Keaton McCargo, Tom Rowley and Morgan Schild standing atop the podium at the FIS Freestyle Junior World Championships
VALMALENCO, Italy (March, 26) – At the FIS Freestyle Junior World Championships earlier today, U.S. junior freestyle moguls athletes Keaton McCargo (Telluride, CO) and Tom Rowley (Telluride, CO) took gold and Morgan Schild (Vail, CO) took silver. The ever difficult course was no match for the strong skiing the young guns were able to throw down. Both McCargo and Rowley have previously earned podiums at the prestigious event, this was Schild's first Jr. World's appearance. Dual moguls continue tomorrow.
Keaton McCargo and Tom Rowley both took gold at the FIS Freestyle Jr. World Championships
Morgan Schild of Ski and Snowboard Club Vail took silver
McCargo and Rowley have both previously had success at Jr. World's each taking gold last year
This was Schild's first appearance at Jr. World's
U.S. athletes, Nessa Dziemian (Park City, UT) and Ali Kariotis took fourth and fifth, respectively
Joel Hendrick (Winter Park,CO) took seventh
On the aerials side, Si Ning, of the Elite Aerial Development Program (EADP) took fourth on Tuesday
Duals wrap up the freestyle events tomorrow
QUOTES Scott Rawles, Head Moguls Coach It's great at a big event like Jr. World's to be able to see these young athletes rise to the occasion and see the future of the team in front of our eyes. Jr. World's has always been a great stepping stone for athletes like Hannah Kearney who won gold there to go on and do incredible things in our sport.
Keaton McCargo I tried to compete similarly to the way I did last year. To have fun and remember why i'm skiing in the first place and that's to have fun. The field has been really strong both years so I'm really happy that I was able to ski well through each round, and rely on my skiing when it counted. Looking ahead I want to remember to keep skiing the way I have been which is aggressively and remember to have fun.
Tom Rowley The course was skiing really well today. My first run felt really good and I was abel to ski fast and keep that momentum moving through all the rounds. I was confident in my training earlier in the day and I just wanted to go out there, trust my skiing and have fun. Hopefully i'll ski well at selections and earn some World Cup starts.
Morgan Schild I started off the day off not skiing my best but as the course got a little softer I was able to get into my rhythm and my skiing got a lot better. I was able to ski well when it counted in finals and then let it rip in superfinals. It's really fun to be able to ski with and against all the nations.