SMS alum Claire wins World Cup event in Italy

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SEISER ALM, Italy -- Stratton Mountain School alum and former Manchester resident Caroline Claire won the World Cup slopestyle event in free skiing at Seiser Alm in Italy over the weekend.

It's the second time that Claire, a member of the U.S. Freeski Pro Team, has taken the crown in Italy, winning her first ever World Cup in 2018 at the same place.

"I'm hyped, I love Seiser Alm," Claire said in an interview after her second run.. "I've always done well here."

After scoring only 14.46 in her first run, the second run was the jewel of the event, racking up a 86.13 to take the gold.

Silver went to Johanne Killi from Norway and Canada's Elena Gaskell took the bronze.

"Today was unreal," said Claire in a FIS-Ski press release. "I went into today pretty sore after taking a big fall in practice on Thursday, so I wasn't really sure how I'd fare in finals. Then finals practice was firing and everything starting clicking for me on the course. I was able to get a few reps of my switch double cork 900, which I wanted to try in my slope run. I'm just happy that when it came down to it, I was able to link up a clean run that included that new trick! It's always a pleasure to come back to Seiser Alm and ski my best!"

The Italian resort was also the venue for her first World Cup podium finish back in 2017.

Her win puts her into third place in the Slopestyle Cup standings with the next event coming in two weeks at the Mammoth Mountain resort in California.

For video of her winning run, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdMw23pZFJ0 and scroll to 1 hour, 12 minutes and 3 seconds.

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