Olympic Valley Freestyle Skiers Bring Home Gold & More at US Junior National Championships, Next Stop US National Championships

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Palisades Tahoe-based Olympic Valley Freestyle Freeride Team. Picture: provided by Palisades Tahoe

Athletes from the Olympic Valley Freestyle Freeride Team, which operates out of Palisades Tahoe, competed in moguls and dual moguls at the US Junior National Championships bringing home two first places this past weekend at Steamboat Springs, CO. Ryan Tam (18, San Francisco) took first place in moguls the U19 division while Alicia Buckmaster (16, Tahoe City) took first place in U17 dual moguls.

Beau Rohlen (13, Glenshire) and Artem Pidpayli (13, Tahoe City) finished second and third in U15 moguls. Kaya Russell (16, Grass Valley) finished fourth in both moguls and dual moguls for U17, and Nicholas Gellerman (18, San Francisco) finished sixth in dual moguls for U19, finishing out a successful championship for the US Ski and Snowboard Far West Division team.

Program Director Jimeel Ferris said, “Definitely feeling the stoke after seeing it all come together for these athletes! Working hard and having it all come together at the right time is a really inspiring and confidence-building experience for these young athletes. Winning at an event at a national event is something to be very proud of.”

Junior Mogul Coach Travis Sluder added, “Olympic Valley Freestyle’s future is looking really strong! Interested athletes should come and check out our program at the last event of the season at Palisades Tahoe over April 8th and 9th.”

Olympic Valley Freestyle coaches and athletes are arriving in Waterville Valley, NH, this week for the US National Championships to compete against the best in the nation, including the US Ski Team. Team Athletes attending this event are Ryan Tam, Benjamin Nickel, Victor Calub, Jonah Russell, Aditya Gupta, Alicia Buckmaster, and Kaya Russell.

Moguls Podium at Nationals. | Picture: provided by Palisades Tahoe

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