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Forehand finishes 4th in Slopestyle at FIS Freeski World Championships

February 07, 2019
 
 
PARK CITY—Stratton Mountain School Freeski athlete Mac Forehand `20 claimed an impressive 4th in the Men’s Slopestyle Final at the FIS Snowboard, Freeski, and Freestyle World Championships in Park City, Utah yesterday, earning his spot as the second American overall. 
 
 
Mac was one of only three U.S. Men to advance to the finals, alongside Nick Goepper and McRae Williams. While Goepper led the American results with a Bronze-medal run, Mac followed closely behind despite a recent injury to his shoulder, treacherous weather the day of the competition, and broken skis heading into finals. According to U.S. Ski and Snowboard: “Forehand broke his skis in practice and had to pivot to find a solution right before the competition. It came down to the wire as organizers were forced to adjust his start position to accommodate the situation. In true World Championship spirit, a French coach offered up his skis for Forehand’s first run, which happen to be identical.”

I broke my skis in practice,” Mac said. “I ended up not having any skis for finals, but the French coach offered his skis for my first run. For my second run, my mom actually ran to where we were staying and picked up my other pair and brought them up to the top of the course for me. Shout out to all moms out there, especially my mom for making it happen.”

The Slopestyle Awards Ceremony. Photo: Anne Marie Forehand.

Mac’s first World Championship competition, a stunning achievement for any high-school student, follows a banner year for the young skier. After winning the Junior World Championship title in Big Air last August (and being named to the U.S. Freeski Team’s Rookie Slopestyle crew) Mac went on to claim silver at the FIS Slopestyle World Cup in Stubai this November, won second once again alongside his Faction Ski team at the Dew Tour Team Challenge event in Breckenridge, and, most recently, earned a 5th place finish at the FIS Slopestyle World Cup in Font-Romeau in early January alongside teammate Caroline Claire `18, a member of the U.S. Freeski Team’s Pro-Slopestyle contingent and the first-ever SMS Student to compete at the Olympic level. Caroline competed in Big Air at the FIS World Championships this year, finishing 16th overall. 

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 serves students in grades 7 – 12.

 
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