U.S. Freeskiing's Sammy Carlson at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix, an AFP Platinum level event and FIS World Cup at Copper Mountain. (USSA/Sarah Brunson)
COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Jan. 16) –The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s fifth annual Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Copper Mountain this past week brought together an International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup and the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) Platinum level event for the second year in a row. The successful partnership between USSA, FIS and the AFP represented the highest level of competition and a uniform front that benefitted over 300 athletes from 28 countries with only 13 months until freeskiing makes its debut at the 2014 Olympics the Grand Prix
Fifth annual Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Copper Mountain featured over 300 athletes from 28 countries for the FIS Freestyle World Cup and AFP Platinum level event.
Successful partnership between USSA, International Ski Federation (FIS) and Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) enabled the highest level of competition that benefitted athletes with qualifying points.
USSA, FIS and AFP worked together to continue the Olympic eligibility and nations quota process that was started in New Zealand and Argentina this summer with FIS World Cups.
The strong working relationship between the organizations started with the hosting of the 2011 FIS World Championships in Park City that helped to set the stage for slopestyle to become accepted as a new Olympic event.
The AFP was instrumental in certifying judges for all FIS World Cups and Olympics.
With a larger than expected field of athletes USSA, FIS and AFP committed additional resources to ensure the integrity of a two run qualification for all athletes in the slopestyle competition.
QUOTE Jeremy Forster, USSA Freeskiing and Snowboarding Director The partnership between FIS and AFP was a vital link in the success of the Visa U.S. Grand Prix World Cup at Copper Mountain. Each organization contributed to this being a fair and productive competition in a qualifier for the Olympic debut of freeskiing in Sochi. We look forward to continuing the partnership at our February Grand Prix in Park City.