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KMS Freeskiing Team finds the podium at USASA Nationals

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 802-422-KMS1.