With a podium finish at the Grand Prix and an X Games appearance, Montana native Darian Stevens (left) has proved she can hang with the pros. (Getty Images/Doug Pensinger)
The nation’s leading freeskiing athletes continue the battle for Olympic team spots Jan. 8-12 when the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix presented by The North Face heads to Breckenridge for the third of five Olympic qualification events.
Rookie Darian Stevens took second and the top U.S. spot at Saturday’s slopestyle final while Grete Eliassen came in third at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix presented by The North Face. Dara Howell of Canada won the women’s FIS World Cup event.
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Montana native Darian Stevens is another double-threat skier that specializes in both halfpipe and slopestyle. Her breakthrough season in 2011-2012 included an impressive sixth-place finish at the Visa U.S. Grand Prix World Cup in slopestyle behind some of the best female competitors out there. Stevens also cleaned house at the USSA Revolution Tour, taking second in slopestyle and fourth in halfpipe at the Northstar-at-Tahoe stop.
After recovering from some injuries that sidelined her for the 2013 season, Stevens came in hot to the 2014 season as an Olympic hopeful in slopestyle. With an invite to the Dew Tour and Grand Prix events in hand, Stevens put herself in contention for a spot on the inaugural U.S. Olympic slopestyle team with an impressive second place at the Grand Prix in Copper. She finished out the Olympic qualifying series with top ten results at the Dew Tour and the Park City Grand Prix. Those results earned her an invite to her first X Games in Aspen, where she placed seventh in slopestyle against the sport’s top pros. She capped her season off with a second place in slopestyle at the SFR Tour in France and finished seventh in slopestyle on the AFP world ranking list for 2014, proving that she is here to stay.
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