Freestyle Programs

Aerials Development

After the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team is named in May 2013, based on the final NorAm Grand Prix standings for the 2012-13 season the top five men and women in moguls/dual moguls and the top two men women in aerials, will be named to the USSA development group. This will guarantee these athletes’ starts on the NorAm tour. All development group athletes must participate in the U.S. Selection Events. If a development group athlete is injured and unable to compete in U.S. Selection Events, the athlete must provide medical documentation stating they are unable to compete. Once medically cleared to compete, they would retain their NorAm start. An athlete who is named to the development group has until June 1, 2013 to accept their spot in the USSA development group. Once the USSA office has been notified that an athlete is retiring or the deadline has passed with no acceptance, the next athlete on the NorAm Grand Prix standings will be added to the development group.

National Team Coaching Contacts
Aerials: Joe Davies: jdavies@ussa.org
Aerials Strength Coach: Chad Gerhard: cgerhard@ussa.org


Aerials Development Group Athletes

Avery Driscoll
Winter Vineck
JJ Boyczyuk
Alec Carignan

 

Elite Aerial Development Program Athletes

Si Ning Chan
Elle Gaudette
Jasper Helconelo
Tyra Izor
Chris Lillis
Megan Nick
Nick Novak
Patrick O'Flynn
Harrison Smith
Zach Surdell
Kira Tanghe
Madison Varmette

 

Freestyle Skiing/Freeskiing Water Ramp Programs

Following are programs that offer coaching year-round for freestyle skiing (moguls and aerials) and freeskiing (big air, slopestyle, halfpipe). There is water ramping in the summer for skiers and snowboarders who want to safely learn tricks before performing them in the winter and winter sites that are designed to provide the safest atmosphere for jumping on snow.

Utah Olympic Park
Park City, UT 
Sharlee Holland: Sharlee.Holland@olyparks.com   

Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA)
Lake Placid, NY

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club
Steamboat Springs, CO
http://www.sswsc.org

 

Complimentary Summer Talent ID Camps

Every summer the U.S. Ski Team hosts two Talent ID camps for aerial skiing at little or no cost to participants.

Camp Information
Freestyle Aerial Recruitment Camp Information
Lake Placid Aerial Recruitment Camp Registration

Conditioning Information
To be considered for invitation, athletes will need to provide some details about their experience in other sports and briefly explain why they would like to try the sport of freestyle aerial skiing. Athletes who excel at the Talent ID camps have a chance to be named to the Elite Aerial Development Program (EADP). Forms need to be filled out and submitted with recruitment registration.
Trampoline Routines
Physical Conditioning Point Chart
Physical Conditioning Results Sheet

 

 

U.S. Ski Team Tryout Camp for Acrobats and Gymnasts

The USSA is looking for future Olympic acrobatic athletes ages under the age of 19 to participate in its Elite Aerial Development Program (EADP) in Lake Placid, NY or the Western Development Aerial Program, "Fly Freestyle," in Park City, UT. 
 
The EADP has converted retired acrobatic athletes from sports like gymnastics, trampoline, diving, tumbling, etc (who may or may not ski) into Olympic athletes in the sport of aerial skiing! U.S. Olympian Ashley Caldwell, made it to the Olympic final in Vancouver 2010 after only two years in the EADP.
 
Athletes over 13 and parents of athletes under 13, share your best acrobatic tricks and you could earn an invitation to try out for the EADP. Submit a YouTube video or Vimeo along side the U.S. Ski Team Community including gold medal Olympians Lindsey Vonn, Shaun White and Gretchen Bleiler.
 
Selection will be based on votes, ratings and coach’s discretion. Get as creative as you like and share your story – the world is waiting! GO USA and good luck! Click HERE to learn more!

 

 

Elite Aerial Development Program

The Elite Aerial Development Program (EADP) is based in Lake Placid, NY and run by coach Jaroslav (Jadi) Novak (jnovak@ussa.org).
 
Up to 12 EADP athletes receive, from the Olympic Training Center (OTC), complimentary year round housing, meals, transportation and facility use including a fully staffed sports medicine clinic, weight room, trampoline gym, water ramp facility and winter aerials site.  The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team provides complimentary year round coaching that includes 24-hr supervision, trip planning, high school tutoring, etc.  

Ages of participants range from 15 to 19 years old. About half of the group competes throughout North America on the Nor-Am Tour covering their own winter competition expenses including travel & lodging.  The less experienced half of the group jumps in Lake Placid for most of the winter with a focus more on training than competing. This allows them to save money by utilizing the OTC's resources year-round while being able to train more than is typically possible on the Nor-Am Tour. At the end of every winter, the list of the twelve athletes in the EADP is evaluated and potentially changed before a new group is named April 1. Athletes not meeting their obligations will be removed to make room for more dedicated athletes. Athletes who excel in the EADP will eventually move upward to the national team.

EADP Mission Statement and Selection Process

 

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