The United States Olympic freestyle skiing team includes the first-ever halfpipe and slopestyle skiers, whose disciplines are debuting in Sochi. The team is made up by a full spectrum of athletes, from a slopestyle skier from the "Mecca of skiing" in Indiana and a London-born American, to one who qualified for the Olympics on her birthday to another who's has battled Lyme disease.
Bobby Brown - slopestyle
Sochi will be Bobby Brown's first Olympics when he competes in the new slopestyle discipline. The Colorado native qualified for Sochi by winning the U.S. Grand Prix at Breckenridge and coming in second at the qualifier at Park City.
Joss Christiansen - slopestyle
Joss Christensen is part of a new wave of slopestyle skiers. He earned the final spot on the inaugural Olympic men's ski slopestyle team as a discretionary pick after he won the final Grand Prix qualifying event in his hometown of Park City, Utah, with a 96.20.
Nick Goepper - slopestyle
Goepper, who hails from the "Mecca" of skiing, Lawrenceburg, Ind., is making his Olympic debut in the new slopestyle discipline. The 20-year-old earned his spot by winning the iON Mountain Championships in Breckenridge, Colo., and placing second at the U.S. Grand Prix event at Copper Mountain, also in Colorado.
Gus Kenworthy - slopestyle
Born in London, England, Gus Kenworthy moved to Telluride, Colo., and is now part of the U.S. Olympic freestyle skiing team, qualifying for the slopestyle event, debuting in Sochi. Kenworthy qualified for Sochi by coming in third at the Breckenridge Grand Prix and second at the final selection event in Park City.
Keri Herman - slopestyle
Breckenridge resident Keri Herman may be one of the older members of the freestyle team, but still ranked one of the top slopestyle riders in the world. Herman, 31, is making her first Olympics.