Young American Voisin expects slopestyle surprise
By Philip O'Connor
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Maggie Voisin, the youngest member of the United States Winter Olympics team, has predicted "some surprises" in the women's slopestyle competition at Sochi.
Voisin, who turned 15 on December 14, is part of a U.S. freestyle ski team that includes her close friend, roommate and fellow teenager Julia Krass.
"I think we're going to see some surprises, but I'm going to focus on myself and what I'm doing, and not worry about the other girls," Voisin, from Whitefish, Montana, told Reuters after practice on Wednesday at Rosa Khutor, where the slopestyle event will be held.
Despite her inexperience, Voisin fielded questions about American chances with the diplomacy of a veteran.
"Definitely the U.S. is strong, Canada is strong," she said. "But every girl has her own tricks that stand out and girls are going to throw down here - it is the Olympics, and everyone wants to do their best."
She and Krass, 16, were added to the U.S. team only in late January, but neither of them seemed fazed by the challenge.
"I think overall you just have to do well," Voisin said. "You have to be clean on everything - your rails, your grabs, spins, making sure you land good.
"It's going to be similar to the X Games but I think girls are going to be throwing down harder than ever." Continued...