Vail, Colo. January 17, 2023 – This last week, FIS athletes from around the world converged on Ambush at Winter Park to contend at the US Selection events for three days of mogul competition. Every year, the US Team conducts these events to name starts for both US World Cups and North American NorAm Cups.
U.S. Selections events ran January 9 – January 12 with men’s and women’s mogul events on January 9 and January 11 and with dual moguls on January 12. The field of 62 women and 66 men included current US Team skiers, top ranked US FIS athletes as well as international FIS skiers from Japan, Australia and Germany.
On day 1, Garrett Marley and Nash Lucas stepped up their game through qualifications and the 1st final to the top 6 ‘super final’. Marley looked strong and smooth out there and dealt with some tricky rhythms on the top air landing really well. The course was pretty chewed up from so many skiers competing in soft conditions. We thought his performance might put him on the podium, but he landed just off it in fourth. For Nash, it was his first super final appearance and solid technical skiing all day. Chase Barros who qualified in 13th, charged a little too hard in the first final. His second run was pretty amazing, but he couldn’t hold onto it in the bottom of the pitch and blew out before the bottom air.
On Day 2, The US Team locked up the top spots again with Dylan Marcellini in first, Landon Wendler 2nd and Charlie Mickel in 3rd. SSCV’s Jiah Cohen emerged through the qualifiers to send a big back full and a huge floaty cork 7 landing in 8th place. Nash Lucas rounded out the top 10.
In Duals, Wendler earned the top spot with fast tough skiing all day. Steamboat’s Peyton Billeisen upset US Team’s Marcellini in the semifinal, but blew up spectacularly in the final for 2nd. Nash Lucas came close in the small final against Marcellini, but was edged off the podium for 4th. Marley ended up 5th and Jameson Kust in 10th lost a nail biter in a dead heat against Winter Park favorite Asher Michel.
“There were many great outcomes for SSCV mogul athletes from US Selections. Based on placings over the three days, Marley earned starts at the Deer Valley World Cup. Lucas, Cohen, Kust, True and Barros all secured NorAm starts as did Reese Chapdelaine, Cali Carr and Kaiya Torres to keep the SSCV FIS squad intact. It was a strong team performance,” stated Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Mogul Program Director John Dowling.
“At US Selections consistency is the name of the game since you have to post results every start to qualify for NorAms. Our FIS PG’s were stalwart. Cali Carr showed a lot of composure and was tops among 2007 YOB women in the Grand Prix. Reese Chapdelaine and Kaiya Torres also qualified for the NorAm Tour. Ryan Stockton, Riley Hughes, and Caden McCormick all put down top to bottom runs each day.”
For a full list of results, please go to https://www.fis-ski.com/.