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Date of Birth:
December 25, 1987
City/State of Birth:
Cle Elum, Washington
Olympics and Events Attended:
2006 World Junior Championships, Russia, Dual Moguls, 3rd
2009 World Freestyle Champion, Inawashiro, Japan
2010 Olympics, Vancouver, Canada, Freestyle Moguls
2011 World Cup, Moguls, 1st
2012 World Cup, Moguls, 2nd
2013 World Cup, Moguls, 8 podium spots
2014 Olympics, Sochi, Russia, Freestyle Moguls
Deneen began skiing at 11 months old shortly after learning to walk. By age seven, he was a competitive alpine skier and became a top ranked junior downhill racer before switching to freestyle at 15. By age 16, he was on the U.S. Junior Ski Team. At the 2006 World Junior Championships in Russia, Deneen placed third in dual moguls. After successful finishes on the World Cup circuit in 2008, he was named “Rookie of the Year” by international coaches. That season, Deneen earned the nickname, “The Rocket.” He became the World Freestyle Champion at Inawashiro, Japan. He was a finalist at the Vancouver, 2010 Olympics in freestyle moguls.
Deneen soared to a first place in a 2011 World Cup. He added two more podiums by the end of that season. By 2012, Deneen achieved second-place World Cup standing in both freestyle and moguls. His success on the world Cup circuit continued in 2013 with eight World Cup podiums spots. Deneen placed 6th in the moguls competition at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.