Keiffer Christianson is the first Alaskan to join the U.S. Ski Team since Andre Horton back in 2001, but he has the legacy of Alaskan skiers and Olympic gold medalists Tommy Moe and Hilary Lindh to help him along. (Jen Desmond/U.S. Ski Team)
Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), a two-time winner of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup opening race, highlights a group of nine U.S. athletes expected to start the 20th running of the Soelden giant slalom.
The Eastern Ski Writers Association (ESWA) has awarded Mikaela Shiffrin and Kieffer Christianson with the 2013 Don A. Metivier Golden Ski Award.
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Keiffer Christianson is the first Alaskan to join the U.S. Ski Team since Andre Horton back in 2001, but he has the legacy of Alaskan skiers and Olympic gold medalists Tommy Moe and Hilary Lindh to help him along.
After capturing his first NorAm win during the Vail tech series, Christianson looked like a serious contender for the giant slalom title and nearly locked it with third in the 2013 NorAm overall GS standings. Combine that with a fourth-place finish (the top junior) in giant slalom at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships and a top 25 in super G at the World Juniors and this Alaskan is due for some Europa Cup (and maybe some World Cup) starts in 2014.
Also taking notice was the Eastern Ski Writers Association, who handed Christianson the Golden Ski Award for 2013, making him the top junior in the East.
I just need to keep plugging away. I just missed out on the World Cup spot in the NorAms, which is a little bit of a bummer. But I came on strong in the second half of the season. So, just keep moving up the ladder.
OFF THE SNOW
1st, GS, Vail, CO – NorAm, 2013