Team USA has scored a place in the Beijing Olympic freestyle skiing final on Saturday (19 February 2022) thanks to Birk Irving, so here’s what we know about the athlete, including his age and career.
With only two days until the Olympic closing ceremony, there are 11 sports left to wrap up. One of them is the men’s freestyle halfpipe, which takes place from 9.30am CST onwards.
Irving placed third with 89.75 in the halfpipe qualification, securing a place in the final. Other Team USA competitors – Aaron Blunck, David Wise and Alex Ferreira – also reached the top seven, so there’s a considerable chance for USA to gain at least one medal.
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Birk Irving age and family life
Born 26 July 1999 to Brendan and Stephanie Irving, the 22-year-old athlete is an Englewood, Colorado, native. He now lives in Winter Park, Colorado, and is a student at the University Of Utah.
The entire Irving family are skiing enthusiasts – no wonder he’s an Olympian. His father works for ski patrol, while his mother is a former alpine racing coach. His younger sister, Svea, also completes in slopestyle and halfpipe and is currently on Team USA’s free-ski rookie halfpipe team.
Interesting fact: his grandfather is famed novelist John Irving.
When he’s not on the slopes, Irving is mountain biking, fishing or surfing. You might also catch him making some TikTok’s:
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Skiing prodigy had first sponsor aged seven
We don’t know what you were doing at age five, but you probably weren’t doing 360 turns on the ski slopes. Irving did exactly that by the time he was in kindergarten, and gained his first sponsor at seven years old.
The 22-year-old won his first gold at the 2016 Youth Olympics in halfpipe aged 16, despite reportedly suffering from a fractured fibula. His other two medals are from placing third in the 2021 Winter X Games and World Championships.