Colby Stevenson Closes Out March With Another World Cup Win
by Karen Price
Colby Stevenson reacts after finishing first place in the men's freeski slopestyle final at the U.S. Grand Prix World Cup on March 20, 2021 in Aspen, Colo.
From not knowing how much of a 2020-21 freestyle skiing season there would be to loading up on competitions in the month of March, it all worked out well in the end for Colby Stevenson.
The 23-year-old from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, closed out a sizzling month with another slopestyle world cup victory on Saturday and captured the FIS crystal globes in both slopestyle and freeski overall.
Stevenson came into the weekend’s contest in Silvaplana, Switzerland, tied in the overall freeski points with Switzerland’s Andri Ragettli with 145 points. However, Ragettli — who edged Stevenson for first place last year — was injured earlier this month at the world championships. Stevenson also led Regattli in slopestyle by 45 points.
Not leaving any room for someone else to swoop in and claim either crown, though, Stevenson scored a 94.25 on his first run of the day, holding teammate Alex Hall off the top spot on the podium. His performance also sent a clear signal to the two Norwegian skiers sitting behind Stevenson and Ragettli in the standings that he was there for the win.
His first-run score alone would have sealed it, but Stevenson outdid himself on the second and final run, scoring a 96.75. Norway’s Ferdinand Dahl scored a 93 to finish second not only in the contest but also in the overall standings. Hall was third and finished seventh overall.
Two weeks ago Stevenson won his first world championship medal, a silver in slopestyle, and he followed that up last week with his first world cup win since 2017 with a victory at the U.S. Grand Prix in Aspen, Colorado.
The last U.S. man to win the slopestyle season title was Mac Forehand in 2019.
On the women’s side, Rell Harwood was fifth and Marin Hamill sixth.