As the hometown kid, Nick Page drew a cacophony of cheers at the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup event at Deer Valley in February. He rode the support to his first career final, capping off his rookie season on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard moguls team. Next year, though, Parkites will have to spread their love around.
Nominated alongside Page for this year’s national moguls squad are two Park City-based sisters Casey and Madison Hogg. In total, eight Park City athletes made the A-team cut last week when USSS announced nominations for all of its national teams.
Olympic bronze-medalist Brita Sigourney and Devin Logan can represent the U.S. on the pro halfpipe squad, while Alex Hall, Colby Stevenson and Darian Stevens got the nod in slopestyle. Salt Lake City’s Whitney Garner also landed a nomination to compete for the U.S. on the World Cup Skicross circuit.
Three additional Park City skiers were nominated for the rookie slopestyle team: Marin Hamill, Rell Harwood and Troy Podmilsak. Plus, five skiers with ties to the University of Utah received nods to compete at some level for the U.S. National Cross Country Program.
Official teams will be announced in the fall. Athletes who accept their nomination to the team receive access to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Center of Excellence in Park City, as well as athletic benefits including elite coaching, sport science, sports medicine, and high-performance staff and education opportunities.
Kevin Bolger headlines the five Utes. A two-time All-American for Utah between 2014-17, he was named to the B team. Bolger was the 2017 U.S. National Sprint Classic Champion and made his third national team.
Four other Utes were selected to the development team.
Incoming freshmen Sydney Palmer-Leger of Park City and Novie McCabe of Winthrop, Wash., were selected after competing on the women's relay team that finished in second at the FIS Junior World Cross Country Championships. McCabe last year placed ninth in the 15-kilometer freestyle and 22nd in the freestyle sprint at the junior event while competing for the U.S. team.
Rising junior Noel Keeffe of Steamboat Springs, Colo., and rising sophomore Luke Jager of Anchorage, Alaska, were both selected to the team for a second season. Jager helped lead the U.S. to gold in the relay at the junior world championships for the second-straight year and also finished 10th in the 10k classic.