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U.S. Ski Team Update: A Season For the Record Books

Julia Mancuso

With eight U.S. athletes taking 12 season long titles, the 2012 season was one for the record books. And signs for the future look promising as last week the USA wrapped up a month of Junior World Championships in each sport tallying a record dozen medals including six gold.



The scope and breadth of Junior Worlds medals was unprecedented starting with Ryan Cochran-Siegle’s double gold in alpine on a warm, soft mountain southeast of Rome. It continued with a powerhouse five medal output from freestyle moguls and aerials athletes in northern Italy and wrapped this past weekend with three medals and a few near misses in snowboarding at Sierra Nevada, Spain.

With a dozen season titles, eyes are starting to focus squarely on Sochi in 2014 just two seasons away, with juniors eyeing not only Sochi but Pyeong Chang in 2018. Much will happen between now and then. But for now, 2012 is in the record books as a true Best in the World season.

U.S. Junior World Championship Medalists

Alpine: Ryan Cochran-Siegle – Gold downhill; Ryan Cochran-Siegle – Gold combined

Freestyle: Bradley Wilson – Gold moguls; Ali Kariotis – Gold dual moguls; Anna Parks – Silver moguls; Jonathan Lillis – Silver aerials; Kiley McKinnon – Bronze aerials

Freeskiing: Devin Logan – Gold slopestyle

Ski Jumping: Sarah Hendrickson – Silver

Snowboarding: Arielle Gold – Gold halfpipe; Indigo Monk – Silver slopestyle; Brandon Davis – Bronze slopestyle

Weekly Highlights – April 3, 2012

Alpine: Julia Mancuso reset her own national title record to 15 after winning the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships super G and giant slalom races. Tommy Ford also added gold medals in slalom and combined to bring his career total to eight as Mikaela Shiffrin defended her slalom gold and Robby Kelley captured his first national crown with a giant slalom victory.

Cross Country: Overall World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall won the 30k U.S. Championship in Craftsbury, VT to take her 17th U.S. title. Jessie Diggins took second, Liz Stephens third. Veteran Kris Freeman capped off the season with his 15th career U.S. title, winning the 50k mass start. Tad Elliott took silver and Tim Reynolds took bronze.

Snowboarding: At FIS Junior World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain Arielle Gold took the halfpipe win; Indigo Monk placed second in slopestyle for the women and Brandon Davis was tin third for men's slopestyle. The U.S. took second overall in the Junior World Championship standing. The medals brought the U.S. total to a U.S. record 12 across all sports this season.

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Julia Mancuso Photo Courtesy U.S. Ski Team


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