Killington Mountain School (KMS) Freestylers dominated two days
of competition at the Toyota Freestyle Fest at Bristol Mountain in
New York Jan 19-20. Combined, the student-athletes claimed a total
of six podium spots.
On Saturday, warm temperatures and sunny skies provided for
optimum conditions, where Abe Studler took first in the men's
single moguls competition and Hannah Soar, of Somers, Conn.,
brought home the silver for women. Just outside the top three was
Kat Spilman in fourth, followed by Georgia Wood (7th, Sydney, AUS),
Christina O'Brien (8th), and Olivia Giaccio (19th, Chittenden). For
the men, eighth grader Sam Gnoza, of Mendon, landed in sixth,
followed by Trevor Wahl (10th, Furlong, Penn.), Myles Frendel
(12th, Mahwah, N.J.), John Lauria (16th, Pelham, N.Y.), and Alex
Lewis (19th) to round out the top-20.
"Winter returned to Bristol on day two firming up the course
quite a bit from Saturdays spring like conditions," said KMS Action
Sports Program Director Matt Gnoza. "KMS student-athletes stepped
to the challenge on Sunday for a one run single event in the AM
followed by a dual event in the afternoon. The top finishers skied
close to 10 top to bottom runs between training and competition and
KMS skiers again found the podium."
In women's single moguls, Soar again took second followed by
Wood (5th), Spillman (8th), Giaccio (15th) and O'Brien (16th). In
the men's competition, Studler landed in the top podium spot, while
Gnoza just missed the medals in fourth, with Wahl (8th), Lanka
(17th), and Lauria (20th) rounding out the top 20.
In duals, both Spilman and Studler found the hardware in second
and third respectively. Wood finished third for the women and Gnoza
eighth for the men.
To learn more about alpine, snowboard, freestyle, and freeride
training and opportunities, visit www.killingtonmountainschool.org
or call 802-422-KMS1.