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Six freeskiers nominated for Youth Olympics

USSA News Bureau,

Six young Americans have been nominated to the freeskiing team slated to compete in the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, Feb. 12-21. The International Olympic Committee’s Youth Olympic Games offer a competitive venue for young athletes to not only compete, but also participate in a Learn & Share program designed to inspire and empower youth. The 2016 U.S. Youth Olympic Team will be formally named by the United States Olympic Committee in late January.

Leading the 2016 U.S. freeskiing team are Birk Irving (Winter Park, Colorado), who will be competing in halfpipe and Alex Hall (Salt Lake City), who will be a contender in slopestyle.

Modeled after the Olympic Games, the Youth Olympic Games debuted its winter event in 2012 at Innsbruck, Austria. Held every four years, the Winter Youth Olympic Games will feature over 1,100 athletes, ages 15 to 18, from around the world. Freeskiing events will include halfpipe, slopestyle and skicross.

Coupled with the competition, the Learn & Share program will offer young athletes the opportunity to become ambassadors of their sport through workshops and exercises based around five major themes: Olympism, Social Responsibility, Skills Development, Expression and Well-Being and Healthy Lifestyles.

Youth Olympics Freeskiing Nominees

Alex Hall — men’s slopestyle

Nikita Rubocki — women’s slopestyle

Birk Irving — men’s halfpipe

Paula Cooper — women’s halfpipe

Russell Malm — men’s skicross

Abigail Zagnoli — women’s skicross


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