A Bit About Me
Why Mogul Skiing?
Ever since the first day I entered a mogul competition, I knew that this sport was for me. The thrill and adrenaline associated with stepping into the gate before each run, knowing you could have the run of your life, is a feeling that I will cherish years after I stop mogul skiing. I love stepping it up each day during training and competition to face every obstacle that I encounter along my journey; each surpassed challenge leaves me wanting more. Throughout my career, the most important lesson I’ve learned is how consistent hard work and determination pay off in the long run.
My first year as a member of the United States Freestyle Ski Team was definitely a roller coaster ride! I earned the opportunity to compete on most of the World Cup Tour, which included stops in Finland, Japan, China, Spain, one of my favorite events in Deer Valley, Utah, and the 2018 Olympic venue in South Korea. After turning around my season in the Deer Valley Duals Event, where I made my first duals small final, I was sent on a plane to finish off the world cup tour in Asia. Looking back at my season, I am proud to say that I earned the prestigous title of FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year, my first World Cup podium in Japan, as well as the title of Junior World Champion in Dual Moguls. I gained a lot of experience competing and traveling at the top level of my sport, and I am ready to bring my newfound knowledge into next year’s season, which holds one of most distinguished events in mogul skiing: the Olympics. I’m beyond thrilled to see what the 2017-18 season has to offer!
Outside of Mogul Skiing
Aside from freestyle competitive skiing, I am in 12th grade and attend Stanford University Online High School, a highly selective independent school for gifted students and intellectual risk takers. I am also part of the Rocky Mountain Freestyle Board representing the athlete's voice within the RMF community.
When I am in Steamboat or Park City, I have been volunteering a few hours per week at the local food bank. In Steamboat, the community food bank is called LiftUp. In Park City, the community food bank is called The Christian Center of Park City. My time there has helped me to realize how important it is to give back, and how even a small bit of effort can make a big difference in one’s community.
One of my favorite non-for-profit organization is called the i-Tri Girls, a group of pre-teen girls who are based out of New York. Through the i-Tri Girls, the girls importance of goal-setting, exercise, and nutrition whilst training for triathlons that they compete in throughout the summer! I traveled to New York last summer and talked to them and learn their stories as well, hopefully to inspire all of them to continue on in sport. I came away from this meeting inspired by these amazing group of girls and continue to be a huge fan.Support Olivia
2018 World Cup Schedule
Ruka, Finland | Dec 9
Thaiwoo, China | Dec 21
Thaiwoo, China | Dec 22
Calgary, Canada | Jan 6
Deer Valley, UT | Jan 10
Deer Valley, UT | Jan 11
Mont-Tremblant | Jan 20
Tazawako, Japan | Mar 3
Tazawako, Japan | Mar 4
Airolo, Switzerland | Mar 10
Megeve, France | Mar 18
Highlights from My Competition Season
Junior World Championships
1st Place - Duals
3rd Place - Singles
April 4-5, 2017 - Valmalenco, Italy
2016-17 World Championships
15th Place - Singles
17th Place - Duals
March 8-9, 2017 - Sierra Nevada, Spain
Awarded 2016-17 FIS Rookie of the Year
11th Place Overall 2016-17 World Cup Standing
February 26, 2017 - Thaiwoo, China
Tazawako, Japan World Cup
3rd Place - Duals
10th Place - Singles
February 18-19, 2017 - Tazawako, Japan
My First World Cup Podium!!
PeongChang Olympic Test Event World Cup
February 11, 2017 - Bokwang, South Korea
Deer Valley World Cup Duals
February 4, 2017 - Deer Valley, UT
1st World Cup of 2016-17 Season
December 10, 2017 - Ruka, Finland
US Freestyle Nationals - 2nd Place
March 18, 2016 - Steaboat Springs, CO
My 2nd place podium finish at US Freestyle National Championships qualified me for a spot on the 2016-17 US Freestyle Ski Team!
Junior Nationals - 1st Place
March 11, 2016 - Sun Valley, ID
This was my first competition back from injury! I had been out of the gate for 4 weeks and I was ecstatic to come back with such a big win, at one of my favorite events of the year.
RMF 2016 "Go For the Gold" Award
March 5, 2016 - Winter Park, CO
A positive point of not being able to compete on the NorAm Tour was that I was able to go to Winter Park to cheer on my brother, Frankie, at the Rocky Mountain Freestyle Divisional Championships. He skied the best he had all season and won his age group!
I also was able to attend the RMF end-of-the-season banquet where I was surprised and humbled to receive the Rocky Mountain Freestyle "Go For the Gold" award. This award is given to the RMF athlete who displays "Outstanding Achievement, Spirit and Promise in the Sport of Freestyle Skiing". Thank you RMF!!
Deer Valley World Cup - 16th Place
February 4, 2016 - Deer Valley, UT
My first world cup! This was an amazing event and experience! I skied strong in my qualifications run which ultimately qualified me for the finals event under the lights; I was honored to compete against skiers that I have looked up to for years!
Unfortunately, two days later I had a bad crash in duals, which sidelined me from competing in the NorAm Tour. For the next four weeks, I worked hard in the gym and was determined to come back this season. Thank you SSWSC & my parents for supporting me and helping me make this happen!
Steamboat RMF COMP - 1st Place
January 9, 2016 - Steamboat Springs, CO
TeamSteam represented! I took the overall vicotry, Anna Park brought home 3rd and Avital Shimko with 4th. This event was bittersweet as Anna took a fall here that ended her short but amazing season.
US Selections - 3rd, 4th & 5th Place
December 18, 20, 21, 2015 - Winter Park, CO
I finished up 3rd & 4th on the singles days and 5th on duals day. My performance at this event earned me a World Cup spot at the Lake Placid World Cup (which was canceled due to lack of snow) and the Deer Valley World Cup in February 2016!
Junior Nationals - 1st Place U15, 4th Place Overall
March 11, 2015 - Park City, UT
As always, Junior Nationals was a highlight of my season due to my performance throughout the week at this event, as well as its fun and exciting atmosphere. I finished up Singles and Duals Day with runs that I was proud of.
2015 Rocky Mountain Freestyle Divisional Comps
January - April, 2015 - Colorado
Spring Comp at Vail - 1st Place
Breckenridge Open - 2nd & 3rd Place
SW Freestyle Open - 2nd & 3rd Place
Back Full in Competition - Vail RMF Comp
January 10, 2015 - Vail, CO
I had been diligently working on my back full and was able to put it into my competition run for the first time at this event in two full runs! I did over 800 jumps at the Park City UOP over the summer in order to execute this trick on snow.
Click here to watch my summer prep for this trick.
US Selections - 14th Place Singles, 5th Place Duals
December 18, 20, 21, 2014 - Winter Park, CO
My first US Selections! I was extremely excited for this event, as my performances here would lead me to the next level of mogul skiing: North American Cups, where I had the chance to compete against other nations, at ski resorts all across the country.
US Ski Team Young Guns Camp
June, 2014 - Park City, UT
My performance at the 2014 Junior Nationals qualified me to attend the US Ski Team Young Guns Camp in Park City. Unfortunately I could not participate in some of the activies because I had broken my arm in a skating accident, however it was still fun to be there.
2014 Junior Nationals - 2nd Place U15, 11th Overall
March 13, 2014 - Park City, UT
For an entire week in March, I drove out to Park City, Utah, to compete in Junior Nationals for the second time in my career. This was a really fun event, as I was proud of my performances over the competition!
2014 Rocky Mountain Freestyle Divisional Comps
January - April, 2014 - Colorado
Winter Park Winter Heat - 1st Place
Durango Open - 1st Place
Telluride Moguls - 2nd & 3rd Place
2013 Junior Nationals - 1st Place U13
March 7, 2013 - Park City, UT
I was also able to qualify for Junior Nationals as a result of my accomplishments over the season, which took place in Park City. This was a really exciting competition for me, as I was able to finish up 1st in my age group, next to my good friend, Gabbi, who placed second.
2013 A/ECS Eastern Championships - 3rd Place
February 23, 2013 - Stratton, VT
During my first year competing in A's, I topped my previous season with a lot of firsts: I was able to compete my 360 and backflip in the same run, and I grabbed a podium at Divisionals, my first top 3 finish in an A Competition.
2012 Vermont State B Freestyle Championships - 3rd Place
March 4, 2014 - Killington, VT
This was my first podium ever! After a tough season with many crashes on my newly-acquired 360, I landed it for the second time in competition on this day and finished a run that I was proud of.
2009 Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge
April 2009 - Killington, VT
My first Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge & mogul competition!
In the News
NBC Olympics, November 10, 2017
- May 9, 2017: 2017-18 U.S. Ski Team Freestyle Nominations (USSA)
- April 26, 2017: Highlights of the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup 2016/17 season (FIS)
- April 12, 2017: FIS Freestyle Junior Worlds conclude in Valmalenco, USA best nation (FIS)
- April 11, 2017: Moguls 2016/17 World Cup season recap (FIS)
- April 5, 2017: Giaccio Wins Gold at Junior World Championships (USSA)
- April 5, 2017: Gold twice over for Steamboat skiers (Steamboat Today)
- March 21, 2017: USSA Names Freestyle Junior Worlds Team (USSA)
- March 6, 2017: Steamboat women set for World Ski Championships (Steamboat Today)
- March 6, 2017: 2017 Freestyle World Championships Team Named (USSA)
- February 26, 2017: Podium for Wilson in World Cup Finale (USSA)
- February 26, 2017: Cox and Kingsbury on top in World Cup Finale (FIS)
- February 19, 2017: Kauf and Kingsbury triumph in Tazawako dual moguls (FIS)
- February 18, 2017: Debut Win for Jaelin Kauf (USSA)
- February 5, 2017: Kauf Podiums Again at Deer Valley (USSA)
- February 5, 2017: Cox and Kingsbury reign supreme in Deer Valley duals (FIS)
- December 10, 2016: McCargo Leads U.S. Women with Podium Finish in Ruka (USSA)
- December 8, 2016: Olivia Giaccio: World-Class Mogul Skier (The Pixel Journal)
- December 5, 2016: 2017 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team Named (USSA)
- June 7, 2016: Age no obstacle for U.S. Freestyle Ski Team member (The Coast News)
- March 18, 2016: Go, go Giaccio! Steamboat teen lands on moguls podium (Steamboat Today)
- January 9, 2016: Skiers fly high on Voodoo (Steamboat Today)
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