14 athletes with ties to SSWSC named to US World Championship Teams
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club announced that 14 athletes with ties to the club have been named to World Championships teams in their respective disciplines.
Seymour competed as a part of the U.S. World Alpine Ski Championship Team. He is coming off his career best seventh-place finish in a World Cup event and even won his first Europa Cup slalom a week ago. Seymour started in the slalom competition on Sunday, Feb. 19, in Courchevel Meribel, France, where he was unable to finish his first run.
Norris was named to the U.S. World Cross Country Ski Championship Team and will compete in Planica, Slovenia, from Feb. 22 to March 6. This is Norris’ third time on the World Championship Team.
Dierdorff earned a spot on the U.S. Snowboard World Championship Snowboardcross Team and will compete in multiple events in Bakuriani, Georgia, from Feb. 19 to March 5. This is his third time on the World Championship Team.
Winters will join Dierdorff in Bakuriani, Georgia as a part of the U.S. Snowboard World Championship Men’s Parallel Team and compete from Feb. 19 to March 5. This is also Winters’ third appearance on the World Championship team.
For the fourth time in her career, Kauf was named to the U.S. Freestyle Ski World Championships Team. Kauf has collected multiple World Cup podiums this season, including two silver medals in Deer Valley earlier this month. Kauf will be in Bakuriani, Georgia, competing from Feb. 19 to March 5.
Giaccio will compete alongside Kauf on the U.S. Freestyle Ski World Championships Team. Giaccio recorded strong results all season, including a fourth-place finish in Valmalenco, Italy, and fifth in Val St. Come earlier this year. This is Giaccio’s third time on the team and she will join Kauf in Bakuriani, Georgia, competing through March 5.
Jacobs is a rookie on the U.S. Freeski World Ski Championships Women’s Halfpipe Team. She won the NorAm in Copper Mountain on Jan. 25, and placed as high as 12th in a World Cup event on Feb. 3. She will also be in Bakuriani, Georgia, from Feb. 19 to March 5 for her world championship events.
2023 USA Nordic FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Teams
Six SSWSC alumni and one current SSWSC athlete will compete at the Nordic World Ski Championships. Erik Belshaw and Decker Dean will compete for the men’s ski jumping team, with Annika Belshaw jumping for the women. Niklas Malacinski and Grant Andrews will represent the U.S. on the men’s Nordic combined team with Annika Malacinski and Alexa Brabec representing for the women. All six athletes will compete in events from Feb. 22 to March 4 in Planica, Slovenia.
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