Academy riders, freeskiers show locals how it’s done
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DOVER- A group of Mount Snow Academy snowboarders and freeskiers traveled to Mount Wachusett in Massachusetts for a USASA slopestyle event on Sunday, and the locals probably weren’t very glad to see them. Riders Ryan Gormley (Wyckoff, NJ), Bradley Harper (W. Simsbury, CT), and Alex Atno (Lavallette, NJ) each took home gold in their respective age classes. Freeskier River Kerns (Saratoga Springs, NY) also took a first, while teammate Thomas Neal (Wallingford, CT) came in fourth.

Kerns’ win on Sunday topped off his weekend, as he had traveled to Stratton on Saturday for a skiercross event, where he also collected a first-place finish. Skiercross events pit groups of four skiers against each other in simultaneous runs down a course replete with jumps, rollers, and berms. The top two skiers in each heat go on to compete with those from other heats until a winner emerges.

Senior and freeskier Connor Clayton (W. Simsbury, CT) spent the weekend in Waterville, NH, which hosted the New Hampshire Open, a USSA slopestyle event. Clayton finished sixth on Saturday, and placed third on Sunday, skiing against 5 other competitors.

The NH Open is one of the AFP (Association of Freeski Professionals) events at which athletes can accumulate the points needed to qualify for the Junior Olympics in Park City, UT, this spring. Clayton will be joined by freeski teammate Kirk Scully (W. Simsbury, CT) and snowboarder David McCarthy (Pawling, NY) next week as they head to Seven Springs, PA, for the first stop on this year’s Rev Tour, and another opportunity to collect points for future placements.

Also at MSA this week, the anticipation and excitement continued. Mount Snow Academy, a relatively small ski academy, is sending three competitors to the Olympics for the first time.  For the first time, freeskiers will participate in the Olympics and MSA alum Devin Logan (West Dover) clinched her spot on the US Olympic team on Friday, January 17, when she won the Visa US Freeskiing Grand Prix at Park City.  Snowboarder Kelly Clark (West Dover) has already been officially named to the Olympic team in halfpipe.  Clark will be making her fourth trip to the Olympics.  Last of the three to be announced was MSA alum Eliza Outtrim (Hamden, CT), who will represent the United States at the games in moguls.  The Sochi games will begin on Thursday, February 6 and run through the Sunday, February 23.
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