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Want to be on the US Aerial Team? Aged 14-19? Got a vid to submit?

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if so, read on:

 

PS: Kids under 13 can enter to it seems.


https://create.it/campaigns/us-ski-team-tryout-camp-for-acrobats-gymnasts
 
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association is looking for future Olympic acrobatic athletes ages under the age of 19 to participate in our Elite Aerial Development Program (EADP) in Lake Placid, NY or our Western Development Aerial Program Fly Freestyle in Park City, UT.

The EADP has converted retired acrobatic athletes from sports like gymnastics, trampoline, diving, tumbling, etc (that can't necessarily ski) into Olympic athletes in the sport of aerial skiing! U.S. Olympian Ashley Caldwell made it to the Olympic final in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games after only two years in the EADP.

Athletes over 13 and parents of athletes under 13, share your best acrobatic tricks and you could earn an invitation to try out for the EADP. Submit a YouTube video or Vimeo alongside the U.S. Ski Team community including Olympic champions Lindsey Vonn, Shaun White and Gretchen Bleiler.

Selection will be based on votes, ratings and coach’s discretion. Get as creative as you like and share your story – the world is waiting! GO USA and good luck!

How to Enter: Upload a video of your best acrobatic trick, get ranked in the top 30 and you could earn an invitation to try out for the EADP. Click on the [Submit] button to upload your video.

How do we select? The tryout camp will be based on the number of votes, overall ranking and the discretion of our head coaches. It doesn't matter if you are a gymnast, diver, trampoline athlete, tumbler or just plain acrobatic, we would love to see your video!

What if you are selected for the tryout camp? You will be invited to our Park City, UT (June 17-22, 2013) or Lake Placid, NY (June 23-30, 2013) to try out for a spot on our Elite Air Development Program. Written parental or guardian consent must be provided. Parents and coaches are welcome to attend most activities at the camps.

What happens at the tryout camps? If you are selected for a tryout camp, we will contact you with all the details. You will get to participate in the most fun and challenging camp ever with about 15 other athletes who are new to aerial skiing. Again, it doesn’t matter if you can’t ski. The tryout camps are designed to gradually introduce you to the sport of aerial skiing. You will take part in a variety of fun activities including bouncing trampoline, trampoline into the pool, learning how to ski off a small water ramp into a pool, trampoline onto landing mats, bungee assisted spotting rigs, fun recreation, team building activities and more! Our coaches are Olympic medalists and experts at introducing you to the sport and making it fun!

What if you make the Elite Aerial Development Program? If you are successful in getting an invite to a tryout camp and you make it into the Elite Aerial Development Program, you will be given free year-round coaching by former Olympians and coaches who have trained Olympic champions. You will be enrolled in our education program and will also get free year-round housing at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, meals provided, schooling and the chance to win Olympic gold one day for the USA as an aerial skier. For those who cannot train in Lake Placid, coaches will outline a clear path for excelling in aerial skiing outside of the EADP.

About the Elite Aerial Development Program: The EADP was founded by the U.S. Ski Team and the U.S. Olympic Committee in order to offer athletes from other acrobatic sports (with or without a skiing background) a chance to transfer their skills to aerial skiing. Dedicated and talented EADP members have the opportunity to graduate to the U.S. Ski Team. Once on the National Team, they can earn the privilege to represent the United States in international competitions including World Cups, World Championships and the Olympic Winter Games.

Pathway to the Olympic Team:
Elite Air Tryout Camp → Elite Aerial Development Program (EADP) → U.S. Ski Team → U.S. Olympic Team

If you don’t make it: No problem, we will tell you about other opportunities to try aerial skiing.

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post #2 of 11

Funny, we spent some time with one of the investors in Yaqui skis at Arapahoe Basin.  He was pretty enthused about his skis and poles for the water ramps and aerial advancement.  This is a hot area in the ski world, is it not? 

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This is a great idea, mixing today's YouTube/Video technology with talented kids your able to see a lot of potential athletes you wouldn't normally get to see. The Canadian Team did something similar to this back in 2007 recruiting young, potenial aerialst from Trampoline and Gymnastics acadamies and it has paid off handsomly with several of the recruited jumpers now in the mix for this upcoming 2014 Sochi Games, Travis Gerrits being one of them.

When your able to attract younger athletes your doing two things, first your breathing new life into the sport and second your able to mold them into world class athletes and ambassadors for the sport.

The US Olympic Park "Splash Pool" and the USSA Center of Excellence in Park City are an incredible training facility. This coupled with top notch coaching and exciting and challenging vibe are a sure fire way to catapult these talented kids to the next level. 

As someone who grew up in the sport of freestyle skiing, I see this as a fun, exciting way to give the sport a much needed boost.

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Here's a fun video of a trip we did down to the Utah Olympic Park a few years back with some of our locals kids. The UOP is fun for both young and old. What an incredible training facility to bring our young aerial athletes up to the next level!

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So in you go into the pool, skis, boots and all.

Do you do another jump with your boots full of water?  

Do it all day with boots full of water?

How does that work?

I'm very curious.

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So in you go into the pool, skis, boots and all.

Do you do another jump with your boots full of water?  

Do it all day with boots full of water?

How does that work?

I'm very curious.

 

With a name like LiquidFeet, I imagine this would drive your curiosity.biggrin.gif

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There isn't much interest in the US or International Freestyle version of Aerials these days.  Slopestyle is where it's at.  The FIS/US Freestyle Aerials competition seems to be dominated by trampoline gymnasts and divers that happen to be on skis while doing their tricks.  I can't think of a single competitor that managed to medal/podium in both Aerials and Bumps in any post 2000 competitions. I might be wrong though, that is just the impression I get. 

 

 

Slopestyle and Big Air is more in tune with what freestyle use to be and should be about these days.

 

I'd love to see X-Games add bumps or FIS Freestyle to go to a different Aerials format more like SS and Big Air uses.  I guess I just believe that Freestyle "Skiers" should be able to ski more than an in run and landing ramp.

 

As for the water ramps, got to do that when I was 17.. LOVED IT!

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With a name like LiquidFeet, I imagine this would drive your curiosity.biggrin.gif

 

Yes indeed.

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Your absolutely right, there's no more TOP World Cup combined Freestyle skiers like there was in the 80's and 90's who were able to all events. The sport has certainly specialized and many of the  veterans are getting old or moving on. That is exactly why there is a big push to attract these younger kids, a new breed of jumpers into the talent pool.

 

Aerials can be one of the most exciting skiing events you can ever watch in person. It is down right mind boggling some of the jumps they perform, Quint and Quad twisting Triples 45-55' in the air. You don't see divers or trampolinists doing jumps/dives with that high of DD. Aerials are usually the first or one of the first Olympic events to sell out!

 

I agree Slopestyle is the new rage and the closet thing to what Freestyle was back in the 70's and early 80's. I'm amazed at the air, distance and amount of spins today's generation is throwing down. Mind Blowing to say the least and I love watching it. I'm glad it came around and has been accepted as a FIS and Olympic Event.

 

I certainly don't want to see Aerials go to the way side like Freestyle's Ballet did years back. With aerials it's calculating, exciting and athletic. The Ballet part got screwed first of all with it's name and then the dance/choregraphy ridiculousness! If this sport was about the stunt and grunt aspect It would probably still be around. I competed in Ballet on the World Cup level in the 80's and was throughly disgusted with many of the top European competitors costumes and Ballerina like dance moves. Granted they had the difficulty but they ruined it for the next generation of freestyle skiers and spectators with their feminine costuming.

 

As someone who has made a living from Freestyle for many years I sure hope we get some new aerial blood in there. Canada did it, why can't we! 

post #10 of 11

Liquidfeet-

Water ramping, It's a blast. Yeah your boots fill with water, no big deal. They actual kinda float when your in the pool which is pretty cool. Give it a go, there's Axis Freeride that runs summer programming out of the UOP

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Liquidfeet-

Water ramping, It's a blast. Yeah your boots fill with water, no big deal. They actual kinda float when your in the pool which is pretty cool. Give it a go, there's Axis Freeride that runs summer programming out of the UOP

Ya, I was a bit more concerned about spraying WD 40 on the ski bases than I was about the boots or skis getting wet.  Heck, trudging through the slush puddles at the lift corrals on a late spring day isn't much dryer than going in to the lake.

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