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Kish places 16th at Copper

Brian Kish, Okemo Mountain School alumnus, continued his comeback as one of the Nation's top halfpipe skiers with a 16th place finish in the qualifying round at Copper Mountain in Colorado.

More than 100 athletes from 37 countries took to Copper Mountain's Main Vein Superpipe Jan. 9 at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix. Under Colorado blue skies men and women's halfpipe qualifiers went off without a hitch to kick off the first domestic FIS World Cup of the year.

In addition to the 16th place finish overall from the international field Brian finished 9th among the Top 19 USA Athletes who were qualified to compete.

"It was important that I did well at this event in order to demonstrate to the coaches and judges that I am fully recovered from my ACL injury which forced me to sit on the sidelines all of last season," said Kish.

His only other competition of this season was the North Face Park and Pipe Open on Dec. 8 and 9, in which Kish qualified 12th in half pipe in a field of 62 international athletes, including an 8th place finish among the top 25 USA Athletes who competed. A tweaked knee in finals resulted in a disappointing 15th place finish.