U.S. Ski & Snowboard Announces Olympic Freeski Team
Slopestyle skiers Maggie Voisin, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper are among the 15 athletes nominated to the Olympic Freeski Team. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski & Snowboard)
A strong and deep U.S. Olympic Freeskiing Team is headed to PyeongChang for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard announced the selection of 15 halfpipe and slopestyle freeski athletes who will compete at the Games beginning February 9.
Highlighted among the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team athletes are defending halfpipe gold medalists David Wise (Reno, Nev.) and Maddie Bowman (S. Lake Tahoe, Calif.), defending slopestyle silver medalists Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, Colo.) and Devin Logan (W. Dover, Vt.), and defending bronze medalist Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg, Ind.).
The selections will be confirmed by the United States Olympic Committee when it formally names Team USA this Friday (January 26).
Athletes qualified for the team through a series of five selection events beginning in February 2017 and concluding at Mammoth Mountain this past weekend.
Logan, who won silver in slopestyle at Sochi, will return in both slopestyle and in halfpipe.
Of the 15 athletes named to the team, 10 were members of the debut Olympic squad at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, including six of the eight halfpipe team members named.
“Going into 2018 our prospects are looking great to bring home some medals. I do know the hard work, and really the behind-the-scenes dedication that these athletes have, and all the time they put in training, the hours, sometimes rehabbing injuries, sometimes just getting stronger so they’re more resilient, and also just days on snow. We’ve been all around the world and working hard, and these athletes are primed and ready to bring home medals,” said Mike Jankowski, Head Freeski Coach.
David Wise and Maddie Bowman return for their second Olympics to defend their halfpipe skiing Olympic gold medals from the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
Maggie Voisin will be returning to the Olympics with redemption on her mind. She injured her ankle in Sochi during training and was unable to compete. This will be her second chance to make an Olympic podium.
Devin Logan, who competed in slopestyle at Sochi, will be representing Team USA for the first time in halfpipe - the only dual event Olympians for the U.S. Freeskiing Team.
After nearly missing the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team, Alex Ferreira found redemption by locking in an objective position in halfpipe at Mammoth Mountain.
Torin Yater-Wallace will be returning to the Olympics, this time healthy and as an objectively qualified athlete vs. a discretionary pick in 2014.
2014 slopestyle medalists Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper qualified for the 2018 Games on the final day of the selection period, with Kenworthy coming from behind in dramatic style, winning in Aspen-Snowmass and then taking second in the Mammoth Mountain finale.
The Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games is set for February 9. The U.S. Olympic Freeskiing Team will have its first competition on Saturday, February 18, with women's slopestyle qualifications. Finals are on Sunday, February 19.