Five athletes with New England ties were named to the U.S. freestyle ski team for the 2021-22 season with eyes on the Olympics in Beijing.
Hannah Soar, a native of Somers, Conn., and a product of Killington Mountain School, finished the 2020-21 season as the No. 3-ranked mogul skier in the world. The 22-year-old qualified for the national team during her junior year in high school, and earned her first World Cup podium in 2019.
Fellow KMS output Alex Lewis, of Carlisle, Mass., made the men’s team. In 2019 he took first place at the Val St. Come NorAm and third place in dual moguls at the 2019 Junior World Championships. This will be the third year on the U.S Ski Team for the 21-year-old.
Pelham, N.H.’s Eric Loughran, who trained with the Loon Mountain Freestyle team, made his first Olympic appearance in 2018, when the 25-year-old finished 25th in aerials.