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Teen Kai Owens returns to China to make Olympic mogul team

Aspen, Colo. American mogul skier Kai Owens has made his first Olympic team, allowing the 17-year-old to return to the country he was born in to compete for the gold medal.

Owens was abandoned as an infant in a town square in a province in China. Taken to an orphanage, she was adopted by a Colorado couple when she was about 16 months old. She blossomed into a Muggle standout.

“When I get off that plane in China it goes full circle,” Owens told the Associated Press on Friday after the US freestyle skiing team was announced for the Beijing Games starting next month. “When my skis touch the snow in China, it’s going to be a really special moment for me because I get to ski at the Olympic Games in my country of birth. It’s crazy how life works.” “

Owens, who lives in Vail, Colorado, recently looked at a magazine she’s been keeping for the past four years. In front, one goal – Beijing 2022.

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“Every time I think about it, it just feels crazy,” said Owens, whose name, Kai, translates to “victorious.”

Other athletes on the U.S. Olympic freestyle ski team roster include two-time Olympic halfpipe champion David Wise. He is joined by silver medalist Alex Ferreira and three-time Olympian Aaron Blunk at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.

“I have taken for granted that building the team was a dream and whatever happened next was a bonus,” Wise said in a statement. “I’ve been working for China for the past four years and am excited to see how it stacks up against the best in the world.”

On the women’s side, Britta Sigourney, bronze medalist in the halfpipe in ’18 and Devin Logan, silver medalist in slopestyle from ’14, teamed up.

Nick Goepper has also been selected in the team. He took silver in slopestyle in 2018 Pyeongchang and bronze in Sochi four years ago as part of the US medal sweep.

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The US aerial roster includes Ashley Caldwell, who made her fourth Olympic team.

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US Olympic Ski Halfpipe Team: Sigourney, Logan, Hannah Falber, Carly Margulies, Ferreira, Blunk, Wise, Birk Irving. Ski Slopestyle/Big Air Team: Maggie Voisin, Caroline Claire, Marin Hamill, Darien Stevens, Alex Hall, Goepper, Mack Forehand, Colby Stevenson. Skicross Team: Tyler Wallesh. Aerial Team: Caldwell, Kaila Kuhn, Megan Nicks, Winter Winicki, Chris Lillis, Eric Loughran, Justin Schönefeld. Muggle Squad: Olivia Giaccio, Jailyne Kauf, Owens, Hannah Soare, Cole McDonald, Nick Page, Dylan Walczyk, Brad Wilson.

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