Feb 12, 2014
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In Madison, Monday Will Be Mac Bohonnon Day in Honor of Olympic Skier, Not Presidents' Day

In Madison, Monday Will Be Mac Bohonnon Day in Honor of Olympic Skier, Not Presidents' Day

Mac Bohonnon.

At a very young age, Mac Bohonnon knew what he hoped to one day accomplish: participate on an Olympic team.

That dream came true  when the Madison native was selected to join the U.S. Ski Team, and this winter he is competing in the Sochi Olympics.

In fact, he's the only member of the team competing in men's aerials in freestyle skiing. The qualifying round is scheduled for Feb. 17, and in Madison, instead of marking that date as Presidents' Day like the rest of the nation, it will be Mac Bohonnon Day, according to a recent press release sent from the Madison Chamber of Commerce.

Since moving to the Olympic Training Center in 2008, Bohonnon has set out to fulfill his destiny of becoming a professional skier and competing against the best the world has to offer in the Olympics. Bohonnon comes from a family of skiers and got his start in Madison.

“Both of my parents were avid skiers,” said Bohonnon. “I started skiing around one-and-a-half-years-old and often went up to a mountain in Vermont. It wasn’t until I was 10 or 11 that I started putting things together and getting talented at it, knowing I wanted to pursue it.”

In addition to being ranked at No. 15 on Powder Magazine’s Top 20 Best Skiers 18 and Under list, Bohannon currently holds the second best ranking in the world and was named to the U.S. Ski Team in 2012. He is a Junior National Champion and most recently won the first podium at the Val St. Come World Cup, the best World Cup result to date.

With his win, Bohonnon was named the FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year at Lake Placid on Jan. 18. Bohonnon called it an “amazing opportunity” and “an amazing way to cap off the World Cup season”.

“There were some very talented rookie competitors on tour this year, all of whom had many stellar performances,” said Bohonnon. “This is the third season in a row an athlete on our team has claimed the award, which I think is a sign of what’s to come.”

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In Madison, Monday Will Be Mac Bohonnon Day in Honor of Olympic Skier, Not Presidents' Day

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