My name is Kaila Kuhn. Growing up in Boyne City, MI (4 miles from Boyne USA) I developed an early passion for skiing and my competitive spirit started me down a ski racing path. I was also a competitive gymnast and at the age of 12 I was invited to an aerials recruitment camp in Park City, Utah. My results at the recruitment camp offered me a free year of coaching with the EADP (Elite Aerials Development Program) West.
Fast forward one year and I was back at recruitment camp, this time in Lake Placid, New York. After camp I was awarded a place on the EADP East team, this included subsidized coaching fees and room and board at the Olympic Training Center. An opportunity I couldn’t pass up!!
My competition season at the age of 14 was really quite amazing (14 years old is the earliest you can get your FIS jumping license). In a nutshell, I won the Nor-Am series (youngest to do so), was second at US Nationals and won Junior Nationals. My results from last year earned me an invitation to move to Park City, Utah and train with the National Aerials Team and the best coaches in the world. They also earned me an automatic spot at all the World Cup events for the season (Lake Placid, Moscow, Minsk and China) as well as a spot on the Junior Worlds team. My current national ranking is 5th.
The transition from Lake Placid to Park City came at a cost. I went from a partially funded program to a non-funded program where I am responsible for all room and board, all coaching expenses, travel and equipment.Moving from home (our training is full time and year round), doing all of my High School online as well as managing my travel and competition expenses is quite challenging. Thanks to World Cup Dreams, I may have the opportunity to travel and compete and develop into a World Class Athlete. Thank you so much for your support!