Copper Mountain Supports Local U.S. Freestyle Skier and Olympic Hopeful, Mikaela Matthews

Local freestyle skier and Team Summit alumni Mikaela Matthews is embarking on the Road to Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Matthews was a member of the Copper Mountain Ski Team and the “Mini World Cuppers” when she was six years old, and is flying-through-the-air proof of Copper Mountain and Woodward at Copper’s dedication to athlete progression.

December 12, 2013

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. — December 12, 2013 — Local freestyle skier and Team Summit alumni Mikaela Matthews is embarking on the Road to Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Matthews was a member of the Copper Mountain Ski Team and the “Mini World Cuppers” when she was six years old, and is flying-through-the-air proof of Copper Mountain and Woodward at Copper’s dedication to athlete progression. Today, Matthews is ranked 11th in the world in Freestyle Mogul skiing. Copper Mountain is honored to announce sponsorship of Matthews as she sets her sights on the U.S. Freestyle Mogul Ski Team and Sochi, Russia in 2014.

“We are extremely honored to support an athlete such as Mikaela and have her represent Copper Mountain in an Olympic year. She grew up within Copper’s ski programs and in local race clubs and embodies the progression that Copper and Woodward strive for,” said Jesse True, Vice President of Marketing and Sales.

Matthews qualified for the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team at only 17 years old. Last season, she received her first World Cup podium – a silver medal in Inawashiro, Japan, as well as 7 top-10 finishes around the world, including a silver medal at the U.S. Freestyle Championships in Heavenly, Calif. She finished her competition season on the 2013 World Championships Team.

Before Matthews’ successes on the world Freestyle Skiing circuit, she wore a nametag as an employee of the Copper Mountain Banquets department that read, ‘My name is Mikaela Matthews and my passion is Freestyle Skiing.’ Her passion for the sport and her love of Copper Mountain continue to grow.

“Copper Mountain is my home. It’s where I was first introduced to skiing, a ski team and a sense of camaraderie that it entails,” explained Matthews. “Copper has always been supportive of Team Summit and myself, and I’m really excited to be able to promote and represent Copper around the globe throughout my skiing.”

The training programs that Mathews started with at Copper Mountain in 1997 have evolved to become season-long Ski and Ride School programs, where hundreds of kids learn and fall in love with skiing and snowboarding every year. They are now called Trailblazers, (ages 3 – 5) Scooters (ages 4 -12)  and Choppers (ages 8 – 18).

Copper Mountain also has been a longtime supporter of ski and snowboard race team training in the early season.

“Copper Mountain has been very generous with early season training,” explained Matthews. “The resort’s dedication has given local ski teams a chance to get on snow for training in order to be prepared for the first competitions of the year. This training is always paramount to starting off a successful competition season.”

When Matthews is at her home mountain she also trains at the 23,400 sq. ft., newly renovated Woodward at Copper Barn.

“It’s a wonderful place to practice some new tricks or to refine old ones, both on the trampolines and SkateLite ramps,” said Matthews.

Read more about Mikaela Matthews and her path to the 2014 Winter Olympics at http://www.coppercolorado.com/winter/blog or be her fan at facebook.com/MikaelaMatthews

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Media Note

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Media Contact

Austyn Williams, (970) 968-2318 x38827, awilliams@coppercolorado.com

Stephanie Sweeney, (970) 968-2318 ext. 38849, ssweeney@coppercolorado.com

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