New England freestyle skier Hannah Soar called her first podium finish of the 2023-24 FIS World Cup moguls season a “Christmas miracle.” The Dec. 22 event at Bakuriani, Georgia, was the culmination of Team USA’s seven-week road trip to begin the season and sends it into the North American swing of its schedule with a lot of momentum.
Soar, a Connecticut native and 2022 Olympian, will be among the fan favorites when the World Cup tour resumes this month, including its highly anticipated moguls and dual moguls events for men and women at Waterville Valley Resort on Jan. 26-27. The competition marks the first time Waterville Valley — known as the “birthplace of freestyle skiing” — will be hosting a World Cup freestyle event, and the resort already is slated to host again in 2025.
“I grew up skiing in the Eastern circuit before I made the U.S. Ski Team and began to compete internationally, so it will be nostalgic to come back to Waterville for the World Cup,” Soar said after returning to the U.S. for the holiday break. “I’m looking forward to performing in front of the hometown crowd.”
Soar grew up in Somers, Conn., and qualified for the U.S. Freestyle Team while a student at Killington Mountain School. She started skiing when she was 18 months old and first competed when she was only 8. Soar made her Olympic debut in Beijing in 2022 and has been on the national team for nine years.