, but one that she’s fully embracing and looking forward to.

“I am so excited to mix things up. The men and women always train and race on the same course and the ladies are fully capable of being in the mix with the men. We are still figuring out what the race format will be, but it will be a really fun and exciting race, especially as a spectator - the ultimate relay race!”
 - Lindsey Jacobellis

As of press time, halfpipe skier Brita Sigourney was actually still working on getting back into competition headspace. She had just returned from a two-week break - spent powder skiing in Japan with her parents and boyfriend - and was at Copper Mountain for her first day back in the halfpipe. “Because every competition was an Olympic qualifier, last year was really stressful and so I decided to take a break this year, which I’ve never done before,” Sigourney says. Sigourney’s plan leading up to the World Championships include “skiing like I know how” at the X Games (January 24 – 27), and taking care of herself. “I’m not as young as many of the athletes and need to take more time managing some aches and pains,” and having fun. “Park City is where I live and I’m really excited to get to compete in front of my friends, my family and my boyfriend’s family.”

January 10, 2019 - Course Building: 2019 World Champs
BY: Melissa Fields

Time, technique and a whole lot of snow

Course workers prepare the aerial ski jumps for a World Cup Freestyle event at Deer Valley Resort. (US Ski & Snowboard - Tom Kelly)

Course workers prepare the aerial ski jumps for a World Cup Freestyle event at Deer Valley Resort. (US Ski & Snowboard - Tom Kelly)

Park City, Utah—From February 1-10, approximately 1,400 athletes from 40 countries will converge on Utah to compete in the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota—the biggest winter sports event to be held in Utah since the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Contests held as part of this elite event will include snowboardcross and skicross; freeski and snowboard big air, slopestyle and halfpipe; snowboard parallel slalom and parallel giant slalom; and freestyle moguls, dual moguls and aerials.

But long before the first competitor arrives on deck, enters a start gate or drops in, multiple teams of course designers, builders and preppers will have put in countless hours planning, sculpting and refining the competition venues at Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain and Solitude Mountain Resort. Snow, hundreds of cubic feet of it, is where building each of these courses begins. Thanks to consistently cold temperatures and lots of natural snow in Utah this season, the 2019 World Championships host resorts have been able to make and stockpile plenty. Beyond this shared construction element, however, building the fields of play for each of these events is a very different and very specific task.

Champion moguls course and White Owl aerials jumps, Deer Valley Resort
“The crew of course builders at Deer Valley are so dialed in. Almost all of them, including both staff and volunteers, have built moguls courses there since before the Olympics,” says Nat Schirman, Champion Moguls Chief of Course and former NorAm freestyle skier.

Schirman and co-Chief of Course Tony Gilpin begin by stringing ropes and flags along the Champion Run designating where a snowcat driver should place the piles of snow that will eventually become moguls. Course builder volunteers then move through every inch of the course, removing ice chunks from the snow and further shaping the bumps. Schirman then invites local freestyle team athletes to ski the run, which continues to build the mogul field and allow he and Gilpin to see how the course is skiing. The final step is building in the two sets of jump tables, used by competitors as take-off for aerial maneuvers consisting of upright or inverted tricks. These are made by filling prefabricated forms with snow and water and the leaving them to freeze overnight.  

World Cup moguls courses generally range between 650 and 885 feet long with an average slope grade of 26 degrees. Deer Valley's Champion course is 827 feet long with an average slope grade of 28 degrees, making it one of the steepest, longest and most coveted moguls courses on the World Cup circuit. “It’s really one of the best moguls courses in the world,” Schirman says. “It’s steep at the top and allows the crowd to see athletes going for it from the top all the way to the finish.”   

Deer Valley is also particularly well-known for its White Owl aerial jumps, a sport pioneered by the resort’s late Director of Skiing, Olympic Gold Medalist Stein Eriksen. Course builders will construct five jumps for the 2019 World Championships—one single (2.1 meters or 6 feet, 11 inches tall), two doubles (3.5 meters or 11 feet, 6 inches tall) and two triples (4.1 meters or 13 feet, 6 inches tall).

“Prior to building the actual jumps we spend about five days moving snow with a snowcat to get the profile of the course correct,” says Wayne Hilterbrand, the White Owl aerials course builder and jump builder for more than 20 national and international events since 2005. Other items on the pre-jump building checklist include grading the in-run, ensuring the transition curve—the stretch of the in-run from the ramp to the jump table—is a specific length, building the jump table and laying in the finish area.

Building the actual jumps starts with construction of a three-sided, steel and plywood jump form. Then a large industrial snowblower mounted to the front of a snowcat is used to fill the forms with snow. Volunteers pack snow into the forms by hand to eliminate air pockets; water is also added to help the snow harden. “The trick is to get enough water that they get hard, but not so much that they become total ice,” Hilterbrand says. After the forms are filled, the builders manipulate the snow further to achieve what’s called a rough shape. The jumps are then left to freeze overnight. The next day the forms are removed and official aerial jump shapers—typically coaches—carve the jumps into exact heights, lengths and angles for competition. Then the athletes get to fly. “We’ve estimated that, off the triple jumps, aerialists that get about 45 to 50 feet of air from the peak of the jump to the landing,” Hilterbrand says.

Doc’s Run big air, 3 Kings slopestyle course, Eagle Superpipe and Picabo’s run snowboard parallel slalom/GS, Park City Mountain
“Long before course construction begins,” says Park City Mountain Terrain Park Manager, “our team sits down and makes a plan for the course design.” Executing four separate competition venues—hosting the lion’s share of 2019 World Championships competition—involves multiple resort departments including snowmaking, grooming, competition services and fleet maintenance. Snowmaking and course prep begin soon after the resort opens for the season. And then as competition nears, Ingham and other course building staff use snowcats to shape the piles of snow into the basic feature profiles for slopestyle, big air and halfpipe.

To complete the final stage of the 600-feet-long, 70-feet wide, 18-degree pitch Olympic-caliber Superpipe, Park City Mountain relies on the expertise of Jake Ingle—U.S. Ski & Snowboard halfpipe builder and a part of the team responsible for the famed 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Superpipe. After resort crews have built the pipe decks and dig out the middle into the characteristic U shape, Ingle uses a snowcat fitted with an elliptical-arc-profile arm with an articulated augur (Ingle’s 'pipecutter of choice is the Zaugg Pipe Monster) to shave the Superpipe’s walls. “We try to use a drier snow to create a chalky riding surface,” Ingle says. And then, as is the case with all other freestyle event features, a team using hand tools puts the finishing touches on the Superpipe.

But Ingle’s job is really just beginning once the halfpipe is finished. “I start getting feedback from the athletes and coaches from the first practice session,” Ingle says. He also spends times watching training sessions to get firsthand clues about how the Superpipe is riding and seeks out veteran Grand Prix competitors who are typically able to provide more specific feedback. Once competition is underway, most of the work in the Superpipe shifts to slippers, hand shapers and the dye crew. Unless is snows. “Then I’m back in the snowcat on dawn patrol, digging the snow out before the day begins,” Ingle says.

The resort’s grooming department and well-seasoned race department are responsible for preparing the surface along the snowboard parallel slalom and parallel giant slalom run on Picabo’s Run in the Eagle Race Arena. “We take a similar approach to the snowboarding event venue as we would for a ski racing venue,” says Park City Mountain Competition Services Manager Karen Korfanta. “The ultimate goal is to get the two courses as even as possible, left to right. And snowboarders love going fast just as much as the ski racing population but the course surface should be firm, but not slippery or as dense as an alpine skiing event.” Ten to 15 slippers and four to six course workers will maintain the both the 470 to 500 meter parallel giant slalom course, as well as the 350 to 370 meter parallel slalom course.     

Main Street Run snowboardcross/skicross course, Solitude Mountain Resort

The 2019 World Championships snowboardcross/skicross course at Solitude Mountain Resort was designed and will be built by Nick Roma, founder of the Mountain Projects Company. “The terrain is different at every venue, so every snowboardcross and skicross course is different,” Roma says. “Because both the freeski and snowboard athletes will run the same line at Solitude, the challenge with this course is building features that are both safe for all riders that provide a high level of difficulty at the same time.”

To meet that challenge, Roma designed the Solitude’s state-of-the-art, 1,298-meter-long, 180-meter vertical snowboardcross/skicross course using a combined AutoCAD and Leka software platform—the first time this level of technology has been used to design a snowboardcross/skicross course in the United States. The course—which spans seven different multi-features consisting of 34 different rollers, multiple banked turns and two massive jumps—is located on the skier's right side of Solitude's Main Street run; the left side of the run will remain open throughout competition, allowing skiers front-row spectator access along its entire length. Beyond the time put in beforehand by Solitude's snowmaking staff, the course takes about two weeks and 500-plus hours to build, performed by multiple snowcat drivers that push and shape the snow mechanically and a team of on-the-ground course builders using specialized shovels and tools to refine every feature along the course by hand.

HOW TO WATCH
All times EST
Preliminary broadcast schedule, subject to change
Streaming schedule TBA
*Same-day broadcast
**Next-day broadcast

Friday, Feb. 1
1:00 p.m. - Men and women's snowboardcross finals - NBCSN

Saturday, Feb. 2
3:00 p.m. - Men and women’s skicross finals - Olympic Channel
8:30 p.m. - Men and women’s skicross finals - NBCSN*

Sunday, Feb. 3
1:00 a.m. - Men and women’s freeski big air finals - NBCSN**
1:00 p.m. - Team snowboardcross - Olympic Channel
4:00 p.m.-  Team snowboardcross - NBCSN*

Monday, Feb. 4

3:00 p.m. - Parallel snowboard giant slalom - Olympic Channel
7:00 p.m. - Parallel snowboard giant slalom - NBCSN*

Tuesday, Feb. 5
3:00 p.m. - Parallel snowboard slalom - NBCSN
9:00 p.m. - Men and women’s snowboard big air - NBCSN

Wednesday, Feb. 6
3:00 p.m. - Men and women’s freeski slopestyle finals - NBCSN
9:00 p.m. - Men and women’s aerials - Olympic Channel
11:30 p.m. - Men and women’s aerials - NBCSN*

Thursday, Feb. 7
9:00 p.m. - Team aerials - NBCSN

Friday, Feb. 8
1:00 p.m. - Men and women’s snowboard  halfpipe - NBCSN
9:00 p.m. - Men and women’s moguls - NBCSN

Sunday, Feb. 10

2:00 a.m. - Men and women’s dual moguls - NBCSN**
1:00 p.m. - Men and women’s snowboard slopestyle - Olympic Channel
3:00 p.m. - Men and women’s snowboard slopestyle - NBC*

Monday, Feb. 11
10:30 p.m. - Women’s freeski halfpipe finals - NBCSN**

EVENT SCHEDULE
All times MST (local time)

Friday, Feb. 1
11:00 a.m. -Snowboardcross Final - Solitude Mountain Resort

Saturday, Feb. 2
1:00 p.m. - Skicross Final - Solitude Mountain Resort
7:00 p.m. - Freeski Big Air Final - Canyons Village - Park City Mountain

Sunday, Feb. 3
11:00 a.m. - Mixed Gender Team Snowboardcross Final - Solitude Mountain Resort

Monday, Feb. 4
1:00 p.m. - Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom Final - Park City Village at Park City Mountain

Tuesday, Feb. 5
1:00 p.m. - Snowboard Parallel Slalom Final - Park City Village at Park City Mountain
7:00 p.m. - Snowboard Big Air Final - Canyons Village - Park City Mountain

Wednesday, Feb. 6
11:00 a.m. - Freeski Slopestyle Final - Park City Village at Park City Mountain
7:00 p.m. - Freestyle Aerials Final - Deer Valley Resort

Thursday, Feb. 7
7:00 p.m. - Freestyle Team Aerials Final - Deer Valley Resort

Friday, Feb. 8
11:00 a.m. - Snowboard Halfpipe Final - Park City Village at Park City Mountain
7:00 p.m. - Freestyle Moguls Final - Deer Valley Resort

Saturday, Feb. 9
11:00 a.m. - Freeski Halfpipe Final - Park City Village at Park City Mountain
7:00 p.m. - Freestyle Dual Moguls Final - Deer Valley Resort

Sunday, Feb. 10
11:00 a.m. - Snowboard Slopestyle Final - Park City Village at Park City Mountain

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Tom Webb
Director of Marketing and Communications, U.S. Ski & Snowboard
+1.435.602.9644
tom.webb@usskiandsnowboard.org

FOR ACCREDITED MEDIA INQUIRIES:
Tom Kelly
Chief of Press
+1.435.602.9799
2019WorldChampsMedia@usskiandsnowboard.org

January 2, 2019 - One Month Out: 2019 World Champs
BY: Andrew Gauthier

One Month Out: 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships

A crowd of over 5,000 packed the finish area at the freestyle World Cup aerials at the 2010 Visa Freestyle International at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard -Tom Kelly)

A crowd of over 5,000 packed the finish area at the freestyle World Cup aerials at the 2010 Visa Freestyle International at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard -Tom Kelly)

With only one month to go, athletes, officials and fans from around the world are into their final preparations for the kick-off of the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota taking place at Utah's Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain, both in Park City, and Solitude Mountain Resort, February 1-10, 2019.

Hosted by the International Ski Federation (FIS) and U.S. Ski & Snowboard and in partnership with the Utah Sports Commission, the event will attract approximately 1,400 athletes from 40 countries to Utah, the state of sport, for the biggest winter sports event to take place in the state since the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

The next three weeks are critical, as each nation will select their 2019 FIS World Championship Teams. FIS has established that a maximum of 36 athletes representing any one nation may compete in the 2019 World Championships in freestyle/freeski as well as in snowboarding. The maximum quota for a nation in any one event will be four per gender up to the max total per gender of 20 athletes and max total team size of 36 athletes. Athletes named to the team will start in the event from which they qualified.

The U.S. will select up to three athletes per discipline per gender based on objective criteria, which varies by sport. After the allocation of objective criteria between all World Championship disciplines, any remaining nation quota positions for U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes in each discipline will be filled by selection from the head coaches and sport director based on the discipline/gender with the highest medal potential.

U.S. athletes are coming into 2019 with strong results in early selection events. In freeski, defending FIS Halfpipe World Champion Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, Colo.) and double-Olympic gold medalist David Wise, finished in first and third place respectively at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, Colorado. For the women, PyeongChang Olympic bronze medalist Brita Sigourney (Carmel, Calif.) also made the podium with a third-place finish.

For the U.S. Snowboard Team, PyeongChang Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim kicked off the 2018-19 competition season at the U.S. Grand Prix with a victory, while teammate Maddie Mastro (Wrightwood, Calif.) finished just behind Kim in second-place. For the men, Toby Miller (Mammoth, Calif.) and Chase Josey (Sun Valley, Idaho) finished second and third respectively.

On similar note in the snowboardcross world, defending FIS World Champion Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, Vt.) as well as 2018 Junior World Champion Jake Vedder (Pinckney, Mich.) started strong at the first World Cup of the season. Jacobellis claimed a first and second place across a two race program at the Cervinia, Italy FIS World Cup as well as earned her 30th career World Cup victory. In addition, Vedder claimed his his first ever World Cup podium.

“To get my first ever World Cup podium at a World Championship qualifying event makes it that much more special,” said Vedder. “The whole team is riding at such a high level and it really helps me push myself to be better everyday we are on snow. I really look forward to coming back to the US and compete for our hometown crowd.”

In freestyle, Jaelin Kauf (Alta, Wyo.) is also setting herself up for World Championships success. She won back-to-back FIS Freestyle World Cup moguls and dual moguls events in Thaiwoo, China Dec. 15-16. Kauf is currently ranked as the top female moguls skier in the world and leads the World Cup tour. As the reigning World Champion in aerials, Jon Lillis (Rochester, N.Y.) has an automatic competition spot outside of the U.S. Team and will be a force to watch. The aerials FIS World Cup season kicks off in Lake Placid, N.Y. Jan. 18-19.

It’s not only the athletes preparing for the World Championships, but also the host venues getting ready for a robust competition schedule (see below). However, there are no resorts better prepared to put on an event of this magnitude as Solitude Mountain Resort, Park City Mountain and Deer Valley Resort. In fact, Olympians Alex Deibold (Manchester, Vt), Devin Logan (West Dover, Vt.) and Brad Wilson (Butte, Mont.) had tremendous comments of praise for these world class venues.

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With 10 days of world class competition be sure to tune-in and watch as history is made. NBC Sports will showcase more than 25 hours of 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championship programming, including more than 10 hours of live coverage, on NBC and the NBC Sports networks.

Additional coverage will also be available on NBC Sports Gold – NBC Sports’ direct-to-consumer live streaming product – and the OlympicChannel.com digital platform. A full broadcast schedule will be available on both USSkiandSnowboard.org and  2019WorldChamps.com.

HOW TO WATCH
All times EST
Preliminary broadcast schedule, subject to change
Streaming schedule TBA
*Same-day broadcast
**Next-day broadcast


Friday, Feb. 1
1:00 p.m. - Men and women's snowboardcross finals - NBCSN

Saturday, Feb. 2
3:00 p.m. - Men and women’s skicross finals - Olympic Channel
8:30 p.m. - Men and women’s skicross finals - NBCSN*

Sunday, Feb. 3
1:00 a.m. - Men and women’s freeski big air finals - NBCSN**
1:00 p.m. - Team snowboardcross - Olympic Channel
4:00 p.m.-  Team snowboardcross - NBCSN*

Monday, Feb. 4

3:00 p.m. - Parallel snowboard giant slalom - Olympic Channel
7:00 p.m. - Parallel snowboard giant slalom - NBCSN*

Tuesday, Feb. 5
3:00 p.m. - Parallel snowboard slalom - NBCSN
9:00 p.m. - Men and women’s snowboard big air - NBCSN

Wednesday, Feb. 6
3:00 p.m. - Men and women’s freeski slopestyle finals - NBCSN
9:00 p.m. - Men and women’s aerials - Olympic Channel
11:30 p.m. - Men and women’s aerials - NBCSN*

Thursday, Feb. 7
9:00 p.m. - Team aerials - NBCSN

Friday, Feb. 8
1:00 p.m. - Men and women’s snowboard  halfpipe - NBCSN
9:00 p.m. - Men and women’s moguls - NBCSN

Sunday, Feb. 10
2:00 a.m. - Men and women’s dual moguls - NBCSN**
1:00 p.m. - Men and women’s snowboard slopestyle - Olympic Channel
3:00 p.m. - Men and women’s snowboard slopestyle - NBC*

Monday, Feb. 11
10:30 p.m. - Women’s freeski halfpipe finals - NBCSN**

DECEMBER 25, 2018 - What do the 2019 FIS World Championships Mean to You? - PART 3
BY: Andrew Gauthier

Brad Wilson

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Aerials and Moguls at Deer Valley Resort

“The World Championships are only a small step below the Olympics. As athletes, we look at it as almost as big as the Olympics, it will have the same competitors there as Pyeongchang. It’s not quite the same hype level, really, what is, but in the sport it’s the same.”

   - Brad Wilson (Butte, Mont.), 2017 World Championships moguls silver medalist

However, it’s not just about accommodation, but rather in an in-depth knowledge of the actual field of play that athletes will be battling it out on that can pay dividends. Wilson has had the pleasure of competing on the Deer Valley moguls course numerous times as it is a regular stop on the FIS World Cup tour. This offers advantages, but they are not necessarily exclusive to U.S. athletes. One thing is for sure, Deer Valley Resort knows how to do it right.

“I have a lot of experience on this course for sure,” said Wilson. “But with Deer Valley being a constant stop on the World Cup tour, so do many other athletes. Deer Valley showcases our sport better than anyone in the world, so they will showcase FIS World Champs better than anyone!”

In freestyle, keep an eye out on Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury who is the winningest moguls athlete in the history of the sport. Also, for the women, Olympic gold medalist Perrine Laffont of France and Yulia Galysheva from Kazakhstan are strong contenders.

The anticipation is building and there is a clear consensus among athletes. The host venues have what it takes to host the top snowboard, freestyle and freeski competitors for ten days of world-class competition. Brad Wilson certainly think so!

“I’m super excited for World Champs at Deer Valley and on our home soil,” he said. “So is the rest of the world. Deer Valley is definitely the majority favorite place to compete for all the competitors. Already, on a normal season the Deer Valley World Cup is top tier, now with it being World Champs, it makes it that much better.”

HOW TO WATCH
All times EST
Preliminary broadcast schedule, subject to change
Streaming schedule TBA
*Same-day broadcast
**Next-day broadcast

Friday, Feb. 1
1:00 p.m. - Men and women's snowboardcross finals - NBCSN

Saturday, Feb. 2
3:00 p.m. - Men and women’s skicross finals - Olympic Channel
8:30 p.m. - Men and women’s skicross finals - NBCSN*

Sunday, Feb. 3
1:00 a.m. - Men and women’s freeski big air finals - NBCSN**
1:00 p.m. - Team snowboardcross - Olympic Channel
4:00 p.m.-  Team snowboardcross - NBCSN*

Monday, Feb. 4
3:00 p.m. - Parallel snowboard giant slalom - Olympic Channel
7:00 p.m. - Parallel snowboard giant slalom - NBCSN*

Tuesday, Feb. 5
3:00 p.m. - Parallel snowboard slalom - NBCSN
9:00 p.m. - Men and women’s snowboard big air - NBCSN

Wednesday, Feb. 6
3:00 p.m. - Men and women’s freeski slopestyle finals - NBCSN
9:00 p.m. - Men and women’s aerials - Olympic Channel
11:30 p.m. - Men and women’s aerials - NBCSN*

Thursday, Feb. 7
9:00 p.m. - Team aerials - NBCSN

Friday, Feb. 8
1:00 p.m. - Men and women’s snowboard  halfpipe - NBCSN
9:00 p.m. - Men and women’s moguls - NBCSN

Sunday, Feb. 10
2:00 a.m. - Men and women’s dual moguls - NBCSN**
1:00 p.m. - Men and women’s snowboard slopestyle - Olympic Channel
3:00 p.m. - Men and women’s snowboard slopestyle - NBC*

Monday, Feb. 11
10:30 p.m. - Women’s freeski halfpipe finals - NBCSN**

DECEMBER 24, 2018 - What do the 2019 FIS World Championships Mean to You? - PART 2
BY: Andrew Gauthier

DEVIN LOGAN

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Slopestyle, Halfpipe and Big Air at Park City Mountain

Freeski legend, the Sochi Olympic Games freeski slopestyle silver medalist Devin Logan (West Dover, Vt.) looks forward to another opportunity to ski on a big international stage. “The World Champs in Park City are huge for me,” she said. “It’s like the Olympics again, it’s another chance to present my best skiing and hopefully stomp the run of my life.”

Logan has been skiing the slopestyle course and halfpipe at Park City Mountain since moving to Park City in 2011. Most international freeskiers and snowboarders cannot say the same. “The Park City halfpipe is always so nice, cut perfectly, the jumps are always great in the park,” Logan commented. “It’s where I ride when I’m not in competition.”

She notes her advantage in one of life’s simple pleasures, “I get to sleep in my own bed,” said Logan. “I will get to come back to my home without having the stress of traveling or sleeping in a strange place. It makes you feel as comfortable as possible. I think all that adds up to being confident and skiing well.”

Logan has put roots down in the Park City area which in many ways offers a sense of confidence going into the competition. She recently purchased two acres of land in Tollgate Canyon on the outskirts of town.

“Being able to make Park City my home and have a future here is really exciting,” she said. “I love Park City, from the mountains to the summer activities there’s always something to do. Also, given I travel a good amount, the airport being right down the hill is very convenient.”

It’s very clear that Logan isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, but does knowing everyone and having loved ones around create unwanted pressure or responsibility?

“It’s definitely an advantage, I consider my friends my family in Park City. Most of my family is back east and my brothers are traveling, but I have been taken in by a lot of good people and spend all the holidays with them and it really has become home. The fact that I will have the chance to compete in front of this extended family gives me goosebumps. You want to do well in order to show them their support is making it happen and helping me reach my goals.”

    - Devin Logan, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team

Logan believes the U.S. will improve on the team’s performance at the past Olympics. “I think the U.S. will do better than in PyeongChang,” she said. “We came away with a lot of medals on the snowboard and freeski teams but I think that coming off of that success with momentum, plus having the World Champs in Park CIty, that will all be really beneficial.”

Confidence is high, but there are serious international competitors in every discipline and U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes are aware of what lies ahead. Despite the fact that U.S. athletes are familiar with the host venues, the terrain and will generally feel at home throughout the 10-day competition, international competitors are coming to win. Logan listed off some international rivals, but thinking out loud and being a true team player, she had a rebuttal for each of her own comments.

“In big air, the Norwegians are really impressive, but we are also really good and have people like Alex Hall, Mac Forehand and Caroline Claire who keep getting better. In slopestyle, the Norwegians and the Swedish are very talented, but we also have Nick Goepper coming off a silver in slopestyle in (PyeongChang). Also, McRae Williams is hungry after not having the best result in PyeongChang. Colby Stevenson and Joss Christensen are also from Park City and will be looking to do well in their hometown. On the girls’ side, Maggie Voisin and Julia Krass are doing doubles now, they are going to bring the heat.”

Logan’s thoughts on international competition reference Norway’s Oystein Braaten, Birk Ruud, and Johanne Killi as well as Sweden’s Henrik Harlaut, Jesper Tjader, Oscar Wester and Emma Dahlstrom. Not to mention the Switzerland powerhouse including PyeongChang Olympic gold and silver medalists Sarah Hoefflin, Mathilde Gremaud and Andri Ragettli. Isabel Atkin from Great Britain is also very much a contender. In addition, U.S. athletes can’t forget their friends to the north with Canadian phenoms Alex Beaulieu-Marchand and Evan McEachran gunning for medals.

Speaking to halfpipe, Logan said, “Canada is also very strong as well as the French, but so is the U.S. with Aaron Blunck, Alex Ferreira, David Wise, Brita Sigourney, and Maddie Bowman.”

Strong Canadian competitors in the halfpipe include Olympic gold medalist Cassie Sharpe, as well as Simon D’Artois and Noah Bowman.

One thing that is clear from Logan’s comments is that like the Olympics, the World Championships are bigger than just one athlete. It’s about the team and even the sport as a whole. Logan not only recognized this, but has taken it upon herself to make the bright future of her teammates and the sport of freeskiing priority one. While she wants to perform, there is a much bigger goal on her mind.

“I put pressure on myself to do well,” she said. ”Who doesn’t want to win and stand on top of the podium? But, regardless if I make the team or not, I’m going to be there cheering on my teammates. I like to help mold the young athletes because now I’m the veteran and I have been through this for so long. If I can pass on some wisdom and experience to help others be successful in their career, that’s even better. It’s all about pushing the sport and making it grow. That’s what I want to see.”

Although Logan is looking out for her teammates and freeskiing, her love of competition will always shine through. “As much as I feel I can provide to these young athletes, they return the favor,” she said. “They push me and light that fire because I know I have more in the tank and feel I have more to offer. Another World Champs medal would definitely be nice and I will do my best to make that happen.”

HOW TO WATCH
All times EST
Preliminary broadcast schedule, subject to change
Streaming schedule TBA
*Same-day broadcast
**Next-day broadcast

Friday, Feb. 1
1:00 p.m. - Men and women's snowboardcross finals - NBCSN

Saturday, Feb. 2
3:00 p.m. - Men and women’s skicross finals - Olympic Channel
8:30 p.m. - Men and women’s skicross finals - NBCSN*

Sunday, Feb. 3
1:00 a.m. - Men and women’s freeski big air finals - NBCSN**
1:00 p.m. - Team snowboardcross - Olympic Channel
4:00 p.m.-  Team snowboardcross - NBCSN*

Monday, Feb. 4
3:00 p.m. - Parallel snowboard giant slalom - Olympic Channel
7:00 p.m. - Parallel snowboard giant slalom - NBCSN*

Tuesday, Feb. 5
3:00 p.m. - Parallel snowboard slalom - NBCSN
9:00 p.m. - Men and women’s snowboard big air - NBCSN

Wednesday, Feb. 6
3:00 p.m. - Men and women’s freeski slopestyle finals - NBCSN
9:00 p.m. - Men and women’s aerials - Olympic Channel
11:30 p.m. - Men and women’s aerials - NBCSN*

Thursday, Feb. 7
9:00 p.m. - Team aerials - NBCSN

Friday, Feb. 8
1:00 p.m. - Men and women’s snowboard  halfpipe - NBCSN
9:00 p.m. - Men and women’s moguls - NBCSN

Sunday, Feb. 10
2:00 a.m. - Men and women’s dual moguls - NBCSN**
1:00 p.m. - Men and women’s snowboard slopestyle - Olympic Channel
3:00 p.m. - Men and women’s snowboard slopestyle - NBC*

Monday, Feb. 11
10:30 p.m. - Women’s freeski halfpipe finals - NBCSN**

DECEMBER 23, 2018 - What do the 2019 FIS World Championships Mean to You? - PART 1
BY: ANdrew Gauthier

ALEX DEIBOLD

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Snowboard and Skicross at Solitude

Fifteen-year snowboardcross veteran and Sochi Olympic bronze medalist Alex Deibold (Manchester, Vt.) knows the World Champs are special. “Outside of the Olympics, I think it is the most prestigious and most important event we have,” he said. “Being able to call yourself a World Champion is a lifelong title. If you look at some of the names that have achieved that title, it really is pretty elite. The fact that it only happens every two years definitely adds some mystique and pressure to it and just makes it that much more special.”

As a Park City local, Deibold has an edge over his international competitors. “It’s something as simple as being in your own time zone that can be a huge advantage for sleep and preparation,” said Deibold. “Also diet. It sounds silly to some people, but just being able to have food you are used to and are comfortable with is just one of those small things that can definitely add to your success.”

Deibold believes Solitude Mountain Resort’s snowboardcross facilities play well to the team’s strengths and may offer a unique advantage. “I do think we really have a home-field advantage,” he said. “If the test event for us at Solitude was any indicator, we had a lot of success there. I was able to get on the podium and I really felt like I could have won that race. It was one of the first times in my career that I felt a little disappointed with a podium that wasn’t a win. For snowboardcross, the build and the style we have over here really suits our riders. Nate [Holland] and I were third and fourth. I really think we have an advantage, not only being at home but also with the style of course at Solitude.”

“The fact that we are having World Champs on home soil is a big advantage to us and it being in my backyard is even better. It will be great to have friends and family be able to come up, and watch, and support, and the fact that we have so much history and such a great community here, I think it’s really going to make it that much more special. World Champs is always an important event and it’s fiercely competitive and really prestigious, but the thought of being able to compete in an event like that at home… we are just so fortunate."

    - Alex Deibold, U.S. Snowboard Team

“But, you certainly have to be careful” Deibold continued. “Luckily I have been doing this a long time and I know it’s easy to get distracted and get pulled in a lot of different directions. People wanting to see you and spend time with you, whereas if you are overseas you just buckle down. But no, having them there is just a bonus, regardless of how things go. It will be great to have them here and have that support.”

Another common thread between the athletes and the World Championships is having a generally positive outlook on expected performance. “It’s a little too early in the season to say, but I think our team is riding as strong as it has in years,” said Deibold. “We have a really good group dynamic right now. There are some younger kids on the team that are pushing us to be better and there are some of us who are a little bit older with more experience so we have been guiding and leading. I feel really confident for the team going into the World Champs this year.”

On the snowboardcross side, Deibold mentions a very clear and focused rival. “As far as our main rival goes, the reigning world champ Pierre Vaultier from France, the two-time Olympic champion, is certainly the man to watch,” he said. “But there are a lot of different people from other countries riding well.”

Both domestic and international snowboard and skicross athletes will descend on Utah and converge at Solitude Mountain Resort to open World Champs Feb. 1-3 with snowboardcross, skicross, and mixed gender team snowboardcross. With three opportunities for podiums, these athletes will leave everything on snow.

HOW TO WATCH
All times EST
Preliminary broadcast schedule, subject to change
Streaming schedule TBA
*Same-day broadcast
**Next-day broadcast

Friday, Feb. 1
1:00 p.m. - Men and women's snowboardcross finals - NBCSN

Saturday, Feb. 2
3:00 p.m. - Men and women’s skicross finals - Olympic Channel
8:30 p.m. - Men and women’s skicross finals - NBCSN*

Sunday, Feb. 3
1:00 a.m. - Men and women’s freeski big air finals - NBCSN**
1:00 p.m. - Team snowboardcross - Olympic Channel
4:00 p.m.-  Team snowboardcross - NBCSN*

Monday, Feb. 4
3:00 p.m. - Parallel snowboard giant slalom - Olympic Channel
7:00 p.m. - Parallel snowboard giant slalom - NBCSN*

Tuesday, Feb. 5
3:00 p.m. - Parallel snowboard slalom - NBCSN
9:00 p.m. - Men and women’s snowboard big air - NBCSN

Wednesday, Feb. 6
3:00 p.m. - Men and women’s freeski slopestyle finals - NBCSN
9:00 p.m. - Men and women’s aerials - Olympic Channel
11:30 p.m. - Men and women’s aerials - NBCSN*

Thursday, Feb. 7
9:00 p.m. - Team aerials - NBCSN

Friday, Feb. 8
1:00 p.m. - Men and women’s snowboard  halfpipe - NBCSN
9:00 p.m. - Men and women’s moguls - NBCSN

Sunday, Feb. 10
2:00 a.m. - Men and women’s dual moguls - NBCSN**
1:00 p.m. - Men and women’s snowboard slopestyle - Olympic Channel
3:00 p.m. - Men and women’s snowboard slopestyle - NBC*

Monday, Feb. 11
10:30 p.m. - Women’s freeski halfpipe finals - NBCSN**

November 27, 2018 - Christensen Sets Sights on 2019 FIS World Championships
BY: Elise saarela

Christensen Sets Sights on 2019 FIS World Championships

U.S. podium sweep at the historic debut of men’s slopestyle skiing in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, when Joss Christensen took the sport’s first-ever gold medal with teammates Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper earning silver and bronze. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

U.S. podium sweep at the historic debut of men’s slopestyle skiing in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, when Joss Christensen took the sport’s first-ever gold medal with teammates Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper earning silver and bronze. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

Utah hosting the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships means a lot to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard teams. The competition on home soil means more confidence on the courses, more family and friends in the crowd, and more ski and snowboard fans being exposed to the extraordinary state of sport that is Utah.

U.S. Freeski Team slopestyle skier and Park City local Joss Christensen is particularly overjoyed that the FIS World Champs are going to be in his hometown in 2019. “You never really know when another major event will happen in Park City, so I think this is a pretty rare opportunity to try and take advantage of,” says Christensen, “I am hyped to hopefully be competing on my home turf again with all my friends and family around to support me.”

Christensen has been an avid skier for the majority of his life. “I guess it was just a product of growing up in Park City. That was just just a way of life and seemed like that was what you were supposed to do.” His parents were ski lovers as well and put him in ski school as soon as they could. As he grew older, Christensen followed his brother into the park to learn the basics: he slid on boxes and rails, hit the jumps, and lapped the park all day long. By age 13, Christensen was in love with the sport of slopestyle skiing.

Growing up with some of the best park facilities in the world at Park City Mountain, Christensen excelled in his freeskiing career. Not only did he train on some of the best available terrain, but he was constantly surrounded by talented skiers. Christensen attributes his dedication, inspiration, and success in the sport to the freeskiing professionals that were formerly based in Park City.

“It was really cool because big names like Tanner Hall and Pep Fujas were riding out of Park City. Being able to see the best in the world at the time and see the pioneers that were pushing the sport and paving the way for future athletes was really awesome.”  

Now Christensen is one of the big names that aspiring slopestyle kids look up to. He has an impressive medal count, topping the podium at numerous World Cup and Grand Prix events, and collecting an X Games medal among his impressive results across slopestyle, halfpipe and big air events. Most would agree that topping all those achievements was his most notable victory - Olympic gold at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.

“For me that was just unbelievable. A lot of the times I think back on it and it still doesn’t seem like it actually happened,” Christensen says. His Olympic podium experience was shared with two other U.S. Freeski Team athletes including Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, Colo.) who won the silver medal, and Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg, Ind.) who won the bronze, making an all American podium sweep. During this time, the U.S. Freeski Team was facing intense competition from a variety of other nations. This high level of international competition still exists today, but with the help of Christensen and an impressive group of veterans that make up the men’s and women’s U.S. Freeski Team, they are fostering an environment of progression and excellence for years to come and inspiring the next generation of athletes who are aiming at the top step of the podium.

As the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships near, Christensen and his teammates are training hard for a spot on the team, which is never a guarantee with a talent-stacked U.S. Freeski Team. “World Champs is the one competition that I still haven’t really put my foot down on, so my main goal is to make the team,” Christensen says. After dealing with an injury last season, Christensen is working to get back on the snow as much as possible and get his old tricks back with confidence. Luckily, he is feeling more prepared because of his comfort with his local terrain. Riding the same rails and jumps he grew up on and having his hometown crowd cheering him on should help his confidence and mindset.

“The coolest thing is that I am going to be able to get to ride the chairlift I have ridden thousands of times in my life and compete at the place where I have spent the most time on the snow,” Christensen remarks.  

Christensen not only feels more prepared for the chance to compete in 2019, but he feels grateful for the opportunity to share his hometown with both his friends and the world. “I really like showing my hometown to all of my friends that I meet traveling on the road, and the hill that I grew up skiing on,” Christensen says. “It’s also really cool because a lot of my close friends that I grew up with don’t really have the chance to watch a contest live and now all my friends and family get to come.”  

It’s not just the fans that will make this event familiar, but also the fact that he will be skiing with teammates and friends, some of which he has known and skied with all his life on their home turf. “McRae Williams and I actually live together, which is funny because we pretty much hang out everyday,” says Christensen. “We grew up skiing ever since we were about 13 years old so we have a really close relationship. Colby Stevenson was always the younger kid in Park City following us around. I have known him since he was a little kid.”

With familiar courses, teammates, friends and family, as well as a strong love of Utah and Park City, Christensen is in a position to succeed this season. Make sure to look out for one of U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s hometown heroes during the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships.

U.S. Freeski athletes will start competition with the big air qualifiers on Feb. 2 at 8:15 a.m. (MST) at the Canyons Village - Park City Mountain, finals will follow at 7:00 p.m. Freeski slopestyle competition will commence on Feb. 5. At 8:30 a.m. at Park City Mountain. The final round of competition will begin the following day Feb. 6 at 11:00 a.m.. Don’t miss your chance to to catch this action live and tune in on NBC.

How to Watch the 2019 World Championships

NBC Sports will showcase more than 25 hours of 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championship programming, including more than 10 hours of live coverage, on NBC and the NBC Sports networks.

Additional coverage will also be available on NBC Sports Gold – NBC Sports’ direct-to-consumer live streaming product – and the Olympic Channel digital platforms. A full broadcast schedule will be available on both USSkiandSnowboard.org  and  2019WorldChamps.com.

November 7, 2018 - Facts & Figures: 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships
By: Elise Saarela

Facts & Figures: 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships

Over 5,000 fans packed the venue at the 2010 Visa Freestyle International moguls World Cup at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Tom Kelly).jpg

Over 5,000 fans packed the venue at the 2010 Visa Freestyle International moguls World Cup at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Tom Kelly).jpg

Excitement is building for U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes and staff as the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships presented by Toyota gets set to take place Feb. 1-10, in the USSA’s own backyard in Park City, Utah. With 10 days of competition at three of the best resorts in the country - including Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain, and Solitude Mountain Resort - this will be the biggest winter sports event to be held in Utah since the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

Find some interesting facts that speak to the significance of the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships below:

World Championship Success

Five individual U.S. Ski & Snowboard champions from the 2017 FIS Sierra Nevada World Championships will look to defend their titles: Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, Colo.), McRae Williams (Park City, Utah), Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, Vt), Jonathon Lillis (Rochester, N.Y.) and Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, Va.). Also, Hagen Kearney (Norwood, Colo.) and Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, Mich.) are defending team snowboardcross champions.

There are three returning U.S. Ski & Snowboard 2018 FIS Crystal Globe winners: Chris Corning (Silverthorne, Colo.), Chloe Kim (Torrance, Calif.) and Alex Ferreira (Aspen, Colo.). Corning claimed the snowboarding titles in slopestyle, big air and overall.

Size and Scale

More than 1,800 athletes and team officials will attend the Championships.

29 competitions including qualifying and final rounds with 13 FIS events showcased, and $750,000+ in prize money.

Three new Olympic events will be hosted for the first time at a FIS World Championships: freeski big air, mixed team snowboard cross, and team aerials.

55,000 spectators are expected across the 10 days of competition.

An international TV audience of more than 270 million viewers are expected to tune in on television and stream on digital devices. This estimated TV audience size has in turn caused TV coverage to exponentially increase: 28 hours of coverage on NBC and NBCSN will be broadcasted, a number that has almost doubled since the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships in Beaver Creek.

Athletes

PyeongChang Olympic freeski gold medalists expected to compete include Cassie Sharpe (Canada), Oystein Braaten (Norway) and Sarah Hoefflin (Switzerland).

PyeongChang Olympic Snowboard gold medalists expected to compete include Chloe Kim (Torrance, Calif.), Red Gerard (Silverthorne, Colo.), Sebastien Toutant (Canada) and Anna Gasser (Austria).

Notable aerial athletes expected to compete include 2018 PyeongChang Olympic gold medalists Oleksandr Abramenko (Ukraine) and Hanna Huskova (Belarus).

Moguls competitors heading to Park City include 2018 Olympic medalists Michael Kingsbury (Canada), Matt Graham (Australia), and Sierra Nevada 2017 double world champion Ikuma Horishima (Japan).  For the women, Olympic medalists include Perrine Laffont (France), Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Canada) and Yulia Galysheva (Russia).

Park City, Utah

The mayor and City Council of Park City have made it a mission to put environmental sustainability a priority during the 2019 FIS World Championships. The Environmental Sustainability Team has partnered up with Park City resorts to ensure that the execution of each World Championship event puts environmental sustainability as a top priority.  

Park City, Utah hosted the FIS Freestyle World Championships in 2003 and 2011 at Deer Valley Resort, but 2019 will be the first time a U.S-based World Championship will include all events across the snowboard, freestyle and freeski disciplines.

Volunteer Efforts

Amongst staff, there will be about 900 people working the events; 650 people will be volunteers, equating to a combined 25,000 hours of both working shifts and volunteer commitment.

Featuring the best athletes in the world, world-renowned venues, and several brand-new events, you will not want to miss the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships presented by Toyota. In fact, there are many ways to get involved, with over 650 volunteer opportunities for anyone 15 years of age and up. Volunteers will be able to experience events up close and contribute to making the World Championships the best it can be. If you have an interest in joining the team, Click Here to Sign Up.

October 24, 2018 - 100 Days Out
BY: ANdrew Gauthier

100 Days Out: 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships

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With 100 days to go, the countdown begins in earnest for the FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships presented by Toyota, taking place at Utah's Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain, and Solitude Mountain Resort February 1-10, 2019.

Hosted by the International Ski Federation (FIS) and U.S. Ski & Snowboard and in partnership with the Utah Sports Commission, the event will attract more than 1,300 athletes from around the world to Utah for the biggest winter sports event to take place in the state since the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

"Hosting one of the biggest winter events in the world will continue to showcase our expertise in hosting major international sporting events as we welcome the world back to Utah and to several of our world-class winter venues. The significant economic impact and worldwide exposure from this event will highlight to audiences around the globe that Utah's Olympic and sport legacy is alive and well, proving a tremendous benefit to Utah and our partners."
      - President and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission Jeff Robbins.

Among the world-famous athletes expected to take part will be Chloe Kim (Torrance, Calif.), 2018 Winter Olympic gold medalist; David Wise (Reno, Nev.), two-time Olympic gold medalist and 2018 ESPY winner; Mikaël Kingsbury (Canada), the winningest mogul skier of all time; and crowd favorite Henrik Harlaut (Sweden), six-time X Games winner.

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Park City Mountain and Deer Valley Resort are no strangers to hosting world-class events, as both resorts hosted freestyle and snowboard events during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, and have hosted a numerous FIS World Cup and U.S. Grand Prix competitions over the past 20 years.

Deer Valley Resort hosted the FIS Freestyle World Championships in 2003 and 2011, but 2019 will be the first time a U.S-based World Championship will include all events across the snowboard, freestyle and freeski disciplines. Freeski competitions were introduced to the World Championships in 2005: the freestyle and freeski competitions were held in Ruka, Finland, while snowboard events were held in Whistler, Canada. This model of separate world championships venues carried on for 10 years until 2015 in Kreischberg, Austria, where all FIS snowboard, freestyle, and freeski competitions took place at one location. The 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships in Utah will feature 15 events including slopestyle, halfpipe, big air, parallel giant slalom, parallel slalom, moguls, aerials, dual moguls, snowboardcross, and skicross. In addition, team events, which have been added to the 2022 Olympics Winter Games in Beijing, will make their World Championships debut at the 2019 World Champs, including team aerials and team snowboardcross.

While Solitude Mountain Resort may not have the history and tenure of events that Park City and Deer Valley have, it has quickly become clear it is a great addition to the World Championship program. In its first year of hosting a snowboardcross World Cup in 2017, Solitude was voted a favorite site by participating athletes. Furthermore, the terrain and facilities are perfectly suited to elite skicross and snowboardcross competition. Solitude is truly a showcase of the beauty and variation of skiing and riding in Utah, and will prove to be an amazing venue for this world-class competition.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes have a strong history of performing at their very best at recent World Championships. At the 2017 World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain, U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes collected six gold medals, three silver medals, and four bronze medals across all disciplines. U.S. athletes old and new to World Championship competition will be looking to continue that level of success in 2019 in front of their home crowds.

“I am thrilled to have World Champs on home soil this year. Coming in as reigning World Champion definitely adds to the pressure and excitement. I can’t wait to have my friends, family, and supporters out there with me!”
    - Defending aerials World Champion Ashley Caldwell.

Freeski and snowboard athletes have plenty of time on snow throughout early season competition to prepare and get in the competitive mindset. Competitions include the World Cup snowboard and freeski big air in Modena, Italy, Nov 3-4, World Cup freeski slopestyle in Stubai, Austria, Nov 22-24, and the World Cup snowboard air & style big air in Beijing, Nov 23-24. Also, domestic competitions include the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, Colo., with World Cup freeski and snowboard halfpipe Dec 6-8; plus X Games and Dew Tour events leading into the 2019 Worlds.

“The World Championships are a big event, but it’s not what I’m thinking of right now as it’s still very far away in my mind,” said defending snowboardcross world champion Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, Vt.). “Right now I’m focusing on what I should be doing to prepare for the season. We are training, getting our wax technicians and equipment dialed, there is a lot that happens before now and the world champs. We just had a very successful camp and I’m taking that positive energy and moving into the next task at hand.“

Freestyle athletes will be globetrotting to hit major stops on their World Cup circuits leading into the 2019 Worlds and are sure to be ready for competition come February. The U.S. Moguls Team’s FIS World Cup circuit kicks off December 7, in Ruka, Finland, and the athletes will compete in China, Canada, and New York before skiing for World Championship glory on home soil. The aerials team will have plenty of on-snow training at the Utah Olympic Park before their competition season starts with a FIS World Cup event in Lake Placid, New York, January 19, 2019.

For defending halfpipe World Champion Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, Colo.), the world championships are very much a focal point moving into the competition season.

“With the stress of the Olympics gone, our team’s focus is definitely back on the World Championships,” said Blunck. “Alongside X Games, it is the biggest event of the 2019 competition season, so it is definitely on the top of our minds and it’s so rad it’s being held on our home turf!”

How to Watch the 2019 World Championships

NBC Sports will showcase more than 25 hours of 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championship programming, including more than 10 hours of live coverage, on NBC and the NBC Sports networks.

Additional coverage will also be available on NBC Sports Gold – NBC Sports’ direct-to-consumer live streaming product – and the Olympic Channel digital platforms. A full broadcast schedule will be available on both USSkiandSnowboard.org  and  2019WorldChamps.com.

Be Part of the World Championships Team

Volunteers are a key element to providing the athletes with best-possible competition experience at the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships. More than 600 volunteers will fill positions, including on-course crew, guest services, hospitality, media, and timing, to provide athletes and spectators with a world-class experience. Many other volunteer roles are available, but with demand already high, prospective applicants are encouraged to go to  https://2019worldchamps.com/volunteer-application/  for more details and to register their interest to join the team and participate in this unique opportunity.