On Jan. 1, freeskier Roz Groenewoud signed with new sponsor Scott Skis, for the Winter X Games athlete. She'll be riding with Scott skis, poles, goggles and protection and she joins skier Tom Wallisch on Scott's International pro team as the elite team's first female athlete.
Groenewoud was on Rossignol skis prior to this new deal. The Scott International team currently consists of just two skiers: Groenewoud and Wallisch. But Scott's wintersport team manager Kevin Kruse says they are looking to add more skiers in the future. "We are just taking our time as not to flood the team with a load of skiers," Kruse said. "Having a small team allows us to advertise and grow with them."Groenewoud was an easy choice for the company, Kruse added. "When the time came to add a female skier to our team, Roz was the name that kept coming to mind," Kruse said. "Her huge airs in the pipe and smooth style speak for themselves. She is a great fit for Scott and we are extremely excited to have her as a part of the team." In December, Groenewoud won the first-ever ski halfpipe event at the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, Colo. Last year, she placed second at the European X Games in superpipe and third in pipe at the Winter X Games and she's currently ranked second in the Association of Freeskiing Professionals halfpipe rankings.