Winter Games Athletes
Growing up in the state of Washington with a father who was part owner and general manager of a ski resort, Deneen first strapped on a pair of skis before he was even a year old. He started out in Alpine racing before his interest in freestyle led him to moguls. Nicknamed “The Rocket” because of his speed, Deneen returned from a knee injury in 2008 and quickly established himself on the FIS World Cup circuit, claiming rookie of the year honors that season. He went on to win gold at the world championships a year later and earned a victory at the U.S. Olympic trials before a crash led to a 19th-place finish at the Vancouver Games. Deneen captured his first World Cup victory in 2011 and added two more podium finishes before winning the U.S. title that year. He had a quiet start to 2012, but won three straight World Cup races in dual moguls to finish the season in second place in both the moguls and overall standings. He earned eight podiums in the 2013 World Cup season and finished the campaign ranked third on the circuit. He has earned two podium finishes in five World Cup events this season and heads to Sochi as a serious medal contender.