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Mogul skier Patrick Deneen got a break growing up in Washington. His father was part owner and general manager of a ski resort, so young Deneen was on skis before he was a year old. He started as an alpine racer, but kept watching freestyle skiers and eventually made the change to running bumps.

The last five seasons have seen Deneen go from 2008 FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year, to 2009 World Champion, to riding a win at the Olympic Trials all the way to the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver (where he finished 19th). Deneen captured his career first World Cup victory in 2011 and added two more podiums before taking his first U.S. title to close the season.

Three consecutive World Cup dual moguls victories at the end of the 2012 season earned Deneen a career-high second-place ranking in both the moguls and freestyle overall standings. He went on to earn eight World Cup podiums in 2013, wrapping up the season ranked third.

The 2014 season was all about the Olympics, and Deneen secured his spot with two moguls podiums at Calgary and Lake Placid. Deneen went on to take a career-best sixth at the Games and round out the World Cup season third in the overall moguls standings. Once back on home snow, Deneen notched another U.S. title at Deer Valley.

Deneen, who was walking at nine months, was 11 months and two days old when his dad - co-owner and General Manager at Hayak Ski Area (now Snoqualmie) - put him on skis for the first time. He started alpine racing and was a top J4 and J5 "but then he started staring at freestylers, and he liked that idea," his father said. "One weekend, he won both a downhill race and a moguls contest." Home-schooled, Deneen had plenty of opportunity to ski up to 190 days a year. He also was a competitive horseback rider, but gave it up when he was 15 so he could focus on skiing. He was 16 in December 2004 when he did well enough at U.S. Selections to earn a World Cup starting spot.

When he’s not traveling around the world chasing snow, Deneen likes to stay at home. He lives on a small horse ranch located in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains, about 78 miles east of Seattle. “My nearest neighbor is about a mile away, so there is no one around to bother me,” he says. “When I am at home I ride my horse, Spud, everyday and help around the ranch riding, training and working with some of our other horses. I have great fly fishing just five minutes from my house and in the winter, when I am home, I can ride snowmobiles out my back door as we get about five feet of snow at my house in most good winters.”



Team: 2010, 2014
6th, MO, Sochi, RUS, 2014
19th, MO, Vancouver, CAN, 2010

Teams: 2009, 2011, 2013
3rd, MO, Voss, Norway, 2013
3rd, DM, Voss Norway, 2013
1st, MO, Inawashiro, JPN, 2009

5th, DM, Inawashiro, JPN, 2009

5th, DM, Deer Valley, UT, 2011

6th, MO, Deer Valley, UT, 2011

WORLD CUP (highlights)
Ranked second in moguls and freestyle overall World Cup standings, 2012

FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year, 2008

21 career podiums and four career victories

2014, MO, Deer Valley, UT
2013, DM, Heavenly, CA

U.S. National Championships, 5th singles; 4th duals 2012

Ranked second in the NorAm standings, 2010 and 2011

Five NorAm podiums including two wins, 2011

15 top-ten NorAm results since 2009