Brita Sigourney

b. 1/17/1990; Halfpipe – Brita calls Carmel, California her hometown, and she grew up loving all ocean sports. When she was not skiing or hanging out at the beach, you could find her playing water polo, which she did while attending Santa Catalina School and later during her freshman year at the University of California, Davis.

Image - Brita SigourneyAn accomplished skier in all freestyle disciplines, Brita began concentrating in halfpipe while in high school and later continued in the discipline on the Alpine Meadows Elite team. Clay Beck was still Brita’s coach at the time of his death.

The next couple of years were a challenge as Brita persisted to pursue her ski career without a coach. She filled much of the hole left behind by being a coach herself at Squaw Valley, where Brita never asked her aspiring skiers to do anything she was not willing to personally demonstrate.

With new coaching support from Ben Verge, Brita was able to break through to some impressive wins at the 2010 Junior World Championships in New Zealand, the 2011 Dew Tour and the 2011 and 2012 Visa Grand Prix, but not without sustaining and coming back from some difficult injuries to her pelvis and collarbone and, later, her knee.

Brita’s main goal is to stay healthy and focused as she approaches the 2014 Winter Olympics. At the conclusion of her ski career, Brita plans to complete her B.A. and has ambitions to make a name for herself in ski and sportswear design.