After a disappointing Day 1 of moguls Sunday at the 2010 US Freestyle Selections in Steamboat, Colo. that was tarnished with a DNF, Killington Mountain School’s Bryan Zemba, a 2010 graduate who is part of the KMS freestyle team in his post-graduate year, refocused on his skiing talents to put himself on top of the podium for moguls yesterday, Day 2 of this U.S. Ski Team qualifying event.
Zemba bested the newest additions to the US Ski Team, Jay Panther and Ryan Dyer, but despite his stellar performance, he will not make the C Team this year because of Sunday’s results. He is currently a member of the US Development Group.
The top 2 finishers in each gender qualify for the C Team from the combined results’ place points of the two US Freestyle Selections mogul events.
”What a difference a day can make,” said Head Mogul Coach Matt Gnoza. “We all knew Bryan had the skills to win. On day one Bryan lost his focus in the middle section, leading him to a DNF. Coming off the fall semester at UVM, Bryan needed an extra day to get his feet back under him. During the off day Bryan met with his coaches and diagnosed some issues in his skiing that needed to be addressed. Going into day two, Bryan’s focus became skiing in the front of his boots and trusting his technique, allowing Bryan to reach the top of the podium.”The US Freestyle Selections event consisted of the top regional skiers in the United States all vying for a spot on the US Freestyle C Team.
Zemba lead a total of 15 Killington athletes—nine men and six women all stemming from either KMS or theKillington Winter Sports Club/KMS Competitions Program. Five KMS athletes landed in the finals with Sterling Crescimanno ’10 taking 14th as Lizzy Smith 8th, Aspen Witt 13th and Kelsey Albert 15th represented KMS in women’s finals. On Monday, Sterling Crescimanno took 13th to represent KMS in the men’s finals, while Kelsey Albert in 10th, Aspen Witt in 15th, and Kayla Burcin in 16th made women’s finals. Nick Keating narrowly missed finals both days, qualifying 17th and 18th in the men’s competition. Megan Moores (18th) and Lizzy Smith (19th) also had top-20 finishes for the women.
Originally from Hudson-on-the-Croton, New York, Zemba began training with KMS coaches in the seventh grade. At age two, Zemba was traveling to Hunter Mountain in New York to learn to ski. He joined the Killington Freestyle Team when he was eight and then entered KMS at 13.
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 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.