Beijing 2022

Hometown Hopefuls: Nick Page, Freestyle Moguls

Now in his third season on the U.S. Ski Team and ranked No. 9 in the world, FIS Rookie of the Year Nick Page is well on his way to making his Olympic dream a reality.

By Jane Gendron December 15, 2021 Published in the Winter/Spring 2022 issue of Park City Magazine

Nick Page

“My days are pretty much mogul skiing from when I wake up until when I go to bed,” says Nick Page. That means rising at 5 a.m. for training, working out six days a week in his parents’ Jeremy Ranch basement (when the pandemic shut down gyms), and, in summer, regularly being the first athlete at the top of the Utah Olympic Park’s water ramps—and the last to leave.

“My dad and I always used to say, ‘You can never get any of the days back,’” Page says. “So capitalizing on any opportunity I have to train and get better is really important, because [success] is not something that’s ever going to just be handed to me.”

Freestyle Moguls Spectating Tips

Freestyle moguls skiing is a judged sport—like diving or gymnastics. As Page says, “Our fate is in the hands of the people watching in the judge’s stand.” In singles events, athletes are judged on three criteria: speed, jumps, and skiing technique. In dual moguls, the criteria are the same as singles, which means the first skier to make it to the finish line isn’t always the winner.

That die-hard diligence—coupled with coaching from none other than inspiration-mentor-friend Bryon Wilson, a 2010 Olympian in Vancouver, among others—has produced results. Now age 20, Page took the top spot in the National Championships last March, landed on the World Cup podium in Idre Fjåll, Sweden, in 2020, and was named World Cup Rookie of the Year in 2021. At the forefront of his sport, he’s one of an elite few to land a cork 1440 (a jump with four off-axis rotations) in top-level competition. And he regularly nails his impeccable cork 1080s and cork 720s—with and without grabs.

For now, double backflips (a trick that made local headlines when Japanese skier Diachi Hara threw one down at Deer Valley’s 2019 World Cup) are not sanctioned. But that could change, says Page.

Fast Facts

Local go-to eats: Steak at Ruth’s Chris or pizza at Maxwell’s
Favorite international locale: Åre, Sweden
Favorite training snack: A ton of water, usually two gallons per day
Pets: Rusty the Vizsla and Max the German shorthaired pointer
Pre-event rituals: Just a good night’s sleep, a big breakfast, and a good warm-up
Other interests: Golf
Park City raised since age 1
Little-known tidbit: Born in Florida

“We’ve heard rumors that after the Olympics, [double backflips] might be something that comes into the cards a little bit more, which is really exciting,” he says. “That would open a whole world of new doors.” Not one to wait for doors to open, Page has already worked on that double backflip for two years. Now, he just needs the green light.

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