Making History: Simon Dumont Named to First-Ever U.S. Freeskiing Olympic Halfpipe Team, Instrumental In Brand Building
Simon Dumont is literally making U.S. Olympic Team history.
On the heels of a landmark decision by the International Olympic Committee to include the sport of Halfpipe Skiing to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Oakley’s Freeski Star and X Games Gold Medalist has officially been invited to train as a member of the first-ever U.S. Freeskiing Pro Halfpipe Team.
But his involvement in the sport’s breakthrough isn’t limited to throwing down in the pipe. Simon was instrumental in the development of the newly created U.S. Freeskiing Brand.“These are the best American athletes competing in the sport today,” said Jeremy Forster, Director of U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing. “They have played a key role in the formation of their sport and helped influence the IOC decision to include halfpipe skiing through their skills as athletes.”
The selection process for the inaugural Olympic team will be determined over the next two years with the finalized team being named just prior to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Under the new Pro Team program, U.S. Freeskiing will provide support for the athletes at both dryland and on-snow camps, plus competition programs including the US Halfpipe Grand Prix, X Games and other events. Athletes will also have access for training at the USSA Center of Excellence.
In addition USSA also announced the veteran Head Halfpipe Coach Mike Jankowski (Portland, OR) will provide support for U.S. Freeskiing halfpipe athletes just as he does for the U.S. Snowboarding Pro Team.
The recent developments are huge for the sport of Freeskiiing – and we’re absolutely stoked that Simon has been and will be representing the Big O, big time!