Steamboat winter athletes take on first World Cup events of the season |

Steamboat winter athletes take on first World Cup events of the season

Steamboat Springs Nordic combined skier Annika Malacinski takes flight at a Summer Grand Prix event. Malacinski and several other Steamboat athletes traveled to Lillehammer, Norway to compete in World Cup events from Dec. 2 to Dec. 4, 2022.
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Traveling to Lillehammer, Norway, several Steamboat Springs skiers competed in various World Cup events between Friday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 4. 

Steamboat ski jumper Annika Belshaw, 20, finished 33rd in her normal hill jump and 20th in her large hill jumps. Belshaw finished with 193.3 total points on her two jumps from the large hill with a long of 123 meters.

Three Steamboat athletes competed in Nordic combined including Jasper Good, 26, who placed 49th among men on both days of competition. On the normal hill, he jumped to 51st and skied to 49th. In the large hill event he also jumped to 49th with a leap of 105 meters and maintained that position on the Nordic course.

Annika Malacinski, 21, jumped to 25th and finished 24th with a 19 minute and 9 second run. Teammate and fellow Steamboat Springs resident Alexa Brabec, 18, started and finished the race in 27th with a time of 19:33.1.

The next day, Brabec was the better of the two, jumping to 26th and skiing to 25th with a time of 19:05.6. Malacinski jumped to 29th and used her speed to finish 26th with a time of 19:31.7.

Cody Winters, 22, competed in his first-ever snowboard cross world cup. He advanced from the qualifier to the round of 32 on Sunday. He competed in a heat with three others. He finished third in his heat and didn’t advance to the quarterfinals. When all was said and done he took 24th.

In women’s moguls, former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skiers Olivia Giaccio and Jaelin Kauf stole the show with fourth- and fifth-place finishes respectively. Giaccio, 22, scored a 77.98 in her final run while Kauf, 26, was not far behind scoring a 77.33. In men’s moguls, Landon Wendler, 22, finished 26th with his score of 69.45.

The previous weekend in Finland, the men’s ski jumping team competed. Steamboat’s Decker Dean finished 37th in the large hill event, recording a jump of 123.5 meters.

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