Girdwood Olympian Chythlook-Sifsof earns third career World Cup podium in Austria

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Callan Chythlook-Sifsof of Girdwood found her way back onto the World Cup podium in Austria over the weekend. The 24-year-old Alaskan teamed with fellow U.S. Snowboard Team member Lindsey Jacobellis to win silver in the women’s team World Cup.

It was the third career World Cup podium finish for Chythlook-Sifsof, but her first since March 2011.

“The weather was amazing,” she told the U.S. Ski Team website. “I always think the team races are such a good vibe for the camaraderie and being in the race with someone is such a good environment.

“I always do my best racing in the team events. We were so close to the win. I didn’t know how close the Italian girl was behind me and coming into the straightaway I had a little bobble and she just passed me. But we’re happy to be on the podium and have a good day of racing.”

Chythlook-Sifsof has 32 career World Cup starts since 2007.

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