Aerialist Ryan St. Onge, who made the U.S. Ski Team at age 14, has taken things one step, one flip, one turn, one Junior World Championships medal and one World Cup and U.S. Championships victory at a time. His passion for aerials and his steadiness have him on top of major athletic success. After becoming a World Champion and tacking two more World Cup wins to his wall in 2009, “Stonge,” as his teammates call him, just missed the podium at the Vancouver Games landing in an impressive fourth place. This year, St. Onge looks to bounce back from a slow 2010 World Cup competition year on his way to defending his World Championship title in Deer Valley.
From a competitive standpoint last season was one of my most disappointing seasons ever. Not because I was not jumping well but precisely because I was jumping better than I ever have before. I just didn’t have the ability to let my results reflect my capabilities. So it was incredibly disappointing from a results perspective. However I think last season, the opportunity to be jumping so good even though I never put any great results down and the accumulation of everything I have been doing in my career to that point was kind of inspiring to me. Like wow this is what you can do and here are the best jumps you are capable of and I was very happy with not necessarily my results but the jumps that I was doing on snow. It was good and bad altogether.
I am the current reigning World Champion and I believe there is going to be some pressure for me to try and repeat that title and do it again, especially here on home soil. This is season is certainly about the jumping and not about the accomplishment. I am looking forward to competing and I am looking forward to doing my best jumps when it really counts, at World Championships. That is definitely the focus of the season but it’s a different kind of pressure it's not the pre-Olympic buildup it’s the post Olympic cruise.
The son of a freestyle official, St. Onge skied at two when the family lived in Connecticut. He joined Winter Park's freestyle program when the family moved in the mid-nineties to Colorado. Like so many young athletes then, he was a combined skier before settling into aerials. He won the 2000 Junior Worlds aerials title (after taking bronze in '99) and the 2001 NorAm aerials crown, and still occasionally skis moguls.
OFF THE SNOW
I have been everywhere this spring. From Hong Kong to Martha's Vineyard, and back to Okinawa. I fit my traveling between school and skiing. I've been busy, but bored. I'm looking forward to starting the season, and back to the challenge of winter.
|Hometown||Winter Park, CO|
|Equipment||Volkl, Full Tilt, Salomon, Pro-Tec, Bolle|