The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team announced their 2009 lineup today before this weekend’s competitions in France and China. The 39-member roster includes the first ski cross team, a discipline making its Olympic debut next year in Vancouver.The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team announced their 2009 lineup today before this weekend’s competitions in France and China. The 39-member roster includes the first ski cross team, a discipline making its Olympic debut next year in Vancouver.
The team is ripe with experience and success. Olympic medals, World Cup victories and X Games championships are just a few of the squad’s many claims to fame.
“As we look forward to World Championships in Japan, we’re loaded with successful athletes – four athletes with World Cup wins, seven more with top-three results last winter. It’s going to be an exciting winter as we continue to build toward Vancouver in 2010,” Head Freestyle Coach Jeff Wintersteen says on usskiteam.com.
The freestyle season gets under way Friday with a moguls competition in Meribel, France. The aerials team will be in action at Adventure Mountain, China Dec. 19-20.
Forming the ski cross team are three well-decorated former alpine racers: Daron Rahlves, Casey Puckett and Jake Fiala.
“Our team looks really strong going in to the season,” Ski Cross Head Coach Tyler Shepherd says. “The guys are healthy, in great shape and are excited to get back on snow. They’ve had a lot of time in the gym and they’re just ready to start the season.”
The ski cross World Cup begins in St. Johann, Austria on Jan. 5.
Veterans Jeret Peterson and Emily Cook will lead the aerials team with new and improved jumps.
“This is the first year in a long time that we’ve had so many people step up to newer degrees of difficulty where new jumps are being done,” Aerials Head Coach Matt Christensen says. “The goal is to put down good jumps. The results will come with that, but we just want to peak at competition in 2010 so that we’ll be on fire there.”
The women’s moguls team is poised for success under the leadership of Shannon Bahrke and Emiko Torito. Returning to lead the men are World Cup proven skiers David Babic and Nate Roberts. Adding youth and hunger will be 2008 FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year Pat Deneen.
The 2009 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team (with date of birth, hometown and *if Olympian)
Dave Babic, moguls (6/3/79; Washington, VT; Sugarbush)
Pat Deneen, moguls (12/25/87; Cle Elum, WA; Silver Mountain Freestyle)
Jeret Peterson, aerials (12/12/81; Boise, ID; Bogus Basin)*
Casey Puckett, ski cross (9/22/72, Aspen, CO)*
Daron Rahlves, ski cross (6/12/73, Sugar Bowl, CA)*
Nate Roberts, moguls (3/24/82; Park City, UT; Park City Freestyle Team)
Shannon Bahrke, moguls (11/7/80; Tahoe City, CA; Squaw Valley Freestyle)*
Emily Cook, aerials (7/1/79; Belmont, MA; Freestyle Lives Year-round)*
Hannah Kearney, moguls (2/26/86; Norwich, VT; Waterville Valley Black & Blue Trail Smashers)*
Michelle Roark, moguls (11/16/74; Denver; Winter Park Eskimos)*
Shelly Robertson, moguls (4/8/79; Reno, NV; Squaw Valley Freestyle)
Kayla Snyderman, moguls (7/4/88; Winchester, MA; Waterville Valley Black & Blue Trail Smashers)
Emiko Torito, moguls (7/2/82; Denver; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club)
Scott Bahrke, aerials (7/19/85; Tahoe City, CA)
Jay Bowman-Kirigin, moguls (6/30/87; Salt Lake City; Wasatch Freestyle)
Jake Fiala (5/2475, Frisco, CO)
Landon Gardner, moguls (1/1/85; Missoula, MT; Missoula Freestyle)
Holt Haga, moguls (8/29/83; Boise, ID; Park City Freestyle Team/Bogus Basin)
Michael Morse, moguls (4/21/81; Duxbury, MA; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club/Killington)
Ryan St. Onge, aerials (2/7/83; Winter Park, CO)*
Jana Lindsey, aerials (8/18/84; Black Hawk, SD)*
Lacy Schnoor, aerials (6/12/85; Draper, UT)
Jeremy Bloom, moguls, (GW Creighton, aerials (3/9/88; Boise, ID; Freestyle Lives Year-round)
Matt DePeters, aerials (8/20/87; Hamburg NY; Buffalo Ski Club)
David DiGravio, moguls (11/26/86; Farmington, ME; Carrabassett Valley Academy)
Jimmy Discoe, moguls/dual moguls (5/15/89; Ridgway, CO; Telluride Freestyle)
Dylan Ferguson, aerials (8/10/88; Amesbury, MA; Waterville Valley Black & Blue Trail Smashers)
Sho Kashima, moguls (11/1/86; South Lake Tahoe, CA; Heavenly Freestyle)
Scott Kiesel, aerials (9/2/84; Waterville Valley, NH; Waterville Valley Black & Blue Trail Smashers)
Tim Preston, moguls (11/11/83; Campton, NH; Waterville Valley Black & Blue Trail Smashers)
Bryon Wilson, moguls (4/7/88; Butte, MT; Wasatch Freestyle)
Ani Haas, moguls (12/14/87; Missoula, MT; Park City Freestyle)
Allison Lee, aerials (11/13/89; Manchester, CT; Waterville Valley Black & Blue Trail Smashers)
Heather McPhie, moguls (5/28/84; Park City, UT; Bridger Freestyle/Breckenridge
Jaime Myers, aerials (3/27/82; Boise, ID)
Eliza Outtrim, moguls (7/18/85; Steamboat Springs, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club/Mount Snow Ski Club)
Laurel Shanley, moguls (2/19/83; Squaw Valley, CA; Squaw Valley Freestyle)
Allison Treleaven, aerials (10/20/83; Fort Wayne, IN; Freestyle Lives Year-round)
Jillian Vogtli, moguls (5/26/73; Ellicotville, NY)*
Information and quotes from usskiteam.com