Boyne City’s Kuhn Taking Aerial Skiing By Storm
BOYNE CITY – What started as trying something new, has turned into a life-changing experience for Boyne City sophomore Kaila Kuhn.
“When I was younger I was a gymnast, and I’ve grown up skiing at Boyne so I was an Alpine skier for a few years, ” said Kuhn. “This sport was really the perfect combination of the two sports, so I thought I’d try it out and I loved it.”
She’s taken it and ran with it ever since.
Last year at just 14-years-old, she was the youngest to win the Nor-Am series, got second at US Nationals, and won Junior Nationals.
Her successful season earned her the opportunity to move to Park City, Utah to train with the National Aerials team, which in turn got her an automatic spot for the World Cup events and the Junior Worlds.
This season, she finished second overall in the Nor-Am, third at Nationals, and claimed the Junior National title.
With her results this year, she qualifies for the US Ski Team.
“I’ve always wanted to be on the US Ski Team, I’ve always looked up to those crazy athletes on the podium so it’s been a dream come true for me for sure,” said Kuhn.
The sport has uprooted her from her home in northern Michigan, but it’s given her the chance to explore the world as well, which is something not many high-schoolers can say they’ve done.
“”It’s been really crazy for me, I don’t only get to get all the experiences as an athlete but I get to learn about other cultures and get all of those experiences as well so it’s a dream come true for me,” Kuhn said.
She just returned from China for her competitions and in a few weeks she’ll be heading to Italy to continue competing.