Monster Army is excited to announce that four of our athletes have been named to the official U.S. Ski Team for 2019/20. Congratulations to Abigale Hansen, Connor Ladd, Hunter Carey and Hanna Faulhaber!
With three of the athletes making the team for the first time and one, Abi Hansen, moving up from the U.S. Rookie team to the U.S. Pro team. We caught up with all four of them to get the low down. Follow along as each athlete answers a few questions from Monster Army,
congrats again! Tell us what this means?
AH: Thank you soo much! This just means I'm closer to all my
goals! I had a really good season!
CL: Thank you. It means a lot to me just because I have worked
hard to get to this point and it is super cool to be on the team.
HC: Thank you it means a lot. Getting on the Halfpipe team is super
nice and I am stoked to ride with the rest of the team and coaches.
HF: Being on the team means that I get to meet, train, and compete
against my idols form when I started skiing. It also opens me up to more skiing
resources for my training.
does it feel?
AH: It feels amazing it has always been a goal of mine to make it
on to the pro team!
CL: It feels awesome. I am really excited to be on the team and to be
able to train with them.
HC: It feels amazing. I have been working towards this basically
my whole life and then this past year I made it happen. Super happy about
my results and how everything worked out.
HF: Being on the team is amazing. This has been a dream of mine that i
have had ever since I started Freestyle skiing
you been on the team before?
AH: I've been on the rookie team for about 4 years!
CL: I have not been. I had been on the Winter Park Freeski team but
this year is my first year on the U.S. Team
HC: No, I have never been on this team before. It's my first time
making it which is super exciting.
HF: No, I
have not been on the team before. This will be the first year skiing with the
it like to represent your country?
AH: It's amazing! I'm so happy to be apart of a great group of
people who do!
CL: I think that it is very exciting but it hasn’t sunk in yet.
I think it is a big honor to be able to represent the U.S.
HC: Representing the US is crazy because we have some of the best
people in the world for halfpipe skiing and to be a part of that group is
HF: Being able to represent my country is unbelievable and humbling.
Although it does put a little more pressure on me than before I was on the team.
you have eyes on the Olympics one day?
AH: Of course I do! It's been a dream of mine since I was a
CL: I do. I hope to go to the Olympics and compete in World Cup events
in the next few years.
HC: The Olympics is definitely on my mind in the future. Also, the
Youth Olympics is next season, so that would be an amazing experience too.
HF: It has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid to go to
the Olympics, and I think that if I continue to grow as a skier and
consistently keep that growth, and have a little luck, hopefully someday it
can we expect from the 2019-2020 season?
AH: Lots of hard work. I'm just hoping to have fun next season and
do my best to get a new run together! I have a couple things I'm working on
that would be huge for me!
CL: Lots of competitions and traveling. I will compete in Rev tours,
NorAm events and hopefully some Grand Prix events.
HC: Next season is going to be insane. A lot of comps and training
going down. Hopefully I will just keep improving and skiing even better than
HF: In the 2019-2020 season I will be training with the US Rookie
Team which means a lot of travel and training. This year I will compete in all
of the Rev Tour’s and hopefully a few World Cups and Nor Am events. I will also
continue to learn harder tricks, work on my amplitude, and make my run better.