A strong and deep U.S. Olympic Freeski Team is headed to PyeongChang for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, including three former SSCV athletes — Alex Ferreira, Aaron Blunck and Annalisa Drew — while Anais Caradeux will be representing France.
The American athletes qualified for the team through a series of five selection events beginning in February 2017 and concluding at Mammoth Mountain, California this past weekend. Athletes qualifying by objective criteria were honored at Mammoth Mountain as a part of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Nomination Ceremony presented by Visa.
Of the 15 athletes named to the team, 10 were members of the debut Olympic squad at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, including six of the eight halfpipe team members named.
After nearly missing the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team, Alex Ferreira, and Aspen native who spent three years with SSCV, found redemption by locking in an objective position in halfpipe at Mammoth Mountain.
The Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games is set for February 9. The U.S. Olympic FreeskiTeam will have its first competition on Saturday, February 18, with women’s slopestyle qualifications. Finals are on Sunday, February 19.
NBCUniversal will present more than 2,400 hours of coverage across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA Network, NBCOlympics.com, and the NBC Sports app – the most ever for a Winter Olympics.