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Colby Stevenson Takes Second And Mac Forehand Claims Season Title At Slopestyle Skiing World Cup Final

By Blythe Lawrence | March 30, 2019, 9 a.m. (ET)

Colby Stevenson competes at the 2019 U.S. Grand Prix on March 10, 2019 in Mammoth, Calif.


Mac Forehand and Colby Stevenson closed out their FIS Freestyle World Cup season in style Saturday in Switzerland — Stevenson with a second-place finish, Forehand with a crystal globe in slopestyle skiing.

Stevenson stayed consistent to claim second as the world cup season drew to a close Saturday in Silvaplana, Switzerland, a short distance from skier’s paradise St. Moritz. Under bright blue skies at Corvatsch Park, the 21-year-old laid down two thrilling runs for his best finish on the circuit since January 2017.

After a third-place finish in the qualification round, Stevenson came up big on both his runs in the final, with the second slightly better than the first for 92.23 points. The Park City, Utah, resident stood grinning in the waiting area while judges deliberated before giving him the score that would hold the lead nearly all the way through the second of two runs in the final.

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Only Switzerland’s Andri Ragettli, the final competitor on the course, was able to do better. Ragettli, whose training video of him doing a parkour obstacle course created waves online last year, gave a massively difficult and beautifully executed final performance to claim the title with 93.71 points. Switzerland’s Fabian Boesch was third among the talented field with 91.25.

Forehand’s season, which included his first ever world cup podium in Stubai, Austria, in November and first world cup win at Mammoth Mountain earlier this month, clinched the crystal globe Saturday despite finishing 12th in the standings in Silvaplana.

Team USA’s Eileen Gu, who didn’t compete this weekend, was third in the overall world cup women’s standings.

Blythe Lawrence is a journalist based in Seattle. She has covered two Olympic Games and is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.