Maggie Voisin competes at the U.S.Snowboard and Freeski Grand Prix on Jan. 30, 2020 in Mammoth Mountain, California.
There are probably a lot of skiers out there who’d like to be Colby Stevenson right now, and who could blame them?
The 22-year-old from Park City, Utah, has been on a tear lately, and he added to it by taking second place in men’s slopestyle skiing at the U.S. Grand Prix on Friday at Mammoth Mountain in California. The result comes after he won slopestyle gold in his X Games debut last week, where he also won the ski knuckle huck event. And a week before that, Stevenson notched a third-place finish at a world cup event in Seiser Alm, Italy.
January 2020 has been good to Stevenson, to say the least.
The X Games performance provided a momentum boost coming into Mammoth, he said.
“It definitely gave me some confidence coming into it,” Stevenson said in a post-competition interview on NBC Sports. “I try to come in with the same mindset every time, just have fun and try not to overthink it.”
Joining him on the podium was Deven Fagan, who took third place, and Olympian Maggie Voisin also parlayed a strong performance at the X Games into a top-three finish in the women’s slopestyle skiing contest on Friday.
Stevenson led the field after the first of two runs and had a strong follow-up, with tricks featuring a switch right side double cork 1620 and a left side double cork 1620. It wasn’t quite enough to top his first run score of 88.86, however, coming in at 85.08, and Switzerland’s Andri Ragettli became the first skier to crack the 90-point mark and took possession of first place with a score of 90.28 on his second run.
Like Stevenson, Fagan had a consistent performance that paid off with a podium spot. His second-run score of 87.05 was a slight improvement over his initial score of 86.11 and kept him in third place.
Voisin followed her slopestyle bronze medal at the X Games with another third-place finish in Mammoth.
She struggled on the upper rail section on her first run, as did a number of skiers both male and female, but made up for it with a strong second run that scored 81.38 to jump up several spots into podium position. Switzerland’s Sarah Hoefflin won with a score of 87.18 and Great Britain’s Isabel Atkin took second, scoring 83.53.
This was the two-time Olympian’s first world cup competition of the season and her first time on the world cup podium in more than two years. Her last podium was a second-place finish at Snowmass in Colorado on Jan. 13, 2018. She also won the slopestyle event at Mammoth in 2017.