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WINTER 2013/2014

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S S Chairs of the Board Greg Fligor Age 17 the way down, and had to be carried out by eight ski patrollers. He Greg Fligor has won national championships in both the slalom and tried to race in the slalom but couldn't do it. the giant slalom. He landed in a ravine 15 feet below, bruising his hip on a rock on This winter, Fligor has his eye on gold medals in both events. "I've He just can't seem to win both in the same year. won each of them once, and now I want to put them together to really In 2011, when the flu colluded with altitude sickness to weaken be successful," he says. him, he still managed to win the title in the slalom, but collapsed during the giant slalom. (The slalom features two racers making sharp turns through sets of gates set up on parallel courses. The giant slalom utilizes a longer course that facilitates higher speeds.) In 2012, Fligor fell in both events, which he attributes to an overinflated ego. Fligor also wants to race in a series that might qualify him for the Junior World Championships. Fligor says he's always been attracted to racing, rather than performing tricks. "I really liked the idea of, if I go down faster than the other kid, I win," he says. "It's not a judgment call. It's a fact." For all his success, Fligor still hasn't decided how far he wants to take Then, last winter, (2013) Fligor won the giant slalom. He had a cou- snowboarding. Instead of enrolling in a private school where he can ple of days off before the slalom, so he went snowboarding in Vail, snowboard during the week, he's remained at Weston High, where he where he fell off a catwalk – a narrow, gentle trail that connects one wrestles and plays football and lacrosse. And he's leaning toward attend- slope to another. ing college on the East Coast, rather than the snow Mecca of Colorado. "I went from being a national champion snowboarder to falling off a catwalk," he says, acknowledging the absurdity of the situation. If he does compete as an adult, Fligor says he'll likely come back to the sport once he's done with school. "I'm not positive yet," he says. We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 3 / 2 0 1 4 "I'm leaving a lot of options open." 138

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