Tec Calcagni and Charlie Gnoza win slopestyle and take
second in halfpipe in their respective age categories
KILLINGTON- Wrapping up a successful Killington Mountain School
trip to the USASA National Championships at Copper Mountain, CO.,
the KMS Freeskiing Team threw it down to bring home multiple
podiums and top-10 results in various age categories.
Competing again the best 13-15-year-olds in the nation,
Rutland's Tec Calcagni, a freshman at KMS, was crowned slopestyle
champion in his age category and took silver in halfpipe
competition. He finished 17th in the rail jam.
Charlie Gnoza, of Mendon, became the slopestyle champion in the
9-and-under category and took silver in the halfpipe. Gnoza trains
with the Killington Mountain School Competitions Program and is a
fourth-grader at Barstow Memorial School.
In other results, KMS senior Ari Schneider took 10th in halfpipe
in the Open category. Eighth-grader Sam Gnoza (13-15) finished 33rd
in halfpipe. And brothers Josh Tarricone (13-15) and Max Tarricone
(10-12) finished 14th and 9th in halfpipe and 36th and 49th in
slopestyle in their respective age categories.
As a grassroots organization, the USASA is proud to be able to
represent the recreational and competitive interests of amateur
snowboarding and freeskiing in the United States. USASA
accomplishes this by supporting 32 series across the country that
put on nearly 500 events throughout the season. Its goal is to
promote safe, fair, and fun events while fostering a competitive
spirit in the snowboard and freeski athletes. In addition, USASA
emphasizes education for coaches and competitors, and promotes an
overall healthy snowboard and ski lifestyle.
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. To learn more
about alpine, snowboard, freestyle, and freeskiing training and
opportunities, visit www.killingtonmountainschool.org or call