KILLINGTON, Vt. (Feb. 25, 2010)—Wrapping up its regular competition season, the Killington Mountain School (KMS) Freestyle team put on a show for all, with KMS post-graduate and Nor Am athlete Lizzy Smith (KMS ’09), of Putnam, N.Y., taking home the silver in Saturday’s mogul event, and Kayla Burcin took second in dual moguls on Sunday, followed by teammate Kat DiMascio, of Braintree, Mass., in third.
“Lizzy Smith has been training quite hard all year, working on big airs with clean exists and improving her speed,” said Deb Newson, KMS freestyle program director and mogul coach. “She put it all together on Saturday in the mogul event with an amazing run where she claimed silver—missing the gold by only .01. She had the fastest time of the day for the women, winning the Jordan Chivarelli Award and $150.”
The men just missed the podium, with KMS alum Jeremy Gravell (’09), of Killington, in fourth followed by Darius Baradaran of Goshen, N.Y. in fifth.
The event was a culmination of a season’s worth of hard work and dedication that will propel many of the KMS freestyle team into championship competition over the next few months.
The second half of the Nor Am season continues at Apex, BC and Steamboat, Colo., where six student-athletes will compete in what is considered the stepping stone to World Cup level competition. At Apex, they will compete on the same course that the Canadians trained on prior to the Olympics, and in Steamboat, the course is where the U.S. Freestyle Team held their Olympic Training Camp.
Twenty-three KMS freestylers have been invited to compete at the USSA Eastern Division Championships Feb. 25-28 at Stratton Mountain. Qualifying for Junior Olympics is no easy task, but 20 KMS freestylers have earned at spot at the 2010 Freestyle Junior Olympics at Waterville Valley in New Hampshire March 8-14. Again this season, KMS will field an extremely large team at JO’s.
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, 2010 Vancouver Olympics; 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.