Freestyle

Freestyle Team Tests Out PyeongChang Venues

by
USSA
2017-02-08 16:22
 

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Feb. 8, 2017) – One year from now, the best winter sport athletes in the world will descend upon PyeongChang, South Korea for the 23rd Olympic Winter Games. This week, the U.S. Ski Team moguls and aerials athletes will get their first taste of the Olympic venues when they compete in an official test event Feb. 10 - 11.

Located 25 minutes from the Alpensia Sports Park in the PyeongChang mountain cluster, Bokwang Phoenix Park will play host to freestyle and snowboarding events in 2018. The mogul and aerials events are part of a series of test events throughout the month of February, giving athletes and staff a chance to familiarize themselves with the competition sites and surroundings.

“These test events are good opportunities to check things out and give us an idea of what to expect for the Games,” said Freestyle Program Director Todd Schirman. “Obviously the environment a year from now will be different, but every note we can take away from this week will help us ensure we have the best plan in place to compete at the highest level in 2018.”

After a successful showing on home soil last week, including podium finishes from Kiley McKinnon (Madison, CT), Jaelin Kauf (Alta, WY) and Morgan Schild (Rochester, NY), both U.S. teams are heading full steam ahead into the second half of the World Cup season, which includes the test event as well as qualifying events for the 2017 World Championships.

“I’m hoping to keep my results up and ski progressively in these last few World Cups,” said Schild. “This week’s event in PyeongChang is not only a chance to get to ski the Olympic course, but also a chance for me to motivate myself and get a sense of exactly what it is I’m looking to accomplish a year from now.”

Competition in PyeongChang beings on Friday with the men’s and women’s aerials competition. Qualifications will begin at 1:40 p.m. local time, with finals at 7:00 p.m. Saturday’s mogul qualifications kick off at 3:20 p.m., with finals at 7:00 p.m. All finals will be lived streamed on nbcsports.com/live. An aerials show will air on Universal HD on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. EST, followed by a moguls show on NBC Sports Network on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. EST.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The U.S. Ski Team moguls and aerials athletes will compete at the official test event for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games Feb. 10 -11.
  • Events will take place at the Bokwang Phoenix Park resort in the PyeongChang mountain cluster.
  • The moguls and aerials events are part of a series of test events scheduled for the month of February.
  • Feb. 9 marks the one year out mark for the 2018 Games.
  • A detailed competition schedule is available via FIS Freestyle.
  • Finals for all competitions will be streamed live on nbcsports.com/live.
  • Universal HD and NBC Sports Network will air broadcasts of the events.

 

QUOTES

Todd Schirman, Freestyle Program Director, USSA
These test events are good opportunities to check things out and give us an idea of what to expect for the Games. Obviously the environment a year from now will be different, but every note we can take away from this week will help us ensure we have the best plan in place to compete at the highest level in 2018.

Morgan Schild
I’m hoping to keep my results up and ski progressively in these last few World Cups. This week’s event in PyeongChang is not only a chance to get to ski the Olympic course, but also a chance for me to motivate myself and get a sense of exactly what it is I’m looking to accomplish a year from now.

PYEONGCHANG OLYMPIC TEST EVENT START LIST

Moguls

Men
Patrick Deneen (Cle Ulm, WA)
Troy Murphy (Bethel, ME)
Tom Rowley (Long Beach, NY)
Dylan Walczyk (Rochester, NY)
Brad Wilson (Butte, MT)

Women
Olivia Giaccio (Redding, CT)
Tess Johnson (Vail, CO)
Jaelin Kauf (Alta, WY)
Mikaela Matthews (Frisco, CO)
Keaton McCargo (Telluride, CO)
K.C. Oakley (Piedmont, CA)
Morgan Schild (Pittsford, NY)

Aerials

Men
Mac Bohonnon (Madison, CT)
Alex Bowen (Springville, NY)
Chris Lillis (Pittsford, NY)
Jon Lillis (Pittsford, NY)
Eric Loughran (Pelham, NH)
Nik Seemann (Winter Park, CO)

Women
Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, VA)
Elle Gaudette (Maple Grove, MN)
Kiley McKinnon (Madison, CT)
Madison Olsen (Park City, UT)
Winter Vinecki (Gaylord, MI)

BROADCAST AND LIVE STREAMING (times EST)

Friday, Feb. 10
5:00 a.m. – Men’s and Women’s Aerials Finals – nbcsports.com – LIVE STREAM
7:00 p.m. – Men’s and Women’s Aerials – Universal HD

Saturday, Feb. 11
5:00 a.m. – Men’s and Women’s Moguls Finals – nbcsports.com – LIVE STREAM
8:00 p.m. – Men’s and Women’s Moguls  – NBCSN