Freestyle World Championship athletes to watch from Vail and Eagle County
Event starts Friday with snowboardcross, runs through Feb. 10
VAIL — When U.S. Ski & Snowboard announced the U.S. Teams for the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships on Tuesday, Eagle County was among the best represented areas in the country with hometowns of Vail, Avon and Eagle listed next to the names of athletes from several disciplines.
The 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota, take place in Utah from February 1 – 10, 2019. The snowboard, freestyle and freeski championships will include events from the disciplines of ski cross, ski moguls, ski aerials, ski and snowboard halfpipe, ski and snowboard slopestyle, snowboard big air and snowboard cross.
Locals will have a competitor to cheer for beginning with the very first event of the championships on Friday when Eagle resident Meghan Tierney steps into the starting gate in the women’s snowboard cross event. Live video coverage of snowboard cross racing begins at 11 a.m. MST on nbcsports.com.
While Tierney is competing in snowboard cross on Friday, Chris Del Bosco, who grew up in Eagle-Vail and races for the Canadian national team, will be attempting to make it through to finals in ski cross. If he does, you can catch him starting at 1 p.m. MST on nbcsports.com on Saturday.
On Sunday, the team snowboard cross finals will take place, and there’s also a chance Tierney will be there. Catch it at 3 p.m. MST on nbcsports.com.
Summit County also has a few athletes competing, including slopestyle phenoms Red Gerard and Chris Corning, who were both named to the slopestyle and big air snowboarding World Championship teams. If they make finals in the big air event, you can catch Corning and Gerard live on nbcsports.com starting at 7 p.m. MST on Tuesday, Feb. 5.
Feb. 8 will be a big day for local competitors — Eagle’s Jake Pates will be the local athlete to watch for in the snowboard halfpipe finals, starting at 11 a.m. MST live on nbcsports.com; and Vail residents Hunter Bailey and Tess Johnson have a good shot of making it through to finals in the men’s and women’s moguls competitions, set for 7 p.m. MST live on nbcsports.com. Another athlete will local ties to watch for in moguls is Casey Andringa, a Ski & Snowboard Club Vail freestyle athlete from Boulder, who was the top finishing American man at the Olympics in 2018.
Feb. 9 will also be a big day for Eagle County athletes as Avon’s Taylor Seaton hopes to make it through to ski halfpipe finals, set for 11 a.m. MST live on nbcsports.com. The reigning ski halfpipe World Champion from 2017, Crested Butte’s Aaron Blunck is a 2014 graduate of the Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy, and last year’s World Cup overall winner Alex Ferreira, of Aspen, is a member of Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, as well. In the women’s ski halfpipe competition, Annalisa Drew is also a Ski & Snowboard Club Vail alumna.
Later that night, olympicchannel.com will air live coverage of the dual moguls event, where Johnson and Bailey will once again attempt to make finals. Johnson has already notched a World Cup win in dual moguls and is hoping to add a World Championships medal to that collection, as well.
The graduates of Vail Mountain School’s class of 2019 will be off to far-flung destinations next fall, set to enter college in one of 16 different states or explore the world on a gap year. One grad is even attending college in Canada.