The U.S. had a pair of third-place finishes in slopestyle skiing on Sunday, with Caroline Claire earning a spot on the podium for the women and Colby Stevenson doing the same for the men at a world cup event in Stubai, Austria.
Claire, 17, and Stevenson, 20, are both up-and-comers in the world of top level freestyle skiing. Claire’s previous accomplishments include podium finishes at every stop on the Revolution Tour in 2016 and bronze medals at the FIS Junior World Championships in 2015 and 2017. This matches her previous best finish in a world cup event after finishing third at a stop in Italy last January. She scored 75.20 points.
Stevenson, who scored 81.80 points, has also been moving up the ranks in the world of slopestyle with multiple podium finishes on the Rev Tour in 2015 and an eighth-place finish at the 2015 world championships, as well as a number of top 20 finishes on the world cup circuit in 2016. This is his second-best finish in a world cup slopestyle event after winning in Italy last January. He also competes in halfpipe.
Norway’s Oystein Braaten, the two-time 2017 X Games champion, won the men’s event with 91.40 points, while Jennie-Lee Burmansson of Sweden took the top spot for the women with 80 points.
Slopestyle skiing and snowboarding were added to the Olympic program in 2014 in Sochi, with Americans winning three of the four gold medals, including a sweep in men’s slopestyle skiing.