Morgan Northrop (Haymarket, VA) and Chris Lillis (Pittsford, NY) each scored career-best World Cup results to lead four Americans in the finals Thursday at the Visa Freestyle International Aerial World Cup.
Chris Lillis is the second of three Lillis brothers to take to aerial skiing. As an EADP member, He came in to the 2015-16 season with a few NorAm podiums and top 10 finished under his belt. A win at U.S. selections earned him his first World Cup start at Deer Valley where he posted a ninth place finish. From there, Chris went on to have a tremendous break out season, landing another top 10 finish and a win at World Cup finals in Minsk, Belarus, making him the youngest man ever to win a FIS aerials World Cup.
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) is a name you hear constantly in the ski racing world. And the rest of the sports world is starting to take notice. Red Bull explored her past, her undeniable dominance in the tech World Cups and where she’s heading next in their piece “Find out the fascinating story of Mikaela Shiffrin.”
With the contest season wrapped, brothers Ben and Gabe Ferguson took off for British Columbia to surf deep pow with their third brothers Zach, coach James Jackson and famed park builder Pat Malendoski. Not a bad way to cap off a killer season that included medals at X Games and Burton US Open.
Building off the success of last year's crystal clad season, the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team athletes continued to push the limits and land top finishes on the World Cup circuit and beyond. This season was full of break through performances from veterans and new comers alike. With 10 different athletes landing on the podium, the talent and depth of the moguls and aerials teams shone through alongside the crystal globes and medals. Here are the top moments from the 2015-16 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team season.
There’s nothing more American than football, and while the U.S. Ski Team is inherently American, there isn’t much relation between the NFL and ski racing. However, in 1994, the two sports merged and it resulted in Tommy Moe taking home two medals at the Lillehammer Olympics. Read the story about how Mike McCoy, a cornerback for the Green Bay Packers and University of Colorado alum, helped train the U.S. Ski Team for the Olympic season.
After a tough beginning of the 2015-16 season, Steven Nyman attacked the second half with force and power—snagging four podiums in the last four downhills. But while he’s a big guy with a killer skiing resume, he’s a grounded, personable character with a drive to take home a downhill globe next season.
Dave Brennan of Powder sat down with Nyman to talk with him about the sacrifices he’s had to make, ski racing’s public perception, his future and more. Read the powerful interview here.