The Medal Stand is back after a longer than intended break, during which time much happened in Olympic sports. I attempt to play catch up this week.
The Medal Stand: Jenson gets two top-10 finishes at Worlds
The Medal Stand returns from a six-week hiatus with numerous winter sports milestones to report despite the near 70-degree weather eastern Idaho has been experiencing in recent weeks.
Rigby’s Jessika Jenson snagged two top-10 finishes at the World Snowboard Championships at Sierra Nevada Resort, Spain, earlier this month. The 25-year-old placed fourth in slopestyle qualifications (out of 33 competitors from 19 nations) on March 9 to advance to the finals on March 11 with seven other athletes. She placed sixth, receiving a high score of 63. Fellow 2014 Olympian and U.S. teammate Karly Shorr placed fourth with a high score of 68.15. Canada’s Laurie Blouin won with a best score of 78.
On March 16, Jenson placed fourth in big air qualifications with an 81.66 to advance to the next day’s finals with nine other athletes. The lone U.S. woman in the finals, Jenson placed fifth with a 143. Austria’s Anna Gasser won with a 189.5.
As of Wednesday, Jenson is 21st in the FIS World Cup women’s snowboard overall standings with 650 points and 19th in the women’s snowboard big air standings with 650 points. Her next competition is in slopestyle at a World Cup stop in the Czech Republic that starts Friday.
Jenson has also kept up her brisk globetrotting in her latest trip to Europe. According to her Instagram account (@jessikajenson), she and some of her U.S. teammates visited Morocco in between slopestyle and big air finals. Since being called up to the U.S. snowboarding professional team in 2012, she has now visited every continent but Antarctica.
Coming up locally
Sun Valley Resort’s Dollar Mountain will end its season April 2, the day the annual Cold Bowl Pond Skim is scheduled (11:30 a.m.) Bald Mountain’s final day for the 2016-17 season is April 16, although lodging and lift ticket deals are available for ‘bonus weekend’ of April 21-23.
The International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association North American U-12 National Championship takes place Friday through Sunday at Grand Targhee Resort. The resort also hosts the annual Rubber Legs Banked Slalom at 8 a.m. Saturday.