Mac Forehand competes at the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships on Feb. 6, 2019 in Park City, Utah.
Mac Forehand started off the world cup season by finishing on the podium for the first time in his career back in November with a second-place result in men’s slopestyle skiing.
On Sunday, the 17-year-old from Winhall, Vermont, got his first world cup win ever at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California. Forehand put down a monster first run, scoring 90.95 to take the lead. Norway’s Dahl Ferdinand was the next closest competitor coming in at 86.05.
As the competition went on and the 15 other finalists took their second runs, none could touch Forehand’s first-run score. Ferdinand held onto second place and Maine’s Kiernan Fagan, also 17, earned his second-ever world cup podium finish coming in third with a score of 85.20. He also finished third in slopestyle in Seiser Alm, Italy, in his last time out in January.
Forehand had success on the junior circuit, taking first in big air at the FIS Junior World Championships in 2018. Prior to finishing second in slopestyle in Stubai, Austria, last fall, his best world cup result was an eighth-place finish in big air in 2018. In January he finished fifth in slopestyle at Fort Romeau, France.
Forehand qualified for Sunday’s final in fifth place with a top score of 81.00.