Fifteen Westminster Students Make 2009 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Krista DeAngelis (801) 832-2682
Jan. 26, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association recently announced that 15 Westminster students made the 2009 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team and will compete throughout the season for places on the podium and World Cup points required to qualify for the 2010 Winter Olympics. The FIS Freestyle World Cup is the highest-level competition series in the sport with events around the globe every season.
Ten Westminster students will compete against the world’s top freestyle athletes on Deer Valley’s renowned moguls and aerial courses during the FIS World Cup competition Jan. 29-31, 2009.
Westminster currently has 37 students on the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team who compete in a variety of events, from Nordic jumping to cross-country skiing. Westminster’s Freestyle Ski Team members include: Jay Bowman-Kirigin, Emily Cook, David DiGravio, Jimmy Discoe, Dylan Ferguson, Landon Gardner, Ani Haas, Holt Haga, Sho Kashima, Jana Lindsey, Heather McPhie, Lacy Schnoor, Juliana Serra, Ryan St. Onge and Byron Wilson.
Currently, there are two main branches of freestyle skiing: one encompassing the more traditional events of moguls and aerials, and a newer branch often called “new school,” comprising events such as halfpipe, big air, slopestyle, and big mountain or free-skiing. Westminster students will compete in moguls and aerials next week.
Westminster is a nationally recognized, comprehensive liberal arts college. With a broad array of graduate and undergraduate programs, Westminster is distinguished by its unique environment for learning. Westminster prepares students for success through active and engaged learning, real world experiences and its vibrant campus community. Westminster’s unique location, adjacent to the Rocky Mountains and to the dynamic city of Salt Lake, further enriches the college experience. For more information, visit www.westminstercollege.edu.