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U.S. Freestyle Ski Team: Top Movies, TV Shows, Books, Podcasts

By Lara Carlton
May, 1 2020
Jaelin Kauf and Tess Johnson
Jaelin Kauf and Tess Johnson are stoked on these recommendations (Steve Earl - U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team trains, travels and competes across three continents any given season and the FIS World Cup circuit takes them to some far corners of the world. To give you some perspective, 2019-2020 saw both teams in Kazakhstan and Siberia. Competing at the highest level through multi-day flights and jetlag is no small feat. Sharing favorite TV binges and movies to download on Netflix, trading books and listening to podcasts together creates a sense of home during those long weeks on the road.

With COVID-19 cutting the competition season short and pushing back when teams can train together, athletes are spending an unusual-for-them amount of time in one place. It’s an unprecedented time in the sports world. Athletes are turning their living rooms and backyards into gyms and training via GoToMeeting with their coaches. Many are relishing the opportunity to spend so much time with family and are getting creative in staying connected digitally. 

The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team gives you their top recommendations for movies, books, TV shows (including some guilty pleasures) and podcasts. If you’ve exhausted your Netflix and Hulu queues, we hope these lists bring you some inspiration to mix up your usual living room routines.

MOVIES

  1. Remember the Titans

  2. My Best Friend’s Wedding 

  3. Star Wars

  4. Harry Potter

  5. Jumanji

  6. Wolf of Wall Street

  7. He’s Just Not That Into You

  8. Aladdin

  9. Step Brothers

  10. The Other Guys

  11. Marvel Universe

  12. What About Bob

  13. The Man from Snowy River 

  14. Across the Universe 

  15. What Women Want 

  16. A Knight's Tale 

  17. Anything Alfred Hitchock

  18. Notting Hill

  19. Lincoln Lawyer

  20. Pirates of the Caribbean
     

BOOKS

  1. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

  2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

  3. Educated by Tara Westover

  4. Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon

  5. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov

  6. The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday

  7. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

  8. Candide by Voltaire

  9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Series by Steig Larsson

  10. Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

  11. Open by Andre Agassi

  12. Becoming by Michelle Obama

  13. Lord of the Rings Series by J.R.R. Tolkien

  14. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

  15. The Dirt by Motley Crüe

  16. Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker, M.D.

  17. Fall of Giants Trilogy by Ken Follet

  18. Clifton chronicles by Jeffery Archer 

  19. The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristen Harmel 

  20. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving 

  21. East of Eden by John Steinbeck 

  22. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

  23. I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

  24. Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

  25. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

  26. The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

  27. Sh*t my dad says by Justin Halpern

  28. Outliers by Malcom Gladwell 

  29. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

  30. 1984 by George Orwell


TV SHOWS

  1. The Office

  2. Friends 

  3. The Bachelor

  4. Seinfeld

  5. One Tree Hill

  6. Friday Night Lights

  7. Grey’s Anatomy

  8. Gotham

  9. The 100

  10. Stranger Things

  11. Futurama

  12. Grace and Frankie 

  13. Love Is Blind

  14. South Park

  15. How I Met Your Mother

  16. All American

  17. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

  18. Vampire Diaries

  19. Modern Family

  20. Riverdale


PODCASTS

  1. Pod Save America

  2. Pardon my Take

  3. The Daily

  4. Yoga Girl Daily

  5. Chicks in the Office

  6. Fore The Tour

  7. In the Arena with Bobby Carroll 

  8. Stuff Mom Never Told You 

  9. The Joe Rogan Experience

  10. Bertcast’s podcast


Did you know that the U.S. Moguls Team is training together virtually in #OperationHomebody? Athletic Development Coach Josh Bullock created a workout plan that includes a weekly themed challenge - last week celebrated Goggles For Docs. Or that mogul skier Nessa Dziemian rallied her teammates and competitors to an art challenge on social media for the month of April? Aerial skier Winter Vinecki shared a home workout routine for members of the U.S. Navy and teammate Ashley Caldwell is dreaming of getting back on snow from her Park City home. 

COVID-19 has impacted our daily lives in significant ways, but hopefully, the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team’s suggestions can offer you more entertainment enjoyment with their favorites.