U.S. Pro Freeskiing Team Announced
SAM Magazine-Park City, Utah, June 15, 2011-The USSA has named the first official U.S. Freeskiing national team roster following the recent news that skiing halfpipe will be included in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Freeskiiing Pro Halfpipe Team for the 2011-12 season includes X Games champions Jen Hudak (Salt Lake City, Utah and Simon Dumont (Bethel, Maine). The selection process for the Olympic team will be decided over the next two years, and Olympians will be named just prior to the 2014 Olympics.
Plans were finalized this week during a dryland training camp at the USSA Center of Excellance in Park City where nine athletes were chosen, based on competition results from last season. Joining Hudak and Dumont are David Wise (Reno, NV), Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, Colo.), Tucker Perkins (North Hampton, N.H.), Gus Knworthy (Telluride, Colo.), Devin Logan (West Dover, Vt.), Jess Cumming (Beaver Creek, Colo.) and Brita Sigourney (Carmel, Calif.).
The selected athletes "have played a key role in the formation of their sport and helped influence the IOC decision to include halfpipe skiing through their skills as athletes," said U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing director Jeremy Forster. "These are the best American athletes competing in the sport today."
The new Pro Team program will provide athlete support at both dryland and on-snow events and competitions including the U.S. Halfpipe Grand Prix and X Games.