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Height
5-7
Weight
130
 

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Keri Herman is the girl having the most fun on the hill—just ask anyone. You can find her lapping the park with her friends and dancing at the top of the course, but beneath the fun times and laughter is a serious athlete who followed her passion for skiing all the way to the Olympics.

The road to Sochi was a grueling series of qualification events, and Herman rose to the occasion by winning the Breckenridge Grand Prix and taking second at the Park City Grand Prix, solidifying her spot on the first-ever Olympic slopestyle team. In Sochi, she represented the U.S. with her classic smile, finishing tenth and making history for freeskiing women at her sports first Olympics.

Herman grew up with a passion for competition. That originally meant playing competitive ice hockey, but after a move to the University of Denver, Herman shifted that passion into skiing and turned it into a career. In 2010 she made a grand entrance by winning a silver medal at the Winter X Games slopestyle and then another at Euro X. She then grabbed a Dew Tour slopestyle silver and the second overall spot in the 2010 AFP rankings. Herman kept things going during the next few seasons with a silver at Winter X 2011, a bronze at World Champs and a second overall in the 2011 AFP rankings. She also won the opening Olympic qualifying period slopestyle World Cup in Argentina and the Copper U.S. Visa Grand Prix World Cup, helping her snatch up the 2013 World Cup slopestyle title, the first American female to do so.

KERI SAYS
It was amazing being able to travel to Sochi and represent my country doing something I love so much!

FIRST TRACKS
Herman only skied a little bit growing up because her main focus was playing ice hockey. She played on the varsity team from 7th-12th grade and wasn’t allowed to ski; not that she had the time. After high school, she moved to Colorado to attend the University of Denver, skiing only enough to pay off her season pass during her first two years. Then, in her junior year, she moved to Australia for a study abroad program and had a continuous year of summer. By the time she got back to Colorado, she was sick of the summer heat and she trekked up to the mountains much more, sparking her interest in skiing. She hit her first rail when she was 21 years old and from then on she was hooked. It took until later in her life to discover her passion for skiing, but the late start didn’t cost her any hardware.

OFF THE SNOW
Herman is the perpetual gamer. She says, “If somebody offers up an idea of something awesome to do, I'm always in." Examples: hiking, camping, exploring, swimming in lakes, rivers and the ocean, playing on the beach, biking, catching wildlife, boating, etc. "I like doing almost everything.” 

 

Highlights

OLYMPICS
Teams: 2014
10th, SS, Sochi, RUS, 2014

AFP Rankings
4th, SS, 2014
2nd, SS, 2011
2nd, SS, 2009
3rd, Overall, 2012

X GAMES
Silver, SS, Tignes, FRA, 2011
Silver, SS, Aspen, CO, 2011
Silver, SS, Tignes, FRA, 2010
Silver, SS, Aspen, CO, 2010
6th, SS, Aspen, CO, 2014

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Teams: 2011
Bronze, SS, Park City, UT, 2011

FIS WORLD CUP
1st, SS, Breckenridge, CO, 2014
7th, SS, Copper, CO, Dec. 2013
1st, SS, Copper, CO, 2013
1st, SS, Ushuaia, ARG, 2012

GRAND PRIX
2nd, SS, Park City #2, UT, 2014
8th, SS, Park City, UT, 2014
1st, SS, Breckenridge, CO, 2014
7th, SS, Copper Mountain, CO, 2014

OTHER
4th, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, Dec. 2013
2nd, SS, European Open, Laax, SUI, 2008
2nd, SS, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, 2011
3rd, SS, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, 2008
5th, SS, Dew Tour, Snowbasin, UT, 2012
5th, SS, Dew Tour, Snowbasin, UT, 2011