You’ve been thriving in an individual sport where athletes often fend for themselves. From a personal standpoint, how will
the new U.S. Freeskiing team change the shape of your winter
— and perhaps your career on the whole?
The U.S. Freeskiing team has been in the works for a long time, and it’s
really exciting for me to be a part of it. It’s great to be on a team not only
with my fellow athletes but also with my fellow athletes who are also my
fellow countrymen. And I’m the kind of person who thrives in a team environment. In this sport, it’s really important to be happy and in a good
mindset when you’re out there skiing because what we do is so dangerous. Having the extra support with the team is really, I think, going to allow us all to take things to the next level.
Speaking of the new team, we hear you’ve been seen a lot at
USSA’s Center of Excellence? Any super-secret workouts you
might be able to shed some light on?
It’s such an incredible facility and I feel so fortunate to be able to take
advantage of the place. I hurt my shoulder in March and when I got back
to Utah I was basically there from 9 to 5 every day rehabbing and working out. The staff is amazing and [the strength coach] that I work with
has tailored a plan that’s perfect for me and my needs in the sport. I’m
basically doing leg power and strengthening two days a week, two really
tough core days per week, and an upper-body day.
What can racing fans look forward to from freeskiing?
I think there are a lot of personalities in our sport who are really dynamic
and we love to entertain and put on a show — that is, we’re not just athletes and competitors, we’re performers. Ski halfpipe’s inclusion in the
Olympics means there’ll be a lot more people following what we do and
I’m really excited to have that larger audience enjoy the ride.
Hudak trains at the Center of
Excellence in Park City.
MARVIN KIMBLE/ U. S. SKI TEAM
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