Team Breck's freeskiing team is finishing up the season with big-time slopestyle results on the national and international levels.
Emilia Wint, who's from Denver but has been training with the team in Breckenridge most of her life, is hopping a flight to France today to compete in the slopestyle at
X Games Europe. The 17-year-old was also named to the Freeskiing Junior World Championship Team, but has not yet decided if she'll attend the competition in Italy, which is newer and doesn't quite have the cachet of the X Games.
Wint is in the process of wrapping up an incredible season, which includes three notable podiums at the U.S. Grand Prix, Dew Tour and Aspen/Snowmass Open. She also finished third in the overall Dew Cup.
"She just goes for it, and her grabs really make her standout," said Team Breck freeride coach Chris Hawks. "She grabs her skis really well, where a lot of the girls just do the tricks and don't perform that part - the grab."
Taking a look at her recent results, It's safe to say Wint is one of the top-three or four girls in the world, Hawks said, which bodes well for her future, considering the girls don't usually peak until they're a bit older.
Included in Wint's slopestyle repertoire is a big cork 540 and 900s. She's only lacking a big switch spin and good spins on and off the rails, which her coach says would elevate her to the most elite level.
"It's pretty cool that she's doing so well because she's got a lot more stuff she can learn," Hawks said. "Given another year or so, I think she'll be winning these contests."
Although he too will be opting out of the FIS junior world championship, it's still nice for Cody Cirillo to have made the team.
Part of the problem is FIS and USSA are about 10 years late in getting onboard with the park-and-pipe movement, so their events don't quite have the street cred of an X Games, Dew Tour or North Face Open - the contest in which Cirillo is competing this week at Waterville Valley, N.H.
"All he can do is try to get more points in these contests to qualify for Dew Tour, and that's how you make
X Games. He's close," Hawks said. "He just does some really good spins and he's got great style. He's doing a switch 1260 no problem; he's got doubles."
Steamboat hosted junior athletes from all over the country, competing for the national championship this week, but Team Breck athlete and Summit High student Mark Nowakiwsky came out on top in the slopestyle contest.
His winning run consisted of a switch 270 onto the flat down-box, switch off, switch 900, right-side rodeo 720, 1080 cork and a 630 off the final rail.
"I think (the big separator) was all of his grabs, because he grabbed all his tricks and was really smooth," Hawks said.
Nowakiwsky qualified in fifth and had two additional runs for finals. In his first, he came of the rail in the wrong direction, so they changed up his run.
"He was pretty surprised. He knew he could get top five. I said, 'Let's go for it,' and he laid it down," Hawks said. "He was super excited, which was really cool."