Swensson claims first career World Cup podium in Val Thorens


Team USA Ski Cross athlete Joe Swensson battled multiple race delays and blizzard conditions to capture the first Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup podium of his career with third in Val Thorens.

“I’m so pumped about the race,” said Swensson. “I really needed it because my first two (races this season) weren’t so hot. The course was long and had a little bit of everything in terms of terrain. My skis were flying today and I was able to get out in front most of the time. This was a great opportunity to prove to myself that I am capable of competing with the best of them.

Swensson’s previous best result was a 12th last February. His Teammate John Teller missed qualifying for the final and finished 40th. Switzerland’s Armin Niederer won the day with Canada’s Brady Leman in second.

The Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup continues Dec. 22-23 with back-to-back races in Innichen/San Candido, Italy.

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