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Whitefish skier nominated to US Olympic team

By: The Associated Press
January 21, 2014 Updated: January 21, 2014 at 6:59 pm
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Mikaela Shiffrin, of the United States, competes on her way to set the fastest time during the first run of an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom in Flachau, Austria, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)

KALISPELL, Mont. — Whitefish native Maggie Voisin is set to make Winter Olympic history in a couple of ways.

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association nominated the 15-year-old on Tuesday as a member of the 2014 U.S. Olympic team to compete in slopestyle skiing in Sochi, Russia.

Slopestyle skiing is making its Olympic debut this year and Voisin, who turned 15 on Dec. 14, would be the youngest athlete on the U.S. team.

In slopestyle skiing, athletes ski downhill with various obstacles and jumps on which they do tricks that are scored based on difficulty and execution. The women's ski slopestyle event is scheduled for Feb. 11.

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association also nominated moguls skiers Bradley Wilson of Butte and Heather McPhie of Bozeman to the Olympic team. Wilson will be competing in his first Olympics, while McPhie competed in 2010. Wilson's older brother, Bryon, won a bronze medal in moguls at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The U.S. Olympic Committee will formally name the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team on Jan. 27.

Voisin is in Aspen, Colo. this week preparing to compete in the Winter X Games this weekend.

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