The World Cup season ended on Sunday after a full week of racing in Snowshoe, West Virginia, with each day bringing big wins, heartbreaking defeats, and ultimately newly crowned overall champions in short track, cross-country and downhill, as the best racers in the world performed in front of a raucous American crowd. The loudest headline, of course, belonged to American Christopher Blevins for his perfectly executed late-race pass of reigning world champion Nino Schurter in the cross-country race, which resulted in Blevins nabbing the first American men’s World Cup win since 1994. World champion Evie Richards continued her end-of-season XC domination with a perfect weekend, taking the short track race, then the XC Olympic distance race two days later by a resounding 1:30 over Rebecca McConell, who had a devastating flat when she was leading in the first lap. Frenchwoman Loana Lecompte didn’t race in Snowshoe but was on-hand to stand atop the podium for the overall title, which she had already secured heading into the final round.
In the downhill doubleheader, Reece Wilson, the 2020 world champ, took his first-ever World Cup win in Wednesday’s race, then the “Flying Frenchman, Loic Bruni locked in both the second race, and the overall title after series leader Thibaut Dapréla suffered a broken thumb and fractured fibula during a crash in qualifications for Saturday’s race. In the women’s race, Vali Hoell had an epic ending to a season in which the top podium step was always within reach, but remained elusive. Hoell made up for lost time with two wins, then put an exclamation point on the season by taking the overall title, which slipped away from Myriam Nicole in a heartbreaking turn of events. Despite qualifying first for both races, Nicole crashed in both and ended the season with a silver.