The U.S. Aerials Ski Team is hosting the annual Grill & Chill fundraiser Thursday, September 15, at the Utah Olympic Park (UOC). Attendees, virtually and in-person, will get a behind-the-scenes look at our aerials athletes practicing their spectacular tricks in the Spence Eccles Olympic Freestyle Pool. All proceeds benefit the team as they gear up for the 2022-2023 season.
Join ht team at 10:00 a.m., MST, on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Facebook page to hear from 1995 moguls Olympian Sean Smith, who will be live from the water ramps to give a first-hand look into the athlete's practice while talking to them before they take another lap. In the afternoon, RSVP (spots are limited) to snag a front-row seat on the deck to watch their second practice of the day.
All donations will support critical needs for coaching, travel, and training costs throughout the 2022-23 season. RSVP is required to attend the afternoon session, but all virtual and in-person attendees are encouraged to enter the raffle, check out our online auction and donate.
Who will be there?
Take a look at the 2022-23 aerials athletes who will be in attendance at the event:
- Ashley Caldwell, 29, Ashburn, VA. - U.S. aerial skier; 2022 Olympic gold medalist, 4x Olympian, on the team that won the inaugural gold medal during the mixed team aerials event at the 2022 Winter Olympics
- Chris Lillis, 24, Pittsford, NY. – 2022 Olympic gold medalist; first American aerial skier to land a quint in competition in over a decade
- Justin Schoenefeld, 24, Lawrenceburg, IN. – 2022 Olympic gold medalist; first athlete from Indiana to win a gold medal at the Winter Games
- Megan Nick, 25, Shelburne, VT. – 2022 Olympic bronze medalist; first American to win an individual aerials Olympic medal since 1998
- Winter Vinecki, 24, Gaylord, MI. – U.S. aerial skier; 4 FIS World Cup podiums; has completed a marathon on seven different continents
- Eric Loughran, 25, Pelham, N.H. – U.S. aerial skier; 2x Olympian and 2020 National Champion
- Quinn Dehlinger, 20, Cincinnati, OH. – U.S. aerial skier; 2x Junior National Champion and 2018-19 NorAm Cup Champion
- Derek Krueger, 19, Cleveland, OH. – U.S. aerial skier; top-10 finish in 2022 World Cup Finals
- Kaila Kuhn, 19, Boyne City, MI. – U.S aerial skier; finished the 2018-19 World Cup season ranked 15th overall
- Dani Loeb, 21, Pintala, AL. – U.S aerial skier; first Alabamian ever to make the team[CH3]
- Karenna Elliot, 22, Cincinnati, OH. - U.S. aerial skier; started skiing when she was 14 and is now the second person, and the first woman, to do a double back pike on snow
- Megan Smallhouse, 21, Reno, NV. - U.S. aerial skier; 2018-19 NorAm Cup Overall Champion, started skiing at 11 months old and has a twin brother who is also a ski racer
- Tasia Tanner, 20, Salt Lake City, UT. - U.S. aerial skier; two 11th place finishes at the World Cup, and 8 NorAm Cup podiums, before deciding to specialize in aerial skiing, she competed in Big Mountain and Big Air