Winners get ticket to Vancouver at 2010 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Steamboat Springs

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on October 12, 2009 12:37 pm

It’s a one-shot, winner-takes-all at the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Steamboat Springs.  Five, super coveted spots will be up for grabs on December 23 & 24. 

The selection process is a season long one, except for the comps at Steamboat.  Moguls, aerials, and nordic combined are the three disciplines and never will the stakes be higher.  It’s an insta-ticket, a Willie Wonka golden ticket straight to the Olympics for the winners of the five competitions over two days.

“The Steamboat community takes great pride in its hometown winter Olympians and has been a hotbed of athletic development in nordic combined and freestyle skiing over the years,” said USSA Vice President, Events, Calum Clark. “It will be great to bring the best athletes in the country to Ski Town USA to compete in front of an enthusiastic and supportive crowd.”

This will be the first year that nordic combined joins the winner-take-all fold and all the big names will be there, vying for the “Vancouver Bound” moniker that has become the U.S. Ski Team’s mantra for this Olympic year.  Hometown heros Todd Lodwick and Johnny Spillane, and World Champion Bill Demong will headline the nordic-combined bunch.

On the moguls’ side, World Cup moguls champ Hannah Kearney, Olympic silver medalist Shannon Bahrke, and moguls World Champion Patrick Deneen are dead set on grabbing one of the guaranteed spots on the Winter Olympic team.
The entire two-day event will be aired on NBC, 2:30pm ET on December 26th.

2010 U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS

FREESTYLE SKIING/NORDIC COMBINED EVENTS
(actual start times TBD)

Dec. 23, 2009

Morning – Nordic Combined, Howelsen Hill

Afternoon – Men’s and Women’s Moguls, Steamboat Resort

Evening – Concert and Celebration 

Dec. 24, 2009 

Morning – Men’s and Women’s Aerials, Steamboat Resort

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