The best freestyle skiers in the United States will be battling it out for U.S. titles at some of America's renowned freestyle venues in the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships. National titles will be on the line March 8 at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City for aerials and March 27-29 for moguls, dual moguls and halfpipe at California's Squaw Valley USA.
"The Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships are a great representation of the best of freestyle skiing. Each stop has had an award winning freestyle program and will represent the country well," said U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Vice President of Events Calum Clark.
U.S. championships are a right of passage for aspiring freestyle skiers. The annual event matches the nation's best skiers including those on the U.S. Ski Team with young athletes coming up the pipeline, vying for a place on the world stage. More than 200 athletes will compete.
Aerials will kick off the Championships Sunday, March 8. Since the Park was built in the early '90s, aerialists have taken advantage of the great training facility in summer and winter. Reigning 2008 U.S. champs Ryan St. Onge (Winter Park, Colo.) and Emily Cook (Belmont, Mass.) will look to retain their titles, with returning veteran Jeret "Speedy" Peterson (Boise, Idaho) fresh off a big World Cup win in Lake Placid, New York.
"The Utah Olympic Park is a great partner of the USSA and freestyle skiing," said Clark. "It's a world-class venue with great facilities and staff to host an incredible competition for athletes and spectacular viewing for fans."
Aerials training begins at noon March 6 and viewing is free to the public.