Mike Rossi isn't so much of a rookie anymore, and he's turning heads with solid World Cup results, including a podium he earned in 2013. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Freestyle Team)
Beijing’s famous Bird’s Nest will see some high-flying action this weekend.
Mac Bohonnon was named the FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year at the final World Cup aerials event of the season Saturday at snowy Lake Placid.
Jonathan Lillis landed a career best fourth Friday at the Visa Freestyle International FIS World Cup at Deer Valley, where Anton Kushnir of Belarus took the win for the men and Cheng Shuang led a Chinese sweep for the women.
Olympian Ashley Caldwell took second at the aerials World Cup opener on Sunday, her first competition in over two years.
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Freestyle World Champs Team Named
New Jersey teen Mike Rossi stunned the crowd with a career first podium in the Visa Freestyle International at Deer Valley Resort.
Cook, Ferguson in Ninth
Dylan Ferguson and Emily Cook led the U.S. Ski Team with fifths in the aerials season opener in China.
Olympians Emily Cook (Belmont, MA) and Dylan Ferguson (Amesbury, MA) will lead the U.S. Freestyle Aerials team into the 2013 FIS Freestyle World Cup opener Jan. 5 in Changchun, China.
The U.S. Freestyle Team utilized one of their final water camps before the 2013 FIS Freestyle World Cup season to engage high tech data collection with U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) Sports Science staff.
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At just 20 years old, New Jersey’s Mike Rossi has an impressive résumé of NorAm success. He had seven top-10 NorAm results, including two podiums, under his belt coming into the 2011 season. He then found a new gear and captured the 2011 overall title with his first two wins and three other podiums. Then he proved he could hang with the World Cup crowd by winning a bronze medal at U.S. Championships.
The 2012 season brought Rossi yet another opportunity to expand on his portfolio. He started by raking in six NorAm podiums and two wins, and he then went on to snatch a silver medal at the U.S. Championships.
Despite his past success, the 2013 season was Rossi’s breakout year. The moment came at beloved Deer Valley, where he landed a third place finish, the first World Cup podium of his young career. Rossi finished the season with five top-15 results. It was no surprise that 2014 was just as successful, as Rossi earned three top-ten finishes, including a sixth place in Lake Placid and then a bronze at U.S. Championships.
OFF THE SNOW
FIS Junior World Championships