The United States Ski and Snowboard Team (USST) extended an invitation to participate in a time trial to every woman who was eligible to do so in order to determine who would use the available start spots for the Sölden World Cup.
Due to the fact that only one athlete accepted her invitation, however, start positions were made available to any and all athletes who wished to take part. Stella Johansson, a member of the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, will be the sole competitor who is not from the USST.
After competing in five Europa Cup GS races during the previous season, Johansson is moving up to compete in the World Cup. The 19-year-old will be competing in his first World Cup in Solden. The US Ski Team has extended an invitation to her to begin training with the national team women beginning tomorrow in preparation for the race on Saturday.
At the first World Cup of the season, Johansson will compete alongside the reigning world champion Mikaela Shiffrin of the BMA and the seasoned standout Paula Moltzan of the SSCV. The competition will be place on the difficult Rettenbach glacier in Austria. The United States could begin with as many as seven women depending on how well Nina O’Brien and Allie Resnick are able to maintain their health. Katie Hensien, RMA, a member of the USST, has competed in 20 World Cups, but this will be only her fourth Grand Slam competition.
In addition, Ava Sunshine Jemison, BMA, who won the overall competition at the North American Championships the year before, will compete in her first World Cup. We are crossing our fingers that Allie Resnick, an SSCV, will be able to start the race alongside Jemison. After sustaining an injury in New Zealand, Resnick just just made his way back to the slopes. Resnick is the only person who can use the personal start position for the continental cup event champion that she has earned in GS.
Ski Racing Media is overjoyed to see both skiers compete again after recovering from injuries. On Saturday, it would be great to see O’Brien and Resnick get the start, but the choice will be made closer to the start of the game. We will keep you up to date.
Swiss Ski also revealed the names of the nine women who will compete in Sölden today
- Michelle Gisin
- Lara Gut-Behrami
- Camille Rast
- Wendy Holdener
- Andrea Ellenberger
- Simone Wild
- Corinne Suter
- Vivianne Härri
- Vanessa Kasper
Remember that there will be a time trial in Solden tomorrow, on the 18th of October, with five men competing for one starting position. As a direct result of this, the USST will extend an invitation to the fastest competitor in the qualifier to compete in the Solden World Cup GS on Sunday.
River Radamus, Tommy Ford, and Ryan Cochran-Siegle will be working alongside them. Ski Racing Media will keep you updated as soon as possible regarding the winner of the qualifier.
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