U.S. Olympic Hopefuls
With the 2014 Winter Olympics quickly approaching everyone is anxious to see who will be representing the U.S. in the Winter Games. It’s a very exciting time for snowsports enthusiasts. Many of the athletes, like snowboarding’s Shaun White, of Northstar, Calif., and alpine racing’s Lindsey Vonn, of Vail, Colo., we’ve watched accumulate medals year after year, but with four years between each Game, there’s always a fresh crop of Olympic hopefuls. This year, the U.S. appears to have strong chances for Olympic medals in events like Alpine racing, Snowboarding Halfpipe and new events, Snowboarding Slopestyle, as well as Freeskiing Halfpipe and Freeskiing Slopestyle — Freeskiing will be showcased in the upcoming Games as a newly sanctioned winter sport. And with a new event comes a new gamut of names and faces to remember. Here’s a guide to some of the U.S.’s most promising young athletes, including where they spend their time training and skiing/riding, because who knows — you just might see them on your next ski vacation.
Read more about U.S. Snowboarding Olympic hopefuls.
Sage Kotsenburg and Eric Willett before the 2012 Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain. Instagram Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Snowboarding
Elena Hight at Halfpipe World Cup Copper Mtn – Qualifiers
Slopestyle athlete Jordie Karlinski hits a rail at Aspen/Snowmass. pc: Aspen/Snowmass
Shaun White at Northstar. pc: Northstar
2012 Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix at Mammoth Snowboard Halfpipe Finals Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Snowboarding
Kelly Clark – 2012 FIS Halfpipe Snowboarding World Cup – Cadrona, New Zealand
Read more about U.S.Freeskiing Olympic hopefuls.
David Wise – Freeskiing Halfpipe 2011 Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix Halfpipe skiing qualifiers Photo © Tom Zikas
Maddie Bowman – Halfpipe finals 2013 Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix in Park City, Utah Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Freeskiing
Gus Kenworthy, of Telluride, freeskiing halfpipe finals 2013 Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Copper Mountain Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Freeskiing
Gus Kenworthy of Telluride, Slopestyle and Halfpipe Freeskiing
Torin Yater-Wallace and Devin Logan. FIS Freeski Halfpipe World Cup – Finals – Halfpipe World Cup winners
Freeskier Simon Dumont was in town for the opening of Red Bull Illume at The Denver Performing Arts Complex © Carlo Cruz/ Red Bull Content Pool
Devin Logan, of Mt. Snow, at the 2012 Dew Tour Snowbasin Snowboard Slopestyle Semi-Final Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Snowboarding
Tom Wallisch – 2012 Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain Slopestyle Finals Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Freeskiing
Simon Dumont – March 15th, 2011 – Tignes, France: Simon Dumont at Winter X Games France. (c) Stefcande.com/Red Bull Content Pool
Read more about U.S. Alpine Olympic hopefuls.
ST MORITZ, SWITZERLAND – DECEMBER 8: Lindsey Vonn of USA Winner on the podium during the flower ceremony at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Super Giant Slalom (Super G) race on December 8 2012 in St Moritz, Switzerland. (Photo by Mitchell Gunn/ESPA) Image may be used for editorial purposes only.
Mikaela Shiffrin 2012-13 U.S. Alpine Ski Team Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team
Ted Ligety U.S. Alpine Ski Team Photo © Eric Schramm
Julia Mancuso at SCHLADMING, AUSTRIA – FEBRUARY 08: Julia Mancuso of the USA races down the course whilst competing in the Alpine FIS Ski World Championships downhill part of the Super Combined on February 08, 2013 in Schladming, Austria, (Photo by Mitchell Gunn/ESPA) ***Local Caption*** Julia Mancuso
Lindsey Vonn landed 21st at the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational giant slalom (Mark Epstein/USSA)
Originally from the icy trails of New Jersey, I moved West to pursue powder and a career in writing and editing. Now in Aspen, Colo. and working for Ski.com managing the website and blog content, I couldn't be happier. You'll find me skiing at Aspen Mountain or Aspen Highlands in the winter and mountain biking at Snowmass in the summer.
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