SKIING HISTORY OF PATRICK DENEEN
Patrick was born into a skiing family on Snoqualmie Pass, Washington. The entire family was involved in the world of skiing. His grandfather owned and operated the local ski shop while his father was the General Manager of the Hyak Ski Area, now Summit East of the Summit at Snoqualmie Ski Resort and his mother was in charge of sales.
At 11 months of age Patrick was outfitted in ski gear by Sturtevants Sports of Bellevue and on November 30, 1988 Patrick was placed on skis and made his first turns.
At the age of 7 Patrick started his competitive career in alpine ski racing and the next year brought him to the top of many podiums winning Slalom, GS, and Downhill events. Patrick continued to compete in alpine ski racing through 1999 when he was introduced to the world of mogul skiing. In 1999 in one single day he won the regional Giant Slalom competition, the Downhill competition and the Mogul competition.
By the start of 2000 ski season Patrick had decided to concentrate on Mogul Skiing. In December of 2004, at the age of 16, Patrick earned a spot on the US Ski Team. In 2005 Patrick suffered an injury and sat out most of the 2005 and 2006 ski season. His first major event on returning to competition was in Russia at the 2006 Junior World Championships where he placed 3rd in the world in Dual Moguls.
During the 2006-2007 ski season Patrick competed on the North American Freestyle Circuit (NORAM) where he won the Dual Mogul Championships reclaiming his spot on the United States Ski Team. The 2007-2008 ski season was planned as a building year for Patrick and the Rocket was launched. Patrick did not follow the plan. Instead he rocketed onto the world mogul scene winning the first day of the US Selections event and then winning the first two NORAM mogul competitions. After those early season accomplishments Patrick competed in his first two World Cup events at Lake Placid where he stepped onto the World Cup podium each day.
His two podiums at Lake Placid earned him starts at the remaining 2009 World Cups. Patrick quickly gained the reputation of being one of the fastest mogul skiers competing on the World Cup circuit. Early in the season Patrick found that he had earned the nickname of The Rocket. As the World Cup season continued Patrick pressed the veterans with his turns and his speed. In the World Cup Finals held high in the Italian Alps Patrick again earned a trip to the podium completing his first World Cup season as the top United States skier competing on the World Cup circuit. During the 2008 World Cup season Patrick was also voted the 2008 Rookie of The Year for the World Cup, an award voted upon by all of the international World Cup coaches. Patrick had one of the best Rookie years in the history of the sport.
During the 2008 season Patrick burst onto the world cup freestyle skiing stage winning three world cup podiums and ended the 2008 ski season being named the World Cup Freestyle Rookie of the year, the US Freestyle Skier of the year, and was ranked as the top mogul skier in the United States.
Early in the 2009 World Cup season Patrick concentrated on refining his technique & increasing his speed.
At the 2009 Deer Valley World Cup Patrick again podium with a third place and followed that up with by leading the US to a 4th place finish at the Olympic test event held in Vanocover.
Patrick ended the 2009 season by winning the FIS World Championships in Inawashiro, Japan in front of thousands of spectators.
Patrick ended the 2009 competition season ranked number one in the United States
Summer of 2009 found Patrick in Australia preparing for the 2009/2010 Olympic year working on fine tuning his turns and speed.
Patrick spent the early fall of 2009 in the high mountains of Colorado developing a new jump, the 1080 D-Spin
Later in the fall of 2009 Patrick spent a month in Finland continuing training for the 2009/2010 season
In December of 2009 Patrick arrived in Steamboat Springs as the favorite to win the United States Olympic Trials and proceeded to win both the preliminary round and the finals becoming the US Olympic Trials Champion.
Patrick had one goal when he arrived in Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics was to win the gold by leaving nothing on the course. Patricks finals on the Olympic course run was the fastest of the day as he came into the bottom air where he threw a huge 720 D-Spin and drifted to the left thereby ending his quest for Olympic Gold in 2010 but starting his quest for gold in Russia in 2014.
Patrick ended the 2009/2010 ski season by winning two podiums in Are Sweden.
The Summer of 2010 found Patrick again training in Australia preparing for the 2010/2011 season working on both speed and aerials.
In the Fall of 2010 Patrick traveled to Ruka Finland for training during November and December concluding his stay with winning the first World Cup of the 2010/2011 season.
The 2010/2011 World Cup Competition was a success for Patrick as he ended the season being ranked number 4 in the world his best finish of his career.
Patrick capped the 2011Competition Season by winning the US Freestyle Moguls National Championship at Stratton Vermont.
CURRENT STATUS AND RANKING
Member of the United States Freestyle Ski Team
2011 USA National Freestyle Mogul Champion
2011 Ranked Number 1 USA World Cup Mogul Freestyle Skier
2011 Ranked Number 4 in the world on the World Cup Mogul Circuit
2010 United States Olympic Freestyle Trials Champion, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
2010 Olympic Freestyle Mogul Finalist, Vancouver, British Columbia
2009 World Freestyle Skiing Champion winning the title in Inawashiro, Japan
Ranked Number 1 in the United States in Mogul Skiing for 2009
Bronze Medal in 2008 World Cup Finials
2009 Ranked Number 1 in the United States in Mogul Skiing
2 First Places in 2008 NORAM Mogul Events
2008 Ranked Number 1 in the United States in Mogul Skiing
2008 Ranked Number 1 in the United States in Dual Mogul Skiing
2008 World Cup Rookie Of The Year
2008 Number 1 ranked United States Mogul Skier on World Cup Circuit
2008 Ranked Number 5 in the world on the World Cup Mogul Circuit
PATRICKS IMMEDIATE FUTURE
As Patrick looks towards the 2014 Winter Olympics to be held in Sochi, Russia less than 30 months down the road he will spend the spring of 2011 in Colorado on snow fields in the high Colorado Rocky Mountains training until the snow runs out. He will then move on to Winter Park and Steamboat Springs for trampoline and water ramp training. As summer breaks over North America Patrick will move on to the snow fields of Mt. Hood Oregon for June and July. August will find Patrick in Australia for winter snow training on the slopes of Perisher Blue, New South Wales. Patrick will again spend the late fall in Ruka Finlad training on the early snows that can be found in the Arctic Circle.
In addition to training this summer Patrick will be coaching at training camps for up and coming mogul skiers, train horses on his familys ranch and be working with Hart Skis to put the final tweaks on next years equipment.
Patrick lives on a horse ranch located outside the small towns of Cle Elum and Roslyn, Washington, which are located on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains where he rests