KILLINGTON, Vt. (Jan. 24, 2011)-Killington Mountain School Freestyler Dan Rosenblum, of Stamford, Conn., followed up his U.S. Revolution Tour gold medal with yet another gold at this weekend’s Gatorade Free Flow Tour at Okemo Mountain. With his first-place finish, the 16-year-old freerider and member of the KMS Freestyle Team earns a spot and all-expenses-paid trip to the Free Flow Tour finals in Snowbasin, Utah this spring.
“This is really exciting for Dan, and he has been working really hard to step up his pipe game this season,” said KMS Head Freeride Coach DJ Montigny. “The work is paying off. It was great to see him stomp his first run with a trick he had just learned a few days ago, and he did it as if he had been competing it all season. His hard work and consistent runs are creating some real momentum, and we’re looking forward to seeing what the rest of the season brings.”
Rosenblum boosted his airs with a right 9, to left 5, to right 5, to flat spin 5, to right 7, to switch 3. The highlight of his run was his flat spin 5 that he just learned.
The Gatorade Free Flow Tour is considered the feeder tour for the Winter Dew Tour, which boasts world-class, X Games and Olympic medal-winners and athletes. The winner of the finals of the Gatorade Tour earns a spot in the preliminaries of the first Dew Tour stop next season, in hopes of qualifying for the right to compete in the Dew Tour. Rosenblum’s all-expenses-paid trip to the Free Flow Tour finals includes airfare, lodging and transportation.
“My goals this year are to learn as many new tricks as possible, win many halfpipe competitions and make Junior Olympics and Nationals again,” said Rosenblum. Rosenblum took first in his age category at Junior Olympics last season and was seventh overall in halfpipe.
Rosenblum began skiing at age three at Windham Mountain in New York. He plays varsity soccer and baseball in addition to his skiing.
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.