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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School, Free Style The catch-22 aspect of Eddie's sport is that there's no college train- ing ground, as there is for football, basketball, hockey, and other conventional sports. "You either ski freestyle recreationally, or you compete against the pros," he says. "There is no college circuit or developmental path." Speaking of school, Eddie is a high school senior this year. He spends approximately two hours a day completing online schoolwork, with six to eight hours of skiing. He has also completed honors-level math classes using Stanford University's Education Program for Gifted Youth. As a US Ski Team member, he can use the benefit of free tuition at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, near his training facility. "For the Alpine skiers who don't make the US ski team, they're recruited by Dartmouth or Harvard," he points out. For his extreme sport, how- ever, there are no guarantees. His education is undoubtedly enhanced by the global athletes he competes against. "The people are another reason why I love the sport In May of 2015, Eddie was one of six named to the US Rookie Slopestyle Team. There are two teams, in fact — the professionals and the rookies. "The pros are the ones who were in the last Olympics, while the rookies are those considered to have the best shot for the next Olympic four-year cycle," says James. 132 Slope Style 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

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