Julia Krass is one of the few dominant fresh faces of freeskiing and burst onto the slopestyle scene in 2014 when she landed a spot on the first-ever U.S. Olympic Team for slopestyle skiing. (Getty Images/Al Bello)
The 2014 season of The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series presented by Nissan concluded this past Saturday with slopestyle skiing finals at Heavenly Mountain Resort, where Olympian Julia Krass took the top spot in women’s slopestyle.
Devin Logan made history Tuesday earning a silver medal in the thrilling debut of slopestyle skiing at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Dara Howell of Canada took third, Julia Krass first and Keri Herman second at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix Saturday at Park City, where Herman clinched her spot on the first-ever U.S. Olympic team for slopestyle skiing.
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Julia Krass is one of the few dominant fresh faces of freeskiing, bursting onto the freeskiing scene in 2014 when she landed a spot on the inaugural Olympic slopestyle team. Her first major career result was a second in both halfpipe and slopestyle at The North Face Park and Pipe Open in Waterville Valley, NH in 2011. She then reeled in a few Revolution Tour podiums as well as a fifth at 2013 FIS Junior World Ski Championships and a silver and bronze at the 2013 USSA Junior Nationals.
It’s safe to say that Krass was then thrilled to earn a spot on the 2013-2014 Grand Prix tour, the Olympic qualifying series, but didn’t put too much stress on herself to make the Olympic team at her young age. During the last event of the series in Park City, Krass stepped it up and wowed the crowd with a victory, securing the coveted coaches’ discretionary nomination to the first-ever U.S. Olympic Team for slopestyle skiing.
At 16 years old, Krass represented her country on the global stage in Sochi and finished 11th against a stacked field of veteran athletes. Upon her return from Russia, Krass carried the momentum to Heavenly, CA, where she took the win at The North Face Park and Pipe Open for slopestyle. Stay tuned for more impressive results from this solid up and comer.
Of course, throughout all of the events, the Olympics were in the back of my head, but it wasn't until the last two events that it was a main focus. For the first three qualifiers I didn't have the results to send me to Sochi, but before the last two I learned some new tricks and I felt very confident in my abilities. In order for me to go it came down to the last event, and I had to win. It put a lot of pressure on me, but I got it done and was added to the Olympic team. Sochi was an amazing experience that I never thought would come this early in my career, but this season was a blast for me and I cannot wait for more to come!
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