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- Waitsfield’s Nick Keating To Join Vermonter Hannah Kearney and Other U.S. Freestyle Team Members at World Cup Test Event in Sochi, Russia this Month
Former Freestyle Junior National Mogul Champion, 2-Time Junior
World Team Member and Killington Mountain School (KMS) alumnus Nick
Keating '10 has been named to the U.S. Freestyle Team roster for
athletes to compete at the World Cup event in Sochi, Russia, this
month. The event is an Olympic test event in preparation for the
2014 Games. Keating, from Waitsfield, earned the spot because of
his solid, ninth place finish in his World Cup debut at Whiteface
Mountain in Lake Placid, N.Y. last month. Keating will join the
likes of A Team members Hannah Kearney, plus Patrick Deneen and
Jeremy Cota. He is a member of the U.S. Development Group and
currently trains out of Telluride. Colo.
"The U.S. Team coaches have been watching Nick train and he's been
doing well," said Jerome Keating, Nick's father. "We're excited for
him. He's worked really hard for this and to get where he is. He
wants to have great runs."
During the 2012-2013 season, more than 20 international test events
in all 15 Olympic disciplines and five Paralympic sports in the
Sochi 2014 Sports Program will take place in Sochi. Some of the
world's best athletes will take part in these test events which are
on a scale comparable to the staging of two Olympic Games.
"I'm really excited to have another World Cup opportunity in
Sochi to compete at my best again," said Keating.
Keating will compete in the World Cup mogul competition at the
Snowboard and Freestyle FIS World Cup tour stop in Sochi from Feb.
7-20. The events will take place in accordance with the World Cup
rules and guidelines of the International Ski Federation and the
In order to make the U.S. Ski Team's A Team during the season,
Keating must win or have two top-three finishes in World Cup
"Nick has been working extremely hard both on and off snow to reach
his goals, it is great to see things are moving in a positive
direction," said KMS Action Sports Athletic Director Matt Gnoza,
who was one of Nick's coaches during his tenure at KMS. "Nick has
always remained focused on reaching his goal of being the best
mogul skier in the world. There is no doubt that Nick will do
everything he can to make sure he will be representing the United
States in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games."
At Lake Placid, Keating skied to a sixth-place position in
qualifying with a 23.87 and finished ninth overall with a 24.05,
missing sixth place and the cut for super-finals by less than
four-tenths of a point.
Photos are available: Nick Keating
Killington Mountain School is a fully approved Vermont independent
school whose mission is to inspire students to pursue excellence in
academics and athletics in a culture that promotes integrity,
leadership, responsibility, and respect. KMS freestyle alumni
include: Bryan Zemba '10, 2013 U.S. Ski Team Member and Junior
World Freestyle Champion; Michael Morse '99, 2010 Olympian and 2008
National Champion in moguls and dual moguls; Evan Dybvig '97 -
Nagano and Salt Lake Olympics, Two-time National Champion; Luke
Westerlund '98 - 2004 US National Mogul Champion; Evan Rapps '96 -
(Rapps skied for the U.S. Freestyle Team, but is known for his
musical interests and a successful career in the skiing community
as one of the innovators in the freeride movement.) and Olympian
and 4 Time World Pro Tour Champion Chuck Martin.
To learn more about alpine, snowboard, freestyle, and freeride
training and opportunities, visit www.killingtonmountainschool.org
or call 802.422.KMS1.