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.

2018 Freestyle/Freeskiing Olympic Criteria 

2016/17 Olympic Criteria Selections Event Dates

Aerials - Deer Valley World Cup February 3rd, 2017

2017/18 Olympic Criteria Selections Event Dates

To be confirmed by June 30th, 2017


Freestyle Team and World Cup Criteria

Freestyle World Championship Criteria

Junior World Championship Criteria

Selection Events Criteria  (Site location change to Winter Park, Colorado)

NorAm Criteria

Junior National Championship Criteria

National Championship Criteria


U.S. Freestyle Ski Team

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 2016-2017 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.

U.S. Freestyle Ski Team
2016-17 Team Nominations


A Team
Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, WA; 12/25/87)
Bradley Wilson (Butte, MT; Wasatch Freestyle; 6/5/92)

Mikaela Matthews (Frisco, CO; Team Summit; 12/24/91)
K.C. Oakley (Piedmont, CA; Park City Freestyle Ski Team; 5/5/88)
Morgan Schild (Pittsford, NY; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 8/25/97)

B Team
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)

Nessa Dziemian (East Hampstead, NH; Park City Freestyle Ski Team; 4/14/94)
Jaelin Kauf (Alta, WY; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 9/26/96)
Keaton McCargo (Telluride, CO; Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club; 10/7/95)

C Team
Hunter Bailey (Vail, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 3/24/96)
Ryan Dyer (Steamboat Springs, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 6/29/91)
Troy Tully (Armonk, NY; Wasatch Freestyle Foundation; 7/14/92)

Tess Johnson (Edwards, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 6/19/00)

D Team
Joel Hedrick (Fort Collins, CO; Winter Park Competition Center; 5/30/97)
Emerson Smith (Frisco, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 2/13/97)
Abe Studler (Brant Lake, NY; Killington Mountain School; 5/4/97)

Kaitlyn Harrell (Morro Bay, CA; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 7/17/97)
Hannah Soar (Somers, CT; Killington Mountain School; 6/4/1999)
Olivia Giaccio (Vail, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 8/15/00)


A Team
Mac Bohonnon (Madison, CT; Stratton Mountain Freestyle; 3/27/95)
Chris Lillis (Pittsford, NY; Bristol Mountain Freestyle Team; 4/10/98)
Jon Lillis (Pittsford, NY; Bristol Mountain Freestyle Team; 8/20/94)

Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, VA; Elite Aerial Development Program; 9/14/93)
Kiley McKinnon (Madison, CT; Elite Aerial Development Program; 9/1/95)

B Team
Alex Bowen (Springville, NY; Buffalo Ski Club; 5/21/92)
Eric Loughran (Pelham, NH; Loon Mountain Freestyle; 12/4/95)
Harrison Smith (Pittsford, NY; Bristol Mountain Snow Sports Club; 9/12/97)

Morgan Northrop (Park City, UT; Elite Aerial Development Program; 4/16/94)
Madison Olsen (Park City, UT; Fly Freestyle; 4/7/95)

C Team
Nik Seemann (Winter Park, CO; Winter Park Competition Center; 8/28/97)
Zach Surdell (Marcellus, MI; Elite Aerial Development Program; 3/6/98)

Avery Driscoll (Park City, UT; UOP Sports Club; 6/1/96)
Megan Nick (Shelburne, VT; Elite Aerial Development Program; 7/9/96)
Tyra Izor (Duxbury, VT; Elite Aerial Development Program; 7/14/97)
Kira Tanghe (Essex Junction, VT; Elite Aerial Development Program; 6/6/97)
Winter Vinecki (Salem, OR; Elite Aerial Development Program; 12/18/98)


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.

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