Simon Dumont hits the halfpipe at Copper Mountain before the team naming. (Copper/Tripp Fay)
COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Dec. 8) – The 2013 U.S. Freeskiing Team, a powerhouse squad of 33 athletes led by four-time X Games medalist Tom Wallisch (Pittsburgh, PA) X Games Champion David Wise (Reno, NV), Overall Association of Freeskiing Professionals Champion Devin Logan (West Dover, VT) and four-time X Game medalist Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, CO) was named today at Copper Mountain. Freeskiing makes its Olympic debut at the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia, where both slopestyle and halfpipe disciplines will be showcased. The team is gearing up for its first competition of the season, the Dew Tour at Breckenridge Dec. 13-16, followed by the VISA U.S. Grand Prix, the first domestic World Cup of the season and Platinum AFP event at Copper Mountain, Jan. 10-13 featuring halfpipe and slopestyle.
The U.S. Freeskiing Team named 33 athletes including four-time X Games medalist Tom Wallisch (Pittsburgh, PA), AFP World Halfpipe Champion Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, CO), and X Games Champion David Wise (Reno, NV).
Two newcomers Emilia Wint (Denver, CO) and Joss Christensen (Park City, UT) were added to the team following exceptional performances at several end-of-season events, including the AFP World Championships.
The North Face, a charter partner of the U.S. Freeskiing program, will also outfit U.S. Freeskiing halfpipe and slopestyle teams for their 2014 Olympic debut.
The announcement was made during a fan celebration for Copper Mountain’s 40th Anniversary season.
U.S. Freeskiing athletes have been utilizing Copper Mountain’s superpipe and Woodward at Cooper for early season training.
Copper Mountain hosts the first domestic halfpipe and newly added slopestyle event FIS World Cup the VISA U.S. Grand Prix Jan. 10-13, 2013.
QUOTES Tom Wallisch It’s a pretty sweet privilege to be named to the U.S. Team. It is always helpful to have coaches that have your back and tech’s that keep my ski’s going fast. I really like being able to connect with my teammates at our training camps and I’m thankful for this opportunity. Looking ahead to next season it’s my goal to continue my success from last year and keep improving my runs.
Emilia Wint I am so fortunate to be on the team, they’ve helped me in so many ways. All of my teammates and coaches are a really fun group and it has all helped to progress my skiing. This is such a cool opportunity and I am looking forward to the next year and what it will bring.
David Wise I grew up competing in moguls and racing and have a huge appreciation for the prestige and opportunity to be on the team. The resources the team offers really make it easy to go from being a good athlete to a great athlete.
Mike Jankowski, Head U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding Coach We’ve got a great group of athletes heading into the 2013 season and I am excited to see what develops. All our athletes have been training hard and with that comes success. Looking ahead to Sochi a lot of these athletes have a great chance to make their mark and I am glad to be by their side for this awesome adventure.
2013 U.S. Freeskiing Team Roster Name, Hometown, Club, Date of Birth * Denotes Olympian ** Pursuing degree in Westminster College partnership program
2013 U.S. Freeskiing Halfpipe Pro Team Men Wing Tai Barrymore (Sun Valley, ID, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation) 1/05/92 Duncan Adams (Breckenridge, CO) 9/10/92 ** Simon Dumont (Bethel, ME) 7/9/86 Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, CO) 10/1/91 Tucker Perkins (Northampton, NH) 1/5/91 David Wise (Reno, NV) 6/30/90 Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, CO, Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club) 12/2/95
Women Maddie Bowman (South Lake Tahoe, CA, Sierra-at-Tahoe Education Foundation) 10/1/94 Jen Hudak (Park City, UT, University of Utah) 9/7/86 Devin Logan (West Dover, VT, Mount Snow Academy) 2/17/93 Brita Sigourney (Carmel, CA, Westminster College) 1/17/90 **
2012 U.S. Freeskiing Slopestyle Pro Team Men Bobby Brown (Breckenridge, CO) 6/5/91 Sammy Carlson (Hood River, OR) 1/11/89 Joss Christensen (Park City, UT) 12/20/91 ** Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, CO) 10/1/91 Alex Schlopy (Park City, UT, The Winter Sports School in Park City) 7/25/92 Tom Wallisch (Pittsburgh, PA, University of Utah) 7/22/87
Women Keri Herman (Breckenridge, CO, University of Denver) 8/16/83 Ashley Battersby (Park City, UT, The Winter Sports School in Park City) 1/27/88 Devin Logan (West Dover, VT, Mount Snow Academy) 2/17/93 ** Meg Olenick (Aspen, CO, University of Colorado) 12/30/87 Emilia Wint (Denver, CO, Hawks Freeride) 6/21/94 Grete Eliassen (Salt Lake City, UT, University of Utah) 11/19/86
U.S. Freeskiing Halfpipe Rookie Team Men Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) 4/12/96 Lyman Currier (Boulder, CO) 8/28/94 Alex Ferreira (Aspen, CO; Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club) 8/14/94
U.S. Freeskiing Slopestyle Rookie Team Men Willie Borm (Chaska, MN) 5/21/97 Lyman Currier (Boulder, CO) 8/28/94 Chris Laker (Cincinnati, OH) 6/23/93 Andy Patridge (Park City, UT; Axis Freeride) 8/10/96
U.S. Freeskiing Staff Jeremy Forster, U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding Director Abbi Nyberg, U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding Program Manager Kate Morton, U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding Team Manager Luke Byers, U.S. Freeskiing Halfpipe Technician Dave Coombs, U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding Slopestyle Technician Justin Hunt, U.S. Freeskiing Physical Therapist
Coaches Mike Jankowski, Head Halfpipe and Slopestyle U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding Coach Andy Woods, U.S. Freeskiing Halfpipe Coach Skogen Sprang, U.S. Freeskiing Slopestyle Coach DJ Montigny, U.S. Freeskiing Rookie Slopestyle Coach Ben Verge, U.S. Freeskiing Rookie Halfpipe Coach
Official U.S. Freeskiing Suppliers Uniform/Licensees The North Face High Sierra Smartwool
Hard Goods (skis, boots, bindings, poles) Liberty Skis Full Tilt Boots
Eyewear Zeal Optics
Wax, Tools, Training Devices and Accessories DeWalt Dominator EPS-Doublet Kenwood Radios Reliable Racing Tools4boards.com