Kellen Kinsella took two podiums, including a victory in giant slalom, at the 7 Nations Cup. (USSA).
SAALFELDEN, Austria (Feb. 16, 2017) – America’s fastest U16 alpine racers headed overseas to compete at the esteemed 7 Nations Cup this week at Saalfelden Hinterreit. Kellen Kinsella (Edwards, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) took two podiums—a win in giant slalom and second in slalom.
A different country in Europe hosts the 7 Nations Cup every year - one of the premiere events in the world for U16 racers. Held in Austria this year, the race featured a deep field with the Americans going against many of the best in the world.
Caroline Jones (Edwards, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) was the top American woman in the sun-soaked GS on Wednesday, finishing ninth. Allie Resnick (Vail CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) was 20th, Isabelle Jenne (Bridgewater Corners, VT; Killington Mountain School) 21st, Kaitlyn Harsch (Avon, CO; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail) 29th, G.G. Wattenmaker (Olympic Valley, CA; Sugar Bowl Academy) 34th and Berit Frischholz (Edwards, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) and Cleo Braun (Eagle, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) tied for 36th.
Behind Kinsella in the GS, Jackson Jewell (Waitsfield, VT; Green Mountain Valley School) was 15th, Patrick Coughlin (North Salem, NY; Burke Mountain Academy) 30th, Zane Worrell (Vail, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) 39th and Alex Abdow (Longmeadow, CA; Stratton Mountain School) 45th. Nicolas Richeda (Steamboat Springs, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) did not finish.
The slalom took place on Thursday and it was another gorgeous day with perfect, hard snow. The courses were challenging, and the athletes were pushing hard, resulting in many DNFs. Kinsella again stepped on the podium, this time in second place, while Richeda was 11th and Coughlin 14th.
The women were also successful, packing three into the top 10. Resnick just missed the podium in fourth place, while Jones took sixth and Harsch 10th.
“We had a great team performance today with four top-10 results and a bunch of other athletes in contention,” said Alpine Development Director Chip Knight. “Everyone fed off Kellen’s win on Wednesday, realizing they could all compete here and elevated their skiing for the slalom day. It was a great reminder of why we need to bring our best athletes together and expose them to higher levels of competition. The results from the last two days show that our best athletes compete well against with their European peers in the U16 ranks.”
The USA’s best U16 racers competed at the highly competitive 7 Nations Cup in Austria.
Kellen Kinsella won the men’s giant slalom and took second in the slalom.
The American women took three spots in the top 10 in the slalom.
Kinsella competed in the 2016 7 Nations Cup, where he took 42nd in giant slalom and 31st in slalom.