For Alex Hall, this weekend has been a homecoming of sorts after making his Olympic debut last month.
Hall, the 19-year-old U.S. Olympian who was born in Alaska and grew up in Switzerland, returned to Switzerland to not only make his first world cup podium but win the men’s slopestyle skiing competition on Saturday in Silvaplana.
Hall, who is now based in Park City, Utah, scored a 92.00 on his opening run to win the event, followed by Andri Ragettli of Switzerland with an 89.20 for second place, and Ferdinand Dahl of Norway took third with an 88.60.
Hall made his Olympic debut last month at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, where he became instantly recognizable because of his 6-foot-4 frame. One of four Americans competing in PyeongChang, Hall finished 16th. Teammate Nick Goepper won the silver medal.
Two years ago, Hall represented Team USA at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway, where he won a silver medal in slopestyle and took fourth in halfpipe.
Also a big air skier, Hall was the first freestyle skier to land a switch triple cork 1800 in competition.
In the women’s competition in Silvaplana, 2014 U.S. Olympian Julia Krass finished one spot off the podium in fourth with a 77.00. The 20-year-old from Hanover, New Hampshire, qualified first on Friday with a 90.80.