2012 U.S Ski Team Preview
was to qualify and compete at World Championships in Deer Valley.
I made finals both days, but ended up 13th both days. The overall
season was a good first-year skiing the full World Cup tour. I
skied very well, but was not as consistent as I would have liked to
have been. I compete to win at every event or at least try to. My
main goals this up coming season is to become more consistent so
that I will be up towards/on the podium more often.
My favorite place to ski is my home mountain, Telluride. It’s very
steep and filled with moguls and big-mountain skiing. Also, I know
all the good secret stashes. It has great out of bounds access as
My summer event would probably be soccer.
Years on Team: 3
Club: Ski and Snowboard Club Vail
Equipment: Leki, Oakley, Völkl, Dalbello, Marker
Sponsors: Triumph Development,Vail Resorts
Credentials: 11-time World Cup top- 15 finisher, reaching her
career high with an eighth-place
result in 2011; FIS 2010 World
Cup Rookie of the Year; five-time
NorAm podium finisher, including
My POV: The highlight of my
2011 season would be being the
first girl to throw a back-full and
D-spin in the same comp run. I
am happy with the way my second
season on the U.S. Ski Team went.
I was really excited that I got to go
to all of the World Cups even though I ended up not competing in
France because I took a really hard fall. I got to compete in World
Championships, which was a good experience.
Vail is my favorite mountain — I live here and grew up here, so
I know all of the powder stashes.
My summer event would be mountain biking, but fencing is pretty
Moguls C Team
Shane Cordeau, Sun Valley, Idaho
Ryan Dyer, Steamboat Springs
Jimmy Discoe, Ridgway, Colo.
Landon Gardner, Missoula, Mont.
Sho Kashima, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Nate Roberts, Park City
Ali Kariotis, Tiburon, Calif.
Brittany Loweree, Point Lookout, N.Y.
Mikaela Matthews, Frisco, Colo.
KC Oakley, Piedmont, Calif.
Kayla Snyderman, Winchester, Mass.
Bradley Wilson, Butte, Mont.
Bryan Zemba, Killington, Vt.
Hometown: Tahoe City, Calif.
Years on Team: 8
Equipment: Völkl, Full tilt, Bolle
Sponsors: Drift Innovation
Credentials: World Cup career-high third place in 2011; nine-time
World Cup top- 10 finisher; silver
medalist at the 2008 and 2011 Na-
tional Championships; eight-time NorAm podium finisher including
three victories; FIS 2007 World Cup rookie of the year.
Hometown: Charleston, S.C.
Years on Team: 3
Equipment: Völkl, Full Tilt, Oakley, Salomon
Credentials: Fourth place 2011 World Championships; two World
Cup podiums including one victory (both in 2011); ranked eighth in
the 2011 World Cup overall aerials standings; three World Cup top-
15 finishes in rookie season (2010);
FIS 2010 World Cup Rookie of the
Year; four-time NorAm winner.
My POV: I thought it was going to
be hard to beat the excitement of
my first year on the U.S. Ski Team,
and making the Olympic team and
World Cup team as a rookie. But
my second season on the U.S. Ski
Team was even better than my su-per-exciting first year. The highlight
of the year would be winning my
first World Cup in Lake Placid and going overseas for the first
time to compete in Moscow and Minsk.
For me, this upcoming season is all about new tricks. I’m hoping to
do my first triples on snow this winter and that is definitely a big
step and the main focus for the year.
We had nationals out in Squaw Valley two years ago and I had
so much fun freeskiing there. I also spent a week out in Vail and
had a blast.
The acknowledgment from my top coach, Brian Currett, that it’s
“business time” before I compete. If he didn’t tell me, I probably
wouldn’t know it was time to compete, because I’m too caught up
in jumping and having fun. I dance and sing a lot on the hill; Emily
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