Mac Forehand '20 Wins Junior World Championships
Stratton Mountain School Freeskier, Mac Forehand ‘20 (Winhall, VT), won the Junior World Championship title for Big Air in Cardrona, New Zealand this weekend. Forehand, a junior at SMS, was named to the U.S. Freeskiing Rookie Slopestyle Team this past May. Huge amplitude and progressive tricks, including a switch left triple 1620 and left double 1440 tail grab, propelled Forehand to the title, with a total of 185.00 points.
“I’m feeling amazing, I’m so happy to win,” said Forehand. “On the second run I did a trick (switch triple cork 1620) I’ve only landed once before, so I was so happy to land that.”
In 2018, Mac was the FIS Noram Cup Overall Champion, USASA Men’s Open Class Slopestyle Champion, and the Junior National Champion in both Slopestyle and Big Air.
“Mac’s win at Junior World Championships was nothing short of incredible. Mac’s two best jumps – a forward left double cork 1440° blunt and a switch left triple cork 1620° with a safety grab – were perfectly executed and showed Mac’s hard work. I am so proud of Mac and couldn’t be happier for him. Words are hard to come by when describing the feeling when an athlete I’ve been working with for years is crowned the best in the world. I’m just so proud and excited to see what’s next,” stated Mac’s coach, SMS Freeskiing Program Director, Jesse Mallis.
Stratton Mountain School is an independent boarding and day school that focuses on college preparatory academics and competitive winter sports. Located at the base of Stratton Mountain, SMS is accredited by NEASC, is a member of NAIS, and is an official U.S. Ski & Snowboard Development Site.