Meet the 2021-22 U.S. Aerials Team

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced its U.S. Freestyle Ski Team nominations for the 2021-22 Olympic season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published criteria in the prior season. Twenty-seven aerials and moguls athletes have been nominated to the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team. 

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Freestyle's 2020-21 Season

Despite the added stress of competing amidst a global pandemic, the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team showed their true grit and resilience in achieving banner results. For the first time in recent recorded history (according to records available via FIS), the U.S. was crowned the best freestyle nation, winning both the Aerials and Moguls Nations Cup. Every single American athlete that started in a World Cup contributed to the team's success. The achievement speaks to the depth and future of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team. 

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Why is Funding so Important to You as an Aerials Athlete?

Karenna Elliot

"Knowing that people are willing to support me and my team's training is very inspiring. Not everyone who skis is financially stable and to have the support of donors is indescribable. I didn't come from a wealthy family, so I am extremely grateful for everyone who has supported me financially throughout my career. I would not still be doing freestyle aerial skiing if it wasn't for scholarships and donors. 

The support and funding we receive from donors motivates me to train harder and push the limits to make everyone and my country proud. The help we receive from other can help us turn our dreams of becoming champions, into a reality"

Tasia Tanner

"This funding  means that I have the opportunity to compete in all of the competitions this year. It helps me concentrate because I don't have to worry about making ends meet during the winter season and I'm able to focus on competing. It means so much to know that there are people who want to support our team and support our Olympic dreams."

Dani Loeb

"Fundraising is essential to my team and myself because we never know what might happen when we are on the road in another country. During pandemic times, there is the unknown that we have to plan for and be safe! It's amazing to know that there are people out there that support us and want to help us perform our best! With donor support we can focus more on our sport and not outside forces, therefore performing better and hopefully bringing home some hardware! Let's go team USA!"

About U.S. Aerials Team

Aerial skiing is a discipline of freestyle skiing and was popularized in the 1950s by Olympic alpine gold medalist Stein Eriksen. Recognized as a sport by the International Ski Federation (FIS) in 1979, the first Freestyle Skiing World Cup was held in 1980 and the first FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships staged in 1986. Aerial skiing made its Olympic debut at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer. Differing from big air or slopestyle skiing, aerial skiers launch themselves straight up to do twice as many flips and twists. Standing at the top of the in-run at an aerial ski site is no joke. It takes guts to send your body 20 (from the single kicker) to 50 feet (from the triple kicker) into the air to perform aerial maneuvers while wearing skis, and then you have to land. 

The aerial skiers of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team prepare 365 days a year to be able to perform such feats as quintuple-twisting triple backflips. The countless hours on the water ramps, on the trampoline and in the gym during the summer, and on the snow in the winter, means they are able to call on their bodies to push themselves to the limit. But they can't do it alone. Without the support of their community and fans like you, chasing their Olympic dreams would not be possible. 

Please consider supporting the U.S. Aerials Team as they prepare for the 2021-22 competition season.  

To mail in a check please send it to: U.S. Ski & Snowboard attn: Foundation Department, Craig Booth 1 Victory Lane, Park City, UT 84060 with donations instructions to support the Aerials team. Thank you!

The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Foundation is the non-profit fundraising arm of U.S. Ski & Snowboard. Incorporated in 1964 as a 501(c)3, the Foundation raises money to support year-round athlete training, development,