Tuesday, August 16 2022

Tess Johnson is reacting after a third place finish in the women’s double moguls finals at the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare International Freestyle Skiing World Cup on February 5, 2021 in Park City, Utah.

The momentum continues to build for American mogul skier Tess Johnson. After winning her first FIS World Cup podium in nearly three years in mid-December, Johnson again found herself in the top three on Friday with a third place finish in Tremblant, Canada.

Johnson scored 79.25, behind Japan’s Anri Kawamura with a score of 81.76 and France’s Perrine Laffont with a score of 81.43.

“This entire season, Tess is on fire, with her intensity and positivity,” said mogul coach Bryon Wilson. “She approaches every competition with a very clear goal and she executes. She was very consistent.

Just behind Johnson was Elizabeth Lemley, who was making her World Cup debut. Lemley was fourth, just 0.01 points behind Johnson.

“I feel really happy, I had so much fun today and I’m really proud to be on the podium after a stressful Christmas and only two days of training,” said Johnson. “I took it one race at a time and just focused my attention on my queues. I also want to congratulate Liz on such an incredible debut. We were only 0.01 point apart, so in a way I share that success with her. It’s always so fun to ski in supers with teammates.

Olivia Giaccio was the top American in Saturday’s race, placing fifth, followed by Lemley seventh and Johnson eighth.

Johnson, still chasing her first World Cup victory, is the top-ranked American. The 21-year-old was the youngest athlete to ever make the U.S. ski and snowboard team when she joined the team in 2016 at the age of 14. Now 21, she is aiming for her second Olympic appearance. Before reaching the podium in December, his last World Cup top-three ranking was a third place on January 18, 2019.

On the men’s side, Nick Page finished just off the podium on Saturday in fourth place with a score of 77.34. The day before, he narrowly missed participation in the super final, finishing seventh.


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