At age 25, Massachusetts native Dylan Ferguson can count skateboarding, surfing and making his own clothes among his many accomplishments, but his biggest ambition is to represent the United States at the Sochi Games and bring home an Olympic medal in freestyle aerials skiing.
After propelling themselves down a steep jump, aerial skiers have approximately 20 meters of space to perform somersaults and twists before hitting the ground.
“I am not going to lie, it is a terrifying sport. You just have to know that everything will be okay if you jump confidently and have a good takeoff. I try to just relax and breathe,” Ferguson said.
Ferguson qualified for the 2010 Winter Olympics, but just one week before the opening ceremonies in Vancouver he had to have his appendix removed and was forced to watch the games from a hospital bed.
Today he is the world’s fourth-ranked aerialist, and if he qualifies for a spot on the U.S. team, he is planning an ambitious jump of five twists and three flips in tribute to the late U.S. aerial freestyle medalist Jeret Peterson.