Forehand and Claire Nominated to Pro U.S. Freeski Team
STRATTON—Stratton Mountain School Freeski athletes Caroline Claire `18 and Mac Forehand `20 have been nominated to the 2019-2020 U.S. Freeski Team’s Pro Slopestyle contingent, following an incredible season that saw both athletes grace the World Cup podium.
This year Claire podiumed in Big Air at the Cardrona, New Zealand World Cup and claimed 5th at Font Romeau, having ended last season with a World Cup win in Seiser Alm, Italy. In 2018, she became the first actively enrolled Stratton Mountain School student to compete at the Olympic level. This is the second year that Claire will be a member of the Pro U.S. Slopestyle Team, initially having been named to the Rookie team in 2017.
“Caroline had some really great results this past season and we’re stoked that she’ll be on the Pro Slopestyle team for another year, said SMS Freeskiing Director Jesse Mallis. “She’s got her eyes set towards making another appearance at the next Olympics in Beijing.”
Forehand ended this season with a Crystal Globe in hand, and also earned the Grand Prix title in Slopestyle. The skier landed on the World Cup podium last 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, Forehand won the Junior World Championship title in Big Air.
This will be Forehand’s first year on the Pro Slopestyle Team, having been nominated to the Rookie contingent in May of 2018.
“We’re so happy that Mac has officially been named to the Pro Slopestyle team! He’s had such a successful season, and moving up is so well deserved,” Mallis said. “He’s at the top of his game and it’s so great to see him continue on this path of success. When he’s here training with his SMS teammates, he’s the same kid that we’ve always known despite earning the title of #1 Slopestyle skier in the world. He’s stayed true to himself—respectful, hard-working, and humble.”
Congratulations, Mac and Caroline!
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.