Aspen native Alex Ferreira has been climbing the freeskiing halfpipe ranks for some time now, and during the 2014 season he landed right where he wanted to be: on the X Games podium. (Getty Images/Doug Pensinger)
X Games officially wrapped up on Sunday afternoon with ski superpipe. Canada’s Simon d’Artois wins gold in dramatic fashion, Kevin Rolland of France wins silver, and hometown hero Alex Ferreira (Aspen, CO) wins bronze.
Nine U.S. Freeskiing athletes qualified for Friday's finals at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain.
Olympians David Wise and Maddie Bowman both grabbed X Games gold at the halfpipe skiing final in Aspen Friday night, just a few weeks before the historic halfpipe skiing debut at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Alex Ferreira boosted into second place Friday at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix, while Brita Sigourney became the second U.S. woman to secure an Olympic halfpipe team spot and Maddie Bowman took the victory for the women.
David Wise clinched a nomination to the first-ever U.S. Freeskiing Olympic team Sunday with his victory in the snowy halfpipe final at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix presented by The North Face at Breckenridge.
Despite snow and wind Maddie Bowman displayed great athleticism with her left and right 900’s that landed her in first at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix.
Over 100 athletes from 37 countries took to Copper Mountain’s Main Vein Superpipe today at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix.
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Alex Ferreira, an Aspen native, has been climbing the freeskiing halfpipe ranks for some time now, and during 2014 he landed right where he wanted to be: on the X Games podium.
Known for his contagious smile and strong work ethic, Ferreira went into the season an Olympic hopeful from the U.S. Freeskiing Rookie Team. Despite having top-five finishes at two of the Grand Prix events, including a second in Park City, Ferreira didn’t secure a spot on the inaugural Olympic halfpipe team. But his season wasn’t over there. On a roll from the Park City Grand Prix, Ferreira headed to his hometown and won his first X Games medal, a bronze in halfpipe. He then went on to win the Aspen/Snowmass Open, finish sixth in halfpipe on the AFP world ranking list and move up to the U.S. Freeskiing Pro Halfpipe Team.
In 2013 Ferreira made it to both X Games Aspen and Tignes. He had a great halfpipe run going during X Games but couldn’t quite put it to his feet. Nevertheless, he jumped up from 25th to 12th in AFP rankings and finished sixth at the Copper Grand Prix. He shows steady progression each season and will be one to keep an eye on for years to come.
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Bronze, HP, Aspen, CO, 2015
Bronze, HP, Aspen, CO, 2014
12th, HP, Tignes, FRA, 2013
13th, HP, Aspen, CO, 2013
6th, HP, 2014
12th, HP, 2013
25th, HP, 2012
Twelve World Cup starts since his debut in 2011.
4th, HP, Copper Mountain, CO 2014
2nd, HP, Park City #1, UT, 2014
4th, HP, Park City #2, UT, 2014
8th, HP, Breckenridge, CO, 2014
6th, HP, Copper Mountain, CO, Dec. 2013
5th,HP, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO 2014
1st, HP, Aspen/Snowmass Open, Aspen, CO, 2014
4th, HP, The North Face Park & Pipe Open Series, Copper Mountain, CO, 2013
3rd, HP, The North Face New Zealand Freeski Open, Cardrona, NZL, 2013
1st, HP, The North Face Park & Pipe Open Series, Whistler, BC, 2013
2nd, HP, Aspen/Snowmass Freeskiing Open, Aspen, CO, 2013
2nd, HP, USASA Nationals, Copper Mountain, CO, 2012
3rd, HP, USSA Revolution Tour, Copper Mountain, CO, 2011
3rd, HP, Aspen/Snowmass Open, Aspen, CO, 2012
4th, HP, USSA Junior Nationals, Steamboat Springs, CO, 2012
9th, HP, AFP World Championships, CO, 2012