Aaron "AJ" Muss rides to a career-best finish at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic test event. (Getty Images - Clive Mason)
BOKWANG PHOENIX PARK, South Korea (Feb. 16, 2017) – Parallel giant slalom riders competed in a successful test event for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games last week at Bokwang Phoenix Park Resort in PyeongChang. U.S. athlete Aaron “AJ” Muss (Rumson, NJ; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) posted his career-best finish to-date, breaking into the top 10 with a seventh-place finish.
Conditions were perfect on the 560-meter course which had all the ingredients for a superb show. With steep parts and natural rollers as well as flat sections, riders got an excellent first taste of what to expect next February. In only his second year on the World Cup tour, Muss’ seventh place was an impressive individual finish. Two years ago, Muss suffered a life-threatening, postoperative pulmonary edema after having routine shoulder surgery, but has recovered and has his sights set on an Olympic berth next year.
“It was an honor to represent my country and compete in the World Cup Olympic test event in PyeongChang,” said Muss. "I was very pleased at being able to perform so well on the Olympic hill, and am really look forward to coming back next year given the chance. I have a ton of confidence going into the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and firmly believe I can bring home a medal.”
Austria’s Andreas Prommegger and Russia’s Alena Zavarzina claimed victories in the men’s and women’s competitions. The alpine snowboard World Cup tour continues next weekend with a parallel slalom staged in Shukolovo, Russia on February 25th.
PGS athletes rode in a successful test event for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Aaron “AJ” Muss was the top U.S. athlete, posting a career-best seventh place finish.
Austria’s Andreas Prommegger won the men’s competition.
Russia’s Alena Zavarzina, the bronze medalist from Sochi, won the women’s competition.
The alpine snowboard World Cup tour continues next weekend with a parallel slalom staged in Shukolovo, Russia on February 25.