Advancement through the USSA's Athlete Development Pipeline is based on tangible, objective selection criteria. At each level, from grassroots club-level events to Olympics, athletes advance based on athletic performance in events as well as on ranking or points lists. Selection criteria for different events, teams or projects may be different. Athletes, coaches and parents should read the criteria carefully to learn exactly how athletes will be selected. In some cases it may be results from specific events. In other cases it may be an athletes ranking on a USSA or International Ski Federation (FIS) points or ranking list. Most athletes are selected by specific objective criteria, but there may also be discretionary selection if noted in the criteria. Click on the tabs above to access selection criteria for specific teams or development projects.
Each year, the top athletes in America are nominated to compete as a part of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season. The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team announces official team rosters in the fall, naming those athletes who accept the responsibilities of being a part of the team and are planning to compete in the 2015-16 season.
Every athlete named to the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team will receive a high level of world class program support, with access to athletic benefits including an elite coaching, sport science, sports medicine and high performance staff, access to the USSA Center of Excellence, and education opportunities.
Men Jeremy Cota (Carrabassett Valley, ME; Steamboat Winter Sports Club; 10/24/88) Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, WA; 12/25/87) Bradley Wilson (Butte, MT; Wasatch Freestyle; 6/5/92)
Women Heidi Kloser (Vail, CO; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail; 9/18/92) K.C. Oakley (Piedmont, CA; Park City Freestyle Ski Team; 5/5/88) Morgan Schild (Pittsford, NY; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail; 8/25/97)
Men Troy Murphy (Bethel, ME; Park City Freestyle Ski Team; 6/13/92) Thomas Rowley (Long Beach, NY; Hunter Mountain Freestyle Team; 7/2/94) Dylan Walczyk (Rochester, NY; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail; 6/25/93) Bryon Wilson (Butte, MT; Wasatch Freestyle; 4/7/88)
Women Keaton McCargo (Telluride, CO; Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club; 10/7/95)
Men Ryan Dyer (Steamboat Springs, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 6/29/91) Sho Kashima (South Lake Tahoe, CA; Heavenly Valley Ski Foundation; 11/1/86) Bruce Perry Jr. (Winter Park, CO; Winter Park Competition Center; 10/9/95)
Women Nessa Dziemian (East Hampstead, NH; Park City Freestyle Ski Team; 4/14/94) Tess Johnson (Edwards, CO; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail; 6/19/00) Ali Kariotis (Tiburon, CA; Squaw Valley Freestyle Team; 4/29/95) Mikaela Matthews (Frisco, CO; Team Summit; 12/24/91) Lane Stoltzner (Park Ridge, IL; Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club; 12/21/90) Sophia Schwartz (Sun Valley, ID; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 11/24/90)
Aerials A Team
Men Mac Bohonnon (Madison, CT; Stratton Mountain Freestyle; 3/27/95) Alex Bowen (Springville, NY; Buffalo Ski Club; 5/21/92) Jon Lillis (Rochester. NY; Bristol Mountain Freestyle Team; 8/20/94)
Women Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, VA; Elite Aerial Development Program; 9/14/93) Kiley McKinnon (Madison, CT; Elite Aerial Development Program; 9/1/95)
Men Nevin Brown (Streetsboro, OH; Mont Chalet; 4/19/1989) Eric Loughran (Pelham, NH; Loon Mountain Freestyle; 12/4/95) Mike Rossi (Long Valley, NJ; Fly Freestyle; 2/25/94)
Women Madison Olsen (Park City, UT; Fly Freestyle; 4/7/95)
Men Kendal Johnson (McFarland, WI; Fly Freestyle; 3/27/92) Nik Seemann (Winter Park, CO; Winter Park Competition Center; 8/28/97) Harrison Smith (Pittsford, NY; Bristol Mountain Snow Sports Club; 9/12/97) Zach Surdell (Marcellus, MI; Elite Aerial Development Program; 3/6/98)
Women Avery Driscoll (Park City, UT; UOP Sports Club; 6/1/96) Si Ning Chan (Maine, NY; Greek Peak Ski Club; 5/27/96) Elle Gaudette (Maple Grove, MN; 11/30/97) Morgan Northrop (Park City, UT; Elite Aerial Development Program; 4/16/94)
Making the Team
There are freestyle teams for athletes of all skills levels. Whether you're trying for the National Team or want to join a club, there's an option for you.
Center of Excellence
The Center of Excellence in Park City, UT, is a national training and education center providing world-class facilities and educational resources for the USSA's athletes, coaches, clubs and others.