Local skiers make U.S. freeski team
U.S. Ski & Snowboard announced the 2018-19 U.S. Freeski Team today, featuring eight Olympic medalists, including 2018 Pyeong Chang medalists David Wise (Reno, Nev.), Brita Sigourney (Carmel, Calif.), Alex Ferreira (Aspen, Colo.) and Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg, Ind.).
The roster includes local athletes like Devin Logan (West Dover), Caroline Claire (Manchester Center) and Mac Forehand (Winhall).
"We have a great mix of experienced veterans and newcomers on the team this season," said U.S Freeski and Snowboard Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Big Air Head Coach Mike Jankowski. "After a successful Olympics in 2018, these athletes are aiming to continue the momentum into 2019."
In addition to the Pyeong Chang Olympic medalists, there is also a long list of Sochi Olympic medalists bringing a wealth of competition experience and knowledge to the table including Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, Colo.), Maddie Bowman (S. Lake Tahoe, Calif.), Logan and Joss Christensen (Park City, Utah).
Also, capping off a long list of stars and coming off an incredibly successful training camp in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, is Maggie Voisin (Whitefish, Mont.) - the 2018 X Games slopestyle gold medalist - who, after just missing the podium in Pyeong Chang, will be a force to reckon with this season.
The 2018-19 season features a range of high profile events on the freeski circuit including X Games, Dew Tour and numerous rounds of the FIS World Cup. These World Cup events include two Toyota U.S. Grand Prix events taking place at Copper Mountain Dec. 5-8, 2018, and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area March 4-9, 2019.
Copper will host the season opener of the FIS World Cup freeski and snowboard halfpipe competition, while Mammoth will host slopestyle and halfpipe FIS World Cup competition. Highlighting the season, the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships Feb. 1-10 will offer a rare opportunity for U.S Freeski Team athletes to go for glory on their home soil in U.S. Ski & Snowboard's home state of Utah.
"We have a really talented group of athletes and coaches that are ready to get the season started," said U.S. Freeski and Snowboard Director Jeremy Forster. "It will be an exciting season with the World Championships in Utah, and the inclusion of big air as a new Olympic competition."
U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes have a strong history of performing at their very best at recent FIS World Championships. At the 2017 World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain, U.S. athletes collected six gold medals, three silver medals and four bronze medals across all disciplines.
More specifically, Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, Colo.) is the defending halfpipe champion and McRae Williams (Park City, Utah) is the defending slopestyle champion. In addition, Alex Ferreira is the 2018 World Cup halfpipe champion.
The U.S. Freeski Team will look to continue that success heading into the 2018-19 season.
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