A wild day of racing finished up Sunday afternoon with Team America, former Dartmouth, and SYNC Athlete Brian McLaughlin in 18th place at the Beaver Creek World Cup races on Birds of Prey. "It was an awesome weekend. It always feels good to bring all of your hard training to show through in a race, so I’m really happy." said McLaughlin.
German Stefan Luitz held on for the surprise win in a race that saw four Americans in the top 22. Ted Ligety finished 8th, followed by Tommy Ford in 15th. Ryan Cochran-Siegle skied to a 22nd place finish.
The race was McLaughlin's 2nd World Cup start, both at Beaver Creek. "World Cups are always tough, so to put down two solid runs feels awesome." he remarked.
A cheering crowd followed the athletes all weekend, including a autograph signing at the SYNC Tent in the expo village. It was noticed by Brian: "The crowd had so many family members, supporters, and friends (including the whole Dartmouth team), so that made the success that much sweeter. The home crowd was really loud for me, and it felt awesome to return the energy with some points."
On a weekend that saw varying conditions and schedule changes, it wasn't always a given that any races would even happen. But in the end, the Talons Crew put together a heroic effort to get all 3 races off. McLaughlin commented in appreciation, "The race crew did a great job putting up with the weather all week and delivered a great race."
Brian is one of four athletes on Team America, an independent race team supported by SYNC Performance with world cup level suits, custom jackets, and training equipment. Aspen local Wiley Maple also competed over the weekend, finishing 51st in the downhill Friday.
Brian training with Team America this preseason.
SYNC Tent in Beaver Creek Village, site of autograph sessions with SYNC Athletes McLaughlin and Sam Morse on Friday. SYNC is the official t shirt, VIP bag, belt, and hat provider of the Birds of Prey races.
SYNC is proud to support independent racing not only through direct donations, but through a 10% of Sales program called "Elevate the Athlete". At each purchase online, customers can choose a partner organization like Team America to support. SYNC will donate 10% of that sale to the chosen group.
If you are interested in supporting independent racers from Team America and help make a difference in funding the program, you can also visit the Team America Foundation website for more information.