Freestyle

2017 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team Named

by
USSA
2016-12-05 09:28
 

PARK CITY, UT (Dec. 5, 2016) – The 2017 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team moguls and aerials rosters have been announced, with 37 athletes representing the United States across national and international competitions this pre-Olympic season.

This year’s moguls team consists of 21 athletes, including Olympians Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) and Bradley Wilson (Butte, MT), and World Cup winners Mikaela Matthews (Frisco, CO), K.C. Oakley (Piedmont, CA) and Morgan Schild (Pittsford, NY). Six athletes were also named to the newly instated D team.

The U.S. aerials team, which has brought home the Nation’s Cup the past two seasons, has named 16 athletes to its roster. 2016 World Cup Champion Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, VA), 2015 World Cup Champions Mac Bohonnon (Madison, CT) and Kiley McKinnon (Madison, CT), and brothers Jon Lillis (Pittsford, NY) and Chris Lillis (Pittsford, NY) will lead the charge as the team looks to once again be Best in the World.

The World Cup moguls team will kick off their competition season on Dec.10 in Ruka, Finland. The aerials team starts things off the following weekend with individual and team events in Beida Lake, China Dec.17-18. The official Olympic test event for both sports will take place Feb.10-11, 2017 at Bokwang Snowpark in PyeongChang, South Korea. World Championships are scheduled for March 7-19, 2017 in Sierra Nevada, Spain.

Domestic World Cup events for both teams include the Putnam Investments Freestyle Cup Jan. 13-14, 2017 in Lake Placid, NY and the Visa Freestyle International Feb. 2-4, 2017 at Deer Valley Resort, UT. The aerials competition on Feb. 3 will be the first of six qualifying events for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team has named 37 athletes to its moguls and aerials teams for the 2016-17 season.
  • 21 athletes will compete on this year’s moguls team, including Olympians Patrick Deneen and Bradley Wilson, and World Cup winners Mikaela Matthews, K.C. Oakley and Morgan Schild.
  • 16 athletes will compete on this year’s aerials team, including 2016 World Cup Champion Ashley Caldwell, 2015 World Cup Champions Mac Bohonnon and Kiley McKinnon, and brothers Jon Lillis and Chris Lillis.
  • World Cup competition for moguls begins on Dec. 10 in Ruka Finland
  • World Cup competition for aerials begins Dec. 17-18 in Beida Lake, China.
  • Domestic World Cup events include the Putnam Investments Freestyle Cup Jan. 13-14 in Lake Placid, NY and the Visa Freestyle International Feb. 2-4 at Deer Valley Resort, UT.
  • The Visa Freestyle International aerials competition on Feb. 3 will be the first of six qualifying events for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
  • Official Olympic test events will be held Feb. 10-11 at Bokwang Snowpark in PyeongChang, South Korea.
  • World Championships are scheduled for March 7-19 in Sierra Nevada, Spain.
  • National Championships for aerials will take place in Lake Placid, NY on Jan. 19.
  • National Championships for moguls will take place in Steamboat, CO March 31 - Apr. 1.

 

QUOTES

Todd Schirman, USSA Freestyle Program Director
We are looking forward to an amazing season. Our schedules are stacked with important events and we are prepared for the challenge. Both the athletes and staff have worked hard during the prep season and we look forward to seeing everyone’s commitment pay off. The support from our fans and the freestyle community continues to help us achieve our vision of being Best in the World.

Matt Gnoza, U.S. Freestyle Ski Team Moguls Head Coach
Our team completed a lot of great training during the 2016 prep season. Our athletes have the commitment, desire and talent that is necessary to become champions. Combine all of that with well planned preparation and hard work, and I firmly believe that this group is more than ready to start the 2016-17 season.

Todd Ossian, U.S. Freestyle Ski Team Aerials Head Coach
Our team has continued to land top performances over the past few seasons. We have one of the strongest teams we have had in years this season and we are very much looking forward to finding a tremendous amount of success.

2016-17 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team
Name (Birthdate, Hometown, Club) (skis, boots, bindings, poles, helmet, goggles, glasses, protection)
*Indicates Olympian

MOGULS

A Team
Men
Patrick Deneen (12/25/87; Cle Elum, WA)(Ascente, Look)*
Bradley Wilson (6/5/92; Butte, MT; Wasatch Freestyle) (ID One USA, Tecnica, ID One USA, Giro, Giro)*

Women
Mikaela Matthews (12/24/91; Frisco, CO; Team Summit) (Dalbello, Uvex, Uvex, Uvex)
K.C. Oakley (5/5/88); Piedmont, CA; Park City Freestyle Ski Team) (Bomber, Zipline, Oakley, Bern)
Morgan Schild (8/25/97; Pittsford, NY; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) (ID One USA, ID One USA)

B Team
Men
Troy Murphy (6/13/92; Bethel, ME; Park City Freestyle Ski Team) (ID One USA, Dalbello, ID One USA, Oakley, Oakley, POC)
Thomas Rowley (7/2/94; Long Beach, NY; Hunter Mountain Freestyle Team) (ID One USA, Tecnica, ID One USA, POC, POC, POC, POC)
Dylan Walczyk (6/25/93; Rochester, NY; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail) (ID One USA, ID One USA)

Women
Nessa Dziemian (4/14/94; East Hampstead, NH; Park City Freestyle Ski Team) (ID One USA, ID One USA, POC, POC)
Jaelin Kauf (9/26/96; Alta, WY; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) (ID One USA Salomon, Zipline, Zipline)
Keaton McCargo (10/7/95; Telluride, CO; Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club) (ID One USA, Tecnica, ID One USA, POC, Oakley, Oakley)

C Team
Men
Hunter Bailey (3/24/96; Vail, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) (ID One USA, ID One USA, Oakley, Oakley)
Ryan Dyer (6/29/91; Steamboat Springs, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) (Shaman, Dalbello, Zipline, POC, Zipline, POC)
Troy Tully (7/14/92; Armonk, NY; Wasatch Freestyle Foundation) (ID One USA, Dalbello, ID One USA)

Women
Tess Johnson (6/19/00; Edwards, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) (ID One USA, Lange, ID One USA, Oakley, Oakley)

D Team
Men
Joel Hedrick (5/30/97; Fort Collins, CO; Winter Park Competition Center) (ID One USA, Dalbello, ID One USA, POC, Oakley, Oakley, POC)
Emerson Smith (2/13/97; Frisco, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) (ID One USA, ID One USA)
Abe Studler (5/4/97; Brant Lake, NY; Killington Mountain School) (Dalbello, Zipline)

Women
Kaitlyn Harrell (7/17/97; Morro Bay, CA; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) (ID One USA, ID One USA, Oakley)
Hannah Soar (6/4/1999; Somers, CT; Killington Mountain School) (ID One USA)
Olivia Giaccio (8/15/00; Vail, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) (ID One USA, ID One USA, Giro)

mogulsteam
2017 Moguls Team (U.S Ski Team)
Back Row (l to r): Mike Bahn, Chuck Williams, Troy Tully, Brad Wilson, Ryan Dyer, Troy Murphy, Dylan Walczyk, Emmerson Smith, Joel Hendrick, Tom Rowley, Hunter Bailey, Abe Studler, Glenn Eddy, Lance Field, Todd Schirman, Matt Gnoza, Caleb Martin

Front Row (l to r): Morgan Schild, Keaton McCargo, Jaelin Kauf, Mikaela Matthews, Kaitlyn Harrell, Hannah Soar, Olivia Giaccio, Tess Johnson, Nessa Dziemian, Katie Fieguth, Caitlin Furin
Not pictured: K.C. Oakley, Patrick Deneen
 

AERIALS

A Team
Men
Mac Bohonnon (Madison, CT; Stratton Mountain Freestyle; 3/27/95) (Marker, Oakley)*
Chris Lillis (Pittsford, NY; Bristol Mountain Freestyle Team; 4/10/98) (Marker, POC, Oakley)
Jon Lillis (Pittsford, NY; Bristol Mountain Freestyle Team; 8/20/94) (Marker, Oakely, Oakley)

Women
Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, VA; Elite Aerial Development Program; 9/14/93) (ID One USA, Marker, Oakley, Oakley)*
Kiley McKinnon (Madison, CT; Elite Aerial Development Program; 9/1/95) (ID One USA, Marker)

B Team
Men
Alex Bowen (Springville, NY; Buffalo Ski Club; 5/21/92) (ID One USA, Marker, POC, POC)
Eric Loughran (Pelham, NH; Loon Mountain Freestyle; 12/4/95) (Dalbello, POC, POC, POC, POC)
Harrison Smith (Pittsford, NY; Bristol Mountain Snow Sports Club; 9/12/97) (Volkl, Marker, Oakley, Oakley)

Women
Morgan Northrop (Park City, UT; Elite Aerial Development Program; 4/16/94) (ID One USA, Salomon, Swix, Oakley, Oakley)
Madison Olsen (Park City, UT; Fly Freestyle; 4/7/95) (Volkl, Salomon, Rudy Project, Rudy Project)

C Team
Men
Nik Seemann (Winter Park, CO; Winter Park Competition Center; 8/28/97) (Salomon, Bolle, Bolle, Bolle) 
Zach Surdell (Marcellus, MI; Elite Aerial Development Program; 3/6/98) (Bolle, Bolle, Bolle)

Women
Megan Nick (Shelburne, VT; Elite Aerial Development Program; 7/9/96) (Volkl, Marker, POC)
Tyra Izor (Duxbury, VT; Elite Aerial Development Program; 7/14/97) (Dalbello, Marker, POC)
Kira Tanghe (Essex Junction, VT; Elite Aerial Development Program; 6/6/97) (Salomon, POC)
Winter Vinecki (Salem, OR; Elite Aerial Development Program; 12/18/98) (Salomon, POC, Rudy Project/xx2i)


2017 Aerials Team (U.S. Ski Team)
Back Row (l to r): Greg Heuer, Mike Bahn, Nik Seemann, Jon Lillis, Alex Bowen, Harrison Smith, Chris Lillis, Zach Surdell, Mac Bohonnon, Eric Loughran, Matt Saunders, Todd Ossian, Todd Schirman
Front Row (l to r): Katie Fieguth, Emily Cook, Winter Vinecki, Tyra Izor, Megan Nick, Kira Tanghe, Morgan Northrop, Kiley McKinnon, Ashley Caldwell, Madison Olsen, Caitlin Furin

2017 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team Staff
Todd Schirman, Program Director
Katie Fieguth, Program Manager
Dr. David Goltz, U.S. Freestyle Ski Team Physician
Mike Bahn, Strength and Conditioning Coach
Greg Heuer, Aerials ATC
Chuck Williams, Moguls PT/ATC
Nicole Detling-Miller, Sport Psychologist
Pamela Lemons, Sport Psychologist
Caitlin Furin, Press Officer

2017 Moguls Coaching Staff
Matt Gnoza, Head Moguls Coach
Lance Field, Moguls Coach
Caleb Martin, Moguls Coach
Glenn Eddy, Moguls Coach

2017 Aerials Coaching Staff
Todd Ossian, Head Aerials Coach
Matt Saunders, Aerials Coach
Emily Cook, Aerials Coach
Jaroslav Novak, EADP Head Coach
Jack Boyczuk, EADP Assistant Coach

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