Award: Most Promising
Location/Affiliation: Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy
- Rocky Mountain Freestyle Rookie of the Year
- #1 Mogul Skier in the country in her age group
Everyone in the ski world knows Ava Keenan as the electric bump skier with happy faces patched on her knee pads. She is the number one ranked skier in her age group and is taking the ski world by storm at just 12 years old! Ava starred in the Warren Miller ski movie and was named the Rocky Mountain Freestyle Rookie of the Year.
Ava isn’t just a queen of the hill. She’s also breaking barriers. In winning Rookie of the Year, Ava became the first Black mogul skier to win a sanctioned Rocky Mountain Freestyle competition. Ava hopes to continue trailblazing with her sights set on becoming the first Black skier to win an Olympic gold medal.
Ava is truly a star on the rise, and we are proud to honor her as our Most Promising Athlete!
By Romi Bean, CBS Colorado, Sports Anchor, 2022 Colorado Sportscaster of the Year