LAKE PLACID, New York ??вЂќ William Boyle hasn’t been on skis in winter in five years. But the freestyle aerials coach and former competitor with the United States Ski and Snowboard Association did not let that stop him Saturday from winning the second annual Lake Placid Huck and Tuck.
The fledgling competition, held in the 750,000 gallon pool at the Kodak Sports Park, brought the divergent winter worlds of snowboarding, new school skiing and freestyle skiing together on, ironically, a day more suited for baseball, tennis or golf.
With temperatures in the mid 80s under blue skies, Boyle, 25, “threw down” a triple back flip and a 1440 degree trick en route to victory. A summer freestyle coach in locations such as Lake Placid’s water park, Boyle admitted he was here just for fun and a good time. When not coaching youngsters, Boyle is a guitar student at New York University and will graduate in December. But the lifelong skier from Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Park Slope section, who skied with his parents from an early age, took the lead with 32 first round points from the panel of three judges. His final round was not up to that level ??вЂњ he had 25 points – but the total of 57 was enough for a two-point victory over Lake Placid’s up and coming Michael Clark.
“I’m really amazed I won,” continued Boyle. “With people like Clark, Dylan Ferguson, Dan Shuffleton and Scott and Dan Kiesel, there was unbelievable talent here. These guys are approaching the top of free ride and freestyle skiing.”
For the second consecutive year, Clark was runner-up despite the best second round performance. Clark came back to Lake Placid after spending a month on snow at Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, a skiing site for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
“I felt I skied very good,” said Clark, a new school skier who finished with rounds of 26 and 29 points for a total of 55. “I had a good double front flip and flifuss (double front flip with a half twist).”
Shuffleton, of Campton, N.H. was third with 54 points. Scott and Dan Kiesel of Waterville, N.H. took fourth and fifth places, respectively, with 51 and 50 points. There were a total of 37 contestants in the field, most of them remaining after the awards ceremony to session several rails placed near the bottom of the adjacent winter aerial ski site. Ice shavings from the Olympic Center were trucked in and provided the surface just to give the kids a taste of the winter ahead.