Park City native and former gymnast Madison Gorelik didn’t have to go far from home to get an early introduction to aerials skiing. And after only three years on the team, Gorelik has already risen to the World Cup circuit. (Steven Kornreich)
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Park City, Utah, 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 the U.S. Ski Team a possibility,” she says.
In only her second year of aerials competition, Gorelik earned a lot of attention with five NorAm podium finishes and a bronze medal at the 2012 U.S. Championships. Then in 2013 she put everything she had learned into action. In Gorelik's three World Cup starts, she earned three top-20 results, the best of which was a 14th in Lake Placid, NY. Then tack on three NorAm wins and it was definitely a season to remember.
She again propelled that success into 2014 and earned another first-place NorAm finish along with five more top-10s.
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