High-flyer Eric Loughran is building on NorAm success with the goal of earning top World Cup spots (Julien Heon Photography)
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Once Eric Loughran learned aerials would allow him to do as many inverted back flips on skis as he wanted, he was sold.
With a string of NorAm top-10 finishes to build off of, Eric Loughran jumped to five top-20 World Cup finishes in 2015, his first full season on the tour. In addition to a career best fifth place World Cup finish at Deer Valley, Loughran also claimed a NorAm win at the Utah Olympic Park. Plenty of water ramp training in the off season will prep Loughran for a successful 2015-16 season.
As Loughran grew up, he was eager to try excelled tricks and decided to put his gymnastics training together with skiing and began to throw back flips on snow. The next day his mom signed him up for summer water ramping camp in Lake Placid, NY to practice back flips safely under the coaching of Wes Preston. After the Lake Placid, Loughran joined the Waterville Freestyle Team at Waterville Valley for a short period, which then led him to the Elite Aerial Development Program in Lake Placid, NH and the U.S. Ski Team.
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