As an Olympic bronze medalist, three-time X Games medalist and the first woman to land a 1080 in a competition halfpipe run, Brita Sigourney is one of the top female freeskiers in the world. She has battled and overcome multiple injuries throughout her career to return to the top of the game each time.
After a long road to Sochi that included two consecutive years of season-ending injuries, Sigourney jumped back on the competition circuit just in time to qualify for the inaugural U.S. Olympic halfpipe team. Sigourney kicked off the Olympic qualifying series by landing on the podium for the first two events, including a win at the Copper Grand Prix. On her 24th birthday, Sigourney became the second U.S. woman to secure an Olympic halfpipe spot during the Park City Grand Prix. During the Olympics, she skied strong in the qualifiers, placed second and advanced to finals, finishing sixth in halfpipe skiing’s debut on the Olympic stage.
Sigourney, who hails from the quaint, coastal town of Carmel, CA, grew up skiing Alpine Meadows in Tahoe. She skied practically everything -- moguls, aerials, halfpipe, slopestyle etc. She calls former moguls Olympian Shannon Barhke one of her biggest role models and credits her coach, the late Clay Beck, with teaching her flairs (she was one of the first women to throw them in competition runs).
While attending UC Davis, Sigourney balanced her busy collegiate life with club water polo and her ski competition schedule before she realized her passion was skiing. She then dropped water polo and positioned her focus on halfpipe, where in her first full competition year she took home the Junior World Championship title and a silver medal at the U.S. Championships. She continued her hot streak in 2011 with a silver in her X Games halfpipe debut. Her 2012 season proved just as successful with a bronze at her second X Games and two wins at the Visa U.S. Grand Prix at Copper and Mammoth Mountain.
Sigourney suffered a knee injury in 2012 and immediately turned her focus to recovery. She recovered enough to win the Dew Tour in December 2012 but then broke her collarbone and injured her shoulder at the Sochi test event World Cup in February 2013. After undergoing surgery for her shoulder, she learned she had also reinjured her knee. Despite the bad news she was optimistic and dedicated enough to get strong again before the historic Olympic season.
She came back strong in 2015, earning a second X Games bronze medal in Aspen and also hitting the podium in third at the SFR Freestyle Tour. Injury free, she had an excellent 2016 season as well, scoring a multitude of top-ten finishes, including a third-place podium finish at the Dew Tour.
Sigourney's parents stuck her on skis as soon as she could walk. Even though it was a five-hour drive from her home, she spent a good amount of her life in the mountains of Tahoe. She caught the bug early and was obsessed from the start, joining the Alpine Meadows Freestyle Team when she was eight, a move that would eventually introduce Sigourney to her domain: the halfpipe.
OFF THE SNOW
This California girl has a love of traveling, everything outdoors and, of course, the beach. She also enjoys quality time with family when not traveling around to competitions. She comes from a family of teachers--both of her parents and her brother are teachers. Nearly finished with a degree in graphic design, Sigourney is attending classes at Westminster College in Salt Lake City while she focuses on her skiing career.
- Alaska Pacific University Nordic Center
- 2014 Sochi
- 2018 Pyeongchang
- Years on Team: 6
Teams: 2014, 2018
Bronze, HP, 2018
6th, HP, 2014
8th, HP, 2016
5th, HP, 2015
2nd, HP, 2014
5th, HP, 2012
Bronze, HP, Aspen, CO, 2015
5th, HP, Aspen, CO, 2014
Silver, HP, Aspen, CO, 2011
Bronze, HP, Aspen, CO, 2012
5th, HP, Oslo, NOR, 2016
8th, HP, Aspen, CO, 2016
FIS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
6th, HP, Park City, UT, 2011
FIS WORLD CUP
Eleven World Cup Starts since 2009, 5 podiums, 3 wins
8th, HP, Park City, UT, 2015
2nd, HP, Park City #2, UT, 2014
4th, HP, Breckenridge, CO, 2014
1st, HP, Copper Mountain, CO, 2013
1st, HP, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2012
1st, HP, Copper Mountain, CO, 2011
3rd, HP, Copper Mountain, CO, 2013
3rd, HP, SFR Freestyle Tour, FRA, 2015
4th, HP, Canadian Open Championships, CAN, 2015
8th, HP, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, 2015
4th, HP, AFP World Tour Finals, Whistler, CAN, 2015
2nd, HP, SFR Tour, La Clusaz, FRA, 2014
3rd, HP, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, Dec. 2013
1st, HP, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, 2012
3rd, HP, Dew Tour, Killington, VT, 2012
1st, HP, Dew Tour, Snowbasin, UT, 2011
Gold, HP, FIS Junior World Championships, Cardrona, NZL, 2010