Evan McEachran wins World Cup men’s slopestyle skiing gold in Austria

Evan McEachran (left) (Freestyle Skiing Canada, with permission)

Evan McEachran of Oakville, Ontario won his first World Cup men’s slopestyle skiing gold medal on Friday. He won in Stubai, Austria, and in the process captured his sixth career World Cup medal.

The qualification results from Thursday were used to determine the medalists. That is because high winds in Austria forced the actual event on Friday to be cancelled.

McEachran had 93 points. Mac Forehand of the United States won the silver medal with 90.5 points. Alexander Hall won the bronze medal with 88.75 points. McEachran reached the podium by 4.75 points over Andri Raggetli of Switzerland, who had 88.25 points.

This was the first World Cup men’s slopestyle skiing event of the 2023-24 season. In the process, McEachran collected 100 points.

Of the six career World Cup medals, McEachran has won one gold medal, three silver medals, and two bronze medals. McEachran’s silver medals came on November 26, 2017 in Stubai, on September 7, 2018 in Cardrona, New Zealand and in Silvaplana, Switzerland on March 25, 2023. McEachran’s bronze medals came on January 21, 2018 and on January 9, 2022,  in Mammoth Mountain, California. Five of the six medals came in men’s slopestyle skiing. The lone exception was the medal in New Zealand, which came in big air. The gold medal in men’s slopestyle skiing in Austria will give McEachran confidence as he prepares for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan/Cortina d’Ampezzo.

 

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