After the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team is named in May 2012, based on the final NorAm Grand Prix standings for the 2011-12 season the top five men and women in moguls/dual moguls and the top two men women in aerials, will be named to the USSA development group. This will guarantee these athletes’ starts on the NorAm tour. All development group athletes must participate in the U.S. Selection Events. If a development group athlete is injured and unable to compete in U.S. Selection Events, the athlete must provide medical documentation stating they are unable to compete. Once medically cleared to compete, they would retain their NorAm start. An athlete who is named to the development group has until June 1, 2012 to accept their spot in the USSA development group. Once the USSA office has been notified that an athlete is retiring or the deadline has passed with no acceptance, the next athlete on the NorAm Grand Prix standings will be added to the development group.
Athletes on Development Group
Moguls Young Guns Criteria
Athletes will be selected from the JI (17-18), JII (15-16) and JIII(13-14) age groups and the next person on the national points list if they are not one of the top 3 athletes at Junior Nationals.
Camp June 6-13 Park City, UT
J1: Nessa Dziemian, Ali Kariotis, Allison Benedict, Keaton McCargo, Casey Andringa, Thomas Rowley, Trevor Semmens, Bruce Perry Jr.
J2: Kaitlyn Harrell, Morgan Schild, Avital Shimko, Emerson Smith, Hunter Bailey, Morgan Osborne
J3: Hallee Ray, Isabel Atkin, Hannah Soar, Jack Skidmore, Jordan Strande, Sam Gnoza, Holden Largay
All coaches of the above named athletes will be invited to the camp to observe and participate in training and to attend any educational sessions scheduled with the athletes.
FIS Junior World Championships
FIS Junior World Championships are held from year to year. The 2013 Junior Worlds will be held in Valmalenco, Italy and will host aerials, halfpipe, slopestyle, moguls, dual moguls and skicross.
Elite Aerial Development Program
Si Ning Chan
Madison Kai Varmette
Freestyle Skiing & Freeskiing Programs with Water Ramps:
Following are programs that offer coaching year-round for Freestyle Skiing (Moguls & Aerials) and Freeskiing (Big Air, Slope, ½ pipe, etc) There is water ramping in the summer for Skiers and Snowboarders who want to safely learn tricks before performing them in the winter and winter sites that are designed to provide the safest atmosphere for jumping on snow.
Park City, UT
Lake Placid, NY
Steamboat Springs Colorado
Complimentary Talent ID Summer Camps
Every summer the US Ski Team hosts two Talent ID camps for Aerial Skiing at little or no cost to participants.
Conditioning Information, forms need to be filled out and submitted with Recruitment Registration
To be considered for invitation, athletes will need to provide some details about their experience in other sports and briefly explain why they would like to try the sport of Freestyle Aerial Skiing. Athletes who excel at the Talent ID camps have a chance to be named to the Elite Aerial Development Program (EADP)
US Ski Team Tryout Camp for Acrobats & Gymnasts
The United States Ski & Snowboard Association is looking for future Olympic acrobatic athletes ages under the age of 19 to participate in our Elite Aerial Development Program (EADP) in Lake Placid NY or our Western Development Aerial Program "Fly Freestyle" in Park City UT.
The EADP has converted retired acrobatic athletes from sports like gymnastics, trampoline, diving, tumbling, etc (that can't necessarily ski) into Olympic athletes in the sport of Aerial Skiing! U.S. Olympian, Ashley Caldwell, made it to the Olympic final in Vancouver 2010 after only two years in the EADP.
Athletes over 13 and parents of athletes under 13, share your best acrobatic tricks and you could earn an invitation to try out for the EADP. Submit a YouTube video or Vimeo along side the US Ski Team Community including gold medal Olympians Lindsey Vonn, Shaun White & Gretchen Bleiler.
Selection will be based on votes, ratings and coach’s discretion. Get as creative as you like and share your story – the world is waiting! GO USA and good luck! Click HERE to learn more!
The Elite Aerial Development Program (EADP) is based in Lake Placid, NY and run by coach Jaroslav Novak (Jadi) email@example.com
Ages of participants range from 15 to 19 years old. About half of the group competes throughout North America on the Nor-Am Tour covering their own winter competition expenses including travel & lodging. The less experienced half of the group jumps in Lake Placid for most of the winter with a focus more on training than competing. This allows them to save money by utilizing the OTC's resources year-round while being able to train more than is typically possible on the Nor-Am Tour. At the end of every winter, the list of the twelve athletes in the EADP is evaluated and potentially changed before a new group is named April 1. Athletes not meeting their obligations will be removed to make room for more dedicated athletes. Athletes who excel in the EADP will eventually move upward to the national team.
Contact Eric Bergoust firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions or for more information about opportunities to become an Aerialist.