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
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.