While watching the freestyle skiing events, do you find yourself wondering about interesting facts associated with the Team USA freestyle skiing athletes? Do you wonder about hobbies of the athletes, or even where they live?
You’ll find answers to those questions and more in the list to follow, where you’ll be introduced to each member of the 2014 U.S. Olympic freestyle team.
The team, which is made up of nine athletes — three men and six women — will head to Sochi in an effort to bring home gold in their respective events. The sport of freestyle skiing is made up of aerials and moguls events. (The United States separates the freestyle skiing team from the freeskiing team. If your looking for information on the freeskiing athletes, click here.)
The freestyle events are scheduled to begin on February 6 with the women’s moguls event. You can find a full schedule of freestyle skiing events here.
The 2014 Olympic Games mark the second for Deneen, who finished 19th at the 2010 Games. Deneen lives in Washington on a horse ranch, and he began skiing when he was 11 months old.
Bohonnon, a first-time Olympians, live in Connecticut and likes to water ski and golf. He began skiing at 1.5 years old and now competes in aerials.
Kloser is a first-time Olympian who lives in Vail and enjoys climbing 14ers with her family. She also likes to kayak, she said. She competes in the moguls event.
McPhie, who lives in Utah, will compete in her second Olympic Games. She finished 18th in moguls in 2010. Before she began skiing she was a gymnast, and today she also enjoys snowboarding.
A three-time Olympian, Hannah Kearney is the defending gold medalist in the women’s moguls event. She finished 22nd in the same event in 2006. Kearney lives in Vermont and currently attends Dartmouth. In her free time she likes watching her brother play hockey.
The 2014 Olympic Games will mark the third for Cook, who finished 19th in 2006 and 11th in 2010 in her aerials events. She lives in Massachusettes, likes reading and SCUBA diving, and founded a mentoring group called VISA Champions Creating Champions.
Outrim is a first-time Olympian who lives in Hamden, Connecticut and previously attended Colorado College. She enjoys mountain biking. She competes in moguls
Wilson is a first-time moguls Olympian who lives in Montana and enjoys water skiing. His brother was a bronze medalist in moguls at the 2010 Olympic Games.
In Sochi, Caldwell will compete in her second Olympic Games. She finished 10th in her aerials event at the 2010 Games. She lives in Lake Placid and before becoming a freestyle skier she was a gymnast.