The first snowboard big air World Cup stop of the 2017-18 season took place in Milan, Italy, over the weekend and Rigby’s Jessika Jenson led American finishers.
The 2014 Winter Olympian and 2009 Rigby High School graduate placed 15th Saturday, receiving a score of 59.25 and 160 World Cup points. Teammate Julia Marino also placed in the top 20, finishing 17th with a score of 50.25 for 140 World Cup Points.
Austria’s Anna Gasser took first place with a score of 160.25, receiving 1,000 World Cup points. Great Britian’s Katie Omerod placed second with 143.25 for 800 World Cup points and Switzerland’s Sina Candrian rounded out the podium in third with a score of 130.25 for 600 World Cup points.
Team USA completed a sweep of the podium spots in the men’s event. Chris Corning won with a score of 182.75, receiving 1,000 World Cup points. Redmond Gerard took second by 1.5 points over teammate Kyle Mack with a score of 163 and Mack was third with 161.5.
Jenson and her U.S. snowboarding teammates return to the U.S. at the end of this month for a camp before competing at the Copper Mountain Grand Prix in December at Copper Mountain Resort, Colo.
Coming up locally
Grand Targhee Resort’s opening day for the winter season is Friday. Sun Valley Resort’s opening day will be Nov. 23 and Jackson Hole Resort’s will be Nov. 25.
Team USA Update
As of last week, the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, are less than three months away.
Defending FIS alpine women’s overall title winner Mickaela Shiffrin took second Saturday at the World Cup slalom in Levi, Finland with a combined time of one minute, 50.08 seconds. It was Shiffrin’s first podium appearance of the season, as she placed fifth at the World Cup giant slalom on Oct. 28 in Soelden, Austria. Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova took first place Saturday with a combined time of 1:49.98.
The U.S. women’s hockey team won the Four Nations Cup on Sunday in Tampa, Fla., defeating Canada 5-1. Hannah Brandt (two), Hilary Knight, Amanda Kessel and Kendall Coyne scored for the the U.S.
The U.S. women’s national soccer team concluded 2017 with a 3-1 win over Canada on Sunday in San Jose, Calif. Julie Ertz scored in the first half and Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd scored in the second half.
World silver medalist Thomas Hong, three-time Olympic medalist J.R. Celski and John-Henry Krueger and Keith Carroll, Jr., skated to gold in the men’s 5,000-meter relay at an ISU World Cup on Sunday with a world record time of 6:29.052. The next World Cup begins today and continues through Sunday in Seoul, South Korea, and the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Short Track Speedskating are scheduled for Dec. 14-17 at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns, Utah.