There’s T minus 0 days until the 2021-’22 World Cup officially gets underway with the traditional first stop of the Tour in Sölden, Austria on Saturday, Oct. 23. And with a little more than 100 days to go until the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, China, this World Cup season will be one to watch, as each World Cup race will count towards qualification for the Winter Olympics.
What’s more: the U.S. Ski Team is more stacked than it has been in years. Yes, there’s multi-event superstar Mikaela Shiffrin, but she’s no longer the only American for us to pin our hopes and dreams of U.S. medals on. There’s downhiller Breezy Johnson, who established herself as a new staple on the women’s downhill podium last season; tech specialist Paula Moltzan, who’s tearing up the women’s slalom courses; and Ryan Cochran-Siegle, who proved himself a top contender in the men’s speed events after twice storming the podium last winter.
In short, the U.S. Ski Team is rolling deeper than it has in years, and this weekend’s opening World Cup giant slalom in Sölden is only the very beginning of what should be an exceptionally exciting racing season. And in other good news, World Cup racing will once again return to U.S. snow, with the traditional men’s Birds of Prey race in Beaver Creek, Colo., and women’s tech races in Killington, Vt., back on the World Cup schedule this season.
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