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There's very little hesitation when people call Tom Wallisch one of the most electrifying slopestyle skiers in the game. The jibmaster first got into the freeskiing scene in Park City while attending the University of Utah. After getting his name out with a series of high-octane ski video edits, Wallisch amassed a huge freeskiing following and caught the attention of major ski film companies, who then recruited the progressive skier onto several productions. Wallisch eventually made the transition to competitive freeskiing and has racked up multiple X Games medals, AFP slopestyle titles and Dew Tour podiums.

Heading into the 2014 Olympic qualifying season, Wallisch was a favorite amongst Olympic hopefuls because of his unmatched style and consistency in competition. Despite suffering a blown ACL in October, Wallisch didn’t miss a beat and trained hard and attempted to qualify for the inaugural U.S. Olympic slopestyle team—without an ACL. Two top-five finishes and three top-ten finishes during the Grand Prix series weren’t enough to earn him a spot on the Olympic team, but his determination and efforts inspired the crowds and his colleagues.

The 2013 season also challenged Wallisch, who experienced a minor knee injury in early January that forced him to take it easy. But while filming for his own unique movie project, The Wallisch Project, he had enough strength to win his first FIS World Ski Championship title in Voss, Norway as well as land two top-ten finishes at both X Games events.

Wallisch’s earlier highlights on the competition scene include winning the Dew Tour overall cup in 2012 and finishing first in the AFP slopestyle World Rankings in both 2012 and 2009. His 2012 campaign featured seven podiums and two X Games medals, gold in Aspen and silver at Euro X, earning him the spotlight as ESPN’s Action Sport Athlete of the Year. Wallisch has also won numerous other awards, like Freeskier Magazine’s skier of the year (2010, 2012) and Powder Magazine’s Reader’s Poll (2011, 2012).

TOM SAYS
This season was filled with ups and downs for me. My torn ACL slowed me down right in the prime time of the season, but I still wanted to make a go for the Olympic team—so I just went for it without my ACL. Although I didn't make the team, I am stoked to have done so well while injured, and it was great to see my teammates represent the U.S for the first time at the Olympics. I am looking ahead to next season where I will be fully recovered, and I plan to jump right back into competing and filming. 

FIRST TRACKS
Wallisch’s parents first got him into skiing when he was around three years old. He grew up skiing weekends at a small resort in Maryland called Wisp, where he built and hit jumps on the bunny hill. When he was 15 he started competing in local big airs and rail jams. He eventually made the move to bigger hills, taking his talents west. The biggest move of his career came in 2006, when he moved to Utah and started competing in major contests.

OFF THE SNOW
Wallisch spends about nine months a year on snow, which is “awesome.” He has been going to college at the University of Utah in the fall to earn his marketing degree. When he’s not skiing, he loves being outside and in the sun. He likes wakeboarding, skating, mountain biking, hitting up beaches, and pretty much anything fun and exciting. Recently he inherited a wakeboarding boat from his parents and he is excited to spend some time wakeboarding and boating during his down time. He grew up playing on a lake in the summer and in the mountains in the winter. He says, “It’s a great way to stay fit and active. I really enjoy being outside as much as possible.”

 

Highlights

AFP Rankings
9th, SS, 2014
5th, SS, 2013
1st, SS, 2012
2nd, SS, 2010
1st, SS, 2009

X GAMES
9th, SS, Aspen, CO, 2014
9th, SS, Aspen, CO, 2013
6th, SS, Tignes, FRA, 2013
Gold, SS, Aspen, CO, 2012
Silver, SS, Tignes, FRA, 2012
Gold, SS, Tignes, FRA, 2010

FIS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Teams: 2013
1st, SS, Voss, NOR, 2013

FIS WORLD CUP
Four starts, one career win since his debut in 2012

GRAND PRIX
4th, SS, Park City #2, UT, 2014
6th, SS, Breckenridge, CO, 2014
1st, SS, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2012

OTHER
5th, SS, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, Dec. 2013
ESPN Action Sports Athlete of the Year, 2012
1st, Dew Tour overall, 2012
1st, SS, Dew Tour, Killington, VT, 2012
1st, SS, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, 2011
1st, SS, Dew Tour, Snowbasin, UT, 2010
2nd, SS, Dew Tour, Snowbasin, UT, 2012
2nd, SS, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, 2009
3rd, SS, Dew Tour Overall, 2012