Tom Wallisch’s self-edit on the Level 1 film ‘Super Unknown’ has become something of a legend in the freeskiing community, especially since he is every bit the real deal with X Games and Dew Tour podiums galore. (Getty Images/Doug Pensinger)
Four U.S. Freeskiing athletes landed on the podium in the slopestyle skiing competition at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix in Park City, UT.
With fresh snow falling on Park City Mountain Resort at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, the conditions were tough for the athletes in the Visa slopestyle skiing qualifiers. The two heats became a game of survival, with the snow making speed a major issue.
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Gus Kenworthy claimed a spot on the first-ever U.S. Olympic team for slopestyle skiing Saturday with his second-place finish at the final event of the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix Tour at Park City.
A potent storm at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Breckenridge forced a jury decision to cancel Friday’s Visa U.S. Freeskiing slopestyle skiing finals, resulting in wins for Bobby Brown and Keri Herman based on qualifier results.
The nation’s leading freeskiing athletes continue the battle for Olympic team spots Jan. 8-12 when the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix presented by The North Face heads to Breckenridge for the third of five Olympic qualification events.
Nick Goepper sealed the top spot and took home the Dew Cup at the first-ever slopestyle skiing Olympic qualifier final at Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships on Sunday.
With just 100 days to go to the Sochi Olympic Winter Games, The North Face unveiled the official 2014 U.S. Freeskiing competition uniforms to be worn by U.S. Freeskiing athletes when the sport makes its historic Olympic debut.
Tom Wallisch stole gold in his first ever FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships Saturday.
Defending slopestyle World Champion Alex Schlopy heads up a strong roster of U.S. athletes named to compete at the 2013 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships.
VIDEO: Wallisch at the COE
Skiing legend Tom Wallisch shows us the unique way he uses the U.S. Freeskiing training center in Park City to prepare for competition.
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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).
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