Freestyle

Mogul Skiers Carry Momentum into Val St. Come

by
USSA
2017-01-19 11:13
 

VAL ST. COME, Quebec (Jan. 19, 2017) – After a successful showing on home snow in Lake Placid, NY, the U.S. Ski Team moguls athletes are moving on to the second of four North American FIS Freestyle World Cups at Val St. Come. Men’s and women’s competitions will take place on Saturday, Jan. 21.

The U.S. moguls team came away from Lake Placid with two podium finishes from Brad Wilson (Butte, MT) and Morgan Schild (Pittsford, NY). The women’s team in particular saw some impressive results from both veteran and rookie athletes, including a top-10 finish from 16-year-old Tess Johnson (Vail, CO).

“It was great to have Brad and Morgan back on the podium and see such strong performances from our athletes,” said head mogul coach Matt Gnoza. “The women already have two podiums by two different athletes, and all the members of our World Cup team have podium potential. We fully expect the success we have seen thus far to continue and improve as the season unfolds.”

Last year’s event at Val St. Come was dominated by the home team Canadians. The Dufour-LaPointe sisters had a historic sweep of the women’s podium and Mikael Kingsbury added yet another win to his record. While skiing on home turf can have its advantages, the U.S. team, as well as current World Cup leaders Britteny Cox (AUS) and Dmitriy reiherd (KAZ), will be gunning for more top finishes.

“We are happy with how the season has started, however, we are eager to turn the top 10’s into more podiums,” said Gnoza “In order to do that, our team needs to continue to execute at a high level and push their limits. They all have put in the hours and runs needed to be successful, now  they need to go out each week and trust their stuff.”

Competition on Saturday begins at 9:40 a.m. EST with women’s and men’s qualifications. Finals will begin at 1:30 p.m. Finals will be live streamed at nbcsports.com/live and via the NBC Sports App.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The U.S. Ski Team moguls athletes are carrying strong momentum into the FIS Freestyle World Cup on Jan. 21 at Val St. Come.
  • Brad Wilson and Morgan Schild both had third place finishes at last weekend’s World Cup in Lake Placid, NY. The U.S. women’s team had seven athletes in the top 12.
  • Saturday’s competition at Val St. Come begins at 9:40 a.m. EST with women’s and men’s qualifications. Finals begin at 1:30 p.m.
  • Live scoring is available via FIS Freestyle.
  • Finals will be live streamed at nbcsports.com/live and via the NBC Sports App.

 

QUOTES

Matt Gnoza, head moguls coach, U.S. Ski Team
It was great to have Brad and Morgan back on the podium and see such strong performances from our athletes. The women already have two podiums by two different athletes, and all the members of our World Cup team have podium potential. We fully expect for the success we have seen thus far to continue and improve as the season unfolds.

We are happy with how the season has started, however, we are eager to turn the top 15’s into more podiums. In order to do that, our team needs to continue to execute at a high level and push their limits. They all have put in the hours and runs needed to be successful, now  they need to go out each week and trust their stuff.

 

VAL ST COME WORLD CUP START LIST

Men
Joel Hedrick (Fort Collins, CO)
Troy Murphy (Bethel, ME)
Tom Rowley (Long Beach, NY)
Dylan Walczyk (Rochester, NY)
Brad Wilson (Butte, MT)

Women
Nessa Dziemian (East Hampstead, NH)
Tess Johnson (Vail, CO)
Jaelin Kauf (Alta, WY)
Mikaela Matthews (Frisco, CO)
Keaton McCargo (Telluride, CO)
K.C. Oakley (Piedmont, CA)
Morgan Schild (Pittsford, NY)