Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, January 29, 2018- The United States Olympic Committee has named six WVBBTS/WVA alumni to the 2018 US Olympic Team that will compete next month in PeyongChang, South Korea.
Ashley Caldwell, Kiley McKinnon, Mac Bohonnon and Eric Loughran will all compete in the Freestyle Aerial events. According to Todd Ossian, Head Aerials Coach for the US Ski and Snowboard Team, “Our aerials Olympic team has experienced a huge level of success at the World Cup and World Championship levels and is fully capable of replicating that success in PyeongChang. We’re coming into these Games with more on snow time than we’ve ever had and are primed for our best performances.”
Freeski athlete, Annalisa Drew, will make her second Olympic appearance in the halfpipe having also been a member of the team for the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.
Snowboarder, Mike Trapp, will make his Olympic debut in the parallel giant slalom. Trapp’s coach, Justin Reiter, commented on his athlete’s success, “Mike has worked extremely hard to get here. I’m proud of his dedication to snowboarding and his never surrender attitude. You will not find a better example of a hard working blue collar athlete out there. We are excited to take the first step in getting to the Games. Now we focus and work to bring home some hardware.”
The 2018 Winter Games will kick-off with the Opening Ceremonies on Friday, February 9th. The aerial events will take place during the first week of competition, February 15-18. The women’s halfpipe skiing event will take place on February 20th with the parallel giant slalom competition wrapping things up on February 24th.
WVBBTS/ Snowsports Educational Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit offering superior training programs for athletes dedicated to excellence in alpine racing, freestyle skiing, and snowboarding. WVBBTS/SEF also operates Waterville Valley Academy, a snowsports and academic academy designed for full time student athletes in grades 6-12 who are dedicated to pursuing the highest level of performance in alpine racing, freestyle skiing and snowboarding in parallel with an individualized academic program.