2014-15 Freestyle season Highlights
2014-15 Freestyle season highlights
Seasons never really end, they just make dramatic pauses that prompt you to hold your breath and let it all out only when (and never before) you know for sure that the temperature will allow you to see your efforts.
For many of our daredevil, high-flying student-athletes, their competitive placements reached new heights. Learn more about their season in the Freestyle season highlights blog post here.
As is the case for the Gould Academy Competition Program (GACP) Freestyle, Freeride and Freeskiing and Teams, this season’s amazing story comes to a dramatic pause where we now wait with bated breath for the season to come.
“It was a great season,” Coach John Kimble says. “Our student-athletes traveled near and far to compete in some of the biggest events in freestyle, freeriding, and freesking, and all their efforts definitely paid off.” Read more about what happened when our athletes stepped it up and took on the challenge of the championship events in our 2014-15 Season Highlights blog.
2014/15 Gould Academy Freestyle, Freeride and Freeskiing season highlights include:
GACP Freestyle team members Megan Detels ’15 and Molly Lento ’19 put up a great dual mogul fight at the USSA Bristol Spring Bumps Event, only to find themselves competing against one another for 3rd and 4th place. In the end, Molly walked away with a spot on the podium and Megan placed 4th. Elijah Grammas ‘20 also had a noteworthy 11th place finish at this event.
These three: Molly, Elijah, and Megan also all qualified for the USSA ECS Eastern Mogul Divisional Finals.
Before Bristol, however, the mogul action was in Steamboat. Gould Academy alumnus Troy Murphy ‘10 ended his season with an amazing first place finish at the USNAN U.S. Freestyle National Championship at Steamboat Springs. Megan, who had just placed 8th at the USSA Junior Nationals dual moguls the week prior, finished 33rd in moguls and 44th in dual moguls.
In the world of freestyle skiing, Riley McDonough ‘15, Kyler Walker ’15, and Will Harvey ’16 ended with placements on lists that include the top 100 Slopestyle Athletes in the World and the Top 40 U.S. Freestyle Athletes.
All three male student-athletes competed in the Association of Freeskiing Professionals platinum-rated 2015 Dumont Cup at Sunday River in March; Riley was invited to then compete in the Association of Freeskiing Professionals World Tour in Whistler against some of the biggest names in freestyle skiing were and earned himself an impressive 24th place finish.
The Freestyle Team also competed in several events that required passport stamps. In late March the team went to Le Relais in Quebec for the third stop of the North Face Summit Tour. Riley placed 7th in the pro division and Matt Chaisson ’17 placed 9th in the amateur division. Less than one week prior the team had competed at the Iceland Winter Games where one of their young heavy hitters, Myles Barrett ’20, won the junior division. Will placed 9th and Riley placed 10th in the open division.
Other notable placements for the Freestyle Team include Kyler’s 11th place finish at the Revolution Tour stop at Seven Springs, Riley’s first place finish at the USSA Slopestyle event at Okemo and 12th place finish at the Aspen Open (an AFP gold-level event). Will also qualified for the Aspen Open and finished 32nd.
And in a world where man-made obstacles just do not cut it, the Freeride Team had a great season with two top finished at the Ski The East Freeride Tour. Elle Burbank ’15 placed 18th and Julia Getman ’16 finished in 7th place.
For more information on the GACP Freeride, Freeskiing, or Freestyle Teams, contact John Kimble at firstname.lastname@example.org.