PARK CITY, UT (May 13) – Tickets to Sochi will be on the line for snowboarding and the newest Olympic sport of freeskiing in America’s longest standing winter action sports tour, the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix. The Sprint U.S. Grand Prix also incorporates the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix presented by The North Face with freeskiing events. The 18th season of the Grand Prix will feature stops at Colorado’s Copper Mountain Resort and Northstar California Resort with the final Olympic Freeskiing Team being announced after double events at Utah’s Park City Mountain Resort and snowboarding at California’s Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. The series will feature both halfpipe and slopestyle at every tour stop with each event counting towards Olympic selection. Halfpipe and slopestyle skiing, along with slopestyle snowboarding, will make their Olympic debut in Sochi.
SIERRA NEVADA, Spain (March 25) – At the conclusion of the FIS World Cup halfpipe season Monday, Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt,CO) stood second and David Wise (Reno, NV) third in the halfpipe standings, yielding the globe to Canadian buddy/rival Mike Riddle. The men’s final was canceled due to fog, so officials used qualifier scores as the final. As a result, Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, CO) finished fifth, the top finisher for U.S. Freeskiing, while Riddle took the top spot.
TIGNES, France (March 22) - In a repeat of X Games Tignes 2012, Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, CO) took the gold medal and left silver for David Wise (Reno, NV). Yater-Wallace’s smooth, versatile bag of tricks won out to Wise’s slightly less clean, but technical run. Women's halfpipe finals followed and Maddie Bowman (South Lake Tahoe, CA) won bronze, her first medal at X Games Tignes. Marie Martinod-Routin from France took the gold in the women’s final.
OSLO, Norway (March 5) – David Wise (Reno, NV) and Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, CO) boosted ahead of the tough competition to win halfpipe gold and silver at the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships. Wise and Yater-Wallace put down solid first runs that couldn’t be topped, landing them on the podium just 0.6 points apart. In women’s halfpipe, Angeli Vanlaanen (Bellingham, WA) finished sixth, the top spot for U.S. women. Switzerland's Virginie Faivre took the gold medal for women.
PARK CITY, UT (March 4) – Defending slopestyle World Champion Alex Schlopy (Park City, UT) heads up a strong roster of U.S. athletes named to compete at the 2013 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships, including both freestyle and freeskiing events. Olympic champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) and 2009 World Champion Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) join current AFP halfpipe leaders Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, CO) and Maddie Bowman (S. Lake Tahoe, CA), plus X Games champion David Wise (Reno, NV) in leading a team of 34 U.S. athletes named to the 2013 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships Team. The FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships take place March 5–10 in Voss and Oslo, Norway.
PARK CITY, UT (Feb. 6) – One year out from the opening of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, U.S. skiers and snowboarders are scattered across the globe anticipating the opportunities they will face 365 days from now. The opening ceremony for Sochi is Feb. 7, 2014 with the first medal events the next day. The USA is coming of a Best in the World Olympics in Vancouver that saw 17 different skiers and snowboarders win 21 medals.
PARK CITY, UT (Feb. 2) – X Games champions David Wise (Reno, NV) and Maddie Bowman (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) stayed on their roll, winning in Park City’s superpipe at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix. It was the third straight win for Bowman – second straight for Wise. The two were crowned U.S. champions for their results across the two U.S. Grand Prix halfpipes. Both men's and women's finals saw amazing runs with high scores for the combination FIS Freestyle World Cup and AFP Platinum level contest. Next up is Sochi, Russia for a FIS World Cup test event in the Olympic halfpipe Feb. 16.
ASPEN, CO (Jan. 25) - U.S. Freeskiing's David Wise (Reno, NV) soared to a repeat X Games gold leading a USA podium sweep. Hometown hero Torin Yater-Wallace (Aspen, CO) took silver in his first event back from injury while veteran Simon Dumont (Bethel, ME) won bronze. Wise threw back to back double cork 1260s to claim his second title and best the field in every run.