Readers’ Choice Awards: Best American Male Domestic Skier


Last round of voting* for this spring: Who was the best American male domestic skier in the 2022/2023 season? For those athletes who raced both at home and abroad, the focus here is cabined to just an athlete’s North American results: SuperTour, NorAm, national championships, and NCAAs, yes; World Cup or OPA Cup, no.

(* I had previously announced that I would have voting for first World Cup skiers, next domestic skiers, and last of all junior skiers. Today brings to a close the first two of those categories. Upon further consideration, I am not particularly thrilled by the prospect of inviting readers to publicly rank non-professional athletes born in like 2005. I think that the question of how to best and most fairly cover junior athletes is an interesting one, and my treatment of this is certainly still evolving. But whatever that coverage may appropriately look like on this site, I have decided that it does not involve public voting on and ranking of junior skiers.

I may yet highlight some top junior performances on Nordic Insights within this spring. Also, with respect to every American male and female junior skier not named “Sammy Smith,” there was only one American high school athlete in the country last season who started four World Cup sprints and made the heats in two of them, so that voting could be sort of moot anyway even if I did conduct it. The Stanford women’s soccer team is getting a heck of a recruit. Once Smith actually graduates from high school. Which she will not do until 2024.)

Fine print on voting that is likely by now familiar: I did this via a Google Forms quiz, because that is free and I made almost no money on this site last year. Your response is recorded. It is not tied to your email address. I will post vote totals, or at least percentages, once voting ends. Choices here are arranged in alphabetical order.

I can’t prevent you from voting twice. (I mean, I could, technologically speaking, but then the form has to ask for your email address, and that’s just a mess.) So please just don’t do that. This is serious business.

Vote here! Thanks!

— Gavin Kentch

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