U.S. Ski & Snowboard Nominates Freeski Team Roster For Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022
U.S. Ski & Snowboard announced today its nominations for the U.S. Olympic Freeski Team that will represent Team USA at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. Nominations are to be confirmed by the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee when it formally announces the U.S. Olympic Team.
The slopestyle and big air teams come into the 2022 Games following a dominating qualifying season. Two-time Olympic medalist Nick Goepper brings experience and returning Olympians Alex Hall and Maggie Voisin head to Beijing with Olympic tryout event podiums. Caroline Claire enters her second Games as the top-ranked U.S. woman in FIS points, alongside Darian Stevens. First-time Olympians include Colby Stevenson, Mac Forehand, and Marin Hamill.
David Wise headlines the men’s halfpipe team – a two-time gold medalist who looks to add a third gold medal to the collection following his second-place finish at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth. Joining Wise is 2018 Olympic silver medalist Alex Ferreira and three-time Olympian Aaron Blunck. Birk Irving rounds out the men’s team in his first Olympic Games.
On the women’s halfpipe team, 2018 Olympic bronze medalist Brita Sigourney is set to return to Beijing for her third Games, along with 2014 Olympic silver medalist Devin Logan. Seventeen-year-old Hanna Faulhaber, whose remarkable season has included three World Cup podiums and the national halfpipe title, is heading into her first Olympic Games as the top-ranked American on the FIS points list. Carly Margulies also will be attending her first Olympic Games.
The U.S. Olympic Freeski Team has seven medal events at the 2022 Games, starting with the debut of men’s and women’s big air at the Big Air Shougang venue February 7-9. Freeski then moves to the Zhangjiakou Genting Snow Park for men’s and women’s slopestyle February 13-15, followed by men’s ski cross on February 18. Men’s and women’s halfpipe takes place February 17-19.
2022 U.S. OLYMPIC FREESKI HALFPIPE TEAM
(Name; hometown, birthday; club; past Olympics)
- Brita Sigourney, Carmel, California; 1/17/1990 (2014, 2018)
- Devin Logan, West Dover, Vermont; 2/17/1993; Mount Snow Academy (2014, 2018)
- *Hanna Faulhaber, Aspen, Colorado; 9/4/2004; Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club
- *Carly Margulies, Mammoth Lakes, California; 12/24/1997; Mammoth Mountain Freeski Team
- Alex Ferreira, Aspen, Colorado; 8/14/1994; Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club (Olympics: 2018)
- Aaron Blunck, Crested Butte, Colorado; 4/12/1996; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (Olympics: 2014, 2018)
- David Wise, Reno, Nevada; 6/30/1990 (2014, 2018)
- *Birk Irving, Winter Park, Colorado; 7/26/1999; Winter Park Freeride Team
2022 U.S. OLYMPIC FREESKI SLOPESTYLE/BIG AIR TEAM
- Maggie Voisin, Whitefish, Montana; 12/14/1998; Park City Ski & Snowboard ( 2014, 2018)
- Caroline Claire, Manchester Center, Vermont; 2/2/2000; Stratton Mountain School (2018)
- *Marin Hamill, Park City, Utah; 4/5/2001; Park City Ski & Snowboard
- Darian Stevens, Missoula, Montana; 10/26/1996; Missoula Freestyle Ski Team (2018)
- Alex Hall, Salt Lake City, Utah; 9/21/1998; Park City Ski & Snowboard (2018)
- Nick Goepper, Lawrenceburg, Indiana; 3/14/1994 (2014, 2018)
- *Mac Forehand, Southport, Connecticut; 8/4/2001; Stratton Mountain School
- *Colby Stevenson, Park City, Utah; 10/3/1997; Park City Ski & Snowboard
2022 U.S. OLYMPIC FREESKI SKICROSS TEAM
- *Tyler Wallasch, Mammoth Lakes, California; 6/8/1994; Mammoth Lakes Ski Team
*Denotes first-time Olympian
Watch Team USA compete on the networks of NBC throughout the Olympics, February 4-20, 2022.
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“It’s absolutely euphoric, pure jubilation. I’m super excited to represent the United States and go back to my second Olympics and hopefully do my best out there. My goal this season was to do well in every event, and by doing well, I think the definition of that is making the podium. The biggest goal of all is to bring home that Olympic gold medal. So, I think we’re right on track.”
“I’m super stoked! I’m just trying to go and have fun. I always try to ski my best and whatever else happens is just part of it. Should be a fun couple of weeks!”
“It still feels surreal knowing that I’m heading to my third Olympics and everything leading up to this moment was worth it. I know this will be a unique experience unlike the last two, but I’m just as excited as ever to represent the U.S. and continue to push myself in this sport. The Olympics are a special place where it feels like the whole world comes together and I cannot wait to soak it all in one more time.”
“I am so honored to represent Team USA in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing. I’m also so grateful to say that it will be my third Olympics. That feels crazy to say and it all feels so surreal! I’m looking forward to what’s to come next month!”
“If qualifying for the past two Olympic teams was a battle, this time around was an all-out war. We have such a strong field of talent in the U.S. this year that I count myself incredibly fortunate to even be a part of the team. Every time I’ve gotten to be a part of Team USA, I’ve taken the mentality that making the team was a dream and everything that happened beyond was a bonus. I’m excited to take the run I’ve been working on for the past four years to China and see how it stacks up against the world’s best!”
“I’m super honored to be named to the U.S. Freeski Halfpipe Team. It’s such a stacked and competitive group of athletes. Anytime you're in the top four in such a heavy qualifying field, it’s an honor. I can’t wait to represent Colorado, myself, and all of Team USA. I’m looking forward to getting to Beijing and showing the world what skiing is made of and that’s for fun!”
“This is definitely the opportunity of a lifetime—it’s the biggest of the big for sure. Making the U.S. Team is definitely, for me personally, the coolest team to make and one of the more difficult teams to make, so I’m very honored to have the opportunity to head to Beijing with all my buddies and I’m glad my skiing did the job.”
“It means a lot to be named to the team, it’s been a dream of mine for a long time and the fact that it’s coming true is crazy! I’m super excited to represent my hometown and the USA, which is a crazy thought!”
“I’m just super excited to go to China and be able to represent the USA. I remember being twelve-years-old watching that American sweep in Sochi for freeskiing’s debut in the Olympics, so now being 20 and getting to actually go and compete is pretty surreal. Also I’m stoked to show the whole world what freeskiing is truly about and that’s having a good time with your buddies, just gonna go out and have some fun!”
Mike Jankowski, Halfpipe, Slopestyle & Big Air Head Coach
“We are so fortunate to have such a strong mix of returning medalists and next-generation legends in the making on the 2022 Team. And we are grateful for all the families, communities and mountains around the country who have been a key part of their development. Every one of them is primed and ready to bring home some medals for Team USA.”
Mike Riddle, Halfpipe Pro Team Head Coach
“I’m very excited to be a part of the incredibly strong U.S. halfpipe team. Historically the U.S. Freeski Team has been one of the strongest among the field and this year is no different. Just qualifying for the team is a feat in and of itself. It’s tough because we have several medal contenders ranked in the top 10 in the world who won’t have a spot at the Olympics. That speaks volumes to the depth of talent and is a strong indicator that the team will remain strong for the years and Games to come. I’m excited to watch our athletes show what they’ve got on the world stage next month in Beijing.”
Skogen Sprang, Slopestyle Pro Team Head Coach
“We have a great crew of young hungry talent mixed with veteran knowledge and experience. Everyone has been pushing each other and keeping the stoke levels high throughout the season and we are looking forward to an amazing experience in Beijing!”
About U.S. Ski & Snowboard
U.S. Ski & Snowboard is the Olympic National Governing Body (NGB) of ski and snowboard sports in the USA, based in Park City, Utah. Tracing its roots directly back to 1905, the organization represents nearly 200 elite skiers and snowboarders in 2021, competing in seven teams; alpine, cross country, freeski, freestyle, snowboard, nordic combined and ski jumping. In addition to the elite teams, U.S. Ski & Snowboard also provides leadership and direction for tens of thousands of young skiers and snowboarders across the USA, encouraging and supporting them in achieving excellence. By empowering national teams, clubs, coaches, parents, officials, volunteers and fans, U.S. Ski & Snowboard is committed to the progression of its sports, athlete success and the value of team. For more information, visit www.usskiandsnowboard.org
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