A LITTLE ABOUT ME
My name is Eric Loughran and I am an 18 year old member of the US Freestyle Ski Team. I compete in the sport of Aerials and one-day hope to join the Olympic Team. I am what you can call a multi-talented athlete, but skiing has been by true talent. When I’m not training on the slopes you can find me diversifying myself with other sports, such as fishing, skateboarding, and anything else that’ll keep me going. Even with my busy schedule, I always find time to continue with my studies. On my breaks I give back to the community by coaching my old freestyle ski team, giving other young kids hopes to one day be where I am.
Growing up, I played multiple sports, such as football for the local Razorbacks team, town travel soccer, wrestling, golf, recreation baseball, and gymnastics. Out of all the activities that I was involved in my favorite had to do with traveling up to Lincoln, NH every weekend and skiing Loon Mountain. Since I was 2 years old, as soon as the snow would hit the ground so would my skis. When I was about 6 years old, my parents seem to have had enough with chasing me off jumps and placed me on the Loon Mountain Freestyle Team, where I became known for my fearlessness. Every day after practice, my sister and I would keep skiing till the lifts closed, we ended up knowing each lift attendant by name. On windy days, when the lifts were closed, you could find me hiking up the mountain with my skis in hand. Skiing was just something that I couldn’t resist. At night, you’d find my dad and I driving around looking for places to hit some rails or look for spots to make a jump, I just couldn’t stop. One year my parents took me out of Freestyle and put me with my sister in the Alpine Racing program, here I benefited by learning tricks about controlling my speed and skiing technique, which in the long run helped my Freestyle, but I was happily put back into the freestyle team where I truly belonged.
When I was 11 years old, my gymnastic skills came out and I decided to throw a back-flip off a jump that my coaches had built for me, I landed. After that, my parents sent me to a summer camp at the water ramps in Lake Placid, NY to get some safe training on throwing flips. It was there that I learned my love for not just any kind of skiing, but for Aerials. I was asked to stay at the camp longer due to potential and eventually joined the Elite Aerial Development Program. I then, at the age of 13, moved out of my house in Pelham, NH and into the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid NY. Ever since then, I discovered my dedication to Aerials and appreciate how fortunate to have this opportunity.
Now I have realized that this is the sport that I one day want to represent the United States in the Olympics with. This sport of Aerials skiing is something that I want to be involved in for the rest of my life. My passion and enthusiasm for Aerials is shown not only though my goals and accomplishments, but also though my ability to inspire other young kids. I am my own motivation, because in my opinion, Aerials is the greatest sport I’ve ever experienced, it’s where I belong.
JOIN MY TEAM!
Some of you may have children of your own or have participated in sports, such as skiing and know that the costs are high. I am very fortunate to have supportive parents, but at this level that I am currently at, the finical need is higher then expected. My passion for skiing can only get me so far due to the costs of competing. Therefore I need your help to pursue my goals for becoming an Olympic Athlete and continue to be a World Cup Skier. Any donations made are greatly appreciated!
Eric Brendan Loughran