Freestyle Skiing

Eliza Outtrim

Sochi Update

Freestyle Skiing?

Freestyle skiing in its modern form continues to be one of the fastest growing disciplines in snow sports. Particularly since the increase of indoor snow centres in the UK and the changing technology in skis. This years U.S. Olympic Ladies Freestyle Ski team consists of Hannah Kearney, Heather McPhie, Heidi Kloser, and Eliza Outtrim. Hannah Kearney placed 3rd. Eliza Outtrim placed 6th.

Eliza Outtrim Biography

As the youngest of four siblings, Eliza Outtrim had plenty of family to chase down the slopes of Mount Snow. She remembers shadowing her three siblings around Mount Snow in Vermont and racing down Beartrap Trail. She tore her ACL when she was 16. That gave her some time to think and reflect. She realized skiing is what she wanted to do. She transferred to Lowell Whiteman School in Steamboat Springs, Colo., which has produced many Olympic athletes. When the freestyle program got off the ground at the Vermont resort, she and her brother signed up.
History of Freestyle skiing part 1
History of Freestyle skiing part 2
Eliza Outtrim gets 2nd at Sochi Moguls - Universal Sports
Eliza Outtrim 3rd in Deer Valley Moguls - USSA Network
Hannah Kearney and Eliza Outtrim on Voss weather
Origins of Freestyle Skiing

Sochi Finals

Eliza Outtrim finished 6th in the Sochi Ladies Moguls Final on February 8th, 2014. Teammate Hannah Kearney finished 3rd as the number 1 and number 2 spots went to Canada.

Not Making the Cut

Just two days before she got the call that she was going to be a 2014 Olympian, Outtrim didn't think she had a chance. She was so focused on finishing on the podium in two World Cup events (one of the qualifying criteria), that she didn't even pay attention to the other criteria. When none of the U.S. Olympic hopefuls medaled in two events, she figured the one with the highest finish would be selected. Instead, Outtrim, the seventh-ranked freestyle skier in the world, was chosen to represent her country in Sochi.

Sochi Update

As of February 17th, 2014, the U.S. Men's Aerial Team only has 1 athlete in the top 12. The only American in the top 12 as of now is Mac Bohonnon at 4. As for Ladies Aerials, they have 2 who are ranked. The 2 who are ranked are Emily Cook at 8 and Ashley Caldwell at 10.

Eliza Outtrim

Eliza Outtrim stated on her Facebook page "Raised in Hamden, Ct, I started skiing at age 3. By the time I was in first grade my family spent every weekend in the winter skiing at Mt Snow, Vermont. I learned at an early age that I loved skiing the moguls, which would eventually grow into a full time career as a competitive mogul skier. This year will be my eighth season on the U.S. Ski Team."