U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced its U.S. Freestyle Ski Team nominations for the 2021-20 Olympic season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season. Twenty-seven aerials and moguls athletes have been nominated to the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team.
The 2021-22 team is highlighted by an experienced group of World Cup, World Championship, and Olympic athletes, including three-time Olympian and three-time World Championships medalist Ashley Caldwell; World Cup winner Winter Vinecki; and the women’s mogul #powHERhouse, who finished 2020-21 with four ranked in the top six overall: Hannah Soar (3), Kai Owens (4), Jaelin Kauf (5) and Tess Johnson (6).
There is no such thing as an off season in the lead-up to the world’s premier winter sporting event, and athletes are already hard at work preparing for their chance to represent the red, white and blue at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. Moguls is skiing the #LongestSeasonInUtah at Snowbird in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah, for their first on-snow prep camp. Aerials is back to lifting and trampoline training at the USANA Center of Excellence in Park City, Utah. Both teams will be in residence throughout the summer at Official Training Site Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah.
The 2021-22 FIS Freestyle World Cup calendar is expected to be confirmed by the International Ski Federation (FIS) later this month. The 2022 Olympic Winter Games are scheduled for Feb. 4-20 in Beijing, featuring Team Aerials, a new Olympic medal opportunity for those athletes.
Each athlete accepting the nomination to U.S. Ski Team receives world-class program support, along with access to the USANA Center of Excellence, as well as athletic benefits including elite coaching, sport science, sports medicine, high performance staff, and education opportunities.
An official U.S. Freestyle Ski Team announcement will be made in the fall.
2021-22 Freestyle Nominations
(Hometown; Club; Birthdate)
U.S. Mogul Ski Team
- Casey Andringa (Boulder, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 10/6/95)
- Jesse Andringa (Boulder, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 12/15/97)
- Joel Hedrick (Fort Collins, Colo.; Winter Park Competition Center; 5/30/97)
- Alex Lewis (Carlisle, Mass.; Killington Mountain School; 11/16/99)
- Nick Page (Park City, Utah; Wasatch Freestyle Foundation; 8/1/02)
- Landon Wendler (Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Steamboat Winter Sports Club; 10/12/2000)
- Brad Wilson (Butte, Mont.; Wasatch Freestyle; 6/5/92)
- Olivia Giaccio (Redding, Conn.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 8/15/00)
- Tess Johnson (Edwards, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 6/19/00)
- Kasey Hogg (Park City, Utah; Wasatch Freestyle Foundation; 1/8/2003)
- Madison Hogg (Park City, Utah; Wasatch Freestyle Foundation; 2/15/2001)
- Jaelin Kauf (Alta, Wyo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 9/26/96)
- Kai Owens (Vail, Colo.; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail; 8/16/04)
- Morgan Schild (Pittsford, N.Y.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 8/25/97)
- Hannah Soar (Somers, Conn.; Killington Mountain School; 6/4/99)
U.S. Aerial Ski Team
- Quinn Dehlinger (Cincinnati, Ohio; Elite Aerial Development Program; 6/8/02)
- Chris Lillis (Pittsford, N.Y.; Bristol Mountain Freestyle Team; 10/4/98)
- Eric Loughran (Pelham, N.H.; Loon Mountain Freestyle; 12/4/95)
- Justin Schoenefeld (Lawrenceburg, Ind.; Elite Aerial Development Program; 8/13/98)
- Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, Va.; Elite Aerial Development Program; 9/14/93)
- Karenna Elliott (Cincinnati, Ohio; Park City Ski and Snowboard, 5/24/00)
- Kaila Kuhn (Boyne City, Mich.; Park City Ski and Snowboard; 4/8/03)
- Dani Loeb (Pintlala, Ala.; Park City Ski and Snowboard; 8/10/01)
- Megan Nick (Shelburne, Vt,; Elite Aerial Development Program; 7/9/96)
- Megan Smallhouse (Reno, Nev.; Park City Ski and Snowboard; 1/16/01)
- Tasia Tanner (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski and Snowboard; 7/26/02)
- Winter Vinecki (Gaylord, Mich.; Park City Ski and Snowboard; 12/18/98)