Former Freestyle Junior National Mogul Champion and Killington
Mountain School (KMS) alumnus Nick Keating '10 worked his way into
the finals and placed ninth in his World Cup debut Thursday, Jan.
17 at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, N.Y. Keating,
of Waterbury Center, is a member of the U.S. Development Group.
Kelsey Albert (KMS '07) just missed the finals, finishing 13th. In
all, five KMS alumni including Bryan Zemba '10, Darius Baradaran
'12 and Colin Lang '13 challenged the best mogul skiers in the
world at the Lake Placid World Cup.
Keating skied to a sixth-place position in qualifying with a
23.87 and finished ninth overall with a 24.05, missing sixth place
and the cut for super-finals by less than four-tenths of a point.
Albert missed women's finals by an even narrower margin, finishing
the day in 13th place with a 19.98, 0.13 points out of 12th and
0.15 out of 11th position. Lang put together a strong top-to-bottom
run and just missed the top 30, while U.S. Ski Team member Zemba
had some trouble in the middle section. Baradaran wowed the crowd
with incredible turns and air during training but went a little too
big in qualifying and failed to finish.
As an added bonus, three KMS skiers got to train and forerun the
course, getting a close look at the level of competition they hope
to reach in the next few years.
Killington Mountain School is a fully approved Vermont
independent school whose mission is to inspire students to pursue
excellence in academics and athletics in a culture that promotes
integrity, leadership, responsibility, and respect. KMS freestyle
Michael Morse '99, 2010 Olympian and 2008 National Champion in
moguls and dual moguls; Evan Dybvig '97 - Nagano and Salt Lake
Olympics, Two-time National Champion; Luke Westerlund '98 - 2004 US
National Mogul Champion; Evan Rapps '96 - (Rapps skied for the U.S.
Freestyle Team, but is known for his musical interests and a
successful career in the skiing community as one of the innovators
in the freeride movement.) and Olympian and 4 Time World Pro Tour
Champion Chuck Martin.
To learn more about alpine, snowboard, freestyle, and freeride
training and opportunities, visit www.killingtonmountainschool.org
or call 802-422-KMS1.