Student of the Week
Congratulations to Mac Forehand (Freeski `20) for being recognized as the SMS Student of the Week!
“One thing that I really love about this school is that it’s a school of dreamers and goal-setters, and there is nothing like having a middle school kid come into admissions and say ‘I’m going to be on the U.S. Ski Team,’ or ‘I’m going to the Olympics,” said SMS Assistant Head of School Holly Wendell. “Every now and then, there is someone that says they’ll end up on the world stage, and they actually do it. That is a really incredible thing to watch, to see all of that hard work pay off, and that’s what this week’s Student of the Week has done.”
Mac traveled to California’s Mammoth Mountain last week for the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix, and there he earned his first victory on the World Cup Stage. As reported by FIS, Mac “earned a score of 90.95 for a first run that included an uber technical top rail section, a stylish double cork 720 on the quarter kicker, and all capped off by a right side double 1260 safety into a switch double 1440 safety over the final two kickers.”
With his win Mac also claimed the Grand Prix National Title, and moved into the #1 position in the Global FIS Points for Slopestyle. Not only is he the top Slopestyle athlete in the country, but Mac is currently the best in the world standings. He’ll defend that title, and ski for the World Cup Slopestyle globe, at the final World Cup competition of the season in Silvaplana, Switzerland between March 30 and 31.
“One of the things we recognize about Mac is that he’s done this with grace, and he’s been humble despite setbacks,” Wendell continued. “Earlier this season he made it one of his big goals to qualify for the X Games and he did it—and then he got injured right before. His attitude was still positive, he finished the quarter on time even though he had that disappointment and that level of preparation to get there, and that is a true competitor. ”
Mac landed on the World Cup podium this November with a 2nd place finish in Stubai, Austria, and followed it up with a 5th place finish in Font Romeau, France in January. Last year, Mac won the Junior World Championship title in Big Air.
“When I got second in Stubai to start the season it was a big wake-up call,” said Mac in an FIS interview following awards, “It was like, ‘Man, this is crazy, maybe I can battle for the crystal globe this year.’ I got fifth in France and Font Romeu which was another good experience, and then I was just off the podium at the (Utah 2019) world champs in fourth just after coming off a hairline shoulder fracture. Then to come out here and get first place today is insane. Now it’s off to Silvaplana (SUI) for the last World Cup of the season and we’ll see who gets the globe.”