Maddy Olsen is golden at Stratton Mountain
March 27, 2012
STRATTON MOUNTAIN, Vt. (March 25) At the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships, Maddy Olsen, a student at Park City High School and a member of the FLY Freestyle program, won her first aerials national title in her first attempt, cementing her spot on the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team.
"It’s a really exciting win for me, especially since this is my first nationals," Olson said in a release. "Even though the weather conditions weren’t the best, we all went out there and did our best and had a good time with it. It worked out in my favor today. To be the aerials national champion is huge."
Mike Rossi (Long Valley, N.J.) and Elite Aerial Development Program (EADP) athlete Kiley McKinnon (Madison, Conn.) earned silver, while FLY Freestyle’s Madie Gorelik (Park City) and EADP aerialist Mac Bohonnon (New Haven, CT) took bronze.
In the men’s competition, defending national aerials champion Dylan Ferguson (Amesbury, Mass.) won gold to retain his title. At 23, Ferguson was the oldest athlete on the podium.
"I felt great," said Ferguson, a Park City resident, in a release. "I was excited to watch our development kids compete in their first nationals and to see some sweet jumps from them. With the difficult conditions we were dealing with, everyone was competing on a level field which helped some of our development kids get on the podium. It was cool to see.
"It feels good to maintain my title and it feels even better to cap off my great season with another good result."
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Stratton Mountain crews put in more than 300 hours of snow-cat time preparing the aerials hill. The event was a unique aerials hill with scaffolding used to produce extra speed. According to a release, participation in the aerials championship increased 40 percent from last year.
"Amazing effort from Stratton and good attitudes from the athletes turned a questionable day into a very successful event with high quality jumps," said Todd Schirman, USSA freestyle director. "The Junior Worlds athletes arrived to the U.S. on Friday, put jet lag behind them, and performed like veterans.
The EADP and domestic club of the year FLY Freestyle were outstanding, taking four out of the six podiums today. The recruitment and effort to the development system is really gaining momentum, Maddy (Olsen) and Mac (Bohonnon) were outstanding, and athletes and coaches alike are seeing hard work pay off."