Chase Josey grew up shredding the slopes of Sun Valley. Next month, he’ll be representing the United States in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association announced Tuesday that Josey will join the four-person men’s snowboard halfpipe team, which includes Shaun White, who won gold in the event in 2006 and 2010 and has won seven gold medals in the X Games superpipe.
Josey qualified for the event by winning the 2018 Mammoth Grand Prix in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., the last qualifying event for the 2018 Winter Olympic team.
“In last couple of years, I feel like I’ve put so much effort, energy and sacrifice toward my dreams and passion of snowboarding,” he wrote in a Facebook post, “and to end up taking the last Olympic spot on the men’s US Halfpipe team is a very surreal and rewarding feeling. Feeling so fortunate to be living this life and to have all of the support that I do. Thanks everyone at home, sponsors, fans, coaches, friends and family.”
Josey won the Red Bull Double Pipe in Aspen, Colo., in 2015. In 2016, he earned third place at the X Games in Olso, Norway, and posted a second-place finish at the Mammoth Grand Prix.
Sun Valley resident Hilary Knight will also travel to Pyeongchang.
Knight is a forward for the U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team, and is a two-time Olympic silver medalist (2010 and 2014). She plays for the Boston Pride of the National Women’s Hockey League, and won the NCAA Championship in women’s hockey with the Wisconsin Badgers in 2009. She was also named MVP of the 2015 and 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship tournaments.
Knight was born in Palo Alto, Calif., and raised in Illinois. She graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn., and the University of Wisconsin.
Three other athletes from Idaho will compete in the Winter Olympics: bobsledder Nick Cunningham (Boise State), big air and slopestyle snowboarder Jessika Jenson (of Rigby), alpine skier Breezy Johnson (of Victor) and bobsledder Sam Michener (University of Idaho).