Whitefish’s own Maggie Voisin is looking to carve her name into Olympic lore by bringing home a medal for Team USA at the 2018 Olympics. Expectations are high after Voisin won a gold medal at the 2018 X Games in Aspen, Colo.
Growing up, Voisin’s biggest fans were her parents. At age 11, her Dad captured her first front flips on Big Mountain.
“This is the mountain I grew up on, this is where it all started,” Voisin said. “I was put on skis when I was like 2 or 3, so was doing free-skiing when I was 9 or 10. This mountain is where I found my passion and my love for skiiing.”
Nearly a decade after those first front flips, Voisin, now 19, has skiied her way into the hearts of millions, as she looks to make America proud while representing Team USA in South Korea at the 2018 Olympics. Already a two-time Olympian, she was the youngest skier to be named to the U.S. Olympic Team since 1972 in 2014, but she suffered a broken ankle during training and was unable to compete.
In a January visit home before heading to the 2018 X Games, Voisin said she was at the top of her game.
“It’s kind of crazy for me to say,” Voisin said. “I mean this from my heart, it’s the best I’ve skiied in years. I’m really looking forward to the season and to the X Games in Aspen.”
Voisin became the first American woman to ever win Ski Slopestyle gold at the X Games, and now she’s one of Team USA’s top medal hopes in women’s free ski slopestyle at the Olympics. As the world watches her on the biggest stage, there is nowhere else Voisin would rather be.
The mountain back home will always have her heart, though.
“It really just brings me back to the true meaning of what skiing means to me and there’s not a better place to do it,” she said.
Voisin will compete on Friday at 6 p.m. (MT). The finals are set to take place later that night just before 10 p.m.