With the championship season winding down, the Killington
Mountain School snowboard team has been competing against the best
in the nation at the USASA Nationals at Copper Mountain, CO. Alpine
races wrapped up their season at the Sugar Slalom while freestylers
competed at the Killington Spring Klassic at Killington.
The KMS Snowboard Team secured two top-five finishes, two top-10s,
and six top-20s at the USASA Nationals. After a spectacular crash
in boardercross time trials that forced her out of competition on
Sunday, KMS BOOST athlete P.J. Goodwin pushed through the pain to
take 18th in slalom on Monday and fourth in giant slalom on Tuesday
in the competitive Junior Women age group.
Goodwin earned her top-five finish by finishing in the top eight
in giant slalom and moving on to the knockout finals, where two
riders race each other in two parallel runs for the chance to move
on. Goodwin won her first bracket and then narrowly lost her
semi-final bracket by only 0.07 seconds. Goodwin ended up just
missing the podium in fourth place.
Maggie Leon continued her amazing breakout season with an
eighth-place finish in the USASA National Championship Rail Jam
event for women 14 and up. The setup featured a down rail, a gap-on
round bar, a bus stop and a corrugated cannon. Leon used all of the
features and put down a solid jam, landing her in the top 10 in the
country. On the slopestyle course, most of the riders including
Leon struggled with speed for the rail section. Leon landed in
fifth place for Youth Women (14-15) with a score of 78.7, the top
score of the day was just eight points away at 86.0.
Concluding his first season racing USSA/FIS snowboardcross
events like Revolution Tour and Hole Shot Tour, KMS PG athlete Matt
St. Denis raced to a 14th-place finish in the ultra-competitive
Open Class boardercross at the USASA Nationals. Competing against
riders that train and race for a living, including US Snowboard
Team members, St. Denis won his first heat after time trials to
advance to the round of 16. In a great race where all four riders
crossed the finish line within one second of each other, St. Denis
narrowly missed semis.
KMS Sophomore Kurt Weidman qualified handily for heats in
Boardercross. After a rough pull out of the start, Weidman made a
brilliant pass on the inside of turn two and cruised into the round
of 16. Weidman ended up in 16th in Boardercross.
Junior Kyle Burcin took fifth and sixth respectively in the FIS
Super-G races held at Sugarloaf, Maine, last week. He finished
second overall for U18. In Vermont, the traditional Sugar Slalom
brought the VARA race season to a close; KMS and KMS/KSC racers
took top-five results at all age levels from U14 to U21. On
Saturday, Bobby Ryan and Tory Dobyns took top-five U14 results
while Michelle Martin and Kara Van Herwarde skied into the top 15
in the seeded (U21/18/16) field. Eli Cooper skied his way into the
seeded men's top 15 on Sunday, while the U21/18/16 women took
several top-20 overall spots and top-5 age-group results-Jessie
McNeill took fifth overall, third in the U18 class; Kara Van
Herwarde was the second U21 woman, while Taylor Dobyns and Cassidy
Bebo took fourth and fifth for U16 women.
Not to be outdone, Izzy Nolan and Julia Denny put down top-five
runs (fourth- and fifth-fastest) on the way to top-10 results in
the U14 girls' standings, while Tory Dobyns put down a top-10
second run and Bobby Ryan wrapped up the day with a win in the U14
In conjunction with Killington's Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge this
past weekend, the Killington Spring Klassic wrapped up the "A"
Eastern Championship Series season, with moguls competition on
Friday and dual moguls on Sunday. For the women, Georgia Wood took
fourth followed by Olivia Giaccio in fifth in moguls competition.
For the men, Abe Studler took to the podium in second followed by
Trevor Wahl in third, with John Lauria in eighth and Kyle Bell in
Up and coming KMS mogul skiers had an opportunity to shine in
Sunday's dual mogul event. Madison Hogg was able to step up to
the challenge for a long day of dual moguls and earned her self an
eighth place finish. Hogg performed impressive 360's off of
the top air on a challenging Outer Limits course.
Killington Mountain School is a fully approved Vermont
independent school. To learn more about alpine, snowboard,
freestyle, and freeride training and opportunities, visit
www.killingtonmountainschool.org or call 802-422-KMS1.