Vail’s Kloser on U.S. Freestyle Ski Team
Vail, CO Colorado
PARK CITY, Utah – Olympic medalists Hannah Kearney, Bryon Wilson and Jeret “Speedy” Peterson headline the 2011 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team. The team announced its 2011 roster at Deer Valley Thursday with an autograph signing for local clubs and families at the 2011 Freestyle World Championships venue.
And among the athletes is Vail’s own Heidi Kloser, who was FIS’ Moguls Rookie of the Year in 2009-10.
The team named 28 athletes to the roster, including three Olympic medalists from Vancouver. Among the 28, the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team has 13 Olympians, including three medalists Kearney, Wilson and Peterson, and two 2010 FIS Rookie of the Year athletes, Kloser and aerialist Ashley Caldwell.
“Our team is smaller this year than it has been in the past, but the athletes named to the team are all training well and ready to compete at a podium level,” said freestyle program director Todd Schirman. “We have returning veterans that can really contribute to the progression of our sport and Team, as well as some young up and comers that can push the veterans.”
The U.S. Freestyle Moguls Ski Team named 18 athletes with gold and bronze leading the way to the 2011 World Championships at Deer Valley. Olympic gold medalist and 2005 World Champion Kearney and Olympic bronze medalist Wilson head into the season, officially beginning Dec. 11 with the World Cup opener in Ruka, Finland.
Complementing Kearney and Wilson on the roster are Olympians and 2009 World Champion Patrick Deneen, 2005 World Champion Nate Roberts and Heather McPhie, who nailed her first World Cup win last year at Deer Valley, as well as 2010 World Cup Rookie of the Year Kloser.
“We’ve got a really strong team, a young team but a really talented team and I’m glad to be a part of it,” said. Wilson, who started off the 2010 season with two World Cup podiums before taking the bronze medal in Vancouver and was in attendance for the announcement.”
The aeriels team named 10 athletes Thursday.
The Freestyle World Championships kick off Feb. 2 with the men’s and women’s moguls competition at Deer Valley and end on Feb. 5 with men’s and women’s dual moguls at Deer Valley and the ski halfpipe, which will be held just down the street at Park City Mountain Resort.
The Championships, last held in Inawashiro, Japan in 2009 were a success for the U.S. Deneen and St. Onge are heading into the Feb. 2 and 4 Deer Valley events on home snow as reigning World Champions, while Kearney looks to best her third place finish in dual moguls on Feb. 5.