The Flying Ace team are handpicked athletes that come from many different backgrounds. They are Olympians and World Champions from all over the country. The one thing they have in common besides being great athletes…they’re all incredible people! Our athletes are the best in the world at their individual sports, but what sets them apart is they love to meet people and share stories about their respective sport. When you see the Flying Ace All-Stars perform at the Utah Olympic Park or anywhere around the country you’re sure to love the show, but the experience of meeting and talking to the performers will last a lifetime. It’s truly incredible to have the opportunity to ask a world-class athlete, face-to-face, about what propelled them to greatness.
THE FLYING ACE ATHLETES
Kris “Fuzz” Feddersen: A legend in freestyle skiing, Fuzz is widely recognized as a pioneer in the sport. He competed in three Olympics and numerous World championships and coached the 1998 U.S. Winter Olympic Aerial Ski Team, where Nikki Stone and Eric Bergoust won Gold Medals. Fuzz has worked on many specialized exhibitions, promotions, and marketing events. His natural exuberance and enthusiasm make him an ideal emcee and performer for the Flying Ace All-Stars shows.
Austin Cummings: As a former member of the U.S. National Trampoline team, the multi talented Austin is now focusing his acrobatic skills toward the 2014 Winter Olympics in the sport of Freestyle Skiing. As one of the premier members of the Flying Ace All-Stars, Austin placed 5th in the Synchronized Trampoline competition at the World Championships in 1999, meanwhile in Freestyle Aerials he placed 6th at Junior Nationals in 2000. Audiences always leave the Flying Ace All-Stars performances remembering Austin’s personality and dynamic showmanship. Recently named to the US World Cup team, he spends his summers training aerials at the Utah Olympic Park.
Logan Dooley is currently competing around the globe with the US Trampoline Team and recently won two Gold Medals in World Cup Competition. Logan has his sights set on the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and has been training in near his home in Lake Forest California, when his busy schedule allows he enjoys performing with the Flying Ace All-stars.
Jason Burnett has been flying on trampoline since a very young age, but now he is one of the world’s best. He won the Olympic Silver Medal at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing and has broken the record for the most difficult routine ever done on trampoline twice. Jason makes appearances with the Flying Ace All-Stars when he has time off from training for the 2012 Olympic Games in Toronto Canada.
Karen Cockburn returned from the 2008 Olympic Games with another Olympic Medal! She brought home the Silver to join her Silver from 2004 and Bronze from the 2000 Games. She is the only trampoline athlete to have won a medal at every Olympic Games. She was selected as Canada’s flag bearer for the closing ceremonies of the Beijing 2008 Olympics.When not training with her coach Dave Ross, or competing in world cup competitions, Karen joins the Flying Ace All-Stars at various elite shows and exhibitions throughout North America.
Casey Finley Resides in a small town outside Kansas City, Casey is a big time gymnast. Casey holds world records in the sport of Mini-Tramp (running and vaulting off a small trampoline on to pads) and was a member of the US Gymnastics team in recent years. Casey has forgone competition and focused solely on running his gymnastics studio and performing worldwide for the Flying Ace All-Stars team. Casey is the most diverse member of the Flying Ace All-Stars. He has a tendency to push the limits and drive the spectators to the edge of their seats!
Ryan St. Onge is considered by many to be one of the most technically perfect Aerialists in the world, Ryan now has his sights set on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He first made the US Ski Team at the young age of 14. Now as a veteran member of the US World Cup team and has competed in two Olympic Games. In addition to his Olympic aspirations, Ryan has become one of the premier showmen for the Flying Ace All-Stars trampoline shows & water ramp shows at the Utah Olympic Park.
Brent Steffensen grew up in Sandy, Utah and specialized in the sport of Gymnastics. Brent is currently working in Los Angeles performing stunt work for film and commercials as well as competing in the American Ninja Warrior program. Growing up in Utah, Brent was also a professional Snowboarder throughout his career. Snowboarding combined with Gymnastics skills easily qualifies Brent as one of the Flying Ace All-Stars premier members.
Allison Lee A product of the renowned Waterville Valley Freestyle program, Lee began skiing at the age of four. After a stint of racing, she followed her brother on to the Okemo Freestyle team and didn’t look back. Seven NorAm podiums including one win in the 2011 season earned her the overall title. She further demonstrated her talent with a fourth-place result at U.S. National Championships. After her World Cup debut in 2011, Lee got comfortable on the World Cup tour last season notching five top-15 results including a pair of ninth-place results.
Emily Cook Diversity aside, national champion and ex-gymnast Emily Cook, never let go of a dream to compete in the Olympics. Sidelined by two broken feet only days after making the 2002 Olympic Team, Cook watched her hometown Olympics from a wheel chair, and missed three World Cup seasons while rehabilitating. She persevered and returned to compete in the winter of 2005 reaching her Olympic dream in ’06 in Italy and the Vancouver Olympics in ’10.
Heather McPhie Former gymnast Heather McPhie came late to moguls skiing but she’s been making up for lost time. In 2012, McPhie became the first moguls skier ever to pick up a Red Bull sponsorship. She used her new wings to add four more World Cup podiums on her way to finishing fourth in the moguls standings, then iced the cake at season’s end with her very first U.S. National title.
Jillian Vogtli Moguls’ skier Jillian Vogtli moved from New York to Utah after college and got serious about competing… and winning. Within 100 days of graduating college, she won the NorAm title (1996). Since then she has competed in the Olympics and three World Championships. In 2004, Jillian enjoyed resurgence in her career, capturing the moguls’ title at the U.S. Championships.
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Shannon Bahrke so distinctive with her glitter eye shadow and high-energy style, resisted ski racing at first, but gave in to a high school coach before turning to freestyle. Good move because she’s skied her way to Olympics and World Championships medals, World Cup wins, a World Cup title and U.S. titles. Bahrke bookended her career with the U.S. Ski Team with an Olympic silver in 2002 and closed with Olympic bronze in 2010 to open the Vancouver Games.
Jon Lillis This Bristol Mountain Race Club product racked up five top-15 NorAm results in his rookie season on the U.S. Ski Team. He then impressed coaches with a seventh-place result at his first National Championships. Being just 16 years old, Lillis was limited to NorAm events during the 2011 season. He turned the circuit into his own training ground, earning seven top-five finishes including three podiums and a win, finishing the season ranked second.
Walter Wood, a professional skier and student living the dream of skiing. He attended public high school, trained on weekends and managed his time between schoolwork, training, travelling and graduating one year early at the age of 17. Halfpipe, slopestyle and rails all came natural to Walter, as did rotating in all directions and soaring high in the air. By the young age of 16, Walter competed in his first X- Games and stood on the podium with the only American flag at the first World Cup Halfpipe competition on US soil. Winner of the 2010 World Ski Invitational Halfpipe.
Steven Gluckstein began his career practicing taekwando at his school until the school’s closure forced him out of martial arts. Gluckstein’s mother subsequently signed him up for gymnastics with coach Tatiana Kovaleva to keep him involved in sport. He competed at national level in his first year of trampoline in 2001, finishing sixth overall.
Jeff Gluckstein was born in Red Bank, New Jersey. He grew up in Atlantic Highlands with his parents and older siblings, Amanda and Steven. Following in his older brother’s footsteps, Jeff began trampoline at the age of 7 with his coach Tatiana Kovaleva at Elite Trampoline Academy. He continues to train with Tatiana and has been competing internationally since the age of 12. He is the 2011 United States Senior National Trampoline Champion.
Tommy Moe is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from the United States. An Olympic gold and silver medalist, he specialized in the speed events of downhill and super G. Moe retired from international competition after the 1998 season and lives in Wilson, Wyoming. He serves as an ambassador of skiing at nearby Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and is also a co-owner of Tordrillo Mountain Lodge in the Alaska Range.
Steve Mahre is a former World Cup alpine ski racer and younger twin brother (by four minutes) of ski racer Phil Mahre. Steve won the silver medal in slalom at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, 0.21 seconds behind his more celebrated brother. He won the gold medal in giant slalom at the 1982 World Championships in Schladming, Austria. His best finish in the overall standings was third in 1982 and fourth in 1981 (brother Phil was the overall World Cup champion from 1981-83).
Phil Mahre is an American former champion alpine ski racer, widely regarded as one of the greatest American skiers of all time. His total of 27 World Cup race wins is third among Americans, behind only Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn. Born in Yakima, Washington, Phil and his twin brother Steve (four minutes younger) were both world class ski racers and competed on the World Cup circuit from 1976-84. Starting with the 1978 season, Phil finished in the top three in the World Cup overall standings for six consecutive seasons, winning the title in the final three (1981-83).