After a string of knee injuries left Sho Kashima sidelined, he is hungrier than ever for the 2014 season. With the Olympics on the horizon, the South Lake Tahoe, CA native has his eyes set on gold. (Kirk Paulsen)
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has now confirmed Deer Valley Resort as the site for the 2014 U.S. Freestyle Championships Mar. 28 – Mar. 30.
Crowd favorite Pat Deneen took fourth, the top finish for the USA, while Canadian skier Alex Bilodeau sealed the victory Saturday in front of a crowd of 8,500 at the Visa Freestyle International FIS World Cup at Deer Valley.
Patrick Deneen skied to third place, his first FIS World Cup podium of the Olympic season, on a steep and icy Calgary moguls course Saturday, while World Cup Champion Hannah Kearney earned a second-place finish.
Sho Kashima, this month's featured athlete, finished the 2012-13 season with strong results after battling injury and is preparing for the Olympic Season. (Photo: Kirk Paulsen)
Freestyle Generations Join Together at Camp
Heather McPhie repeated as U.S. moguls champion with Bradley Wilson taking his first title at the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships at Heavenly.
U.S. Champs at Heavenly
Bradley Wilson scored his first World Cup win leading a parade of career bests by U.S. Freestyle Ski Team athletes in Japan.
Bradley Wilson was on the podium again, this time in single moguls, finishing second in a FIS World Cup in Japan.
Season Opener in Ruka
Heavenly to host Freestyle Champs
Watch as Olympic Champion Hannah Kearney looks to extend her record FIS Freestyle World Cup win streak to 13 Thursday, Feb. 2 at the Visa Freestyle International hosted by Deer Valley Resort.
Olympic champion Hannah Kearney extended her World Cup win streak to 12
Olympic gold medalist Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT), who recently notched a record 11th straight FIS Freestyle World Cup victory, will headline the Feb. 2-4 VISA Freestyle International.
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When you're born in West Texas, it usually takes something dramatic to get you skiing. Sho Kashima grabbed the opportunity when, at age four, his dad was transferred to South Lake Tahoe’s Heavenly Mountain Resort. He responded to what he calls "a drastic change in climate" and started skiing, eventually cultivating thoughts of skiing on the World Cup and maybe at the Olympics.
After having his career-best season in 2009 (8th in the World Cup rankings), Kashima started the 2010 season looking strong with a pair of World Cup top-10 finishes. However, a blown knee sustained while preparing for the Deer Valley World Cup in January ended his season early and put his Olympic dreams on hold.
Another knee injury in 2012 put him back on the rehab road, but that didn't stop him from a late-season comeback in 2013. With only five starts, Kashima locked in three top-ten results and earned both a second and a third place finish at the U.S. National Championships, held on his home mountain.
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