First U.S. slopestyle team named |

First U.S. slopestyle team named

PARK CITY, Utah – Champions Bobby Brown and Alex Schlopy headline the first U.S. freeskiing slopestyle team, formed this year as the sport moves toward its Olympic debut in 2014.

Among those selected was Carbondale native Meg Olenick, a world championships team member.

Slopestyle was added to the Olympic program in July and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association created a new freeskiing team to cater specifically to the needs of slopestyle and other freeskiing disciplines.

Brown is the AFP Slopestyle Tour champion and Schlopy is the world championships gold medalist.

The rest of the team: Sammy Carlson, Gus Kenworthy and Tom Wallisch for the men, and Keri Herman, Ashley Battersby, Grete Eliassen and Devin Logan for the women.

Leading the charge for this first-ever group is Evan Raps, the newly hired U.S. freeskiing slopestyle pro team coach. Raps is a former freeskiing athlete and X Games medalist.

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