Freeskier Maggie Voisin secures return to Olympics on Team USA
WOMEN’S SKI SLOPESTYLE
1. Johanne Killi, NOR, 91.60
2. Maggie Voisin, Whitefish, Mont., 89.00
3. Isabel Atkin, GBR, 87.80
4. Giulia Tanno, SUI, 82.40
5. Sara Hoefflin, SUI, 79.80
6. Devin Logan, West Dover, Vt., 78.00
7. Kim Lamarre, CAN, 71.00
8. Texx Ledeux, FRA, 15.20
Maggie Voisin has spent her teenage years thinking about qualifying for the Sochi Olympics but was forced to watch because of an injury sustained days before in training.
Saturday at Snowmass, all of that pent up emotion was released on her second trip down the slopestyle course at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix when she put together an 89-point run to move into second place and earn her second podium finish of the season.
Meeting that podium criteria for U.S. Team selection, the 19-year-old from Whitefish, Montana, celebrated her second Olympic nomination with teammates and friends in the finish area, getting tossed in the air.
“I was 15 years old and it was one of the most disappointing injuries I’ve had, but I was able to find the positive in it, which was that it lit a fire under me these past four years,” said Voisin, who broke her right ankle on a rail feature at the Sochi course. “That’s what makes today just that much more special. I’ve been waiting to see if I’ve made the team.”
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The other U.S. Team skier in Saturday’s finals, Devin Logan, finished sixth in the finals and remains second behind Voisin in the U.S. qualifying rankings. There are two qualifying events left.
They will be back on the course today when the U.S. skiers have a makeup event at Snowmass; an event last season at Mammoth was canceled because of weather conditions and rescheduled for Snowmass for back-to-back Olympic-team qualifier. Then the riders go to Mammoth for the final U.S. qualifier.
Norway’s Johanne Killi won Saturday’s Grand Prix with a solid 95.00 on her first run, it came after what she called “a little trouble” in her training runs. Isabel Atkin, who was born in Boston and trains in Park City, skis for Great Britain and finished second.
With no one able to beat Killi’s first-run score during their second runs, Killi, for the first time in her career, got to do a victory lap as the last rider to go with the title already in hand.
“I was super happy and kind of out of focus for a little bit, but I wanted to do one more good run,” Killi said. “It was a nice experience.”
She plans to stay in Colorado to train until the X Games start in Aspen on Jan. 25. Killi has won bronze at the past two X Games and plans to bounce between here and Breckenridge in the next couple of weeks.
“My school two years ago, we went there for three weeks to train, and I’ve been there for Dew Tour. I really like Breck,” Killi said. “It is my first time here in Snowmass so I would like to ski here and train here, too.”
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