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Three Montana Skiers Named to Team USA

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - Whitefish native Maggie Voisin is set to make Winter Olympic history in a couple of ways.

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association nominated the 15-year-old on Tuesday as a member of the 2014 U.S. Olympic team to compete in slopestyle skiing in Sochi, Russia.

Slopestyle skiing is making its Olympic debut this year and Voisin, who turned 15 on Dec. 14, would be the youngest athlete on the U.S. team.

In slopestyle skiing, athletes ski down a slope with various obstacles and jumps on which they do tricks that are scored based on difficulty and execution. The women's ski slopestyle event is scheduled for Feb. 11.

Voisin is in Aspen, Colo. this week preparing to compete in the Winter X Games this weekend.

The U.S. Olympic Committee will formally name the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team on Jan. 27.

As for Bozeman native Heather McPhie, making the Olympic team is becoming old hat. McPhie was named to the women's moguls squad and will represent Team USA for the second time. She finished 18th in the event in 2010 in Vancouver.

McPhie joins 2010 Gold Medalist Hannah Kearney as the only returning members on the women's moguls squad.

On the men's side, Butte native Bradley Wilson has been named to his first Olympic team. Like McPhie, Nelson will compete in the freestyle moguls. Nelson is one of two members of the men's moguls team who will compete in Sochi.

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