California girl K.C. Oakley made her presence known on the U.S. team after securing 13 top-ten finishes in her two-year career on the team. With sights on the 2014 games, she's fine-tuning her skiing so she can reach her Olympic dreams. (Kirk Paulsen)
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The cousin of Alpine Meadows Freestyle Team founder, Clay Beck, K.C. Oakley stuck with the family tradition. She joined the Alpine Meadows team at 13 and made the three-hour commute to Tahoe from Piedmont, CA every weekend all winter. At 17, she narrowed her focus to just moguls and began competing in NorAm events. At the end of the 2011 season, she captured her first two NorAm wins, the overall NorAM title and a silver medal at the U.S. National Championships, earning her invite to the U.S. Ski Team.
It was a good move, because in 2012 Oakley nabbed seven top-ten World Cup finishes, her first podium and the U.S. Championship title at Mt. Stratton, VT. She finished her rookie season ranked ninth in the world, which earned her the World Cup Rookie of the Year award.
Oakley has taken full advantage of the resources provided by the U.S. Ski Team and has scored 13 World Cup top-10 results since being named to the team. Oakley finished the 2013 season with yet another U.S. Championship podium at Heavenly Mountain.
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