---- — ANDOVER — Annalisa Drew, 20, of Andover realized a lifelong dream by making the U.S. Olympic team.
The flashy freestyle skier was chosen as a coach’s discretionary pick to the U.S. Olympic half-pipe team. The event will be Feb. 20 in Sochi in Russia.
“We were a little nervous. It can go either way,” said her mother, Lisa Drew. “It’s a judging sport. She got a call from her coach (Monday) but we weren’t allowed to say anything until it was official. It was official (yesterday afternoon). She was ecstatic. The waiting process was incredibly painful. This is awesome. It’s totally incredible.”
Drew is a graduate of New Hampton School who has been training in Vail, Colo.
One of the most athletic performers in the sport, she has executed an alley-oop flatspin 540 (degree spin) and is in select company with her 1080s, which are three complete revolutions. At the X Games, she attempted a 1260.
“We are very fortunate to be taking such a talented group of athletes to Sochi. Each of them have made clear through their performances during the Grand Prix qualifying series that they have the potential to land on the Olympic podium,” said Jeremy Forster, director of freeskiing and snowboarding for the USSA, in a release.
Drew will join Maddie Bowman, Angeli VanLaanen and Brita Sigourney on the Olympic roster. She finished eighth at the Dew Tour, fifth at Copper, fifth in Breckenridge, Colo., and took two fourths in Park City, Utah, over the weekend.