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KMS's Freestyle Team dominates at the Toyota Freestyle Fest at Bristol Mountain, NY

Killington Mountain School (KMS) Freestylers dominated two days of competition at the Toyota Freestyle Fest at Bristol Mountain in New York Jan 19-20. Combined, the student-athletes claimed a total of six podium spots.

On Saturday, warm temperatures and sunny skies provided for optimum conditions, where Abe Studler took first in the men's single moguls competition and Hannah Soar, of Somers, Conn., brought home the silver for women. Just outside the top three was Kat Spilman in fourth, followed by Georgia Wood (7th, Sydney, AUS), Christina O'Brien (8th), and Olivia Giaccio (19th, Chittenden). For the men, eighth grader Sam Gnoza, of Mendon, landed in sixth, followed by Trevor Wahl (10th, Furlong, Penn.), Myles Frendel (12th, Mahwah, N.J.), John Lauria (16th, Pelham, N.Y.), and Alex Lewis (19th) to round out the top-20.

"Winter returned to Bristol on day two firming up the course quite a bit from Saturdays spring like conditions," said KMS Action Sports Program Director Matt Gnoza. "KMS student-athletes stepped to the challenge on Sunday for a one run single event in the AM followed by a dual event in the afternoon. The top finishers skied close to 10 top to bottom runs between training and competition and KMS skiers again found the podium."

In women's single moguls, Soar again took second followed by Wood (5th), Spillman (8th), Giaccio (15th) and O'Brien (16th). In the men's competition, Studler landed in the top podium spot, while Gnoza just missed the medals in fourth, with Wahl (8th), Lanka (17th), and Lauria (20th) rounding out the top 20.

In duals, both Spilman and Studler found the hardware in second and third respectively. Wood finished third for the women and Gnoza eighth for the men.

To learn more about alpine, snowboard, freestyle, and freeride training and opportunities, visit www.killingtonmountainschool.org or call 802-422-KMS1.