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Countdown to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games

2022 Intermountain Healthcare Freestyle International Takes Off

By Lara Carlton
January, 10 2022
Kaila Kuhn
Kaila Kuhn trains for the 2022 Intermountain Healthcare Freestyle International at Deer Valley Resort. Kuhn earned a podium in third place in 2021 and is in the hunt for another. (Steven Kornreich - U.S. Ski Team)

Freestyle returns to Deer Valley Resort for its 24th year of elite competition at the 2022 Intermountain Healthcare Freestyle International January 12 - 14, 2021. This stop marks the final Olympic qualifying events for the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team on their way to the 2022 Beijing Olympic Winter Games. Athletes will compete on the renowned 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games courses, celebrating its 20th anniversary in February. 

Six athletes who have achieved criteria to be nominated to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games freestyle team are set to compete: mogul skiers Jaelin Kauf and Hannah Soar, and aerial skiers Chris Lillis, Megan Nick, Justin Schoenefeld and Winter Vinecki. 

Aerials kicks things off Wednesday and 13 Americans are scheduled to compete. The team has been training since Sunday, soaking up the Utah bluebird sky conditions, and vibes are high for the week ahead.

“Training is going very well, we are so happy to be back at Deer Valley,” said Head Aerial Coach Vladimir (Vlad) Lebedev. “This site is always high quality and this year is no exception. Wednesday’s event is a critical moment for these athletes and we’re grateful to have the final Olympic qualifier on home snow. The team is looking strong and we’re ready for the days ahead.”

Seventeen Americans will face down champion-maker Champion ski run, the meanest course on the FIS Mogul World Cup circuit. Athletes will have two opportunities for podiums with two single mogul events scheduled for Thursday and Friday. As dual moguls is not an Olympic event, it is not part of the Olympic qualifying process. 

“Deer Valley is the ultimate Olympic warmup event,” said Head Mogul Coach Matt Gnoza. “There is a very good chance that the podiums we see here will be telling of who will do so at the Games. The whole team always looks forward to this event. Being on home snow really gets the athletes fired up and the Champion course is a perfect showcase of our sport. We’re excited to get out there.”

The stage will be set for an incredibly high level of competition as the world’s best freestyle skiers vie for World Cup glory. Current U.S. Freestyle Ski Team athletes have earned a combined 19 World Cup and World Championship podiums on home snow at Deer Valley. Expertly created courses set the Americans up right to perform at their peak. With Olympic spots on the line, expect no less than the best of what these athletes have to offer. 

STARTERS

Aerials
Women
Ashley Caldwell
Karenna Elliott
Kaila Kuhn
Dani Loeb
Megan Nick
Winter Vinecki

Men
Connor Curran
Quinn Dehlinger
Derek Krueger
Chris Lillis
Eric Loughran
Justin Schoenefeld
Ian Schoenwald

Moguls
Women
Avital Carroll
Olivia Giaccio
Kasey Hogg
Madison Hogg
Tess Johnson
Jaelin Kauf
Elizabeth Lemley
Kai Owens
Hannah Soar

Men
Jesse Andringa
Joel Hedrick
Alex Lewis
Cole McDonald
George McQuinn
Nick Page
Dylan Walczyk
Brad Wilson

HOW TO WATCH 

All times EST

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022
5:00 p.m. Intermountain Healthcare Freestyle International Men and Women's Aerials - LIVE, Deer Valley, UT, Streaming Peacock

Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022
4:00 p.m. Intermountain Healthcare Freestyle International Men and Women's Moguls - LIVE, Deer Valley, UT, Streaming Peacock

Friday, Jan. 14, 2022
4:00 p.m. Intermountain Healthcare Freestyle International Men and Women's Moguls - LIVE, Deer Valley, UT, Streaming Peacock

Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022
12:30 p.m. Intermountain Healthcare Freestyle International Men and Women's Moguls - next-day broadcast, Deer Valley, UT, Broadcast CNBC

2:00 p.m. Intermountain Healthcare Freestyle International Men and Women's Aerials - delayed broadcast, Deer Valley, UT, Broadcast CNBC

Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022
2:30 p.m. Intermountain Healthcare Freestyle International Men and Women's Moguls - delayed broadcast, Deer Valley, UT, Broadcast NBC

Broadcast and streaming are updated on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard website throughout the season.

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2021-22 Freestyle World Cup Schedule
2021-22 Freestyle Olympic Schedule

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