U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced its U.S. Freestyle Ski Team nominations for the 2022-23 competition season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season. Twenty-six aerials and moguls athletes have been nominated to the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team.
“The athletes nominated to the 2022-23 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team represent an exciting mix of Olympic medalists, accomplished veterans, and new rookie blood,” said Matt Gnoza, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Development Director. “We embark on this new Olympic quad cycle with a ton of momentum and I look forward to watching our aerials and moguls skiers continue to be leaders in their disciplines both on and off the hill.”
The 2022-23 team is highlighted by 2022 Olympic medalists Jaelin Kauf (silver, moguls), Ashley Caldwell (gold, mixed team aerials), Chris Lillis (gold, mixed team aerials), Justin Schoenefeld, and Megan Nick (bronze, aerials).
The 2022-23 FIS Freestyle World Cup calendar is expected to be confirmed by the International Ski Federation (FIS) later this month. The 2023 FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard Championships are scheduled for Feb. 20 – March 3 in Bakuriani, Georgia.
Each athlete accepting the nomination to U.S. Ski Team receives world-class program support, along with access to the USANA Center of Excellence, as well as athletic benefits including elite coaching, sport science, sports medicine, high performance staff, and education opportunities.
An official U.S. Freestyle Ski Team announcement will be made in the fall.
2022-23 Freestyle Nominations
(Hometown; Club; Birthdate)
U.S. Mogul Ski Team
- Cole McDonald (Park City, Utah; Wasatch Freestyle; 3/6/2003)
- Nick Page (Park City, Utah; Wasatch Freestyle Foundation; 8/1/02)
- Olivia Giaccio (Redding, Conn.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 8/15/00)
- Tess Johnson (Vail, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 6/19/00)
- Jaelin Kauf (Alta, Wyo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 9/26/96)
- Elizabeth Lemley (Vail, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 1/22/2006)
- Kai Owens (Vail, Colo.; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail; 8/16/04)
- Hannah Soar (Somers, Conn.; Killington Mountain School; 6/4/99)
- Kasey Hogg (Park City, Utah; Wasatch Freestyle Foundation; 1/8/03)
- Ali Macuga (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski & Snowboard; 9/24/03)
- Dylan Marcellini (Walnut Creek, Calif.; Wasatch Freestyle; 9/29/02)
- Charlie Mickel (Durango, Colo.: Durango Winter Sports Club, Wasatch Freestyle; 7/06/04)
- Sami Worthington (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski & Snowboard, Wasatch Freestyle; 6/15/04)
U.S. Aerial Ski Team
- Quinn Dehlinger (Cincinnati, Ohio; Elite Aerial Development Program; 6/8/02)
- Chris Lillis (Pittsford, N.Y.; Bristol Mountain Freestyle Team; 10/4/98)
- Eric Loughran (Pelham, N.H.; Loon Mountain Freestyle; 12/4/95)
- Derek Kreuger (Cleveland, Ohio; Park City Ski & Snowboard; 6/2/03)
- Justin Schoenefeld (Lawrenceburg, Ind.; Elite Aerial Development Program; 8/13/98)
- Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, Va.; Elite Aerial Development Program; 9/14/93)
- Karenna Elliott (Cincinnati, Ohio; Park City Ski and Snowboard, 5/24/00)
- Kaila Kuhn (Boyne City, Mich.; Park City Ski and Snowboard; 4/8/03)
- Dani Loeb (Pintlala, Ala.; Park City Ski and Snowboard; 8/10/01)
- Megan Nick (Shelburne, Vt.; Elite Aerial Development Program; 7/9/96)
- Megan Smallhouse (Reno, Nev.; Park City Ski and Snowboard; 1/16/01)
- Tasia Tanner (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski and Snowboard; 7/26/02)
- Winter Vinecki (Gaylord, Mich.; Park City Ski and Snowboard; 12/18/98)