U.S. Freeskiing announced a hard-hitting team of 36 athletes Wednesday. Here are team members John Teller, Maddie Bowman, Aaron Blunck, Devin Logan and Tom Wallisch at The North Face/U.S. Freeskiing uniform release party on Oct. 28. (Diane Bondareff/Invision/The North Face)
COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Nov. 27) – U.S. Freeskiing announced a hard-hitting team of 36 athletes Wednesday, including four-time X Games medalist David Wise (Reno, NV), X Games gold medalist Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg, IN), three-time X Games medalist Maddie Bowman (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) and six-time X Games medalist Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, CO). In February halfpipe and slopestyle skiing will make their Olympic debut in Sochi. Members of the team are currently preparing for the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix, the anchor of the five-event Olympic qualifying series, and will make a public appearance on Saturday, Nov. 30 at Copper Mountain, CO during the Woodward Remix Weekend, home to the only Olympic-sized halfpipe currently open in the USA.
U.S. Freeskiing named 36 athletes to its 2014 teams, including World Champion Tom Wallisch (Pittsburgh, PA), six-time X Games medalist Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, CO), four-time X Games Champion David Wise (Reno, NV) and X Games gold medalist Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg, IN).
Halfpipe force Maddie Bowman (S. Lake Tahoe, CA), World Cup slopestyle champion Keri Herman (Breckenridge, CO) and double-threat Devin Logan (West Dover, VT) head up the women’s teams on the road to freeskiing’s first Olympic appearance.
Slopestyle skiing and halfpipe skiing will make its Olympic debut in February in Sochi, Russia.
The North Face recently released the U.S. Freeskiing halfpipe, slopestyle and skicross competition uniforms for the Olympics.
Currently the team is preparing for the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix and World Cup at Copper Mountain on Dec 19-22, the anchor of the five-event Olympic qualifying series.
Members of the team will be on hand Saturday, Nov. 30 at Copper Mountain, CO for the Woodward Remix Weekend to help open the newly renovated Woodward at Copper.
In addition to halfpipe and slopestyle athletes, U.S. Freeskiing added skicross athletes John Teller (Mammoth Lakes, CA) and Joe Swensson (Niantic, CT) to their ranks in advance of the FIS World Cup opener in Nakiska, AB Dec. 6-7.
QUOTES Mike Jankowski, Head U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding Coach This is an exciting and historic time with freeskiers heading to the Olympics to showcase halfpipe and slopestyle for the first time. The U.S. Team athletes are eager to charge into the season and have their sights firmly set on bringing home gold medals for Team USA.
2014 U.S. Freeskiing Team Roster Name, Hometown, Club, Date of Birth * Denotes Olympian
2014 U.S. Freeskiing Halfpipe Pro Team Men Wing Tai Barrymore (Sun Valley, ID, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation) 1/05/92 Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) 4/12/96 Duncan Adams (Breckenridge, CO) 9/10/92 Simon Dumont (Bethel, ME) 7/9/86 Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, CO) 10/1/91 David Wise (Reno, NV) 6/30/90 Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, CO, Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club) 12/2/95
Women Maddie Bowman (South Lake Tahoe, CA, Sierra-at-Tahoe Education Foundation) 1/10/94 Jen Hudak (Park City, UT, University of Utah) 9/7/86 Devin Logan (West Dover, VT, Mount Snow Academy) 2/17/93 Brita Sigourney (Carmel, CA, Westminster College) 1/17/90
2014 U.S. Freeskiing Slopestyle Pro Team Men Bobby Brown (Breckenridge, CO) 6/5/91 Sammy Carlson (Hood River, OR) 1/11/89 Joss Christensen (Park City, UT) 12/20/91 Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg, IN, Windells Academy) 3/14/94 Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, CO) 10/1/91 Alex Schlopy (Park City, UT, The Winter Sports School in Park City) 7/25/92 Tom Wallisch (Pittsburgh, PA, University of Utah) 7/22/87
Women Keri Herman (Breckenridge, CO, University of Denver) 8/16/83 Ashley Battersby (Park City, UT, The Winter Sports School in Park City) 1/27/88 Devin Logan (West Dover, VT, Mount Snow Academy) 2/17/93 Meg Olenick (Aspen, CO, University of Colorado) 12/30/87 Emilia Wint (Denver, CO, Hawks Freeride) 6/21/94 Grete Eliassen (Salt Lake City, UT, University of Utah) 11/19/86
U.S. Freeskiing Halfpipe Rookie Team Men Lyman Currier (Boulder, CO) 8/28/94 Alex Ferreira (Aspen, CO; Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club) 8/14/94 Colby Stevenson (Park City, UT, Axis Freeride) 10/3/97
Women Annalisa Drew (Andover, MA) 5/28/93
U.S. Freeskiing Slopestyle Rookie Team Men Willie Borm (Chaska, MN) 5/21/97 Lyman Currier (Boulder, CO) 8/28/94 Chris Laker (Cincinnati, OH) 6/23/93 Andy Partridge (Park City, UT; Axis Freeride) 8/10/96
Coaches Mike Jankowski, U.S. Freeskiing Halfpipe and Slopestyle Head Coach Andy Woods, U.S. Freeskiing Pro Halfpipe Coach Skogen Sprang, U.S. Freeskiing Pro Slopestyle Coach DJ Montigny, U.S. Freeskiing Rookie Slopestyle Coach Ben Verge, U.S. Freeskiing Rookie Halfpipe Coach
U.S. Freeskiing Staff Jeremy Forster, U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding Director Abbi Nyberg, U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding Program Manager Kate Morton, U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding Team Manager Luke Byers, U.S. Freeskiing Halfpipe Technician Dave Coombs, U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding Slopestyle Technician Laura Tietjen, U.S. Freeskiing Physical Therapist
Official U.S. Freeskiing Suppliers Uniform/Licensees The North Face High Sierra SmartWool
Hard Goods (skis, boots, bindings, poles) Liberty Skis Full Tilt Boots
Eyewear Zeal Optics
Wax, Tools, Training Devices and Accessories DeWalt Dominator EPS-Doublet Kenwood Radios Reliable Racing Tools4boards.com