Advancement through the USSA's Athlete Development Pipeline is based on tangible, objective selection criteria. At each level, from grassroots club-level events to Olympics, athletes advance based on athletic performance in events as well as on ranking or points lists. Selection criteria for different events, teams or projects may be different. Athletes, coaches and parents should read the criteria carefully to learn exactly how athletes will be selected. In some cases it may be results from specific events. In other cases it may be an athletes ranking on a USSA or International Ski Federation (FIS) points or ranking list. Most athletes are selected by specific objective criteria, but there may also be discretionary selection if noted in the criteria. Click on the tabs above to access selection criteria for specific teams or development projects.

2018 Freestyle/Freeskiing Olympic Criteria 

2016/17 Olympic Criteria Selections Event Dates

Aerials -

Deer Valley World Cup February 3rd, 2017

2017/18 Olympic Criteria Selections Event Dates

Moguls - 

Ruka Finland World Cup December 9th, 2017

Thaiwoo China World Cup December 21st-22nd, 2017

Calgary Canada World Cup January 6th, 2018

Deer Valley USA World Cup January 10th-11th, 2018

Tremblant Canada World Cup January 20th, 2018


Aerials - 

Secret Garden China World Cup December 16th -17th, 2017

Moscow Russia January 6th, 2018

Deer Valley USA January 12th, 2018

Lake Placid USA January 18th-19th, 2018


Freestyle Team Criteria

Freestyle World Cup Criteria

Freestyle World Championship Criteria

Junior World Championship Criteria

Selection Events Criteria  (Site location change to Winter Park, Colorado)

NorAm Criteria

Junior National Championship Criteria

National Championship Criteria


U.S. Freestyle Ski Team

Each year, the top athletes in America are nominated to compete as a part of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season. The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team announces official team rosters in the fall, naming those athletes who accept the responsibilities of being a part of the team and are planning to compete in the 2017-18 season.

Every athlete named to the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team will receive a high level of world class program support, with access to athletic benefits including an elite coaching, sport science, sports medicine and high performance staff, access to the USSA Center of Excellence, and education opportunities.


U.S. Ski Team

2017-18 Freestyle Team Nominations



A Team


Troy Murphy (Bethel, ME; Park City Freestyle Ski Team; 6/13/92)
Bradley Wilson (Butte, MT; Wasatch Freestyle; 6/5/92)


Jaelin Kauf (Alta, WY; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 9/26/96)

Keaton McCargo (Telluride, CO; Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club; 10/7/95)
Morgan Schild (Pittsford, NY; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 8/25/97)


B Team


Thomas Rowley (Long Beach, NY; Hunter Mountain Freestyle Team; 7/2/94)

Dylan Walczyk (Rochester, NY; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail; 6/25/93)



Nessa Dziemian (East Hampstead, NH; Park City Freestyle Ski Team; 4/14/94)

Olivia Giaccio (Vail, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 8/15/00)
Tess Johnson (Edwards, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 6/19/00)
Mikaela Matthews (Frisco, CO; Team Summit; 12/24/91)

K.C. Oakley (Piedmont, CA; Park City Freestyle Ski Team; 5/5/88)


D Team


Hunter Bailey (Vail, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 3/24/96)
Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, WA; 12/25/87)

Joel Hedrick (Fort Collins, CO; Winter Park Competition Center; 5/30/97)
Jack Kariotis (Tiburon, CA; Team Park City United; 1/17/97)
Emerson Smith (Frisco, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 2/13/97)
Troy Tully (Armonk, NY; Wasatch Freestyle Foundation; 7/14/92)
Bryon Wilson (Butte, MT; Wasatch Freestyle; 4/7/88)



Trudy Mickel (Durango, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 1/21/01)

Hannah Soar (Somers, CT; Killington Mountain School; 6/4/1999)




A Team


Mac Bohonnon (Madison, CT; Stratton Mountain Freestyle; 3/27/95)

Jon Lillis (Pittsford, NY; Bristol Mountain Freestyle Team; 8/20/94)



Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, VA; Elite Aerial Development Program; 9/14/93)

Kiley McKinnon (Madison, CT; Elite Aerial Development Program; 9/1/95)


B Team


Alex Bowen (Springville, NY; Buffalo Ski Club; 5/21/92)
Chris Lillis (Pittsford, NY; Bristol Mountain Freestyle Team; 4/10/98)

Eric Loughran (Pelham, NH; Loon Mountain Freestyle; 12/4/95)



Madison Olsen (Park City, UT; Fly Freestyle; 4/7/95)


C Team


Nick Novak (Stafford, VA; Elite Aerial Development Program; 3/15/96)
Patrick O’Flynn (Penfield, NY; Bristol Mountain Snow Sports Club; 8/5/97)

Nik Seemann (Winter Park, CO; Winter Park Competition Center; 8/28/97)
Harrison Smith (Pittsford, NY; Bristol Mountain Snow Sports Club; 9/12/97)

Zach Surdell (Marcellus, MI; Elite Aerial Development Program; 3/6/98)



Megan Nick (Shelburne, VT; Elite Aerial Development Program; 7/9/96)
Morgan Northrop (Park City, UT; Elite Aerial Development Program; 4/16/94)

Winter Vinecki (Salem, OR; Elite Aerial Development Program; 12/18/98)
Madison Varmette (Stafford, VA; Elite Aerial Development Program; 5/8/96)




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