Patrick DENEEN

If there's anyone on the World Cup moguls circuit with snow in his veins, it's American Patrick Deneen.

Born into the steep and snowy slopes of the Pacific Northwest to a father who was the general manager of the local ski hill, a mother who was in charge of sales at the same resort, and a grandfather who owned and operated the local ski shop, Patrick more or less found himself out of the womb and into a pair of ski boots.

A skilled Alpine racer until the age of 11, Patrick began the shift to the world of Freestyle by winning, in a single day, regional giant slalom, downhill, and moguls events - a feat that surely must be some kind of record, somewhere.

However, in the following years, moguls skiing came to be Patrick's focus, and by the age of 16 he had secured a spot on the US Ski Team.

After missing much of the 2005-6 season with injury, Patrick spent 2006-7 rebuilding his skills and confidence. The following season it was expected that he would ease his way onto the World Cup circuit by splitting his time between the big show and the Nor-Ams. However, back-to-back podium performances in his first two World Cup appearances at Lake Placid rocketed him into a first season on the 'White Circus' that would land him Freestyle 'Rookie of the Year' honours and ensure that he would never return to the Nor-Am grind again.

Now the unequivocal leader of the American men's team, Deneen has gone on to land 22 podiums since he first burst on to the scene in 2008 (including four victories), while also taking home a moguls gold medal from the 2009 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships in Inawashiro, JPN, and bronze medals in both moguls and dual moguls at the 2013 WSCs in Voss, NOR.