Riley McDonough ’15 Named to U.S. Junior World Freestyle Ski Team
BETHEL, Maine – Gould Academy sophomore and freestyle skier Riley McDonough (16) of York, ME will compete among the best in the world at the 2013 FIS Freestyle Junior World Championships in Valmalenco, Italy March 26 – 31.
McDonough is one of four U.S. skiers selected by the U.S Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) to compete in slopestyle at the event. The team boasts 35 of the best junior athletes competing in moguls, aerials, halfpipe and slopestyle.
“I am honored and super stoked to travel and compete with the US Junior Freestyle Team in Valmalenco, Italy,” said McDonough. “My coaches have really helped me progress throughout the year and have motivated me to do my best every step of the way.”
McDonough put himself in good position for his selection to the US Junior Team this year, finishing in the eighth spot on the USSA Revolution Tour. Earlier in March at the 2013 USSA Marriott Freestyle Junior Nationals in Park City, Utah, he placed 12th overall, fourth in his age bracket of 15 and 16 year olds.
“This trip is the perfect next step for Riley,” said Gould Slopestyle Coach Rory Flynn. “He’s naturally competitive and always rises to the occasion. I’m confident that he will ski well.”
McDonough’s ski career began in the fifth grade when and he and his family would hit the slopes with the help of the WinterKids Passport Program. While skiing at Sunday River Ski Resort, he discovered the Gould Academy Competition Program (GACP) and began training with Gould coaches on the weekends.
By the eighth grade, he was ready to dedicate more time and energy to freestyle and spent November through March in Gould Academy’s Winter Term Program, where he trained six days a week before enrolling at Gould as a full-time student and GACP athlete.
“Riley is a very high energy and talented athlete with a true passion for the sport,” said Gould Academy Head Freestyle Coach John Kimble. “It has been very exciting and rewarding to watch him develop into the skier he has become.”
Gould Academy Competition Program student-athletes benefit from a traditional New England boarding school education, while focusing on their passion for winter sports. Student-athletes work with a full-time, world-class coaching staff and train year round on campus and at Sunday River Ski Resort only six miles away.