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Heather McPhie

Bozeman’s Heather McPhie competed for the U.S. Olympic Team in women’s freestyle moguls at the Sochi Olympics in Russia. She'll be the torch lighter at the opening ceremonies of the Big Sky State Games on Friday.

Montana Olympic Mogul Skier Heather McPhie will be the special guest athlete of the 29th Annual Big Sky State Games on July 18.

McPhie, of Bozeman, will speak and light the torch during opening ceremonies at Wendy’s Field at Daylis Stadium.

McPhie competed for the United States at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, finishing finished 13th.

After graduating from Bozeman High in 2002 she attended Montana State University on an academic scholarship from 2002-2003. In the fall of 2004, McPhie’s focus turned to mogul skiing. She qualified for the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team in 2005 by winning the North American Tour.

In 2010, McPhie jumped from 27th to second in the World in less than four months, earning a spot on the U.S. team at the Olympic Games in Vancouver. She finished 18th at those Games.

McPhie captured four World Cup podiums to finish fourth in the world mogul standings and won her first U.S. national title in 2012. During the 2012-2013 season McPhie had three World Cup wins and two additional podiums, finishing the season ranked third overall in the world. She also defended her championship title, winning the national championships again.

Gates open for opening ceremonies of the Big Sky State Games on July 18 at 5:30 p.m. The new Soaked Run kicks off the night, the Parade of Athletes begins at 7:30 p.m.

State Games participants are admitted free with their opening ceremonies tickets. Tickets are $5, children younger than 6 are admitted free.