When the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association nominated 15 year old Maggie Voisin as a member of the 2014 U.S. Olympic team, they made her the youngest U.S. Winter Olympian since 1972.
Before injuring her ankle in a practice run, Voisin was slated to competed in the slopestyle skiing event where athletes ski downhill on a course testing the skier’s abilities with a variety of terrain. The course has features including rails, jibs, hips and jumps all requiring athletes to combine big air and technical tricks into a single run. Competitors are scored using an overall impression judging format based on amplitude, execution, difficulty of line, landing and use of the course. 2014 was the debut year for both Voisin and this event.
Considered a metal contender, the Association of Freeskiing Professionals ranked her as fourth not just among American women, but in the world. She won silver in the 2014 winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado in January.
She was behind only Norway’s Tiril Christiansen, Canadian Dara Howell and American skier Keri Herman. Dara Howell took won the gold medal for women’s slopestyle ski competition on Feb. 11 in Sochi, Russia. Devin Logan of Vermont won silver.
Howell finished with a score of 94.20 in the women’s slopestyle ski competition on Feb. 11 in Sochi. American Devin Logan (85.40) took silver and Canadian teammate Kim Lammare (85.00 took bronze. Two other Americans, Keri Herman and Julia Krass, reached the 12-skier final but finished 10th and 11th, respectively.
Two days after the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Maggie returned home to Whitefish, Mont. and a parade down Main Street in her honor. Over 200 people lined the street and gathered in Depot Park to welcome her home. She said she's grateful for all the support she's received along the way, especially from her hometown of Whitefish.
"I couldn't think of a better town to have behind me," she said.
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