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13-year-old Vail Valley skier among world’s best

Sarah Mausolf
Vail, CO Colorado
Megan Gilman/Special to the Vail Daily

VAIL –Thirteen-year-old Vail Valley skier Mitch Gilman recently earned a nod from Powder magazine.

He stars in the glossy’s February cover story, “Sonic Youth,” – a list of the “the world’s best skiers 18 years old and under.” The writers praise Gilman’s knack for throwing 1260s in the pipe, saying he “could be the Tiger Woods prodigy of skiing.”

“I’ve been skiing competitively for about three years and so to be in ‘Powder’ was a pretty good accomplishment and I was definitely super stoked,” Gilman said.

The teen moved from Whitefish, Mont. to the Vail Valley in August to train at the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy. He’s been living with his uncle in Eagle.

Gilman earned the No. 20 spot on the “Powder” list, which congratulates him for winning the U.S. Open Halfpipe Juniors in February at Copper Mountain. The magazine also notes that Gilman has been the youngest skier to compete in the U.S. Open Halfpipe and Breckenridge Dew Tour.

Currently the Olympics does not include a halfpipe competition for skiers, but Gilman is watching and waiting to see if officials add that event.

“If they do my goal would be to make the Olympics for 2014,” he said.

Gilman’s dad, Jeff Gilman, was pleased to see the mention in “Powder” magazine.

“I’m pretty excited and pretty proud,” he said. “He’s been working hard for a long time and it’s been a dream of his to be a pro skier, so I think it speaks to his dedication and his drive.”

Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or smausolf@vaildaily.com.

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