The Mountain Times

°F Fri, April 18, 2014

Central Vermont's Most Popular Weekly Newspaper

Killington Skier Cross athlete Joe Swensson capture the first Ski Cross World Cup podium of his career

2--skier -cross --Val -Thorens

Team USA Ski Cross athlete Joe Swensson battled multiple race delays and blizzard conditions to capture the first Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup podium of his career with third in Val Thorens.

"I'm so pumped about the race," said Swensson in a press statement after the race, Dec. 19. "I really needed it because my first two (races this season) weren't so hot. The course was long and had a little bit of everything in terms of terrain. My skis were flying today and I was able to get out in front most of the time. This was a great opportunity to prove to myself that I am capable of competing with the best of them.

Swensson's previous best result was a 12th last February. Switzerland's Armin Niederer won the day with Canada's Brady Leman in second.

Joe Swensson, age 26, is originally from Niantic, CT but he calls Killington his hometown mountain, with sponsorship from Killington Resort, Level Field Fund, USA Ski Cross, Atomic, POC, The Basin Ski Shop, Edgewise Elite Ski Service. Swensson is currently part of the U.S.A. Ski Cross team with hopes of making the Olympic team.

From a young age, Swensson had success with skiing, at 14, he decided to take the next step forward and enrolled in the Green Mountain Valley School in Waitsfield, Vt. He then attended Middlebury College where he received a degree in Economics in 2008. During his time there, he was named to the 2007 World University Games Team and also competed in the 2008 NCAA Ski Championships.
Following the end of the 2011 ski season, Joe decided it was time to head in a different direction: Ski Cross. He attended a Project Gold Ski Cross camp in Mt. Hood, and then spent three weeks with the Australian Ski Cross team Down Under. These training camps allowed Swensson to gain experience with this new sport and also get a couple races under his belt.

The 2012 season was a success for Swensson.  He was able to move up into the top 30 on the World Cup circuit and finished 22nd overall on the season. He looks forward to the 2013 year and, so far, the season is looking bright.

"My favorite aspect of ski cross is that it combines Alpine and Freestyle into the sport of skiing.  It is important to be technically sound in your turns, but at the same time you need to be comfortable moving with the terrain and features throughout the course," Sweensson states in his bio on joeswensson.com.