Liberty skiers and snowboarders shining brightly at Snowflex
December 13, 2019 | Lynchburg, Va.
Practices at the Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre heated up throughout the fall semester as Liberty University's ski & snowboard team stacked its roster with a depth of talent, setting the stage for a sensational spring competitive season.
"We have a lot of returning athletes this year and one of the best shots at some high podium positions at nationals this year if we are able to stay healthy, stay focused, and just continue to put the time and effort in on the hill," Flames Head Coach Isaac Gibson said.
"From my time here last year to this year, the roster's almost doubled," sophomore Tyler Sherbine added. "Out at practice, it's so fun because there's so many people trying to get better and it's really uplifting because there's a lot of people cheering you on."
Snowflex gives the Flames and Lady Flames the competitive edge on their Southeast Conference opponents and will prepare them well for hosting the United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association (USCSA) Southeast Rail Jam and Big Air competitions on Feb. 15 and Feb. 16, respectively. Liberty will send its top travel teams to the USCSA Mid-Atlantic Regionals on Feb. 28 at Blue Mountain (Pa.) and the March 8-14 USCSA National Championships at Lake Placid, N.Y., site of the 1980 Winter Olympic Games.
"We get to ride year-round, which is super special," said freshman Emory Orlando, noting that Liberty's riders take their responsibility of being lights on the mountain seriously. "The snowboarding and skiing culture is usually a culture of people who aren't in the faith, so Liberty's snowboard and ski team brings an interesting edge because we are Christians. We are people who want to go out and worship Christ with the activities that we do. Skiing and boarding are not only something that we love to do, but it's a ministry."