Park City, UT, May 4, 2001--Forty-three athletes have been named to the 2002 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team. The announcement was made Friday by theUnited States Ski and Snowboard Association.
The specific 2002 U.S. Olympic Team will be named Tuesday, January 22.
The U.S. enters the Olympic year with a lot of confidence as the '01 season proved that the U.S. freestyle skiers were the best in the world. The U.S.again walked away with the Nation's Cup as five different athletes posted wins on the World Cup tour (three of those were first career wins) and onepicked up his first career World Cup title in aerials.
The men's aerials team is stacked with talent as five athletes were named to the A Team for the '02 season. Eric Bergoust (Missoula, MT) will lookto defend his '98 Olympic gold medal after winning his first ever World Cup title in '01. Breaking the world record aerials score is getting to be ahabit for Bergoust, who topped his own mark for the third time last August in Australia.
Joining "Bergy" will be a trio of Park City favorites: Brian "Curdog" Currutt, Jerry Grossi and Joe Pack. Pack, the perennial hometown hero, finishedsecond behind Bergoust in the World Cup standings and picked up his second bronze medal at World Championships as well.
Shifting over to the bumps, the women's moguls squad is highlighted by Hannah Hardaway (Moultonborough, NH). Despite missing the '98 and '99seasons due to knee injuries, the East-Coaster lit up the World Cup tour this past season and won the first two events of her career.
Three-time Olympian Ann Battelle (Steamboat Springs, CO) returns for her 10th season with the Team after missing most of '01 due to a shoulderinjury. Jonny Moseley (Tiburon, CA) will aim to defend his '98 Olympic gold, while veteran Donna Weinbrecht (Killington, VT), the first ever Olympicmoguls champion, has her sights set on a return to the Games.
Like Hardaway, Toby Dawson (Vail, CO) and Travis Ramos (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) also recorded the first World Cup wins of their young careers in '01.
The overall depth of the '02 Team could be the most impressive ever. Seven medals, including three golds, were won by U.S. skiers at the '01 WorldJuniors. Two of the golds were won by U.S. Team members as Matthew "Marty" Odlin (Sunday River, ME) won the men's moguls and Emiko Torito(Englewood, CO) won the women's duals event.
The 2002 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team
A TEAM - MEN
Eric Bergoust (31; Missoula, MT; aerials; '94, '98 Olympian)
Brian Currutt (27; Park City, UT; aerials)
Toby Dawson (22; Vail, CO; moguls)
Evan Dybvig (25; Tunbridge, VT; moguls; '98 Olympian)
Jerry Grossi (27; Park City, UT; aerials); Joe Pack (23; Park City, UT; aerials)
Travis Ramos (22; S. Lake Tahoe, CA; moguls)
Ryan Riley (21; Steamboat Springs, CO; moguls)
Britt Swartley (29; Blue Bell, PA; aerials; '98 Olympian) A TEAM - WOMEN
Shannon Bahrke (21; Tahoe City, CA; moguls)
Ann Battelle (33; Steamboat Springs, CO; moguls; '92, '94, '98 Olympian)
Emily Cook (21; Belmont, MA; aerials)
Hannah Hardaway (22; Moultonborough, NH; moguls)
Brenda Petzold (27; Andover, MA; aerials)
B TEAM - MEN
Mariano Ferrario (27; Park City, UT; aerials)
Corey Hacker (28; Buffalo, NY; aerials)
Garth Hager (31; Bothell, WA; moguls)
Chris Hernandez (22; S. Lake Tahoe, CA; moguls)
Jonny Moseley (25; Tiburon, CA; moguls; '98 Olympian)
B TEAM - WOMEN
Kelly Hilliman (23; Tonawanda, NY; aerials)
Jillian Vogtli (27; Ellicotville, NY; moguls)
Donna Weinbrecht (36; Killington, VT; moguls; '92, '94, '98 Olympian)
C TEAM - MEN
Jeremy Bloom (19; Loveland, CO; moguls)
Travis Cabral (17; S. Lake Tahoe, CA; moguls)
Mike Friedberg (22; Boulder, CO; moguls)
Caleb Martin (25; Telluride, CO; moguls)
Travis Mayer (19; Steamboat Springs, CO; moguls)
Matthew "Marty" Odlin (19; Sunday River, ME; moguls)
Jeret Peterson (19; Boise, ID;; aerials)
Parker Schmidt (20; Steamboat Springs, CO; aerials)
Ryan St. Onge (18; Winter Park, CO; aerials)
Tim Warner (23; Oakland County, MI; moguls)
Alex Wilson (26; Buffalo, NY; moguls; '98 Olympian)
Luke Westerlund (23; Breckenridge, CO; moguls)
C TEAM - WOMEN
Marissa Berman (21; Mt. Kisco, NY; aerials)
Tracy Evans (33; Hornell, NY; aerials; '94, '98 Olympian)
Sarah Horvitz (21; Somerset MA; aerials)
Jana Lindsey (16; Rapid City, SD; aerials)
Kate Reed (17; Montrose, CO; aerials)
Michelle Roark (26; Golden, CO; moguls)
Laurel Shanley (18; Squaw Valley, CA; moguls)
Emiko Torito (18; Englewood, CO; moguls)
Justine Van Houte (32; Telluride, CO; moguls)