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 very successful (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. My results for the last two years look like this:
2017-2018 (age of 14)
Overall Nor-Am Series Champion (youngest person to do so) Junior Nationals Overall Champion
U.S Nationals 2nd place
U.S. Junior Ranking #1
Overall U.S. Ranking #5 World Ranking #30
2018-2019 (age of 15)
Overall Nor-Am Series #2
Junior Nationals Overall Champion U.S Nationals 3rd place
U.S. Junior Ranking #1
Overall U.S. Ranking #4
World Championships result 13th World Cup Ranking #15
Junior Worlds Valmalenco Italy #4 Nominated to US Aerials B Team
Looking at the big picture we have a laser focus for the 2022 Olympics. My two 8th place World Cup finishes last season in China have given me the confidence that I can podium at a few world cups this season and increase my degree of difficulty to be competitive with the best in the world!
Being the youngest athlete on the US National team comes with it’s challenges. I am now training and living full time in Park City, Utah. My school work (high school) is online and very time consuming considering that my training is considered a full time job. Making the National B Team is getting me some partial funding for travel and fees, but it’s still a considerable expense to follow a path to be the best in the world.
I need your contributions to get results and blaze a path to the 2022 Olympics. I will work harder than everyone else and with your help I will be the best in the world!
Thank You for your support!!!