PARK CITY, UT (June 16) – Two-time Olympic medalist and World Champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) headlines a talent deep group of 36 athletes nominated to the 2014-2015 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team for aerials and moguls. The 2015 season is highlighted by World Cup stops in both Lake Placid, NY and Deer Valley, UT along with the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships Jan. 16-25 in Kreischberg, Austria.
Thirty-six athletes have been nominated to the 2015 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team.
Two-time Olympic medalist and World Champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) seeks to defend her overall and moguls World Cup title
Two-time Olympian Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, VA) and first time Olympian Mac Bohonnon headline a young aerials team already focused on the 2018 Olympics.
Five newcomers have been nominated to the team this year, following outstanding performances last season – Moguls: Thomas Rowley (Long Beach, NY), Morgan Schild (Pittsford, NY). Aerials: Harrison Smith (Rochester, NY), Zach Surdell (Marcellus, MI), Si Ning Chan (Maine, NY).
Sophia Schwartz (Sun Valley, ID) had an outstanding 2014 season with a top-ten finish in every moguls World Cup she attended.
Jonathon Lillis (Rochester, NY) posted three top-20 finishes including a career best fourth at Deer Valley, UT during the 2014 aerials World Cup season.
The 2015 FIS Freestyle World Cup season opens Dec. 13 in Ruka, Finland for moguls and Dec. 20-21 in Beijing, China for aerials.
The tour swings to the United States Jan. 8-10 for the Visa Freestyle International in Deer Valley, UT and Jan. 29-31 for the 2015 Freestyle World Cup in Lake Placid, NY.
The 2015 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships are slated for Jan. 16-25 in Kreischberg, Austria.
2015 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team Nominated Athletes
Name, Hometown, Club, Date of Birth
* Denotes Olympian
Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, WA, 12/25/87)*
Sho Kashima (South Lake Tahoe, CA, Heavenly Valley Ski Foundation, 11/01/86)
Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT, Waterville Valley Black & Blue Trail Smashers, 2/26/86)*
Heidi Kloser (Vail, CO, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, 9/18/92)*
Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT, Bridger Freestyle, 5/28/84)*
Eliza Outtrim (Hamden, CT, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, 7/18/85)*
Sophie Schwartz (Sun Valley, ID, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, 11/24/90)
Bradley Wilson (Butte, MT, Wasatch Freestyle, Deer Valley Resort, 6/05/1992)*
Joe Discoe (Telluride, CO, Telluride Freestyle Club, 2/23/87)
Mikaela Matthews (Frisco, CO, Team Summit, 12/24/91)
Troy Murphy (Bethel, ME, Planet Ski International, 6/13/92)
K.C. Oakley (Piedmont, CA, Park City Freestyle Team, 5/05/88)
Bryon Wilson (Butte, MT, Wasatch Freestyle, Deer Valley Resort, 4/07/88)*
Jeremy Cota (Carrabassett Valley, ME, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, 10/24/88)
Ali Kariotis (Tiburon, CA, Squaw Valley Freestyle Team, 4/29/95)
Keaton McCargo (Telluride, Co; Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club, 7/10/95)
Bruce Perry Jr. (Winter Park, CO, Winter Park Competition Center, 10/09/95)
Thomas Rowley (Long Beach, NY, Telluride, 7/02/94)
Morgan Schild (Pittsford, NY, Vail Ski Snowboard Club, 8/25/97)
Dylan Walczyk (Rochester, NY, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, 6/25/93)
Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, VA, 9/14/93)*
Dylan Ferguson (Amesbury, MA, Waterville Valley Black & Blue Trail Smashers, 8/10/88)
Mac Bohonnon (Madison, CT, Stratton Mountain Freestyle, 3/27/95)*
Jonathon Lillis (Rochester, NY, Bristol Mountain Freestyle Team, 8/20/94)
Kiley McKinnon (Madison, CT, Eastern Aerial Development Program, 9/01/95)
Mike Rossi (Long Valley, NJ, 2 /25/94)
Alex Bowen (Springville, NY, Buffalo Ski Club, 5/21/92)
Si Ning Chan (Maine, NY, Greek Peak Ski Club, 5/27/96)
Madison Gorelik (Park City, UT, FLY Freestyle, 3/12/94)
Kendal Johnson (McFarland, WI, FLY Freestyle 3/27/92)
Allison Lee (Manchester, CT, Waterville Valley Freestyle Team, 11/13/89)
Eric Loughran, (Waterville Valley Freestyle Team, 4/12/95)
Morgan Northrop (Haymarket, VA, Elite Aerial Development Program, 4/16/94)
Madison Olsen, (Park City, UT, FLY Freestyle, 4/07/95)
Harrison Smith, (Rochester, NY, Bristol Mountain, 12/09/97)
Zach Surdell (Marcellus, MI, Swiss Valley, 6/03/98)
(From U.S. Ski Team Press Release)