Hannah Kearney hoists her Joska crystal globes after winning the FIS Freestyle World Cup moguls and overall titles in Megeve, France last season. (USSA/Garth Hagar)
PARK CITY, UT (Dec. 14) - The 2013 U.S. Freestyle Moguls Team, lead by Olympic champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT), Olympic bronze medalist Bryon Wilson (Butte, MT) was named in advance of the Dec. 15 FIS Freestyle season opener in Ruka, Finland. The 20 member team also features Bradley Wilson (Butte, MT), a Junior Olympic gold medalist, 2009 World Champion Pat Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) and World Cup winner Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT). The World Cup tour moves to the U.S. on Jan. 19-21 for the USANA U.S. Freestyle Cup in Lake Placid, NY followed by the Visa Freestyle International Jan. 31 -- Feb 2. in Deer Valley, UT.
The U.S. Freestyle Moguls Team named 20 athletes, including Olympic Champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT), Olympic bronze medalist Bryon Wilson (Butte, MT), younger brother, Jr. Worlds Moguls Champion, Bradley Wilson (also Butte), 2009 World Champion Patrick Deneen, (Cle Elum, WA) and U.S. Champion Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) to its 2013 team.
Two newcomers were added to the Team following standout performances last season - Cody Tempel (Missoula, MT) and Dylan Walczyk (Breckenridge, CO)
Five Team athletes are enrolled in the U.S. Ski Team’s partnership program with Westminster College in Salt Lake City including McPhie, Bryon Wilson, Bryan Zemba (Killington, VT), Sho Kashima (South Lake Tahoe, CA) and K.C. Oakley (Piedmont, CA).
The FIS World Cup season opens Dec. 15 in Ruka, Finland.
Domestic World Cups include the USANA U.S, Freestyle Cup in Lake Placid, NY, Jan. 19-21 and the Visa Freestyle International in Deer Valley, UT Jan. 31 -- Feb 2.
QUOTES Hannah Kearney This will be my 11th season on the U.S. Ski Team, but my enthusiasm to represent our country and travel the globe has not dampened with time. In fact, I am increasingly more grateful for the opportunities presented to us on the World Cup tour. I am looking forward to this World Championship season because we have an awesome team dynamic which puts us in a good position to defend our Nations Cup title from last season.
Scott Rawles, Head Moguls Coach The preparation period that we had this summer was one of the best in recent history. With the World Championships coming up in Voss, Norway in March and our test event at the Olympic site in Sochi, Russia in February, we are in an excellent position to build off of the momentum of one of the best seasons that we have ever had.
2013 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team Name, Hometown, Club (Skis, Boots, Bindings, Poles, Helmet, Eyewear) * Indicates Olympian ** Indicates Westminster College student
A Team Jeremy Cota (Carabassette Valley, ME; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) (Bomber, Fulltilt, Swix, Oakley) Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) (Hart, Lange, Look, 180s, Shred, Shred) * Sho Kashima (South Lake Tahoe, CA; Heavenly Valley Ski Foundation) ** Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT; Waterville Valley Black & Blue Trail Smashers) (Volkl, Marker) * Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT; Bridger Freestyle) (Full Tilt, Poc, Poc) * ** K.C. Oakley (Piedmont, CA; Park City Freestyle Team) (Volkl, Full Tilt, Marker, Leki, Oakley) ** Eliza Outtrim (Hamden, CT; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) (Volkl, Marker, Swix, Poc, Oakley) Bryon Wilson (Butte, MT; Wasatch Freestyle) (Hart, Marker, Swix, Oakley) * ** Bradley Wilson (Butte, MT; Wasatch Freestyle) (Hart, Marker, Swix, Bolle)
B Team Joe Discoe (Telluride, CO; Telluride Freestyle Club) (Volkl, Marker, Oakley) Heidi Kloser (Vail, CO; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail) (Volkl, Dalbello, Marker, Leki, Oakley) Brittany Loweree (Point Lookout, NY; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) (Hart, Look, Leki)
C Team Shane Cordeau (Sun Valley, ID; Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation) (Bomber, Nordic, Swix) Dave Digravio (Farmington, ME; Carrabassett Valley Academy) (Volkl, Marker, Swix, Poc, Poc) ** Ryan Dyer (Steamboat, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) (Hart, Marker, Swix, Bolle) Ali Kariotis (Tiburon, CA; Squaw Valley Freestyle Team) (Swix) Mikaela Matthews (Frisco, CO; Team Summit) (Dalbello, Oakley) Cody Tempel (Missoula, MT; Park City Freestyle) (Hart, Dalbello, Marker) Dylan Walczyk (Breckenridge, CO; Team Breckenridge Sports Club) (Full Tilt, Look) Bryan Zemba (Killington, VT; Killington Mountain School) (Hart, Full Tilt, Look. Swix, Poc, Poc) **
Uniform Suppliers Columbia - Official Uniform including outerwear, base layer and hats SmartWool – Socks Auclair – Gloves 2XU – Compression Gear High Sierra - Bags
Hard Goods (skis, boots, bindings, poles) 180s Bomber Dalbello Fischer Full Tilt Hart Lange Leki Marker Nordica Rossignol Swix Volkl