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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He's got a pretty good shot, too. At the moment, he's ranked third in the United States among all American freestyle skiers age 19 and under. If there's anyone in your household under the age of 21, ask him or her if they know what slopestyle skiing is. Because that is Gildea's forte. "Slopestyle is a series of jumps and features that was added to the Olympics last year in Sochi, Russia," he says. Turns out, the US men swept the podium in Sochi, while the American women fared almost as well. Slopestyle, which demands that skiers and snowboarders traverse obstacles like rails, boxes, and jumps, has been at the heart of the Winter X Games, which focuses on extreme sports, for a decade or so. "This kind of sport is very popular among younger kids," says Gildea, without a trace of irony. 127 w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e Style Weston Winter Athlete Flies High

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