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KMS takes multiple podiums in multiple disciplines; local skiers shine

As the competition season begins to heat up, Killington Mountain School (KMS) student-athletes traveled to various events Jan. 12-13 weekend, scooping up podiums along the way.

The KMS Freestyle Team battled dense fog at Sugarloaf in Maine during the USSA Eastern Region Kagan Cup. After weather delays, however, the team had a strong showing with Georgia Wood, of Sydney, AUS, grabbing two more podium finishes this season in moguls (second) and duals (third). Hannah Soar, of Somers, Conn., returned to competition this past weekend with two podium finishes at well: a third in moguls and second in duals. Olivia Giaccio, of Chittenden, finished seventh.

"Saturday's mogul event was delayed due to dense fog limiting the judges' view of the course and making the visibility difficult for the student-athletes," said KMS Freestyle Head Coach Sam Tarrant. "Events with weather delays challenge the athletes to stay focused and be ready to ski as soon as the weather lifts. The KMS athletes were able to do just that."

In men's competition, only three points separated the top 10 skiers. Trevor Wahl, of Furlong, Penn., finished fourth, less than one point from the leader, and fourth in duals. Sam Gnoza, of Mendon, took another top-10 finish this season with seventh in the mogul event.

KMS alpine racers had to contend with weather as well, as foggy conditions never lifted in some areas and ruts were prevalent in the course. At the Rebecca Ann McGill Memorial Giant Slalom at Stratton, Kyle Mason, of Fairfield, Conn., took third, while Spencer Stodgell, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., landed in fourth. KMS alumnae Kelly Rowland '12, who now races for Clarkson University, placed sixth in the women's race, while Heather Desino, of Greenwich, Conn., took 13th.

On Saturday, Ryan Znamierowski, of Richmond, Vt., finished fourth in the Technica Cup Giant Slalom at Proctor Ski Area in New Hampshire, based in large part on his third-fastest second run. He was also the top U16 racer, behind three racers over the age of 18.

Several of the U12/U10 racers from Killington Ski Club/Killington Mountain School faired well in difficult conditions at the Mid-Vermont Council race at Killington on Sunday. The field ended up only taking one run due to course conditions but in the end, Bridgewater's Izzy Jenne and Mikayla Stolar, of Hampden, Mass., led the KSC/KMS racers with a one-two finish atop the U12 girls' field. In all, KSC/KMS racers captured seven podiums; Patrick Coughlin and Meghan Bianchi won their age groups, while Ashely Anderson and Austin Clarke took second for U10 girls and boys; Sawyer Reed finished the string of podiums with third for U8 boys.
Meanwhile, the snowboard and freeskiing teams scored 12 age-group podium finishes in a pair of USASA slopestyles at Mt. Snow. Charlie Gnoza, of Mendon, and Maggie Leon, of West Simsbury, Conn., topped their age groups each day, while Dylan DaMore, of Woburn, Mass., had a pair of second-place finishes and Chloe Pultar, of Pennington, N.J., took the win on Saturday and third on Sunday. Ari Schneider and Tec Calcagni, both of Rutland, both won their age groups on Saturday before departing for the Rev Tour in California. Max Tarricone, of Andover, Mass., took one podium finish on the weekend, as did Chris Oko, of Milford, Conn., and Joey Leon, of West Simsbury, Conn.

To learn more about alpine, snowboard, freestyle, freeskiing, and cycling training and opportunities, visit www.killingtonmountainschool.org or call 802-422-KMS1.