Freeski Coach Keith Shipman Invited to Project Gold Alongside Four SMS Athletes
PARK CITY—Stratton Mountain School Freeski Coach Keith Shipman has been invited to coach at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Project Gold Camp taking place in Park City, Utah, between September 8 and 11. Shipman will also be joined by four SMS student-athletes who were invited to attend: Snowboarder Grey Katko `20 and Freeskiers Montana Osinksi `21, Charlie Gnoza `21, and Zylis Hawkins `20.
The camp will utilize a number of Park City facilities including the Utah Olympic Park’s sloped airbag, as well as the Center of Excellence—both training facilities for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team.
“I’m excited that Grey has earned another Project Gold invite,” said SMS Snowboarding Director Ross Powers. “The camp provides a great opportunity to work with US Team coaches and ride with many of top junior riders in the country.”
“We’re really stoked to see these three get invites for Project Gold,” added SMS Freeskiing Director Jesse Mallis. “The kids really get a lot out of the prime venues and conditions, all while getting the coaching from the best in the country, and we’re really proud to be getting our athletes invited year after year.”
This is the second time that Shipman has been invited to coach along the U.S. Freeski Team at a Project Gold Camp, and over the past three years he has “brought incredible amount of knowledge, enthusiasm, and love for the sport, and the kids we work with” to Stratton Mountain School according to Mallis. His expertise in trampoline work and jump mechanics, in particular, has brought the team to new levels.
“I’m really proud to have Keith working by my side and have him represent SMS Freeskiing,” Mallis said. “His work with our athletes has turned into amazing growth and developments from everyone, and in turn has produced some impressive results. He’s able to coach our kids at all levels—all the way from local contests all the way up to World Cup Big Airs.”
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.