INAWASHIRO, Japan (Mar. 1) – Olympian Bradley Wilson (Butte, MT) earned his second career World Cup victory Saturday in a strong return to World Cup moguls competition after the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Fellow Olympic Team member Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) took her first podium of the season with second in the women’s event set on the tricky Japanese course. Canadian Justine Dufour-Lapointe took the victory for the women, while three other Canadians filled out the top four in the men’s event. The men and women head back up the hill Sunday to take on dual moguls.
PARK CITY, UT (March 4) – Defending slopestyle World Champion Alex Schlopy (Park City, UT) heads up a strong roster of U.S. athletes named to compete at the 2013 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships, including both freestyle and freeskiing events. Olympic champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) and 2009 World Champion Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) join current AFP halfpipe leaders Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, CO) and Maddie Bowman (S. Lake Tahoe, CA), plus X Games champion David Wise (Reno, NV) in leading a team of 34 U.S. athletes named to the 2013 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships Team. The FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships take place March 5–10 in Voss and Oslo, Norway.
PARK CITY, UT (Feb. 2) - Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) made it back-to-back wins at Deer Valley Resort taking dual moguls at the Visa Freestyle International. Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) battled Canadian Alex Bilodeau down to the wire taking second. Bradley Wilson (Butte, MT) scored a career first podium in third and managed to outski yellow bib holder, Mikael Kingsbury ending his 19 World Cup win streak.
LAKE PLACID, NY (Jan. 17) - Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) took the win Thursday at the USANA Freestyle Cup in Lake Placid, her first event back after a training injury in early October. Pat Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) also stood atop the podium after three solid runs landed him in second place. The breakout story however was rookie Dylan Walczyk (Vail, CO), in only his second World Cup start, found himself in third after his big air and tight turns caught the judges’ eyes. Mikael Kingsbury of Canada kept ownership of the yellow bib with another win. The moguls team will take a quick break before athletes meet up for the Visa Freestyle International at Utah’s Deer Valley Resort Jan. 31 - Feb 2.
COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. (Dec. 12) – The U.S. Freestyle Moguls selection event will be hosted at the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain Dec. 16-22. Selection events are an opportunity for athletes to qualify for FIS Freestyle World Cup and NorAm starts for the 2013 season, two men and two women's spots are up for grabs. This is the first traditional freestyle event at Copper Mountain since 1978 and the first non-alpine event held on the game changing U.S. Ski Team Copper Speed Center. The event also adds another freestyle competition venue in the U.S. and furthers Copper Mountain's commitment to providing world class training and competition venues for American athletes as they prepare for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
After four years in John Kroetz’s Bristol Mountain Freestyle program in New York, Dylan Walczyk’s family packed up and moved to Summit County, Colorado. There, the young Walczyk trained with John Dowling of Team Breckenridge, whom Walczyk calls the greatest influence in his current skiing style. “I attribute much of my success to the use of all different types of coaches from different programs,” says Walczyk. “I was able to pull little things from each one to improve my skiing.”