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USA Aerials | On The Rise
The competitive spirit of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding is fueled by the passion each athlete has for his or her sport. Over the summer, U.S. Freestyle athletes Mac Bohonnon, Troy Tully and Mike Rossi produced USA Aerials | On The Rise to celebrate their sport and support the continued development and innovation of freestyle skiing.
"This video is a depiction of our love and dedication to the sport of Aerial Skiing. It encompasses everything the sport represents. Each and every single person pictured and involved in the making of this project shares a lasting love for the sport and the community that comes with it.
Since the beginning, freestyle skiing has consisted of a group that wanted to do things just a little differently. They were the ones doing flips on their skis because they were told they couldn’t or because it was considered too dangerous.
Today it consists of a group doing over twenty flips in a mere five seconds and setting world records at 6:45 a.m. on a typical Thursday morning, representing an overlooked and under appreciated sport and throwing up from the uncertainty that we’ll make it to our feet safely.
We hope you enjoy this video as much as us and encourage you to follow Freestyle Aerial Skiing!"
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:54:00 +0000
Moguls Team Hosts Successful Camp in Zermatt
The U.S. Freestyle moguls team is returning home this week from 13 days of training in Zermatt, Switzerland. Camp conditions were slightly challenging for the skiers, with an icy glacier and a bit of new snow to round out the rock solid moguls.
Zermatt provides the skiers with competition style training and the opportunity to ski with other international teams. The focus of this camp was to transition the skiers from technical skill development to performance, competition ready runs. It was a vital camp in preparation for the upcoming World Cups in December.
The moguls team will be on snow again in November at Aspen Highlands in Aspen, CO. The team will have access to full course training and will continue to develop the athletes’ high performance training before the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup in Ruka, Finland on December 13th.
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:50:51 +0000
Zipline Ski Named Official Pole Supplier for U.S. Freestyle
PARK CITY, UT (Oct. 7) – Zipline Ski, the nation's newest ski pole company, is happy to announce it has been named an official U.S. Freestyle Ski Team supplier. ZiplineSki will provide the U.S. mogul skiers with poles designed and produced by Chuck Heidenreich, a former U.S. Ski Team athlete.
- Zipline poles are designed from Heidenreich's personal experience as a mogul skier and his 25 years of experience in sports product development.
- Zipline poles will sponsor the U.S. mogul skiers through 2019, including the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.
- The poles have been tested at camps this summer by several U.S. Freestyle Team mogul skiers.
- The poles provide excellent touch and feel without the vibration normally associated with traditional aluminum ski poles.
- The Zipline poles are made with high modulus carbon fiber graphite that is not only lightweight but also extremely durable and will not break under the high performance requirement of the skiers.
- The poles create a light swing weight, which means quicker pole plants.
- The predominately white graphics are the choice of competitive mogul skiers
Chuck Heidenreich, Zipline Ski founder and former U.S. Ski Team member
It seems to me that ski pole technology has barely advanced since I was a mogul skier. We're here to change that. Our poles are made with high modulus graphite and use Tri X Weave technology, which make them not only strong and durable, but also one of the lightest on the market. I look forward to providing many of the U.S. Team skiers with the best poles out there so they can continue to live their dreams and let me worry about developing the equipment that will take them there.
Garth Hager, U.S. Ski Team Head Freestyle Coach
Zipline has done a great job of combining all the necessary requirements for a mogul pole to be durable, quick and balanced. Chuck is definitely very passionate about poles, We don't often get to talk to people who develop them, so it's refreshing to work with someone who gets what specifically a mogul skier would be after in a pole.
Chuck Heidenreich, President
6214A Frankford Ave., Baltimore, MD 21206
Tue, 07 Oct 2014 14:47:36 +0000
U.S. Freestyle Team Back on Snow
Members of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team are back on snow in the Southern Hemisphere at El Colorado Ski Center and Resort in Chile. Early reports from head coach Garth Hager point to sunny skies and good snow. The team has a great 27 degree training slope, with a full course and practice jump at their disposal. The team will be in Chile until the end of August.
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:53:15 +0000
Steamboat to Host U.S. Championships
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO (July 22) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) has announced that Steamboat Ski Resort will host the 2015 and 2016 U.S. Freestyle Championships. The announcement continues the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s long-term plan to move the annual celebration of American ski competitions to top resorts around the United States. The U.S. Freestyle Championships will take place in late March at Steamboat Ski Resort across the Park Smalley Freestyle Complex, which consists of the Voo Doo aerial venue and the 1,000-foot vertical long adrenalin generating Mayer’s Mogul Course.
- The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association announced Steamboat Ski Resort as the 2015 and 2016 U.S. Freestyle Championships location.
- Steamboat is a hotbed for successful freestyle athletes throughout the years and hosts many U.S. national team athletes during winter and summer.
- Steamboat has one of the premier freestyle facilities in the country and is a resort that launched numerous athletes on their way to the pinnacle of the sport including World Champion Ann Battelle plus Olympic medalists Nelson Carmichael and Travis Mayer.
- Eliza Outtrim, Olympian and 2014 U.S. Champion in both moguls and dual moguls, has called Steamboat her home mountain for almost a decade.
- Patrick Deneen, who placed sixth at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, and Hannah Kearney, 2014 World Champion and Olympic bronze medalist, have spent time training in Steamboat-Ski Town U.S.A.®
- Steamboat hosted the Freestyle Olympic trials prior to the 2006 and 2010 Games as well as the U.S. Freestyle Olympic Team Camp just weeks before the 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 Winter Games.
- Steamboat has also been the location for many FIS Freestyle World Cups.
- Steamboat is home to the century-old Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, one of the most successful clubs in the country.
Calum Clark, Vice President of Events, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association
Legacy and engagement in the sport is an important component in our selection of Steamboat for the 2015 and 2016 U.S. Freestyle Championships. As the home to great freestyle athletes like Olympic bronze medalist Nelson Carmichael and silver medalist Travis Mayer, the Steamboat community has a great tradition of supporting and celebrating freestyle skiing.
Rob Perlman, Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation, Senior VP-Sales & Marketing
It’s a privilege to welcome back the best freestyle athletes in the United States to Steamboat-Ski Town, U.S.A.® With a rich tradition in freestyle skiing and an Olympian heritage that dates back more than 80 years, Steamboat embraces a spirit that allows skiers to believe in big accomplishments and the upcoming U.S Freestyle Championships will provide the ideal platform to bring out their best.
Todd Schirman, Freestyle Program Director, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association
As host of the 2015 and 2016 U.S. Freestyle Championships, Steamboat is continuing its long-standing support of the sport and our freestyle athletes. This is a chance for clubs from around the country to compete alongside the elite teams and Olympic athletes. Having these two events at Steamboat is just the beginning of our efforts to have more freestyle events to take place in the United States.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:34:53 +0000
Athlete Spotlight: Mac Bohonnon
Bohonnon first started skiing when he was about one and a half years old under parents who insisted that all their children learn to ski. After a stint in the alpine gates, he found his true calling: freestyle aerials.
The 2012 season was a breakout year for Bohonnon, proving his strength on the aerials circuit. Four NorAm podiums led to a career-high third-place ranking. A bronze medal at the National Championships topped it off on a high note. 2013 wasn't much different, and lead the way to a phenomenal 2014 season when Mac earned a second-place finish in Val St. Come. That game-changing result punched his ticket to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Competing against athletes nearly twice his age, Bohonnon produced stellar jump after jump and earned a fifth-place finish at his first Olympic berth.
Goals for the 2014-2015 season include performing a new trick on snow (which is top secret) and winning world championships in Kreischberg, Austria.
Name: Mac Bohonnon
Sport: Freestyle Aerials
How/when did you decide you wanted to compete: I started competing in freestyle when I was six years old. I hated wearing a GS suit and loved building jumps in my backyard with my brother. Having a trampoline probably didn't help either.
Biggest accomplishment in your career so far: It is hard to say anything other than being a part of the U.S. Olympic Team and competing as well as I did in Sochi. Though, I still think it is really cool that I was named one of the top 20 skiers under 18 by Powder Magazine.
Favorite moment from Sochi: My favorite moment from Sochi was, without a doubt, walking into Opening Ceremonies linked arms with my two teammates, Emily and Ashley. That was the moment that the Olympics really came alive to me; it is a moment I will never forget.
Goals for next season: My goals for next season are to perform a new trick on snow, which is code 7 top secret, and to win World Champs in Kreischberg, Austria. I mostly hope to keep having fun and stay healthy.
Favorite snow destination: It’s gotta be Bromley Mountain, VT.
Favorite non-snow destination: It's hard to beat Nantucket.
Favorite candy: Enstrum's almond toffee.
If you weren't a professional athlete what would you be: I would probably be a frustrated student in Law school.
If you could have dinner with one person dead or alive, who would it be: It would obviously be Emily Cook, who else?
One thing you can’t live without: A way to listen to music...and Emily Cook.
Favorite USSA athlete outside your sport: Jessie Diggins.
Advice to others who want to follow in your footsteps: Always see the fun in what you're doing. Being an athlete can be very difficult at times with mental and physical setbacks, know that conquering those setbacks will only make you better as an athlete and as a person. In addition, do not lose site of your goals and the steps you need to take in order to reach them.
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:49:13 +0000
2015 Freestyle Skiing Team Nominated
PARK CITY, UT (June 16) – Two-time Olympic medalist and World Champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) headlines a talent deep group of 36 athletes nominated to the 2014-2015 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team for aerials and moguls. The 2015 season is highlighted by World Cup stops in both Lake Placid, NY and Deer Valley, UT along with the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships Jan. 16-25 in Kreischberg, Austria.
- Thirty-six athletes have been nominated to the 2015 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team.
- Two-time Olympic medalist and World Champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) seeks to defend her overall and moguls World Cup title
- Two-time Olympian Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, VA) and first time Olympian Mac Bohonnon headline a young aerials team already focused on the 2018 Olympics.
- Five newcomers have been nominated to the team this year, following outstanding performances last season – Moguls: Thomas Rowley (Long Beach, NY), Morgan Schild (Pittsford, NY). Aerials: Harrison Smith (Rochester, NY), Zach Surdell (Marcellus, MI), Si Ning Chan (Maine, NY).
- Sophia Schwartz (Sun Valley, ID) had an outstanding 2014 season with a top-ten finish in every moguls World Cup she attended.
- Jonathon Lillis (Rochester, NY) posted three top-20 finishes including a career best fourth at Deer Valley, UT during the 2014 aerials World Cup season.
- The 2015 FIS Freestyle World Cup season opens Dec. 13 in Ruka, Finland for moguls and Dec. 20-21 in Beijing, China for aerials.
- The tour swings to the United States Jan. 8-10 for the Visa Freestyle International in Deer Valley, UT and Jan. 29-31 for the 2015 Freestyle World Cup in Lake Placid, NY.
- The 2015 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships are slated for Jan. 16-25 in Kreischberg, Austria.
2015 U.S. Freestlye Ski Team Nominated Athletes
Name, Hometown, Club, Date of Birth
* Denotes Olympian
Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, WA, 12/25/87)*
Sho Kashima (South Lake Tahoe, CA, Heavenly Valley Ski Foundation, 11/01/86)
Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT, Waterville Valley Black & Blue Trail Smashers, 2/26/86)*
Heidi Kloser (Vail, CO, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, 9/18/92)*
Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT, Bridger Freestyle, 5/28/84)*
Eliza Outtrim (Hamden, CT, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, 7/18/85)*
Sophie Schwartz (Sun Valley, ID, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, 11/24/90)
Bradley Wilson (Butte, MT, Wasatch Freestyle, Deer Valley Resort, 6/05/1992)*
Joe Discoe (Telluride, CO, Telluride Freestyle Club, 2/23/87)
Mikaela Matthews (Frisco, CO, Team Summit, 12/24/91)
Troy Murphy (Bethel, ME, Planet Ski International, 6/13/92)
K.C. Oakley (Piedmont, CA, Park City Freestyle Team, 5/05/88)
Bryon Wilson (Butte, MT, Wasatch Freestyle, Deer Valley Resort, 4/07/88)*
Jeremy Cota (Carrabassett Valley, ME, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, 10/24/88)
Ali Kariotis (Tiburon, CA, Squaw Valley Freestyle Team, 4/29/95)
Keaton McCargo (Telluride, Co; Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club, 7/10/95)
Bruce Perry Jr. (Winter Park, CO, Winter Park Competition Center, 10/09/95)
Thomas Rowley (Long Beach, NY, Telluride, 7/02/94)
Morgan Schild (Pittsford, NY, Vail Ski Snowboard Club, 8/25/97)
Dylan Walczyk (Rochester, NY, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, 6/25/93)
Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, VA, 9/14/93)*
Dylan Ferguson (Amesbury, MA, Waterville Valley Black & Blue Trail Smashers, 8/10/88)
Mac Bohonnon (Madison, CT, Stratton Mountain Freestyle, 3/27/95)*
Jonathon Lillis (Rochester, NY, Bristol Mountain Freestyle Team, 8/20/94)
Kiley McKinnon (Madison, CT, Eastern Aerial Development Program, 9/01/95)
Mike Rossi (Long Valley, NJ, 2 /25/94)
Alex Bowen (Springville, NY, Buffalo Ski Club, 5/21/92)
Si Ning Chan (Maine, NY, Greek Peak Ski Club, 5/27/96)
Madison Gorelik (Park City, UT, FLY Freestyle, 3/12/94)
Kendal Johnson (McFarland, WI, FLY Freestyle 3/27/92)
Allison Lee (Manchester, CT, Waterville Valley Freestyle Team, 11/13/89)
Eric Loughran, (Waterville Valley Freestyle Team, 4/12/95)
Morgan Northrop (Haymarket, VA, Elite Aerial Development Program, 4/16/94)
Madison Olsen, (Park City, UT, FLY Freestyle, 4/07/95)
Harrison Smith, (Rochester, NY, Bristol Mountain, 12/09/97)
Zach Surdell (Marcellus, MI, Swiss Valley, 6/03/98)
Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:18:05 +0000
Hager to Head Moguls Team
PARK CITY, UT (May 30) – Veteran athlete and moguls coach Garth Hager has been named moguls head coach for the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team. Hager, who has served as an assistant coach for eight years, will take the reins from one of the most successful coaches in the history of the sport, Scott Rawles, who is stepping down after a 14 year coaching career with the U.S. Ski Team.
- Veteran athlete and coach Garth Hager has been named moguls head coach for the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team.
- He will replace Scott Rawles, who steps down after 14 years coaching including the last eight years as head coach.
- In his tenure with the team, Rawles was one of the most accomplished coaches ever with four Olympic medals and Best in the World team performances in 2010, 2012 and 2013.
- Rawles also played a key role in the team of the future with his creation of the Young Guns talent identification program.
- Hager was a nine-year World Cup moguls athlete where he was a three-time World Championship team member and a World Cup winner.
- He started his coaching career from 2002-04 as head moguls coach at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
- He went on to work ten years with the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team including the last eight as World Cup technical moguls coach and was the lead coach for Olympic champion Hannah Kearney.
Todd Schirman, USSA Freestyle Program Director
Under Scott Rawles’ leadership the last eight years, our athletes have achieved some of the greatest success in history. At the same time, he’s kept his eye on the future with the inception of our Young Guns program that is helping feed the development pipeline with new talent. Garth Hager will bring the experience and motivation to successfully move into the head mogul coach position. He brings 17 years of World Cup experience, success from two Olympic Games and an amazing following from the national team and development program athletes. Garth is revamping the program to secure continuing success for Moguls in the United States.
Garth Hager, Moguls Head Coach, U.S. Freestyle Ski Team
When I began with this program we had just one coach for the World Cup, two weeks of summer training and travelled with a television to watch video. We have come a long way. We are adding the elements to keep us progressing. My favorite quote is from my wife, "if you are going to go for it, go for it!" It’s about determination and dedication through action. In taking over this program, I want to offer my thanks and congratulations to Scott Rawles for all he’s done to take our program to the top.
Fri, 30 May 2014 14:57:37 +0000
Apply for Tryout Camp
PARK CITY, UT (May 1) - The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and FLY Freestyle have launched a search for the next generation of freestyle talent. Acrobatic athletes ages 14-19 are invited to participate in the Elite Aerial Development Program (EADP) in Lake Placid, NY, or the Western Development Aerial Program FLY Freestyle in Park City, UT. Athletes ages 13 and under are also encouraged to apply so coaches may consider them for next year’s camps. Athletes interested in applying for aerials tryout camps can submit their videos here. Selection will be based on votes, ratings and coach’s discretion.
- Acrobatic athletes ages 14-19 are invited to submit their tryout videos to be a part of the Elite Aerial Development Program (EADP) in Lake Placid, NY, or the Western Development Aerial Program FLY Freestyle in Park City, UT.
- Athletes ages 13 and under are also encouraged to apply so coaches may consider them for next year’s camps.
- Athletes interested in applying for aerials tryout camps can submit their videos here.
- The EADP and FLY Freestyle offer programs to convert retired acrobatic athletes from sports like gymnastics, trampoline, diving and tumbling (ski skills not necessary) into Olympic athletes in the sport of aerials. Two-time Olympian Ashley Caldwell qualified for the Olympic final in Vancouver after only two years in the EADP.
- Top athletes will be invited to join the EADP or FLY programs where they will be coached by the best aerials coaches in the United States.
- Elite athletes will be fast tracked using talent transfer techniques into the sport of aerials.
Wed, 28 May 2014 21:46:14 +0000
Duals Titles for Wilson and Outtrim
PARK CITY, UT (March 30) – Olympians Bradley Wilson (Butte, MT) and Eliza Outtrim (Hamden, CT) raced through heavy snow Sunday to pin down dual moguls titles at the USANA U.S. Freestyle Championships at Deer Valley. It was Outtrim’s second victory of the weekend after she won the moguls title on Friday, while Wilson finished second place on Friday. Sunday’s event wrapped up the U.S. Freestyle Championships and capped another incredible season for U.S. Freestyle Ski Team.
- Olympians Bradley Wilson (Butte, MT) and Eliza Outtrim (Hamden, CT) raced through heavy snow Sunday to pin down dual moguls titles at the USANA U.S. Freestyle Championships at Deer Valley.
- It was Outtrim’s second victory of the weekend after she won the moguls title on Friday, while Wilson finished second place on Friday. Outtrim now has a total of three U.S. titles to her name while Wilson now has two.
- Nick Hanscom (Park City, UT) skied into second in the men’s big final, while Joe Discoe (Telluride, CO) took the third spot with Jay Panther (Park City, UT) fourth. Dylan Walczyk (Rochester, NY) finished fifth.
- U.S. Ski Team rookie Sophia Schwartz (Steamboat Springs, CO) finished second in the women’s big final, her second silver medal of the weekend. Elizabeth O’Connell (Winter Park, CO) finished the day in third with Lane Stoltzner (Steamboat Springs, CO) fourth. Stoltzner also notched a third place on Friday.
- Snow showers turned heavy during finals, but the soft, wet snow on the 2002 Olympic venue held up surprisingly well for the last competition of the season.
- Sunday’s event wrapped up the U.S. Freestyle Championships and capped another incredible season for U.S. Freestyle Ski Team.
It feels really good. It was a really long season. I consider it a success to come here and win it on the last competition of the year. It’s a good way to go out for sure, especially here at Deer Valley; it just makes it that much better.
It was insane. I had to do a couple goggle switches. It was super wet. The course actually stayed pretty good. It was able to stay soft unlike the rest of the mountain. It was pretty good. I’m just happy to make it down.
It feels amazing. I don’t really know what I expected this week. There weren’t that many Team members here, so I was really hoping that me and the few teammates here could sweep the podium. It’s a little unexpected I suppose. It was a lot of duals skiing today. We had to duel from a round of 32, which is unusual because in World Cup we only duel from 16. I was just happy to make it to the finals and get Sophia.
Sun, 30 Mar 2014 21:57:55 +0000