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2014 U.S. Olympic team adds freestyle skiers to Sochi roster

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Nine additional talented athletes were added to the 2014 U.S. Olympic team on Jan. 21 as the nation's Ski and Snowboard Association nominated nine moguls and aerials specialists to the Sochi-bound squad. The skiers were selected based on their performance during the International Ski Federation World Cup.

Four ladies were chosen to represent the nation in women's moguls. Included are 2010 Vancouver Winter Games gold medalist Hannah Kearney, 27, who will take part in her third Olympics; Heather McPhie, 29, who competed alongside Kearney in 2010; and Olympic newcomers Eliza Outtrim and Heidi Kloser.

On the men's moguls side, 2009 world champion and 2010 Olympian Patrick Deneen and Bradley Wilson will put their best efforts on display in Sochi.

The other three freestyle skiers will compete in the aerials event. The sole male representative is FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year Mac Bohonnon. The ladies' side features a pair of second-time Olympians in Emily Cook and Ashley Caldwell. Cook competed in both the 2006 Olympics in Torino and four years later in Vancouver, while Caldwell took part in the 2010 games.

Several of the newly minted Olympians took to Twitter to share their excitement over the good news. Bohonnon tweeted "I couldn't be more excited to say that I will be representing the @USOlympic team in Sochi, Russia!"

Kearney paid homage to her Winter Games three-peat with "Holy Sochi! I am going to my third Olympics. I didn't even own a cell phone at my first Games. 8 years later, I am tweeting."

Freestyle skiing at the 2014 Olympic Games will begin with the first round of women's moguls qualifications on Feb 6, one day before the opening ceremonies.

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