MT. HOOD, OR (July 25) – The U.S. Freeskiing team, including Torin Yater-Wallace (Snowmass, CO) and Tom Wallisch (Pittsburgh, PA), has been hitting the jumps and halfpipe at Mt. Hood’s Windells summer camp for the last month in preparation for the upcoming 2014 Olympic qualifying season. With airbags to practice new tricks and soft summer snow new U.S. Freeskiing slopestyle coach, Skogen Sprang has been on hand to get the athletes ready for the first World Cup Aug. 20-22 at Cardrona Alpine Resort, New Zealand.
HIGHLIGHTS • U.S. Freeskiing slopestyle and halfpipe athletes have been training at Windells for the month of July. • Top slopestyle and halfpipe athletes like Torin Yater-Wallace and Tom Wallisch have been tearing up the Windells park. • Utilizing airbags and soft summer snow, the athletes are learning new tricks in a safe and comfortable environment with new slopestyle coach Skogen Sprang. • The FIS World Cup circuit opens Aug. 20-22 at Cardrona Alpine Resort, New Zealand with halfpipe then moves to Ushuaia, Argentina Sept. 3-8 for the first slopestyle World Cup. • The New Zealand World Cup kicks off the Olympic qualifying period for national spots that run through January of 2014.
QUOTES Skogen Sprang, U.S. Freeskiing Slopestyle Coach The setup at Windells has been really good this year. These guys have a bunch of snow and tons of features. We’ve got a great 60-70 foot jump and a 100 foot jump, there are all kinds of creative rail lines to hit. Everybody is really stoked working towards going to Sochi in two years. It's a great scene on the glacier at Windells.
Ben Verge, U.S. Freeskiing Rookie Coach We have a pipe cut on both sides and an airbag for the athletes to learn new tricks. The airbags in the pipe have been pretty huge for everybody; it’s a great way to learn their tricks safely and helps to progress the sport.