Mac Bohonnon left home at the age of thirteen to pursue his dream of one day competing in the Winter Olympics as a Freestyle Aerialist. For the past three years, he has been the youngest athlete, living and training full time with the U.S. Ski Team’s Elite Aerial Program at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Lake Placid, New York. Mac fulfills his high school education requirements via an online program to accommodate his rigorous training and international competition schedule. He spends seven hours a day building his strength and working to perfect his twisting and flipping skills through a series of focused progressions performed on water ramps, trampoline and eventually snow. This past March, after overcoming growth issues that threatened his jumping career, Mac (now 17) received a perfect score while competing at the 2011 USSA Marriott Junior Championship: Freestyle Junior Nationals in Steamboat Springs, Colorado – getting him one step closer to fulfilling his Olympic dream.
Having lived on his own from such an early age, Mac says his life in sports has helped him to become a self-sufficient teen and focused elite athlete. Over the years, and with the help of US Ski team coaches Dmitry Kavunov, Eric Bergoust and Jarislov Novak, his teammate Aerialist Ryan St. Onge and his friend and mentor 2010 Olympic bobsledder and World Push Champion Steve Langton, Mac has developed useable strategies for goal-setting, perseverance; juggling school and sport. He hopes to inspire and share his thoughts with his contemporaries. Mac is also interested in igniting a dialogue with the parents of young athletes. He believes he can help them to better understand the stress of competition and juggling sports and life.
Currently 14th in the World
2nd at Val St. Come World Cup ( First World Cup podium)
Junior National Champion
1st at the Lake Placid Noram
14th at the Val St. Come World Cup
(Best World Cup result to date)
1st at the USSA Marriott Junior National Championships
Named To U.S. Ski Team
3rd at US National Championships
5th at Junior World Championships – Valmalenco, Italy
3rd in the overall NorAm Grand Prix 2012
2nd at USSA Marriott Junior National Championships
2nd at Park City NorAm Day 2 and 3 2012
3rd at US Selections 2012
19th at Lake Placid World Cup – Mac’s first career World Cup
2011 USSA Marriott Junior Championship: Freestyle Junior Nationals in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Earned a perfect score – one of his greatest accomplishments as a freestyle aerialist to date.
Junior Nationals Competitor 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011
-3rd overall in 2011.
National Championships Competitor 2010, 2011
-4th overall in 2011
Nor-Am Tour Competitor 2009, 2010, 2011.
Birthday: March 27, 1995
Hometown: Madison, Connecticut
Current Hometown: Park City, Utah