BRECKENRIDGE, CO (Dec. 10, 2016) – U.S. Freeskiing pro slopestyle team member Maggie Voisin (Whitefish, MT) had a great start to the 2017 season with a second-place finish at the Winter Dew Tour on Saturday.
Standing alongside Voisin on the podium were 14-year-old Kelly Sildaru of Estonia in first and Kaya Turski of Canada in third.
The Dew Tour competition format was completely reinvented for 2016. Slopestyle athletes competed in two separate contests - a big air event on Friday, which combined the best two scores of four, and a rail section on Saturday, which took the best score of three. The scores were then combined to determine the overall winner, the greatest possible score being a 200. Though there was apprehension going into the event, riders seemed to enjoy the format, saying that it gave them a chance to focus on individual obstacles vs. an overall slopestyle run.
SILVAPLANA, Switzerland (March 4, 2016) – Maggie Voisin (Whitefish, MT) earned her second FIS World Cup podium Friday when she finished third at the final slopestyle event of the 2016 season in Silvaplana.
For Voisin, the podium in Silvaplana comes just two weeks after her first World Cup podium at the Olympic test event in PyeongChang, Korea, where she placed second. The 17-year-old put down a great run that included back-to-back 900s. “So happy to end my (competition) season on the podium!” Voisin said in an Instagram post. “Huge congrats to all the ladies…looking forward to some spring skiing!”
BOKWANG, South Korea (Feb. 20, 2016) – The official Olympic freeskiing slopestyle test event for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games went off smoothly Saturday, where Maggie Voisin (Whitefish, MT) grabbed her first World Cup podium finish with a second-place performance. McRae Williams (Park City, UT) finished seventh for the men and Noah Wallace (Spokane, WA) was 10th.
Voisin, a member of the 2014 U.S. Olympic slopestyle team at just 15 year of age, struggled with injuries throughout the 2014 and 2015 seasons. She returned to competition in 2016 and has been scoring solid results, including fourth place in slopestyle at X Games Aspen and fifth in big air at the Polartec Big Air at Fenway. The second-place finish in PyeongChang marks her best World Cup finish to date.
“I haven’t been on a podium due to injuries for two years now,” Voisin said of her first World Cup podium. “Adding on that it’s the Olympic test event it’s huge, I’m super excited.”
BOKWANG, South Korea (Feb. 18, 2016) – The official Olympic freeskiing test event will take place at the venue for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics this weekend, with the first FIS World Cup slopestyle event ever held in South Korea.
Bokwang Phoenix Park features a three-jump and three-rail slopestyle course, purposely built for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The course was designed and created by German course builders Schneestern, famous for their terrain parks at Montafon, the Stubai Glacier and various other locations across Europe.
Olympic freeskiing hopefuls will spend valuable time familiarizing themselves with the slopestyle course that will be featured at the 23rd edition of the Olympic Winter Games as they also work towards the overall World Cup Crystal Globe award.
BOSTON, MA (Feb. 12, 2016) – It was a night to go down in ski history as the world’s best freeskiers threw down on a 140-foot-tall scaffolding jump at the Polartec Big Air at Fenway on Friday night. An enormous crowd gathered under the lights of Fenway Park and Americans McRae Williams (Park City, UT) finished just off the podium in fourth, while for the women Maggie Voisin (Whitefish, MT) and Devin Logan (West Dover, VT) skied to fifth and sixth place respectively.
It was a groundbreaking event for the U.S. Grand Prix and FIS Freestyle World Cup – never before has the U.S. Grand Prix featured a big air-only event, and never before has skiing been presented in such a historic American venue.
ASPEN, CO (Jan. 29, 2016) – Maggie Voisin (Whitefish, MT) finished just off the podium in fourth in the X Games slopestyle Friday. It was a highly competitive field and an excellent showing for 17-year-old Voisin. Kelly Sildaru of Estonia won gold, while Tiril Sjastad Christiansen earned silver and Johanne Killi of Norway bronze.
It was Voisin’s second X Games appearance - she earned the silver medal in slopestyle in 2014, which made her the youngest skier ever to earn an X Games medal. Fourth was a sweet finish for Voisin, who has worked hard to return to competition form after she suffered back-to-back injuries in 2014.
“It’s my first event back in over a year, so I’m happy with how I skied,” she said. “Going into this event I hadn’t really done a lot of my tricks. Within a couple of days I relearned everything and I have to be super happy.”
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 8) - Team USA slopestyle skier Maggie Voisin suffered an injury to her right ankle after falling on a rail feature Friday. The injury will keep her out of Tuesday's Olympic slopestyle debut. Voisin, 15, a student at the USSA Team Academy, was one of the top qualifiers in the battle for spots on the debut Olympic slopestyle team. She will not be replaced.
Maggie Voisin I'm extremely disappointed to not be skiing in the first-ever women's slopestyle competition here in Sochi this week. This whole season has been a dream and to get this close and then not be able to ski is heartbreaking. But, I will heal soon and be back competing in no time. I have lots of skiing in front of me. Now I will just try and have fun and enjoy the rest of the Olympic experience.
Luke Bodensteiner, Executive Vice President, Athletics, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association
ASPEN, CO (Jan. 26) – Olympian Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg, IN) became the first man since 2004 to win back-to-back slopestyle skiing gold medals at X Games on Sunday, just two weeks from the sport's Olympic debut in Sochi, Russia. McRae Williams (Salt Lake City) took silver and Norway’s Andreas Håtveit bronze. Fifteen-year-old Olympian Maggie Voisin (Whitefish, MT) earned women’s silver during her first-ever X Games, while Canadians Kaya Turski and Kim Lamarre landed gold and bronze respectively. The Olympic slopestyle skiing debut is scheduled for Feb. 13 for the men and Feb. 11 for the women at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.
PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 21) – Five additional freeskiing athletes were nominated by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association to be a part of the Olympic debut of halfpipe and slopestyle skiing. In addition, skicross athlete John Teller (Mammoth Lakes, CA) was nominated to the team, following his win in the final Olympic qualifying World Cup last week. With the confirmation of quotas within freestyle skiing, the USSA added two skiers in halfpipe and three in slopestyle to round out the full team. The formal naming of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team by the United States Olympic Committee is set for Jan. 27.
PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 18) – Keri Herman (Bloomington, MN) clinched her spot on the first-ever U.S. Olympic team for slopestyle skiing with her second-place finish Saturday morning at the fifth and final Olympic qualifier at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix. Julia Krass (Hanover, NH) took the win on the Kings Crown slopestyle course while Canadian Dara Howell slipped into third. The men take to the course Saturday afternoon for the final battle for Sochi spots. Official team nominations will be announced Saturday night after the final halfpipe qualifier, which can be streamed live at usfreeskiing.com at 6:30 p.m. EST.
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