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Connecticut native Kiley McKinnon has only been competing in aerials for a few years, but she has already racked up an impressive list of accomplishments. After being introduced to aerials by a friend, McKinnon showed early promise, finishing fifth in her very first competition, which happened to be 2011 U.S. National Championships.

Early on in the 2012 season, McKinnon followed up her debut success by landing a victory in just her second NorAm competition ever. Four wins later, McKinnon wrapped up the overall NorAm title in her first year on the tour. A silver medal at the 2012 U.S. Championships and a bronze at the FIS Junior World Championships capped her stellar season.

The 2013 season followed suit with four top-ten World Cup results and a silver at U.S. Championships to cap off her career-best season. Winter 2014 was a recovery year for McKinnon after she suffered a shoulder injury halfway through the season. But McKinnon came back in 2015 better than ever, scoring her first world cup podium at the season opener in Beijing. She never looked back, landing on the podium four more times and jumping to a silver medal at the 2015 FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships. McKinnon's consisten jumping allowed her to take home the World Cup overall title at the end of the season. She will look to retain the title in 2016.

My path to the U.S Ski Team has been extremely exciting. I never thought that something like this would happen to me, especially in such a short time. I have really worked hard to get to this point, but my parents and coaches have definitely helped me and supported me a lot throughout the way. I really can’t thank them enough!

McKinnon first learned how to ski when she was around three years old. “About two years ago, a friend from my town, who also does aerials, told me I should try it out,” says McKinnon. “I went to Lake Placid, NY, to see what it was about and right away I knew it was what I wanted to do. Since then I’ve been training everyday and working hard to get to the point I am at today.”

Away from the slopes, McKinnon enjoys hanging out with friends and going to the beach. She also enjoys exercising and just relaxing at home.



Teams: 2013, 2015
2nd, AE, Kreischberg, AUT, 2015
14th, AE, Voss, Norway, 2013

2nd, AE, Minsk, BEL, 2015
3rd, AE, Moscow, RUS, 2015
2nd, AE, Deer Valley, USA, 2015
2rd, AE, Beijing, CHN, 2014
3rd, AE, Beijing, CHN, 2014
Overall aerial World Cup winner, 2015

3rd, AE, FIS Junior World Championships, Valmalenco, ITA, 2012
NorAm Aerials overall champion (five wins), 2012

2nd, AE, U.S. Championships, 2012