KILLINGTON, Vt. (March 17, 2010)-Kyle Burcin, an eighth-grade student from Basking Ridge, N.J., who attends Killington Mountain School (KMS), won the overall title in the J3 Eastern Junior Olympics at Sunday River this past weekend with silvers in both slalom and giant slalom. The top junior ski racers from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s Eastern Region competed in Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super-G in hopes of winning Junior Olympic gold.
His performance earned him an invitation to the Whistler Cup, one of the premier races for J3-class skiers. The Whistler Cup is an annual event hosted at Whistler Mountain in British Columbia; only four racers from the USSA Eastern region qualify each year, and Burcin has earned one of those spots for the 2010 Whistler Cup.
Kate French, also a J3 racer from KMS, landed in the top 10 for the women with a ninth place finish in Super-G.
The TD Bank Junior 3 Olympics are the highest level championships for junior ski racers -13- and 14-year-olds-with athletes qualifying at the divisional and regional level to earn spots to compete.
Earlier this month, Burcin won the giant slalom at the MVP Health Care VARA J3 State Championships at Killington, besting the top 13- and 14-year-old alpine racers in the state. He finished second overall in the State Championship.
“Kyle skied very consistently and was in the hunt for the win every run,” said KMS Head J3 and Alpine Program Director Tom Sell. “His performance here is a tribute to his dedication and the excellence he demands of himself every day. He showed here that he is among the best young skiers in the East.” Burcin finished just .04 seconds behind Canadian Aaron Taylor in GS and .09 seconds behind Hunter Lord in slalom.
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. Participants in the KMS alpine racing program train and race in all four disciplines: downhill, slalom, giant slalom, and super G. Training takes place on a wide variety of terrains, across all seven mountains of Killington, depending on the needs of the groups.