Caldwell, Mooney and Berend Nominated to 2012 Youth Olympic Team

FasterSkierOctober 12, 20114

LAKE PLACID, NY – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) nominated 15 young athletes to the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) for the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games following the final qualifier for nordic combined and ski jumping at the Flaming Leaves Festival in the Olympic village of Lake Placid. The inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games is slated for Jan. 13-22 in Innsbruck, Austria.

The Winter Youth Olympic Games is an international multi-sport event held under the authority of the International Olympic Committee that will take place every four years, consistent with the current format of the Olympic Winter Games.

The 15 young athletes between the ages of 15-18 will be among 1,057 athletes from 80 countries competing in alpine skiing, halfpipe skiing and snowboarding, slopestyle snowboarding, skicross, cross country, ski jumping and nordic combined.

“The Winter Youth Olympic Games will provide these young athletes an opportunity to experience the Olympic Values of excellence, friendship and respect,” said USSA Executive Vice President Athletics Luke Bodensteiner. “Their ability to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games is a testament to the outstanding club programs and their ability to create an environment of athletic success.”

Athletes qualified through results in high level competitions held during the 2011 season such as the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, Revolution Tour and World Junior Championships. The ski jumping and nordic combined competitions during the Oct. 8-9 Flaming Leaves Festival in Lake Placid determined the final nordic qualifiers.

The USOC will send a team of more than 60 athletes to represent the U.S. in Innsbruck across 15 sports and 63 events. The Winter Youth Olympic Games follow the success of the first Summer Youth Olympic Games held in August 2010 in Singapore.

2012 U.S. Winter Youth Olympic Team 
(Name, Hometown, Club, Date of Birth)

Alpine Skiing
Alex Leever (Vail, CO, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, 07/6/95)
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO, Burke Mountain Academy, 03/13/95)

Cross Country
Patrick Caldwell (Lyme Center, NH, Stratton Mountain School 2/18/94)
Heather Mooney (Peru, VT, Middlebury College Ski Team, 2/27/94)

Nordic Combined

Ben Berend (Steamboat Springs, CO, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, 6/29/95)

Halfpipe Skiing
Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, CO, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, 4/12/96)
Jeanne Crane-Mauzy (Waterville Valley, NH, Axis Freeride, 6/5/96)

Grant Ketels (Reno, NV, Olympic Valley Freeride and Freestyle Team, 11/28/95)
Lesley Wilson (Steamboat Springs, CO, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club 08/02/96)

Ski Jumping
Emilee Anderson (Eau Claire, WI, Flying Eagles Ski Club, 12/13/95)
A.J. Brown (Fox River Grove, IL, Norge Ski Club, 02/28/95)

Snowboarding Halfpipe
Ben Ferguson (Bend, OR, U.S. Snowboarding, 1/21/95)
Arielle Gold (Steamboat Springs, CO, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, 05/04/96)

Snowboarding Slopestyle
Max Raymer (Park City, UT, Park City Snowboard Team, 08/24/95)
Indigo Monk (Manhattan Beach, CA, Breckenridge Resort, 01/5/95)

For more information about the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics, go to

For photos from the team nomination in Lake Placid, go to


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  • snowshoe

    October 13, 2011 at 1:39 am

    Why is the USA not sending biathletes? Canada is.

  • cuxc

    October 13, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Biathlon is not part of USSA and thus would not be a part of their nomination. I would imagine that US Biathlon would submit a seperate nomination.

  • snowshoe

    October 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    “To be eligible for the 2012 Youth Olympic Games, athletes must have been born between 1 January 1995
    and 31 December 1996.” Patrick Caldwell and Heather Mooney are listed as being born in 1994. That would make them too old and therefore inelligible. Why do they qualify?

  • Chelsea Little

    October 24, 2011 at 1:20 am

    This is a belated reply, but the US is sending biathletes. In fact, FasterSkier has profiled all four of them on our site this fall.

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