In 2005, the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation created the Olympic Development Team to financially assist qualified SVSEF athletes who had risen “through the top” to become the less than 1% who compete at the international level. With the support of donors, three SVSEF athletes competed at the Vancouver Olympic Games in 2010. The team was renamed the Gold Team in 2011. Member Kaitlyn Farrington captured the Olympic Gold Medal in women’s snowboard halfpipe at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Not only do Gold Team athletes receive financial assistance along with one of the best training environments in the country, our younger athletes benefit from the exposure and interaction with these high caliber athletes, creating inspiration and motivation at all levels.
Throughout his college career with the University of Vermont, Rogan, 24, made his way onto the podium seven times and won three times. He placed ninth overall in the freestyle event at the 2015 NCAA Championships to earn All-America honors.
Matt, 28, has raced throughout Europe and the U.S. and has competed at FIS World Cups and the FIS World Ski Championships. He has garnered top three results at U.S. National Championships, and won an NCAA individual championship.
Jack, 22, is a three-time NCAA All-American and has represented the U.S. at World Junior Championships.
Cole, 22, was the third American in the 2015 U.S. National Championships classic sprint, and has been named to two World Junior Championships teams.
Last season, Deedra, 24, had multiple top 15 results, a few top 10 results, and a win in both the Elite Birkebeiner Sprints and the American Classic Birkebeiner in Hayward, Wisconsin. In 2015, she qualified to compete in Almaty, Kazakhstan as part of the U23 World Junior Team.
Kelsey, 21, skied for the U.S. at the U23 World Championships this past winter in Romania and was a member of the Middlebury Cross Country Ski Team.
Annie, 23, was an NCAA All-American, a three-time member of the U.S. U23 World Championship team, and raced on Europe’s Scandinavian and Europa Cup circuits.
In 2014, Mary, 25, competed at the Under-23 World Championships, multiple Scandinavian Cup races, Europa Cup races and Europa (OPA) Cup Finals. The following season, she had two top 10 finishes at the U.S. National Championships, qualifying her for the U.S. Ski Team’s OPA Cup trip in Central Europe.
Idaho native Chase Josey has officially arrived on the snowboarding scene. In 2013 he landed in the top ten at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix with a stacked field of riders and has been a known name on the U.S. Revolution Tour.
In the 2014 season, Josey came on to the pro circuit swinging, landing himself in nearly every finals of the season with an impressive double Michaelchuck on the first hit. At the first-ever Red Bull Double Pipe event in Aspen, Josey earned himself a second-place finish with progressive and innovative riding. In 2015 he bested that finish taking home the Double Pipe win showcasing his all around riding skills and proving he’s got more in his bag of tricks than stock halfpipe runs.
Josey remembers, “My dad taught me to snowboard when I was five years old. He had just learned a couple years before, but must of made it look really cool because I wanted a go at it. After we went up on Dollar Mountain and I made my first turns, there was no looking back.”
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When not riding, Josey hanging out with friends, camping, fishing, mtn biking, or skateboarding.
Wing Tai Barrymore was born and raised in Sun Valley Idaho and is the grandson of Dick Barrymore, the man behind “The Last of the Ski Bums” ski movie. Having been a dirt bike racer from age six to sixteen, Barrymore loves any sport that goes fast. So it was no wonder that he took to halfpipe skiing and joined the Sun Valley Ski team during his junior year in high school.
Barrymore’s competition highlights include a Grand Prix win in 2011, a Dew Tour podium in 2012 and an X Games Aspen invite in 2012. During his first run at the X Games, Barrymore suffered a dual ACL injury, which sidelined him for the remainder of the 2012 season. Barrymore moved to Park City to rehab at the USSA Center of Excellence.
When he finally got back on skis in December 2012, Barrymore suffered an unfortunate shoulder injury, which set him back about six weeks. Undeterred, this amplitude fiend trained hard to recover and got back on snow later in the season. He then put together a solid 2014 season with an eighth at the Aspen/Snowmass Open and a fourth at the SFR Tour in Tignes, France.
Barrymore was on skis at the young age of three, but it wasn’t until his junior year of high school that he took a full shot at the sport. Barrymore grew up racing motocross until he started skiing competitively at the age of 16 with the famed Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. The foundation’s former coach, Coach Ben Verge, still works with Barrymore on the U.S Freeskiing team.
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Barrymore plays guitar and rides bikes to pass the time. In summer he stays active riding and racing dirt bikes, skateboarding, and surfing both behind a boat and in the ocean. If that’s not enough, he also water skis, backpacks, rock climbs and loves to travel whenever there’s an opportunity.
Jacob Beebe is leading the charge for the next generation of freeskiers. His 2014 Revolution Tour halfpipe title and multiple season podiums, including second place in halfpipe at the USSA Junior Nationals in Park City, have him nipping at the heels of the pros at the young age of 14.
Beebe, of Bend, OR, is a student athlete and member of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. In 2014, he was selected to represent the U.S. at the FIS Junior World Championships in Italy and placed fourth in halfpipe at his international debut.
The Beebe family moved to Bend when Jacob was three years old, and he started skiing at Mt. Bachelor with his dad. His parents put him in the Mighty Mites ski club that would go out every weekend to shred the mountain. Beebe and his friends would practice jumping off the natural features that Mt. Bachelor has to offer, and it wasn’t long until they discovered the terrain park (at age seven!). After that, Beebe was hooked on freeskiing and he has been perfecting his moves in slopestyle and halfpipe ever since.
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In his free time, Beebe enjoys skating, playing basketball and just hanging out with family and friends.
Check out Beebe’s website for updates throughout the season: www.jacobbeebe.com.