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5-7
Weight
120
 

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Brita Sigourney knows how to stage a comeback. After a long road to Sochi that included two consecutive years of season-ending injuries, Sigourney jumped back on the competition circuit just in time to qualify for the inaugural U.S. Olympic halfpipe team. Sigourney kicked off the Olympic qualifying series by landing on the podium for the first two events, including a win at the Copper Grand Prix. On her 24th birthday, Sigourney became the second U.S. woman to secure an Olympic halfpipe spot during the Park City Grand Prix. During the Olympics, she skied strong in the qualifiers, placed second and advanced to finals. Sigourney finished sixth during halfpipe skiing’s debut on the global stage. Sigourney wrapped up the 2014 season by placing second in halfpipe at the SFR tour in France as well as finishing second in the AFP world halfpipe ranking list.

While attending UC Davis, Sigourney balanced her busy collegiate life with club water polo and her ski competition schedule before she realized her passion was skiing. She then dropped water polo and positioned her focus on halfpipe, where in her first full competition year she took home the Junior World Championship title and a silver medal at the U.S. Championships. She continued her hot streak in 2011 with a silver in her X Games halfpipe debut. Her 2012 season proved just as successful with a bronze at her second X Games and two wins at the Visa U.S. Grand Prix at Copper and Mammoth Mountain.

Sigourney suffered a knee injury in 2012 and immediately turned her focus to recovery. She recovered enough to win the Dew Tour in December 2012 but then broke her collarbone and injured her shoulder at the Sochi test event World Cup in February 2013. After undergoing surgery for her shoulder, she learned she had also reinjured her knee. Despite the bad news she was optimistic and dedicated enough to get strong again before the historic Olympic season.

BRITA SAYS
The Olympics were an amazing experience and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to represent my country. The world has been introduced to halfpipe skiing, which was much overdue. While I would have preferred to repeat my qualifying run during finals, I am proud to have given it my all. Best of all, I am uninjured late in the ski season for the first time in many years and am very excited to be able to train through the summer in preparation for next ski season. Thanks to everyone for your support, I’ll be back.

FIRST TRACKS
Sigourney's parents stuck her on skis as soon as she could walk. Even though it was a five-hour drive from her home, she spent a good amount of her life in the mountains of Tahoe. She caught the bug early and was obsessed from the start, joining the Alpine Meadows Freestyle Team when she was eight, a move that would eventually introduce Sigourney to her new domain: the halfpipe.

OFF THE SNOW
This California girl has a love of traveling, everything outdoors and, of course, the beach. She also enjoys quality time with family when not traveling around to competitions.

 

Highlights

OLYMPICS
Teams: 2014
6th, HP, Sochi, RUS, 2014

AFP Ranking
2nd, HP, 2014
5th, HP, 2012

X GAMES
5th, HP, Aspen, CO, 2014
Silver, HP, Aspen, CO, 2011
Bronze, HP, Aspen, CO, 2012

FIS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Teams: 2011
6th, HP, Park City, UT, 2011

FIS WORLD CUP
Seven World Cup Starts since 2009, 4 podiums, 3 wins

GRAND PRIX
2nd, HP, Park City #2, UT, 2014
4th, HP, Breckenridge, CO, 2014
1st, HP, Copper Mountain, CO, 2013
1st, HP, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2012
1st, HP, Copper Mountain, CO, 2011
3rd, HP, Copper Mountain, CO, 2013

OTHER
2nd, HP, SFR Tour, La Clusaz, FRA, 2014
3rd, HP, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, Dec. 2013
1st, HP, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, 2012
3rd, HP, Dew Tour, Killington, VT, 2012
1st, HP, Dew Tour, Snowbasin, UT, 2011
Gold, HP, FIS Junior World Championships, Cardrona, NZL, 2010