Killington Mountain School senior Allison Benedict, of
Scarsdale, N.Y., took second place on Sunday, March 10, in the USSA
Junior National Dual Moguls Championships in Park City, Utah. She
finished sixth overall and third in her age category in Thursday's
"I love the sport and I love to win," said Benedict. "I love the
adrenaline rush you receive when you compete and the satisfaction
you get from completing a goal." Benedict entered the season with
three goals including qualifying for the Junior World
Championships. She began skiing at age 2 and freestyle skiing at
The Junior Nationals consist of moguls, dual moguls, aerials,
big air, halfpipe, aerials and slopestyle. The Junior Nationals
bring together the top junior competitors from each of USSA's
regional divisions. Results determine who are the best overall
junior competitors in each discipline and the best competitor in
each age class.
In age-category results for moguls, Chittenden's Olivia Giaccio,
a KMS seventh grader, won the F4 class and took 38th overall.
Hannah Soar finished third in the F3 class and 26th overall.
Pittsfield's Christina O'Brien finished 35th overall.
In men's competition, eighth-grader Sam Gnoza, of Mendon, took
second overall in the combined category, third in the M3 class in
moguls, and finished 33rd overall in Thursday's moguls competition.
Abe Studler finished 29th overall in the moguls competition,
followed by Gnoza, Myles Frendel, of Mahwah, N.J., in 44th, and
Trevor Wahl, of Furlong, Penn., in 53rd. Studler qualified for the
round of 16 in dual moguls competition as did Georgia Wood, of New
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
alumni include: Bryan Zemba '10, 2013 U.S. Ski Team Member and
Junior World Freestyle Champion; 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, who 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
four-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.