Cody LaPlante is one of 18 athletes selected to represent the U.S. at the 2017 FIS Junior World Championships at Valmalenco, Italy April 6-7.
PARK CITY, UT (Mar. 23, 2017) – U.S. Freeskiing will send a strong team of athletes to compete at the 2017 FIS Junior World Championships, with halfpipe competition to take place in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, March 25-26 and slopestyle and skicross competition taking place at Valmalenco, Italy April 6-7.
Jaxin Hoerter (Breckenridge, CO) will lead the eight-member halfpipe team. A member of U.S. Freeskiing, Hoerter has been competing on the World Cup circuit over the past two seasons and is a multi-time Toyota U.S. Revolution Tour winner. Fourth-place finisher at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, Nikita Rubocki (Boise, ID) will also represent the USA in both halfpipe and slopestyle
Nikita Rubocki leads the eight-member halfpipe team selected to compete at the 2017 FIS Junior World Championships in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.
Cody LaPlante (Truckee, CA) and Caroline Claire (Manchester Center, VT) head up the strong slopestyle team that will represent U.S. Freeskiing at Valmalenco. LaPlante and Claire have both had marked success on the Rev Tour with Claire taking the overall slopestyle title in 2017.
Sixteen-year-old Mazie Hayden (Pittsfield, VT) heads up the skicross team. Hayden earned her first USASA national championship title in 2012 at just 11 years of age, and has won every USASA national title since. Hayden was also the first skicross athlete ever to be named to the Stacey Cook/Sun Valley Ski Tools competition team.
Multi-time USASA national champion Mazie Hayden was selected to represent the U.S. at 2017 FIS Junior World Championships in Valmalenco, Italy April 6-7.
2017 U.S. FIS FREESKIING JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM
Halfpipe Men Jaxin Hoerter (Breckenridge, CO; U.S. Freeskiing; 7/17/00) Cassidy Jarrell (Aspen, CO; Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club; 8/31/99) Dylan Ladd (Lakewood, CO; Winter Park Competition Center; 8/29/01) Sammy Schuiling (Steamboat Springs, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 7/16/00)
Women Hanna Blackwell (Hailey, ID; Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation; 4/20/00) Svea Irving (Winter Park, CO; Winter Park Competition Center; 2/27/02) Nikita Rubocki (Boise, ID; Team Park City United; 10/11/99) Brynn Wedlake (Avon, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 1/2/01)
Skicross Men Russell Malm (Mammoth Lakes, CA; Mammoth Mountain Ski & Snowboard Club; 1/15/98) Erik Sparkowski (Simsbury, CT; New York Ski Education Foundation; 5/18/96) Justin Wallasch (Acton, CA; Mammoth Mountain Ski & Snowboard Club; 3/19/97) Sloan Ruhl (Ridgewood, NJ; New York Ski Education Foundation; 12/2/98)
Slopestyle Men Mac Forehand (Southport, CT; Stratton Mountain School; 8/4/01) Ryan Stevenson (Washington, NJ; 3/29/00) Cody LaPlante (Truckee, CA; U.S. Freeskiing/Squaw Valley Freestyle and Freeride Team; 2/15/02) Kiernan Fagan (Brownfield, ME; 1/18/02)
Women Marin Hamill (Park City, UT; Team Park City United; 4/5/01) Caroline Claire (Manchester Center, VT; U.S. Freeskiing/Stratton Mountain School; 2/2/00) Grace Henderson (Madbury, NH; Waterville Valley BBTS; 4/28/01) Nikita Rubocki (Boise, ID; Team Park City United; 10/11/99)
EVENT SCHEDULE (Subject to Change) March 26 – Halfpipe Finals April 6 – Slopestyle Finals April 7 – Skicross Finals