Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

January 31, 2013

Winter X Games skier from town

Annalisa Drew wins sixth place in halfpipe

Judy Wakefield
Staff Writer

---- — From atop a mountain in Park City, Utah, Winter X Games halfpipe skier Annalisa Drew of Andover, talked about coolness – and she wasn’t talking about the weather.

“I probably started thinking about the X Games in middle school...so, this is pretty cool,” Drew said of her sixth place finish at the Winter X Games, which ended this past Sunday, Jan. 27 in Aspen, Colo.

Drew, 19, wowed the crowd “throwing a never before seen in competition 1260 on each of three runs to finish sixth in her X Games debut,” reported the X Games website.

“Yeah, it was so cool and I’m happy about it, but I have to go because I am on top of a mountain,” Drew said from her cell phone before skiing down yet another mountain. “Hi to my family in Andover.”

Her mother, Lisa Drew of Warwick Circle, said Annalisa is on the US Freeski Ski Rookie half pipe team and is now on the World Cup Tour for Super pipe and Slope Style (wfpworldtour.com). She has a World Cup Super pipe event in Park City, Utah, this weekend.

On Feb. 9, Annalisa said she is headed to Sochi, Russia, for a slope and pipe world cup event, which is also the team’s trial run for the 2014 Olympics.

It’s a “go big or go home” philosophy for Drew and she’s certainly going big right now.

“She is presently ranked first overall in the AFP Women’s half pipe World Ranking and 21st in slopestyle. She’s ranked fourth overall,” according to Lisa Drew.

Annalisa, also the daughter of Bob Drew, grew up in town, but winter weekends were spent slopeside at Loon Mountain in New Hampshire starting when she 3. She was was an excellent figure skater at 4 years old. She was seriously skiing by middle school and a member of the Loon Freestyle Team by then. She currently trains at Waterville Valley Academy and the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y.

“All those spins and turns from figure skating have helped her,” Lisa Drew said.

Now, with a long list of skiing awards, she spends most of her time skiing, competing at both halfpipe and slopestyle competitions.

A graduate of New Hampton High School in New Hampshire, she is also a diehard Disney classics fan.

She has her own web page - annalisadrew.com - which keeps visitors up to date on her many skiing accomplishments.