By Matt Williams
---- — One of the biggest skiing goals for Boxford’s Ryan McElmon is now a reality.
The 14-year-old freestyle skiing ace won two medals at the recent USSA Freestyle/Freeskiing Junior National Championships held in Park City, Utah. He won a bronze medal in the aerial skiing competition and received gold in the slopestyle category, both for his age group (known as M3).
McElmon qualified third out of 68 competitors in slopestyle, a form of skiing that tasks athletes with performing the most difficult tricks possible while getting the most lift off of jumps. McElmon scored an 85.6 in qualification and went on to finish with the top score in his age division and 10th overall, including all skiers under age 19.
In the aeriel competition, an event which also involves tricks in midair off ski jumps, McElmon scored 113.45 for the entire event. That was ninth among all skiers under age 19 and third in his own age group, which earned him a bronze medal.
Slopestyle has been one of the more popular events in the Winter X Games and will be an Olympic event for the first time next year in Socchi, Russia.
After winning the Eastern Coast overall championship last year, McElmon moved to Utah this past November to take part in a school and training program run by the United States Skiing Association. He’s been skiing just about every day and taking part in regular competitions since January, with the Junior Nationals (also known as Junior Olympics) the biggest of the bunch.
After Junior Nationals, he traveled to Idaho to compete in the Rev tour, which was the last leg of the National Circuit tour. McElmon is hoping that he may be able to compete on the National Circ
e heads out to Sun Valley Idaho this weekend to compete in Rev tour, the final leg of a National Circuit tour, first for him and a taste of what is will be like to compete on the national circuit for next year. Thanks to everyone for the well wishes and support.