Joe Swensson soars to third at Val Thorens FIS World Cup. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom - Christophe Pallot)
VAL THORENS, France (Dec. 19) - Team USA Skicross athlete Joe Swensson (Niantic, CT) 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. Swensson's previous best result was a 12th from last February. The Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup continues Dec. 22-23 with back-to-back races in Innichen/San Candido, Italy.
American Joe Swensson (Niantic, CT) captured the first Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup podium of his career with third in Val Thorens, France.
U.S. Freeskiing’s John Teller (Mammoth Lakes, CA) missed qualifying for the final and finished 40th.
Switzerland’s Armin Niederer won with Canada’s Brady Leman in second.
The World Cup was delayed multiple times due to heavy snowfall amounts and blizzard conditions.
The Audi FIS World Cup Ski Cross circuit heads to Innichen/San Candido Italy Dec. 22-23.
QUOTES Joe Swensson I'm so pumped about the race. 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.