This article was originally published in the Aspen Daily News.
Two Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club athletes have been nominated to the 2017/18 U.S. Freeski Team, according to an announcement Wednesday from the USSA News Bureau.
Torin Yater-Wallace, 21, of Basalt, and 22-year-old Alex Ferreira of Aspen were named to an eight-man halfpipe Pro Team.
Except for Reno’s David Wise, the entire men’s halfpipe team, which also includes Aaron Blunck of Crested Butte, Boulder’s Lyman Currier, Birk Irving of Winter Park, Telluride’s Gus Kenworthy and Taylor Seaton of Avon, hail from Colorado.
Aspen’s Ferreira won the final event of the 2016/17 season, the FIS World Ski event in Tignes, France. While Ferreira qualified for the 2017 X Games at Buttermilk, he pulled out due to injury.
In February, Yater-Wallace won the 2018 Olympic halfpipe test event in Bokwang Phoenix Park, South Korea ahead of Crested Butte’s Blunck. Yater-Wallace was also a member of the 2014 Olympic Team.
Nominations to the national team offer “world class program support, along with access to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Center of Excellence, as well as athletic benefits including an elite coaching, sport science, sports medicine and high performance staff, and education opportunities,” according to the release. The official team announcement will be made in the fall.
The women’s Freeski halfpipe team includes: Maddie Bowman, Annelisa Drew, Devin Logan, Brita Sigourney and Carly Margulies.
The North Face Rookie Team includes: Jacob Beebe, Cameron Brodrick Hunter Hess, Jaxin Hoerter, Jake Mageau and Sammy Schuiling, Anna Gorham, Abigale Hansen and Svea Irving.
Colorful slopestyle skier Bobby Brown of Denver leads the men’s Pro team that also features: Joss Christensen, Nick Goepper, Alex Hall, Gus Kenworthy and McRae Williams. The women’s side is represented by Julia Krass, Devin Logan, Darian Stevens and Maggie Voisin.
Named to the North Face Rookie Team for slopestyle were: Willie Borm, Eddie Gildea, Cody LaPlante, Colby Stevenson, Caroline Claire, Grace Henderson and Rell Harwood.