Freeride, Freestyle, and Freeskiing Season Highlights
Bethel, Maine (April 21, 2015) — Ski 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. Much like watching a skier make his or her way down a minefield of bumps, take off of a jump, or huck themselves over a cliff.
This is also the case for the Gould Academy Competition Program (GACP) Freestyle, Freeride, and Freeskiing Teams, who tend to do all three. This season’s stories come to a dramatic pause, where we now wait with bated breath, for the next 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 freeskiing, and all of their efforts definitely paid off.”
2014/15 GACP Freestyle, Freeride, and Freeskiing season highlights include:
On April 7, 2015, 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.
Megan, Molly, and Elijah Grammas ‘20, also qualified for the USSA ECS(A) Eastern Mogul Divisional Finals; Megan finished in 2nd place, Molly in 10th place and Elijah in 11th place.
Before these Bristol events, however, the mogul action was in Steamboat. Gould Academy alumnus Troy Murphy ‘10 ended his season with an amazing 1st 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 spots on lists that include the Top 100 Slopestyle Athletes in the World and the Top 40 U.S. Freestyle Athletes.
All three student-athletes competed in the Association of Freeskiing Professionals’ platinum-rated 2015 Dumont Cup at Sunday River in March; Riley was then invited to compete in the Association of Freeskiing Professionals World Tour event in Whistler against some of the biggest names in freestyle skiing, 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 his 12th place finish at the Aspen Open (an AFP gold-level event). Will also qualified for the Aspen Open and finished in 32nd place.
And in a world where man-made obstacles just do not cut it, the Freeride Team had a great season with two top finishes at the Ski The East Freeride Tour. Elle Burbank ’15 placed 18th and Julia Getman ’16 finished in 7th place.
“Given this momentum, it’ll be exciting to see where next season takes us,” says Coach Kimble.
For more information on the GACP Freeride, Freeskiing, or Freestyle Teams, contact John Kimble at firstname.lastname@example.org.