On a weekend where many of the world’s best are at X Games Aspen, teenagers Colby Stevenson and Caroline Claire both achieved career pinnacles Saturday with their first slopestyle skiing world cup podiums in Seiser Alm, Italy.
Stevenson won the men’s event with a solid first run score of 89.20, besting Switzerland’s Colin Wili’s 86.60. Russell Henshaw of Australia was third with an 83.20. It is the first international victory for the 19-year-old Stevenson, a Park City, Utah, native whose previous career best was second in the halfpipe in February 2015 at the Nor-Am Cup at Mammoth Mountain, California. His best world cup finish was 12th in March 2016.
Preparing to celebrate her 17th birthday next Thursday, Claire banked a solid 76.40 score on her first run, which put her in third and allowed the 2015 junior worlds bronze medalist from Wilmington, Vermont, to go for broke on her second trip down the course. The second runs did little to affect the standings as Switzerland’s Sarah Hoefflin used her first run 84.40 to secure the victory. France’s Coline Ballet Baz was able to bump her score from a 79.40 to 81.00, but it did not change her second-place finish. In Claire’s only previous world cup start, she was 10th in January 2016.