Toyota Freestyle Fest rocks New York, results here

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 19, 2010 11:13 am

Killington Mountain School’s Freestyle Team Dominates at the Toyota Freestyle Fest This Past Weekend at Bristol Mountain in New York

KILLINGTON, Vt. (Jan. 19, 2010)—Killington Mountain School (KMS) Freestylers Tyler Wadhams, of Hartford, Conn., and Darius Baradaran, of Goshen, N.Y., dominated three days of competition at the Toyota Freestyle Fest at Bristol Mountain in New York this weekend. Combined, the student-athletes claimed a total of four podium spots, including Baradaran’s first podium ever in moguls on Saturday with a third place finish, followed by his first career win in dual moguls on Monday.

Sarah Goldman and Kat Dimascio took sixth and eight respectively in moguls on Saturday, and Goldman landed in fourth in moguls on Sunday. Emerson Smith, the youngest full-time KMS athlete at age 12, placed 10th on Sunday in single moguls. The event was a USSA sanctioned Mogul and Dual Mogul competition. KMS student-athletes were competing to earn spots to compete at the season-ending regional, divisional and national level championship events.

“Tyler placed second on Saturday, fourth on Sunday and second on Monday and really started to push his skiing to another level,” said D.J. Montigny, KMS head freeride coach and KMS mogul coach. “One of Tyler’s highlights was the improvement of his back layout. He has shown very consistent skiing so far this season, finishing with multiple podiums and top five finishes. He’s been carrying great momentum through the season thus far.”

Baradaran, who took numerous top 10 finishes last season, has stepped up his game due in part to a lot of hard work and dedication to training early on in the season. The 15-year-old began skiing at age seven at Sterling Forest, N.Y. (now Tuxedo Ridge).

“Darius wowed the crowd all weekend with his enormous airs and fast skiing,” said Montigny. “His hard work is really starting to pay off. He skied very consistent top to bottom runs all day. It’s been impressive to watch Darius bring his skiing to a new level these past few weeks.”

Wadhams began skiing at age two at Killington and qualified for U.S. Nationals last season.

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: Michael Morse ‘99, 2008 National Champion in moguls and dual moguls and a U.S. Olympic hopeful this season; 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.