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Height
4-10
Weight
85
 

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Winter Park native Birk Irving is taking the freeskiing world by storm at the age of 14. A double threat in halfpipe and slopestyle, Irving has earned multiple Revolution Tour podiums and a USSA Junior National Championships title in halfpipe, which prove that this up-and-comer is serious about paving his road to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

The 2014 winter marked a great comeback year for Irving, who had been sidelined by a couple injuries the previous season. After making a full recovery, he was a force to be reckoned with on the Revolution Tour where he took second in halfpipe at the Seven Springs stop and a third place in halfpipe at the Sun Valley stop. He also placed 10th in halfpipe at the Aspen/Snowmass Open against some of the sport’s seasoned veterans and then went on to take the USSA Junior National Championships title in halfpipe. With such impressive results, Irving was invited to represent the U.S. on the FIS Junior World Championships Team in Italy, where he placed sixth in halfpipe.

Irving has a few goals for the near future, including competing in the Grand Prix, Dew Tour, and X Games, with the ultimate goal of going to the next Olympics.

BIRK SAYS
This past season started off rough. In July I broke my tibia and fibula and spent four months in a cast. I wasn’t cleared to ski until late December of 2013 and I spent a lot of time working on rehabbing my leg, making it a short season for me. Fortunately, I was able to stay healthy and get some results this year. I ended up first at USSA Junior Nationals, third overall in the Revolution Tour, and got a top ten at the Aspen Open. I was also lucky enough to go to Junior Worlds in Valmalenco, Italy. 

It has always been my dream to be on the U.S. Ski Team, and I am really excited about all the upcoming events and what this opportunity will do for my skiing. I still can’t believe it!

FIRST TRACKS
Living at the base of Winter Park, Irving hails from a family of skiers who spend as much time skiing together as possible. With a father on ski patrol, a mom who coached alpine racing, and a sister who also competes in halfpipe and slopestyle, it is no wonder he took to skiing at an early age. Irving never had an interest in any other type of skiing other than park skiing. He started sliding rails at age five and did his first 360 that same year. He was determined to be a freeride skier, and when he got his first sponsor at age seven, he never looked back.

OFF THE SNOW
When not on snow, Irving enjoys the great outdoors of Colorado and spends his summers downhill mountain biking at Winter Park and fishing. He also spends free time bouncing on trampolines to keep in shape for skiing. In addition to his focus on skiing, Irving takes his studies seriously and starts most of his days by doing online classes before and after hitting the slopes. He has found the perfect balance between passion and education and maintains a 3.5 GPA.

 

Highlights

AFP RANKING
36th, HP, 2014

FIS JUNIOR WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS
6th, HP, Chiesa in Valmalenco, ITA, 2014

OTHER
1st, HP, USSA Junior National Championships, Park City, UT, 2014
4th, HP, USASA Nationals, Copper Mountain, CO, 2014
16th, SS, USASA Nationals, Copper Mountain, CO, 2014
19th, SS, USSA Junior National Championships, Park City, UT, 2014
3rd, HP, Revolution Tour, Sun Valley, ID, 2014
6th, HP, Revolution Tour, Sun Valley, ID, 2014
10th, HP, Aspen/Snowmass Freeskiing Open, Aspen, CO, 2014
2nd, HP, Revolution Tour, Seven Springs, PA, 2014