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VMS students honored by SI

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Vail, CO Colorado

Vail Mountain School third-grader Jack Skidmore, sixth-grader Thomas Walsh, seventh-grader Katharine Irwin, and eighth-grader Cody Cirillo were among 110 kids ages 9-14 who qualified for the Sports Illustrated Next Snow Search Finals this winter at one of 66 ski areas in the United States and Canada.

The young Gore Rangers went on to compete in the finals at Vermont’s Killington Resort on March 2-4. The event featured three days of competition in each of seven disciplines: big air, slopestyle, superpipe, the Kids WB Dual Challenge, moguls, carving and the big-mountain riding challenge.

Irwin, 12, won third place in slopestyle event, third in the mountain challenge, and first in the Kids WB Dual Race for girls’ skiers, taking third place in the overall competition.

Walsh was named one of the 25 members of the 2007 Sports Illustrated KIDS Next Snow Search Team following the competition, his third appearance on the squad. Walsh, 12, placed 10th in the mountain challenge, fourth in the Kids WB! Dual Race, and 33rd in the big air, earning him sixth place in the overall competition.

Cirillo, 14, placed 13th in the mountain challenge, 20th in the Kids WB! Dual Race, and 38th in the big air, scoring 20th place in the overall competition.

Jack Skidmore, 8, placed in the top 50 in each of the competitions and 26th in the overall competition. He was the youngest skier in the competition.


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