What’s next for Birk?
The X Games Feb 24-28, 2016. Love this Facebook post by his mom:
Winter Park’s Birk Irving Strikes Gold at Youth Olympic Games!
Highlights of the Men’s Ski Halfpipe Final from the Oslo Vinterpark Halfpipe on day 3 of the 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer.
Read on for Winter Park Resort’s Feb. 16, 2016 press release:
WINTER PARK, Colo. – Those in Winter Park and Grand County who have watched Birk Irving literally grow up ripping the slopes of Winter Park Resort are increasingly having to share him with the world, as the 16-year-old Winter Park freeskier took gold in Sunday’s ski halfpipe competition at the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.
Not only did he best some of the planet’s most talented young freeskiers, he did it on a fractured leg. Nursing a fractured fibula that kept him from training all week, Irving, a Winter Park Competition Center Athlete, beat out New Zealand’s Finn Bilous (silver), and Norway’s Trym Sunde Andreassen (bronze) to take home the big hardware.
It’s the continuation of what has been an excellent season for Irving, who placed ninth at the Dew Tour in Breckenridge and was named a member of the U.S. Freeskiing rookie team.
Modeled after the Olympic Games, the Youth Olympic Games debuted its winter event in 2012 at Innsbruck, Austria. Held every four years, the Winter Youth Olympic Games features over 1,100 athletes, aged 15 to 18, competing from around the world.
For more information on Irving’s performance and the Youth Olympic Games, please visit: http://www.olympic.org/news/golds-for-great-britain-and-usa-as-halfpipe-comes-to-a-close/248238
Sky-Hi News: Irving Wins Gold in Norway, Youth Olympics
Birk Irving to compete in Norway for the Youth Olympic Games held Feb 12-21. Read all about it here in Sky-Hi News.
Plus, look for a story coming soon in 5280 Magazine about Birk.
Birk was one of 6 freeskiers nominated to Youth Olympic Games! USSA / Ski Team link here: http://usfreeskiing.com/athletes/birk-irving
Birk takes bronze in the 2015 Junior World Freestyle Ski Championships. Check out the Sky-Hi News article here.
Biggest news is Birk making it on the “Rookie” US Ski Team. He has been to Park City, UT to train with the US Team, and then went to skiing for the whole month of July at Mt. Hood, OR.
Svea also finished the year very well. She had a 3rd place finish in the USASA Nationals at Copper in Halfpipe and a 2nd place finish in the Slopestyle. She was also 2nd in the USSA Nationals in Park City, UT in Halfpipe.
Winter Park Competition Center sent seven skiers to USASA Nationals at Copper Mountain in April 2012. Two Winter Park athletes excelled: Birk Irving, 12, won the National Halfpipe for the third year in a row (boys 10-12) and Slopestyle for the second year in a row. His sister, Svea Irving, won Slopestyle and Halfpipe (girls 9 and under) for the second consecutive year.
Jeremie Livingston, head coach of the Freeski program, has coached Birk since he started the program at 9 years. “Birk has a natural skill for being in the air and knowing where he is in the air. He is a natural gymnast – he’s on a trampoline all summer long. With his skill and where he is at in his development, Birk has a good chance of going to the Olympics.”
We’d suggest keeping tabs on these two skiers, as we just know the Olympics are in their future!
Click Here to see video of Birk in action – he’s amazing!
Click Here to see video of Birk tramp training with some buddies, Gray Thompson and Nik Seemann
Click Here to see video of Svea in action. (Thanks Dad for finally getting her video edited!)
Side note: Any guesses who their grandfather is? Think about it. He’s an American novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter with the same last name.
Nik Seemann is 18 years old, living in Park City, Utah, but calls Winter Park “home”. He is a Freestyle skier that loves what he does. He has been skiing all his life and did his first flip on snow at age 10. When he’s not competing aerials he likes to surf, skateboard, and enjoy the outdoors. He grew up in a skier family with his dad and long time US Team coach Chris Seemann. Nik was named to the US Freestyle Ski Team in April 2015. He is the youngest person to ever throw a quadruple twisting triple backflip on snow. Nik always has a good time and goes big with everything he does!
Check out Nik’s site at www.nikseemann.com and recent articles about him:
Nik took 2nd place in US Freestyle Nationals at the end of March in Steamboat, Colorado.
Another local youth heading to the Youth Olympics! She comes from a line of Olympians and will be representing the Czech Republic in the alpine events in Lillehammer, Norway.
Read more in the Sky-Hi News here.
Bob Singley, Winter Park skiing legend, inducted into the Hall of Fame. Read all about it in Sky-Hi News here.
Beth lost the use of her legs after a seemingly harmless jump off a rock into the Upper Colorado River. A Grand County native, Beth returned to skiing with the NSCD nordic program. “I was a snowboarder before my accident,” she said. “I got out of the hospital in November and I immediately emailed the NSCD (National Sports Center for the Disabled) to find out about cross country and alpine.” Officials told her she couldn’t participate in alpine until a year after the accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. Now she’s not even sure she’ll ski alpine, except recreationally. Beth was named to the 2013-14 Paralympic Nordic Development Team.
We’re pleased to announce that former Senator Al White, was inducted into the Tourism Hall of Fame on March 9, 2016, at the 17th Annual Denver & CO Tourism Hall of Fame Dinner. Al has a long history with Winter Park… did you know he was the former owner of the Viking Lodge & Ski Shop in downtown Winter Park? After his stint as a State Representative and a State Senator, Al directed the Colorado Tourism Office’s team of professionals that raised Colorado’s tourism brand around the world. In 2014, 71.3 million visitors spent $18.6 billion in the state, an all-time high, supporting 155,000 jobs. These visitors contributed $1.1 billion in state and local taxes. For his work in supporting tourism funding in Colorado and promoting Colorado’s brand world-wide, Al White is being inducted into the Tourism Hall of Fame.