Freestyle News

Tears on a Storybook Night in Lake Placid


An athlete's first World Cup win is a special one. What does it mean to win on home snow in a place full of memories, surrounded by family and friends? USSA columnist Tom Kelly takes a look in this week's Behind the Gold.

As an athletic coach, you learn that it’s OK to cry. Coaches have a lonely job, laboring hours on end to help...

Americans Solid at Lake Placid Team Event


LAKE PLACID, NY (Jan. 31, 2015) – Crowds braved the sub-zero tempuratures and gathered at the Olympic Jumping Complex to watch the Putnam Investments Lake Placid Freestyle Cup aerials team competition on Saturday night. Two USA teams advanced to the eight team final. USA Team 1, consisting of Si Ning Chan (Maine, NY) Alex Bowen (Springville, NY...

Home Snow Win for Bohonnon


LAKE PLACID, NY (Jan. 30, 2015) - With three Chinese packing the top of the leader board, Mac Bohonnon (Madison, CT) threw a near perfect quadruple-twisting triple flip to win his first World Cup at the Putnam Investments Lake Placid Freestyle Cup Friday night. Teammate Kiley McKinnon (Madison, CT) was eighth but it was enough to take over...
Kearney Grabs Second at Whiteface


LAKE PLACID, NY (Jan. 29, 2015)—On a rare warm day at Lake Placid’s Whiteface Mountain, Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) battled Canadian Justine Dufour-Lapointe to take second in the Putnam Investments Lake Placid Freestyle Cup moguls competition on Thursday.

This was the second U.S. stop of the World Cup this season, after the athletes...

Skiers to Compete in Putnam Investments Freestyle Cup


LAKE PLACID, NY (Jan. 28, 2014) – The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team begins mid season World Cup competition this week at the Putnam Investments Lake Placid Freestyle Cup. Mogul athletes will take to the course at Whiteface Mountain on Jan. 29 with the aerials competition taking place at the Olympic Jumping Complex Jan. 30-31. Lake Placid is the...

Gold and Record for Kearney


KREISCHBERG, Austria (Jan. 19, 2015) - Olympic champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) stepped it up another notch, taking gold in dual moguls in a thrilling finals matchup with Canadian Justine Dufour-Lapointe. It was Kearney's eighth career World Championships medal, the most ever of any freestyle skier.

After skiing to a silver medal in...

Silver for Kearney at Worlds


KREISCHBERG, Austria (Jan. 18, 2015) - Veteran Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) powered her way to a silver medal Sunday at the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships in Kreischberg. Rival Justine Dufour-Lapointe took the win. For the men, France's Anthony Benna was an upset winner over Canada's Mikael Kingsbury. Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) was...

New Trick = Silver for Bowen


KREISCHBERG, Austria (Jan. 15, 2015) - Alex Bowen (Springville, NY) used the FIS Freestyle World Championships as a proving ground, landing a triple flip he had never done on snow and taking home a silver medal. It was the first U.S. aerials medal since 2009 as Bowen joined teammate...

McKinnon Takes Silver in Kreischberg


KREISCHBERG, Austria (Jan. 15, 2015) - Less than a month after scoring her first World Cup podium in Beijing, Kiley McKinnon (Madison, CT) found herself with a World Championships silver medal in Kreischberg, Austria. McKinnon joined...

Two Silvers in World Champs Aerials


KREISCHBERG, Austria (Jan. 15, 2015)—The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team had an unbelievable day at the FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships in Kreischberg, with both Kiley McKinnon (Madison, CT) and Alex Bowen (Springville, NY) taking home silver medals in aerials. Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, VA) finished fourth. It was the first aerials medals for the...

U.S. Freestyle Ready for World Champs


Kreischberg, AUT (Jan. 13, 2015) – After a seven-podium weekend at the Visa Freestyle International at Deer Valley Resort, USA, the top U.S. Freestyle aerial and mogul athletes are keeping the momentum going into the 2015 FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships in Kreischberg,...

Hannah Bids Farewell to Champion


PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 10, 2015) - Thirteen years after a teenaged Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) first met the Champion moguls run as a forerunner at the 2002 Olympics, the 2010 Olympic gold medalist bid farewell to the course that helped define her career. Kearney finished second after a hard-fought battle with Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Canada in...

Debut Win for K.C. Oakley


PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 9, 2015) - Veteran K.C. Oakley's (Piedmont, CA) started her day learning she was going to World Championships next week. It ended with her career first World Cup win, throwing down a stunning win to upset Canada's Dufur-Lapointe sisters with a huge three-point win in front of a packed house at Deer Valley Resort. Patrick...

Historic 1-2 for USA Aerialists


PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 8, 2015) - In her first win in four years, Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, VA) lit up the sky with a pair of triple flips, joining teammate Kiley McKinnon (Madison, CT) in the first 1-2 finish for the U.S. women in 26 years. Mac Bohonnon (Madison, CT) notched his second podium of the season, finishing second to a massive 138.50...

U.S. Freestyle Announces 2015 World Champs Team


PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 7, 2015) – The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team will send a strong team of 14 athletes to Kreischberg, Austria Jan. 14-25 for the 2015 FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships. The Championships include events in freestyle, freeskiing and snowboarding, with aerials and moguls events taking place Jan. 14-19.

U.S. Freestyle Returns Home to Deer Valley


Park City, UT (Dec. 6, 2015) – After starting the season at World Cups across the globe, the U.S. Freestyle Team is back in the USA to compete at the Visa Freestyle International at Deer Valley Resort from Jan. 8-10. A strong group of moguls and aerials athletes will be on the hunt for top podium spots, including Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT),...

Victory Number 43 for Kearney


Calgary, AB (Jan. 3, 2015) – Mogul queen Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) edged out Canadian sisters Chloe Dufour-Lapointe and Justine Dufour-Lapointe on their home turf to earn her 43rd World Cup victory on Saturday at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. Kearney is now just three World Cup wins away from the all-time freestyle moguls record...

Mogul Skiers Kick Off 2015 in Calgary


Park City, UT (Jan. 1, 2015) – The U.S. Freestyle moguls team will start off the New Year in Calgary, Canada for the second World Cup of the season. The event will take place at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park on January 3, one of the premier sites from the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. 

Three Podium Weekend for U.S. Aerialists


BEIJING, China (Dec. 21, 2014) – Connecticut natives Kiley McKinnon and Mac Bohonnon (both Madison, CT) each put down personal bests to earn World Cup podium finishes during the individual portion of the first-ever aerials team event at the FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup opener. McKinnon found herself on the podium for the second time during...

First Career Podium for McKinnon


BEIJING, China (Dec. 20, 2014) – If she wasn’t already on it, put Kiley McKinnon (Madison, CT) on your list of U.S. Freestyle Ski Team athletes to watch this season. Surrounded by thousands of aerials fans in Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium, McKinnon jumped to her first career World Cup podium with a third place finish at the FIS Freestyle World...