earned himself the prestigious place on the 2011 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team on Tuesday, December 22, 2010.
finished 2nd overall at the two day U.S. Ski Team 'Selection' Event in Steamboat, CO.
With a 6th place finish on Sunday, December 19th, the pressure was on for Tuesday's competition.
It was a nail-biting, 11th hour adventure - Panther's equipment was missing the morning of his
first round on Tuesday.
managed to find his
skis, however he
couldn't find his
coaches' poles, he
rocketed onto the 1st run qualifying course:
pole halfway through the qualifying run.
was ripping, skiing awesome, when all of the sudden he
had a serious bobble.
recovered and 2 turns later had another little bobble.
ripped the rest of the run and hit his
bottom air perfectly balanced.
crossed the finish line, held up his
right pole and 1/2 of it was gone.
The bobbles had come at the break and when he
instinctively tried to plant the pole again.
The way he adjusted is quite a tribute to his strength and athleticism". (Source: L.J. Panther, Jay Panther's
Finishing 11th on his
1st run, Jay
was steadfast to win his
Borrowing another set of poles from his
coach with nothing to lose, filled with sheer grit and white knuckle determination, Jay
skied flawlessly taking 2nd place on his
2nd run which earned him the last spot on the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team.
Jay graduated from Ballard High School in Louisville, Kentucky, where he won the Wendy's High School Heisman Trophy, was a Coca-Cola Scholar and also an 8 time first team academic all-state winner, as well as a President's Scholar.
Jay went to Vanderbilt on a full scholarship and played baseball his freshman year before leaving to head west to compete again.
In the fall of 2010, Panther
also received his
"A" level beach volley card to compete professionally next summer when he
can't get to the snow.
This past summer he
was in Louisville, Kentucky to compete in the "Old School Side OutTournament" along with other AVP stars and local athletes.
Jay is now a member of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team.
has won International events and defeated Olympic Champions and looks forward to competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
For further information, interviews, photos and videos please contact Jay Panther's
Manager - Ashleigh.
E .Cromer on561-460-8217.