WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2015-2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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when Eddie Gildea was in grade school, his father built a 12-foot high ramp in the front yard of their Weston home for the youngster to ski and skate down. "Other kids in the neighborhood enthusiastically joined in, and their parents would nervously ask me, 'You're taking that down soon, right?'" recalls James Gildea, Eddie's father. Eventually, the ramp came down, but Eddie continues to fly high. The now 18-year-old is a member of the US Ski Team's Freestyle Division. These days, Eddie performs side flips and switch double corks. When he's not practicing his fancy moves at the US official training facility in Utah, he's showing them off in competitions around the globe. He's got his eye on the prize: "My goal is to get to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea," he says. 126 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 Slope C H E R Y L B A L I A N S C A PA R R O T TA writer

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