if so, read on:
PS: Kids under 13 can enter to it seems.
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.