After an exciting last 6 weeks of Olympic qualifications in California, Colorado and Utah, I was thrilled to hear that Breck’s very own Bobby Brown and Keri Herman both qualified for the 2014 Sochi winter Olympics.
Bobby Brown (follow him on Twitter here) grew up skiing for local club Team Summit, and soon realized skiing bumps wasn’t nearly as fun as catching air. After winning a few Dew Tour slopestyle events in 2008 and 2009, Bobby came on the scene big time with his signature X Games slopestyle gold in Aspen in 2010. Ever since he has been a contender in any slopestyle or big air contest he has entered. The 22-year-old athlete is sponsored by Breckenridge Ski Resort, Red Bull, Salomon, Under Armour, Smith Optics and more.
Twenty-seven-year-old Keri Herman (follow Keri on Twitter here) has been living in Breck since 2004, and is one of the top female halfpipe and slopestyle skiers. Growing up in Minnesota, she focused on ice hockey as a kid and early in college, and it wasn’t until moving to Denver to attend college that Keri soon found a love for freestyle skiing. The two-time Dew Tour and four-time X Games medalist came in to the 2013 season hot off a World Cup slopestyle gold medal performance in Argentina, and won the Copper Grand Prix Olympic qualifying event this past December here in Summit County. Keri is currently sponsored by Scott, US Freeskiing, Monster Energy, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Discrete Headwear and more.
As you can imagine, both athletes have been under enormous pressure since the beginning of winter, knowing the qualifying events would be very competitive for a coveted spot on the US Olympic team. Now that both Bobby and Keri are officially going to Sochi, both skiers are excited to be able to relax just a bit, get their bodies back healthy again, and focus solely on improving their skiing for a chance to medal in February.