With the Winter Olympics set for 2010, fans are starting to get a clearer picture of who might be competing in Vancouver. And it’s looking more-and-more like one of those competitors will be Jeremy Bloom. You may recall, Bloom was the youngest male freestyle skier to ever make the U.S. team. No fluke, as Bloom went on to become a two-time World Cup champ and win a record six straight World Cup competitions in 2005.
Here’s where the story takes a slight turn. Bloom was also a highly touted wide receiver/kick returner for the University of Colorado. So much so that the Philadelphia Eagles drafted Bloom in the fifth round of the April 2006 draft. The man who once effortlessly bounded off moguls, was now making his living trying to dodge 300 pound, human molehills. Molehills move, moguls don’t, and injuries soon derailed his NFL career.
So just last month, Bloom traveled to Switzerland to work out with the U.S. team to assess his situation. Freestyle sports are synonymous with progression and sitting on the sideline for two short years can render one’s bag-of-tricks stale and outdated. “There are some questions to be answered, for sure,” he said. “I haven’t said this is a full-blown, 2010 comeback, but it could very well lead to that. That’s a question to be answered in a little bit of time.”
Bloom’s question received a partial answer on Tuesday, as he was named to the C team of the U.S. Freestyle Team. This comeback is a fluid situation, but it appears, for now, that it’s starting to line up for Jeremy Bloom in 2010.