Deer Valley Celebrates 20 Years hosting the FIS Freestyle World Cup with the Olympics on the line

Deer Valley Celebrates 20 Years hosting the FIS Freestyle World Cup with the Olympics on the line

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Deer Valley Celebrates 20 Years hosting the FIS Freestyle World Cup with the Olympics on the line

With only one more event until the Olympic team for the U.S. Freestyle Moguls and Aerials team is named, the FIS Freestyle World Cup this weekend at Deer Valley will provide high amounts of drama and fierce competition as the penultimate event before the teams are named.

This marks the 20th year of international and world competitions hosted at Deer Valley, including the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, two World Championships and 16 World Cups making the resort a premier venue for the freestyle competition community.

Bob Wheaton; Press Conference; 2018 FIS Freestyle World Cup; Deer Valley Resort; Park City, Utah; Photo: Tyler Tate/T Squared Action Sports

“The competition this weekend is an Olympic selection event,” said Bob Wheaton, President and General Manager Deer Valley. “Because of that all of the countries have filled every available athlete roster spot. We will have a lot of the top tier elite level athletes competing this weekend. If anyone is interested in seeing the best mogul and aerial athletes, you will have that opportunity to witness that in person here at Deer Valley over the next three days.”

Ih her third time going through the selection process of making an Olympic team, 2017 World Champion and two-time Olympian aerialist Ashley Caldwell is in strong position to make the team as well as be a threat to the podium. As she prepares for her third Olympics, Caldwell discusses her strategy through the selection process.

Ashley Caldwell; Press Conference; 2018 FIS Freestyle World Cup; Deer Valley Resort; Park City, Utah; Photo: Tyler Tate/T Squared Action Sports

“For the first time in the process I feel like I am in my best position. I am not 16 years old or coming off an injury. Maintaining competitive and mental strength is so important. Each process my mental and physical preparation has changed and it evolves with what works best for me. This season I am going into competition doing the biggest tricks, bigger than any other female competing. With that comes great risk but it also comes with great reward.”

Mac Bohonnon, 2015 World Cup Aerials Overall Champion, echoed similar thoughts on how the venue at Deer Valley helps athletes push themselves into the Olympics.

Mac Bohonnon; Press Conference; 2018 FIS Freestyle World Cup; Deer Valley Resort; Park City, Utah; Photo: Tyler Tate/T Squared Action Sports

“One of the cool things about the olympic season is that you will see the top tier guys begin to push the sport to a new level and this season you will see the quintuple twisting triple backflips, meaning five twists and three flips,” said Bohonnon. “Then cool thing about that is that there are so many variations on how you achieve the five twists and three backflips. Deer Valley is a marquee event for everyone because of the venue set up is pristine for competition.”

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 – Mogul Competition

Start Event Location
2:10 – 3:20 p.m. Ladies’ Mogul Qualifications Champion
4:45 – 6:05 p.m. Men’s Mogul Qualifications Champion
5 – 8 p.m. VIP Tent Open Competition Venue
7 – 8 p.m. Ladies’ and Men’s Mogul Finals Champion
8:10 p.m. Awards Finish Area
Immediately Following Fireworks Competition Venue

Thursday, January 11, 2018 – Mogul Competition

Start Event Location
2:10 – 3:20 p.m. Ladies’ Mogul Qualifications Champion
4:45 – 6:05 p.m. Men’s Mogul Qualifications Champion
5 – 8 p.m. VIP Tent Open Competition Venue
7 – 8 p.m. Ladies’ and Men’s Mogul Finals Champion
8:10 p.m. Awards Finish Area
Immediately Following Fireworks Competition Venue

Friday, January 12, 2018 – Aerial Competition

Start Event Location
2:40 – 3:20 p.m. Ladies’ Aerial Qualifications White Owl
5:05 – 5:50 p.m. Men’s Aerial Qualifications White Owl
5 – 8:30 p.m. VIP Tent Open Competition Venue
8 – 8:50 p.m. Ladies’ and Men’s Aerial Finals White Owl
9 p.m. Awards Finish Area
Immediately Following Fireworks Competition Venue

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