Herman Wins Historic Olympic Slopestyle Qualifier
USHUAIA, Argentina (Sept. 7) – U.S. Freeskiing's Keri Herman (Breckenridge, CO) placed a check mark on history Friday with an FIS World Cup slopestyle skiing victory during the first 2014 Olympic Winter Games qualifying event. Slopestyle and halfpipe skiing will make their debut at the 2014 Olympic program in Sochi, Russia. An X Games silver medalist, Herman won by a huge six-point margin to mark her first podium since 2011. The next chance for athletes to qualify will be Jan. 11, 2013 during the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, CO – part of the winter-long Sprint U.S. Grand Prix series.
- Keri Herman (Breckenridge, CO) won the opening FIS World Cup for slopestyle skiing, the first chance for athletes to qualify for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
- The sports of slopestyle and halfpipe skiing were added in July of 2011 by the International Olympic Committee to the 2014 program in Sochi, Russia
- The Olympic qualifying period provides individual athletes with opportunity to achieve required international ranking in order to be eligible for Olympic selection and helps the USA earn the maximum number of nation's quota spots.
- The next chance for athletes to qualify will be Jan. 11, 2013 during the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, CO – part of the winter-long Sprint U.S. Grand Prix series.
- Herman, an X Games silver medalist, won by a huge six-point margin after placing third in qualification. This was her first podium since 2011.
- Herman’s winning run: clean double kink rail, frontside 270, switch cork 720 bro-kang grab, switch 540, 360 safety grab, to a cork 540 mute grab.
- Switzerland’s Eveline Bhend took second and Canadian Dara Howell came in third.
- The top American male was McRae Williams (Salt Lake City) in eighth with Great Britain’s James Woods taking the win.
This feels amazing and almost surreal. It hasn’t quite clicked in yet because I am so far away from home. It’s been a great week in Argentina and I had some time to figure out what I needed to do to win and I did it.
It’s exciting to be a part of the first Olympic qualifying event and this just inspires me to train harder and stay on the right path towards the Olympics. This really boosts my confidence and it feels so good to be here!
I’ve been really impressed with the Argentinian people, they have been so supportive and psyched on freesking and it’s cool to see them get so into it.