Ashley Caldwell watched the Olympics on TV and thought it would be “totally awesome” to do aerials. Now she's been to the big show twice and has become a force in the aerials world. (Getty Images/Clive Mason)
Two-time Olympian Ashley Caldwell took her first-ever U.S. aerials title during day two of the USANA U.S. Freestyle Championships at Deer Valley.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has now confirmed Deer Valley Resort as the site for the 2014 U.S. Freestyle Championships Mar. 28 – Mar. 30.
Three-time Olympian Emily Cook landed the top result for the USA in eighth Friday night during her final Olympic appearance at the women’s aerials event of the 2014 Sochi Games.
Nine athletes, including Olympic Champion Hannah Kearney, will be representing the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team in Sochi.
The Visa Freestyle International returns to Deer Valley Resort Jan. 9-11 for moguls and aerials under the lights in vital Olympic qualifying competitions.
Olympian Emily Cook (seen here at Deer Valley) threw a massive full-double full, finished fifth and topped the results for U.S. women in front of a stadium of 40,000 people at the Birds Nest aerials World Cup Saturday.
Olympian Ashley Caldwell took second at the aerials World Cup opener on Sunday, her first competition in over two years.
The 2014 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team’s aerials squad, led by Olympian Emily Cook and World Cup podium finisher Dylan Ferguson, was announced in advance of the first World Cup of the season Dec. 15 in Beida Lake, China.
Olympian Ashley Caldwell and U.S. Snowboarding Pro Team athlete Ty Walker will headline WInter Jam in New York's Central Park.
Olympian Ashley Caldwell Out for Season
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Caldwell was a competitive gymnast for 11 years at Apex Gymnastics in Virginia. She watched Olympic skiing on TV and thought that it would be “totally awesome” to do aerials. After only three years of aerials training, Caldwell made the U.S. Ski Team at a Selection Event at the beginning of the 2010 season and went on to have a stellar rookie season.
In 2010 at 16 years old, Caldwell put the world of aerials on notice as she claimed top-15 results in each of her first three World Cup competitions, finished 10th at the Olympics and claimed a silver medal at the U.S. National Championships (a feat she repeated in 2011). She went on to earn her first two podiums during the 2011 season with only four World Cups under her belt, and one of those podiums included a victory at her beloved Lake Placid.
A series of knee injuries left Caldwell off the competition circuit for over two years, but that didn't stop Caldwell from returning to the 2014 season as an unstoppable force. Caldwell took second at the Beida Lake World Cup, securing her an Olympic spot. Caldwell went on to become the first U.S. woman to perform a full, full, full and landed herself a 10th at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
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