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U.S. Riders Take on Sierra Nevada

By Andrew Gauthier
March, 3 2020
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Hagen Kearney (center) in the 1/8 Final at the Sierra Nevada 2017 FIS Snowboard World Championships. (FIS Snowboard - Oliver Kraus)

The FIS Snowboardcross World Cup makes its return to the highly-regarded resort of Sierra Nevada March 7-8 for the fourth of five World Cup events of the season. U.S. riders are eager to take to the course in Sierra Nevada, including two-time 2019 FIS World Champion Mick Dierdorff.

“Our team has been having an awesome camp in Austria and we are fired up for the last two World Cups of the season,” said Mick. “The venue in Spain historically has a bigger and faster course than we have seen so far this season. Big and fast is what I love, so I hope to wrap up this season with another podium under my belt.”

This is the first World Cup at Sierra Nevada since the 2012-13 season. Although the southern region of Spain is mostly known for its beautiful weather and the stunning Mediterranean Sea, Sierra Nevada will host competition in one of the few areas in the country with enough snow to cater to a World Cup contest. 

U.S. snowboardcross athletes have a history of performing well in Spain. Last year at the Baqueira Beret World Cup, Lindsey Jacobellis earned third place and Mick finished just outside of the podium in fourth. U.S. athletes are also coming into the event after finding World Cup success this season. U.S. Snowboardcross Team members Alex Deibold, Senna Leith, and Faye Gulini all claimed third-place finishes at the previous stop in Big White, Canada. 

With prior success in Spain and the momentum carrying them into the contest, the U.S. will be hoping to race their way to the podium. 


Faye Gulini - Pro
Lindsey Jacobellis - Pro
Rosie Mancari - Pro
Meghan Tierney - Development

Mick Dierdorff - Pro
Nick Baumgartner - Pro
Senna Leith - Pro
Jake Vedder - Pro
Hagen Kearney - Pro
Cole Johnson 
Jonathan Cheever 

Subject to change
All times EST
*Same-day delayed broadcast
** Next-day broadcast

Saturday, March 7
5:50 a.m. - Men and women’s snowboardcross, Sierra Nevada, SPA -, NBC Sports Gold
12:30 p.m. - Men and women’s snowboardcross, Sierra Nevada, SPA - Olympic Channel*

Note: All televised events to stream across, NBC Sports app,, and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA app. Exclusive commercial-free coverage will be available for subscribers of the NBC Sports Gold Pass, available here: