Gnoza Claims 1st at Toyota U.S. Rev Tour in Seven Springs
SEVEN SPRINGS—Stratton Mountain School Freeski athlete Charlie Gnoza `21 won 1st in the recent Toyota U.S. Revolution Tour Slopestyle competition at Pennsylvania’s Seven Springs, leading a contingent of eight SMS athletes who qualified for the pro-level event. Gnoza was followed by Zylis Hawkins `20, who placed 7th in the Men’s competition, and Montana Osinski `21 who also slid into 7th for the Women.
“Charlie put it all out there in finals and it really worked out for him,” said SMS Freeski Coach Keith Shipman. “He chose to hit a bus stop feature that made his rail run stand out from the others—it was a big risk for him to do a double cork 1440 on that small of a jump, but he landed a nice one in training.”
Meanwhile, fellow Freeskiers took on another Slopestyle competition—this one hosted by the USASA Southern Vermont Series at nearby Okemo Mountain Resort. Peyton Gray `24 led the SMS results with a 1st and 2nd place finish among the Breaker Boys age 12-13, and Emilia de Jounge `23 won 1st for the Youth Women age 14-15. Alex Wasyliko `22 also landed on the podium with a 3rd and 4th place finish among the Youth Men age 14-15.
Congratulations to all! Stay tuned for further results, as SMS Freeskier Mac Forehand `20 and alumna Caroline Claire `18 prepare to take on the 2019 Toyota U.S. Grand Prix alongside fellow members of the U.S. Freeski Team at Mammoth Mountain this week.
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.