Freestyle Skiing Preview
In the Olympic debut of halfpipe and slopestyle skiing in 2014, the U.S. dominated, capturing three of the four medals available in those disciplines. Iconic results included the U.S. men's slopestyle podium sweep by Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper, and the halfpipe gold-medal sweep by Maddie Bowman and David Wise. Team USA is capable of attaining, even building upon, that level of success in PyeongChang. MORE
Aaron Blunck | Halfpipe
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Hometown: Crested Butte, Colorado
Olympic Experience: 2014
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Aaron Blunck made his Olympic debut in 2014, finishing seventh in the first-ever Olympic halfpipe skiing event and thus cementing his name in freestyle skiing history. His first taste of the Olympic stage came in 2012 however, when he claimed bronze at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck Austria. After suffering a shoulder separation in early 2014 and then a debilitating bulged disk in his lower back in 2015, he returned with an exclamation point in 2016, taking third at the Mammoth Mountain, California, stop of the U.S. Grand Prix series and then going on to win the second stop in Park City, Utah. He had a standout year in 2017, highlighted by winning his first X Games and world championship gold medals. The 2017 season also saw him post two world cup podium finishes, including a runner-up performance at the Olympic test event in PyeongChang.
About Aaron
Hidden talent: I am really good at sleeping on airplanes.

Something quirky: I think people would be amused to learn that I do not take things seriously. I always just roll with the punches of whatever is happening at the time.

Earliest Olympic memory: Watching the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake and whistling the Olympic theme song everyday. My parents then told me that as a kid they would rock me back and fourth to the Olympic anthem to put me to sleep. After hearing that story it made me super inspired to become an Olympic athlete.
Mac Bohonnon | Aerials
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Hometown: Madison, Connecticut
Olympic Experience: 2014
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Making his first Olympic appearance at age 19, Mac Bohonnon showed strong promise by placing fifth in aerials at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games in 2014. Building on his Olympic success, he has claimed seven world cup podium finishes since 2014. His consistent jumping and stellar results landed him at the top of the aerial world cup rankings in 2015, bringing the crystal globe to the U.S. for the first time since Jeret "Speedy" Peterson in 2005. After a strong 2017 season that saw him place third at the 2018 Olympic test event and earn his first top-10 world championship finish, he is heading into the Olympic season as a medal favorite for Team USA.
About Mac
Hidden talent: I've got a mean ping pong game!

Something quirky: I don't like messes. My house is pretty meticulous for a 21-year-old guy.

Earliest Olympic memory: I vividly remember watching Jonny Moseley do the dinner roll at the Salt Lake Games in 2002, and thinking it was the coolest thing I had ever seen. I immediately thought to myself that was something I wanted to do - represent the USA at the Olympic Games.
Maddie Bowman | Halfpipe
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Hometown: South Lake Tahoe, California
Olympic Experience: 2014 (1 gold)
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After winning gold in the Olympic debut of halfpipe skiing in 2014, Maddie Bowman is poised to defend her title in PyeongChang. With an Olympic gold medal and seven X Games medals – including four golds – she is one of the most decorated female freestyle skiers in history. She earned her fourth consecutive gold medal at X Games Aspen in 2016 with a run that included back-to-back 900s and the first switch 900 ever performed by a female skier in competition. The 2016 season also saw her win the Park City, Utah, stop of the U.S. Grand Prix series and top the AFP halfpipe rankings, making her comeback even more notable after rehabbing from a torn ACL and microfracture to her right knee that she suffered in February 2015. With three top-10 world cup finishes and a fifth-place world championship finish in 2017, she will look to add to her medal collection in PyeongChang.
About Maddie
Earliest Olympic memory: My mom would let us stay up when we were little and watch gymnastics. I never imagined myself in the Olympics, especially when I started freesking, because it wasn't in the Olympics at the time.

Best advice received: Don't think too much and scare yourself a little every day.

Charity: I'm a Protect Our Winters athlete. I am passionate about addressing and resolving the issue of climate change.
Ashley Caldwell | Aerials
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Hometown: Ashburn, Virginia
Olympic Experience: 2010, 2014
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Aerials specialist Ashley Caldwell is a two-time Olympian and reigning world champion. A five-time world cup winner, she consistently performs some of the hardest triple flips on the women's circuit and is leading the charge for the U.S. women's aerials team. In 2014, she became the first American woman to perform a full, full, full, en route to a top-10 finish at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games. She carried her momentum into the 2015 season, securing her first pair of world cup wins since 2011 and finishing the season ranked No. 2 in the women's aerials world cup standings. She continued to add to her impressive resume in 2016, claiming four world cup podium finishes and claiming the women's aerials overall title. In 2017, she made history yet again by becoming the first woman to land a full, double full, full, in winning gold at the FIS Freestyle World Championships. Seeking her third Olympic appearance in 2018, she will look to add her first Olympic medal to her collection.
About Ashley
Something quirky: I have a favorite insect, which is super dorky. Trap Jaw Ants. Check them out; they can do standing decabackflips. I also love Taylor Swift and think puns are awesome.

Earliest Olympic memory: The first time I saw aerials was on the 2006 Olympics. My parents and I were watching TV and my mom said I would be good at it, because I loved skiing and flipping. I thought she was crazy! I never thought that I would end up competing alongside the same athletes I watched on the TV four years later.
Joss Christensen | Slopestyle
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Hometown: Park City, Utah
Olympic Experience: 2014 (1 gold)
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Joss Christensen made history in 2014, leading a Team USA podium sweep in the Olympic debut of slopestyle skiing. Making the win even more impressive, he was considered an underdog going into the Olympic Games, having been nominated to the team by coaches' discretion. Now, the defending Olympic champion is poised to be a top medal contender in PyeongChang. He has had marked success since 2014, earning an X Games Aspen silver medal in 2015 and winning the U.S. Grand Prix three times (2014, 2015, 2016). He suffered a knee injury during a training run in December 2016, but after a successful surgery is looking ahead to defending his Olympic gold medal in 2018.
About Joss
Hidden talent: I'm pretty good with video editing and computers in general.

Something quirky: I think I am pretty goofy person.

Earliest Olympic memory: In 2002 when the Olympics came to Salt Lake City my dad bought us tickets to slalom. It was the only event we went to, but getting to watch the best skiers in the world right in front of me in my hometown was unforgettable! I never imagined myself competing in the Olympics, mainly because our sport wasn't involved until the last Games. I always dreamed of it though!
Nick Goepper | Slopestyle
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Hometown: Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Olympic Experience: 2014 (1 bronze)
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Hailing from a small hill in Indiana, Nick Goepper is no stranger to big results, including an Olympic bronze medal (2014), three straight X Games Aspen gold medals (2013-15) and back-to-back AFP slopestyle titles (2013-14). The 2014 season marked a standout year for Goepper, who landed on the podium at nearly every event he entered. Multiple world cup podium finishes, a Dew Tour win and X Games gold set the stage for his success in Sochi, where he made history by taking silver in the Olympic debut of slopestyle skiing. He had a strong start to the 2015 season, but suffered from a series of shoulder injuries that left him sidelined from competition until January 2016. With two top-five finishes on the 2017 World Cup tour, he has his eyes set on returning to the Olympic podium in 2018.
About Nick
Hidden talent: I'm a decent surfer.

Something quirky: I sleep with a baby blanket when I am home.

Best advice received: It's simple: If you want it bad enough, you will get it.
Gus Kenworthy | Halfpipe, Slopestyle
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Hometown: Telluride, Colorado
Olympic Experience: 2014 (1 silver)
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Gus Kenworthy is a rare double threat, landing podium finishes in both slopestyle and halfpipe skiing throughout his career. One of the most decorated freestyle skiers competing today, he owns an unprecedented six consecutive AFP overall titles. He was a star of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games where he earned slopestyle silver, joining U.S. teammates Joss Christensen (gold) and Nick Goepper (bronze) on the podium for an American sweep. Also known for making history off the slopes, he became one of the first male action sports athletes to publicly identify as gay in October 2015. During the ensuing 2015-16 season, he won the slopestyle title at the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado; the halfpipe crown at the U.S. Grand Prix stop in Mammoth Mountain, California; and three X Games medals, becoming the first athlete to earn podium finishes in both halfpipe and slopestyle at a single X Games event since 2005. With two world cup podium finishes and a runner-up world championship performance (slopestyle) in 2017, he is poised to make another run for the Olympic podium in PyeongChang.
About Gus
Hidden talent: I like to sing and act. I don't know if I'd say my singing is a talent or skill because I'm not really that great. I can carry a tune but nothing to write home about. I'm pretty good at drawing. I can't sit near a paper and pen without doodling something. I'm really good at boggle and scrabble too.

Favorite movies: I like the Batman movies a lot and think that Bruce Wayne is about as cool as a character can get. He had the option to live out his life as a billionare and instead he's dedicated it to protetching his city and people.

Nickname: My mom calls me any number of things but Gussy is probably her most chosen name. A few friends call me Goose and a couple friends call me Kenny G.
Devin Logan | Halfpipe, Slopestyle
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Hometown: West Dover, Vermont
Olympic Experience: 2014 (1 silver)
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Known for her versatility in halfpipe, slopestyle and big air, Devin Logan has an accomplished resume that features an Olympic slopestyle silver medal, five overall AFP titles, an X Games silver medal and multiple Dew Tour, FIS World Cup and U.S. Grand Prix podium finishes. Since claiming the Olympic silver medal in 2014, she has posted 15 top-10 finishes on the world cup circuit, including a runner-up finish in halfpipe at the Olympic Test event in 2017. Having placed third in halfpipe and sixth in slopestyle at the 2017 FIS World Ski Championships, she is poised to be a strong contender in both disciplines in PyeongChang.
About Devin
Hidden talent: I can do a seagull call.

Something quirky: I don't take myself too seriously. I love to joke around and have fun. Also, I've been told I have a voice of Fergie mixed with Jesus.

Nickname: People call me D-Lo.
Kiley McKinnon | Aerials
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Hometown: Madison, Connecticut
2018 Olympic hopeful
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Kiley McKinnon's rise to success began in 2015 when she claimed her first world cup podium finish at the season opener in Beijing. She never looked back, landing on the podium four more times and jumping to the silver medal at the 2015 FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships. Proving consistent throughout the year, she claimed the women's aerials overall world cup title, setting the foundation for another successful season in 2016 that was highlighted by a handful of top-10 finishes and a repeat podium performance in Beijing. She continued her momentum into 2017, placing second on home snow at the Visa Freestyle International and fourth at the FIS Freestyle World Championships. She was the top U.S. finisher at the PyeongChang Olympic test event, placing seventh, and will look for another shot at the podium with her sights set on making her first Olympic team in 2018.
About Kiley
Something quirky: I am slightly OCD and probably one of the biggest perfectionists you will meet. If something wasn't done right the first time, I will do it again. I also worry about anything and everything. I have found that I get that trait from my dad. The funny thing is that you would think this makes me a very organized person, but really I am not very organized at all.

Nickname: Sadly, I do have a nickname that has really stuck with a lot of people on my team. They call me Bean. It came about when I first started doing aerials and I was really thin and lanky. One of the veterans in my sport started calling me beanstalk and it quickly changed to bean and to this day almost half of my team still calls me it.
Morgan Schild | Moguls
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Hometown: Rochester, New York
2018 Olympic hopeful
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Looking to make her first Olympic appearance in PyeongChang, Morgan Schild has established herself as a rising star on the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team. After securing the 2014 overall NorAm tour title with five wins, she turned things up a notch during her first year on the national team, taking home three top-10 world cup finishes. Her performance on the world cup circuit earned her 2015 FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year honors. She sustained a knee injury during the 2016 season, but returned to competition in 2017 and posted a third-place finish at her first world cup competition in 22 months at Whiteface Mountain, New York.
About Morgan
Hidden talent: I have a super long tongue.

Best advice received: Smile, breathe, have fun. These are the key words my coach tells me at the beginning of every competition run. If you're not having fun and doing what you love, it's not worth it.

Nickname: Warpaint. My entire Vail team calls me this, because I'm a very happy and easy going person, but when I get into competition mode, I get very focused as if I put warpaint on. My other nickname is Shoulders... that one is self explanatory, because I have large shoulders.
Maggie Voisin | Slopestyle
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Hometown: Whitefish, Montana
Olympic Experience: 2014
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Maggie Voisin burst onto the women's professional slopestyle scene during the 2013-14 season with a Dew Tour podium and X Games silver medal, earning a coaches' discretionary nomination to the inaugural U.S. Olympic Slopestyle Skiing Team. At age 15, she became the youngest athlete to be named to the U.S. Olympic Team since 1972, but suffered a broken ankle during training and was unable to compete. Recent results, including a second-place finish at the Olympic test event in PyeongChang and a win in Mammoth Mountain, California, indicate she will once again be a likely candidate for the 2018 U.S. Olympic roster.
About Maggie
Something quirky: I am a terrible mumbler. My favorite animal is a mountain goat. I have a huge fear of heights, spiders and especially snakes.

Nickname: Everyone just calls me Maggs!

Hobbies: Coming from Montana, I grew up outside and have always loved hiking, camping, rafting and trail running. I also love pilates.
McRae Williams | Slopestyle
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Hometown: Park City, Utah
2018 Olympic hopeful
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McRae Williams enters the Olympic qualifying season on the heels of his most impressive year to date that saw him win the slopestyle skiing gold medal at the 2017 FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships. The win capped a banner season for Williams, who also claimed the FIS slopestyle crystal globe. With four world cup podium finishes and a pair of X Games medals, the reigning world champion is poised to make his Olympic debut – and a potential run for the podium – in PyeongChang.
About McRae
Earliest Olympic memory: Attending the Salt Lake City Games. I was given tickets to the aerial competition at Deer Valley by the great Jeret "Speedy" Peterson, and I'll never forget it. I could have never imagined that I would one day have the opportunity to compete in the Games myself. Dreams do come true.

Nickname: My family and close friends call me Mac, short for McRae. Some of my close friends I grew up with in Park City also call me McRaw which is funny, but I don't know where it came from.

Hobbies: Mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, slacklining, snowmobiling, anything outdoors.
David Wise | Halfpipe
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Hometown: Reno, Nevada
Olympic Experience: 2014 (1 gold)
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David Wise made history in 2014 by winning the first-ever Olympic gold medal in halfpipe skiing. The Nevada native had a consistent road to his first Olympic appearance, winning two of the five Olympic qualifying events and clinching his team nomination through objective criteria. With his Olympic berth secured, he earned his third straight X Games gold medal in Aspen, Colorado, in the lead up to the Games, becoming the first athlete to accomplish the feat since Tanner Hall's three-peat in 2006-08. Since making his Olympic debut he has continued to post top results, finishing first in the 2015 overall AFP halfpipe rankings and earning two top-five X Games finishes in 2016. A separated left shoulder disrupted his 2016 season, but he returned in 2017 to earn a fourth-place world championship finish. With his eyes set on making his second Olympic appearance, he will once again look to be a strong medal contender in PyeongChang.
About David
Hidden talent: Riding a unicycle, juggling, archery and balancing ski poles or broom sticks.

Something quirky: I still have to look at the keyboard when I type, because my fingers are too big to fit the buttons properly.

Nickname: My wife calls me The Bear, because bears personify all of my typical moods: hungry, grumpy, happy, playful, fierce, loving, sleepy, curious, persistent, etc.
Torin Yater-Wallace | Halfpipe
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Hometown: Basalt, Colorado
Olympic Experience: 2014
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Known as one of the most talented young skiers in the sport, Torin Yater-Wallace will be looking to make his second Olympic appearance after representing Team USA in the Olympic debut of halfpipe skiing in 2014. Entering the qualifying year healthy will be his greatest advantage after a collapsed lung left him sidelined for much of the season in the lead up to the Sochi Olympic Winter Games, where he finished 26th. In November 2015, however, he was diagnosed with Streptococcus anginosus, a life-threatening infection that affected his gall bladder, liver and lungs. After two weeks in the hospital, 10 days in a medically-induced coma, 20 pounds of weight loss and two months off the snow, he clicked back into his skis on Jan. 10, 2016. He took fifth at X Games Aspen just two weeks later and then went on to win gold at X Games Oslo one short month after that. The 2017 season was highlighted by two world cup victories, including a win at the Olympic test event in PyeongChang, South Korea, where he hopes to return to the podium in 2018.
About Torin
Earliest memory of sport: I grew up in a ski town so I started skiing before I was 2 years old. Skiing became second nature, so by the time I was 6 or 7 I was bored of traditional skiing and very intrigued by doing tricks, so I joined the Aspen Freestyle Team.

Best advice received: If you aren't having fun, why are you doing it?

Charity: I have a scholarship for the local ski club in Aspen to help financially support talented kids achieve their skiing goals.
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