As a young park maestro at Windells Ski and Snowboard Camp, it was easy to see that Sammy C would soon be on top of Winter X podiums and more. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Freeskiing)
Keri Herman’s back-to-back switch tricks and clean landings sealed the deal for her second straight World Cup win at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Copper Mountain.
In preparation for the 2013 competition season, some of U.S. Freeskiing’s best slopestyle skiers are hitting Mammoth Mountain’s Unbound Terrain Park.
Bobby Brown captured gold at freeskiing big air for a career fifth Winter X Games medal.
Freeskiing Team Announced
U.S. Freeskiing named its inaugural slopestyle team after the IOC accepted the event for the 2014 Olympics this past February.
Sammy Carlson Quick Facts
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Mt. Hood isn't a bad place to grow up, just ask Sammy Carlson. The young park maestro grew up only a few minutes down the road in Tigard, OR. Being a local at the park and pipe summer camp mecca paid off, as Sammy started collecting X Games hardware in 2007 with a silver in slopestyle. Since then, he's won four more X Games medals including his first gold in 2011
Perhaps more famously known for landing one of the first triple cork 1260s on skis, Carlson is renowned for super-progressive park skiing with an unreal rail presence.
Unfortunately, he suffered a knee injury in January 2012. He focused his efforts on healing and came back in 2013 to compete in the Dew Tour and X Games, but devoted most of his time to his playground: the backcountry. Carlson produced a stellar 90-second edit for ESPN’s Real Ski Backcountry contest, displaying backcountry skills mixed with his own super-progressive skiing style. Beating out tough competition, Carlson won gold and an extra $50k!
OFF THE SNOW
Philanthropy aside, he's got a movie project in the works called On Top of the Hood, while his Sammy Carlson Invitational (SCI) is in its second year. "I created SCI because it’s cool to push our sport and get the riders out to where I first started skiing and everyone can experience it." When home in Hood River, you can find Calson in the gym, on the tramps and continually training.
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