Park City native and former gymnast Madison Gorelik didn’t have to go far from home to get an early introduction to aerials skiing. After only two years on the team, Gorelik has already seen success. (Kirk Paulsen)
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Park City, UT native and former gymnast Madison Gorelik didn’t have to go far from home to get an early introduction to aerials skiing. “Growing up with a water ramping facility in my hometown and being a competitive gymnast and ski racer for so many years, it just seemed like fate that I would try aerials and it would fit,” she says.
Gorelik credits her years as a competitive gymnast for her “jump start” into aerials. “Being a member of FLY Freestyle and having so many amazing coaches is what made making the U.S. Ski Team a possibility,” says Gorelik.
In 2012, in only her second year of aerials competition, Gorelik garnered a lot of attention with five NorAm podium finishes and a bronze medal at U.S. Championships.
Then during the 2013 season, Gorelik put everything she had learned into action. It proved successful. In Gorelik's three World Cup starts, she earned three top 20 results. The best of which was a 14th place finish in Lake Placid, NY. Tack on three NorAm wins and it was definitely a season to remember.
She left racing when she was 10 because she decided to get into gymnastics. She was a competitive gymnast until the age of 15, but the slopes always called. “During my gymnastic years, I often saw the U.S. Ski Team aerialists training, and it was always something that I wanted to try,” she says. “In the summer of 2010, there was a recruitment camp being held at the Utah Olympic Park and I decided to try it. After the recruitment camp I was unsure if I wanted to keep doing aerials, but as soon as my coaches had me trying flips off of the big jumps I never looked back.”
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