Who is Morgan Schild?
Name: Morgan Schild
Country: United States
Sport: Freestyle Skiing
2016/17 World Cup ranking: 17th
- 2017 U.S. national champion (moguls)
- 2015 FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year
- 2-time junior worlds silver medalist (moguls and dual moguls, 2014)
- 2 World Cup victories (as of 2016/17 season's end)
Schild is a dark horse candidate to earn a podium finish in PyeongChang. After a promising breakout in 2014, she suffered a torn ACL that forced her to miss nearly two years before returning back to competition in January 2017. She has not previously competed at a Winter Olympics.
Schild has earned the nickname “Warpaint” throughout her years of training. She is usually jovial and easy-going, but once she is concentrated for competitions, she is ready to go to war. She is also known for attempting progressive tricks and hopes to land a cork 1080 (an off-axis spin with three full rotations) for the 2018 Olympic Games.
From a young age, Schild was a multi-sport athlete. During her freestyle skiing beginnings, she continued to play soccer, softball and cross country skiing. She was first inspired to compete at an Olympic level when her idol Hannah Kearney won gold at Vancouver in 2010. Shortly before Kearney retired in 2015, Schild was able to share a podium with her when she claimed her first World Cup win. Kearney stood alongside her and took the bronze at Tazawako. Schild has been skiing for the U.S. national team since she was 16.
2016/17 season recap
It was the 2015 Junior World Championships where Schild tore her ACL and left shoulder in a crash that sidelined her for nearly two years. In January 2017, she made her return and earned a third-place finish in moguls in her first competition. One month later, Schild won gold at Deer Valley ahead of Justin Dufour-Lapointe and Britt Cox, who finished second and third, respectively. Schild ended the season by becoming the 2017 U.S. national champion for moguls in March.
Off the snow
Schild loves cooking and trying new recipes. She also enjoys photography and hiking.
"I was told by my high school English teacher (Mr. Davidson) that I should quit skiing and get back to reality. I was so sad and angry that he set off a fire inside me. I knew that one day I was going to laugh in his face and prove him wrong. That year, I made the U.S. Ski Team, and the next year I won my first World Cup." — Schild on the event that helped motivate her to succeed