KALISPELL, Mont. - A 15-year old skier from Whitefish is in the Olympics.
Maggie Voisin hadn't placed high enough in enough races to be automatically named to the team, so it came down to a decision by the U.S. Free Skiing coach.
Voisin trained hard for this day to finally come. Tuesday we found out she had been selected to participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi for the Slopestyle event.
Voisin's grandmother Susie Moore has watched her granddaughter grow up and progress as a skier.
"She is tremendously excited. In fact I know she is, I know she is. This is a dream for Maggie, and it's a dream coming true, and for a young 15-year-old girl, wow," Moore said.
The Whitefish community has been following the Olympic hopeful since her career took off within the year.
She won the WSI/AFP World Championship in Whistler in 2013 and placed in the top three in multiple U.S. Revolution tour competitions.
"They'll probably be a few watch parties in Whitefish. She'll be on the big screen and we'll be rooting for her as a community. Definitely it's going to be a fun time to celebrate with her," said Lisa Jones, spokesperson for the Whitefish Convention and Visitor Bureau. The bureau has been Voisin's sponsor for the last two years.
Maggie's mother, Kristen, has been by her side since she began skiing at 2 years old. She's seen that competitive spirit inside Maggie that's propelled her to the Olympics.
"It's just been a lot of emotion knowing that she might get picked, she might not. She was definitely the young hopeful and Maggie's worked really hard to get to this point and I think it's amazing," said Kristin Voisin.
Maggie Voisin is currently headed to Aspen, Colorado, to compete at the X-Games in Slopestyle Free Skiing.