2016 Moguls Team Named
RUKA, FINLAND (Dec. 8, 2015) – A stacked field of 19 athletes, including World Cup winner K.C. Oakley (Piedmont, CA), national champions Troy Murphy (Bethel, ME), Nessa Dziemian (East Hampstead, NH) and Tom Rowley (Long Beach, NY), and Olympians Heidi Kloser (Vail, CO), Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, WA), Brad Wilson (Butte, MT) and Bryon Wilson (Butte, MT), will represent the U.S. Freestyle Moguls Ski Team for the 2015-16 season. The team was officially named ahead of the 2016 FIS Freestyle World Cup opener, scheduled for Dec. 12 in Ruka, Finland.
- Olympic veterans Patrick Deneen, Bryon Wilson, Brad Wilson and Heidi Kloser are among 19 athletes named to the U.S. Freestyle Moguls Ski Team for the 2015-16 season.
- The team is coming off a successful 2014-15 season with 48 top-10 World Cup finishes, including 14 podiums, and Tom Rowley and Morgan Schild bringing home the 2015 FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year titles.
- 2015 Nor-Am overall champions Ryan Dyer (Steamboat Springs, CO) and Nessa Dziemian are two of four new-comers to the national team this year.
- Morgan Schild, who suffered a knee injury at the end of 2015, will sit out this season in anticipation of coming back strong in 2016-17.
- Veteran athletes Hannah Kearney (Norwich. VT), Eliza Outtrim (Hamden, CT), Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) and Sho Kashima (South Lake Tahoe, CA) all announced their retirement after the 2015 season.
- The FIS World Cup season kicks off in Ruka, Finland on Dec. 12 with dual moguls.
- Domestic World Cups include the Putnam Investments Freestyle Cup in Lake Placid, NY Jan. 14-16 and the Visa Freestyle International at Utah’s Deer Valley Resort Feb. 4-6.
- Colorado’s Steamboat Ski Resort will host this year’s U.S. Freestyle Championships Mar. 18-20.
Matt Gnoza, Head Coach, U.S. Freestyle Moguls Ski Team
I see the start of each new season as a new challenge. We have a great team to work with, filled with very talented rookies and veterans, each of which will bring a different set of strengths and skills into competitions.
With all of our recent retirements we will need to come together and work as team. With over 1000 water ramp jumps and 60 days on snow behind us this prep season, I am starting to see this group become a stronger team. Everyone has worked hard in their preparations and I fully expect that work to pay off this season.
As a team, I think we have been through a lot of changes in the past couple of years. We have a new coaching staff, a lot of our top athletes retired and there are a lot of newer, younger members on the team. We have an amazing new water ramp facility at the Utah Olympic Park and this summer we trained more than ever – both on snow and in the water. Our team is really young right now, but also really talented and I think we can expect to see some amazing results.
We have a World Cup scheduled to take place in downtown Moscow this season. It’s going to be on scaffolding in the middle of the city. I’m excited for that event because it sounds so unique, and I think it will bring a lot of attention to our sport! Of course I’m also excited for the stop in Deer Valley - that’s a favorite every year. It’s so fun to compete on home turf and see such a big crowd turn out for the event.
We’ve all been working really well together as a team, and it would be awesome to take home the Nation’s Cup this season. I’d like to compete with consistency and throw the tricks I worked all summer to perfect. We all put in some great prep work during the off season and I’m excited to see it pay off!
2016 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team
Name (hometown; home club) (skis, boots, bindings, poles, helmet, goggles, glasses, protection) birthdate
Jeremy Cota (Carabassett Valley, ME; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) (Bomber, Full Tilt, Marker, Swix, Oakley, Oakley) 10/24/1988
Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) (Ascent, Full Tilt, Zipline, Shred, Shred) 12/25/1987 *
Heidi Kloser (Vail, CO; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail) (Hart, Dalbello, Oakley, Oakley) 9/18/1992 *
K.C. Oakley (Piedmont, CA; Park City Freestyle Team) (Bomber, Tecnica, Zipline, Oakley, Oakley) 5/5/1988
Morgan Schild (Pittsford, NY; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail) (ID One USA, Full Tilt, ID One USA) 8/25/1997
Bradley Wilson (Butte, MT; Wasatch Freestyle, Deer Valley Resort) (ID One USA, Tecnica, Oakley, Oakley) 6/5/1992 *
Keaton McCargo (Telluride, CO; Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club) (ID One USA, Tecnica, ID One USA, Oakley, Oakley) 10/7/1995
Troy Murphy (Bethel, ME; Planet Ski International) (ID One USA, Dalbello, ID One USA, Oakley, Oakley) 6/13/1992
Thomas Rowley (Long Beach, NY; Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club) (ID One USA, Tecnica, ID One USA, POC, Oakley) 7/2/1994
Dylan Walczyk (Rochester, NY; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail) (ID One, Full Tilt, ID One) 6/21/1993
Bryon Wilson (Butte, MT; Wasatch Freestyle, Deer Valley Resort) (ID One USA, Tecnica, ID One USA, Oakley, Oakley) 4/7/1988 *
Ryan Dyer (Steamboat Springs, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) (Hart, Full Tilt, Zipline, POC) 6/29/1991
Nessa Dziemian (East Hampstead, NH; Carrabassett Valley Academy) (ID One USA, ID One, POC, POC, POC) 4/13/1994
Tess Johnson (Vail, CO; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail) (ID One USA, Lange, Oakley) 6/19/2000
Ali Kariotis (Tiburon, CA; Squaw Valley Freestyle Team) (ID One, Tecnica, ID One USA, Uvex, Uvex) 4/29/1995
Mikaela Matthews (Frisco, CO; Team Summit) (Dalbello, Uvex, Uvex, Uvex) 12/24/1991
Bruce Perry Jr. (Winter Park, CO; Winter Park Competition Center) (ID One USA, Dalbello, ID One USA, Oakley, Oakley) 10/9/1995
Sophia Schwartz (Sun Valley, ID; Steamboat Spring Winter Sports Club) (Ascente, Fischer, Zipline) 11/24/1990
Lane Stoltzner (Park Ridge, IL; Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club) (Hart, Lange, Marker) 12/21/1990
2016 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team Staff
Todd Schirman, Program Director
Katie Fieguth, Program Manager
Dr. David Goltz, U.S. Freestyle Ski Team Physician
Mike Bahn, Strength and Conditioning Coach
Chuck Williams, PT/ATC
Pam Lemons, Sport Psychologist
Caitlin Furin, Press Officer
Matt Gnoza, Head Moguls Coach
Lance Field, Moguls Coach
Caleb Martin, Moguls Coach
Glenn Eddy, Moguls Coach
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