William “Myles” Silverman ’19 competed in two snowboarding events in the World University Games in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on March 5-6. He finished in 11th place in the parallel slalom and took 14th in the parallel giant slalom.
Silverman advanced to the final 16 in both events, but was eliminated in the first round of head-to-head runs where he was up against a strong field of competitors which included the current world champion in both events and an Olympic silver medalist. In the parallel slalom finals, Silverman was edged by the former Russian national champion.
“I was happy to have made finals both days, but I also was able to realize how much potential I have which played a tremendous impact on creating more of a drive,” says Silverman. “This year, I was only able to train for a week out in Steamboat Springs, Colo., so when it came time for the University Games, I had only spent two days in gates for giant slalom, and six days in gates for slalom. The University Games were also my first time competing in a whole year, so under the circumstances, I was proud to have put up a fight against some of the guys who are out winning World Cups and getting on the podium at the Olympics.”
Silverman earned Federation of International Ski (FIS) points for competing in the two events and now has enough points to qualify for a spot in the World Cup. This marked his first competition since he won gold in the snowboard slalom and the giant slalom at the Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championship last March in Lake Placid, N.Y.
“I was able to accumulate a good amount of FIS points from the Winter Universiade Games. This will enable me to compete at future World Cups and puts me on the right path to achieving my goal of becoming an Olympian. In the next year, I plan on finding a way to train more and a way to compete at the World Cups. For right now though it is difficult to do all of this as I am committed to my education. I hope to graduate in the near future and then start my path toward the 2022 and 2026 Winter Olympics.”
Silverman won two national titles at the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association Nationals on March 14-16 in Jackson Hole, Wyo. He defended his titles in both the slalom and giant slalom events, earning first team All-America honors in both. He joined the U.S. Snowboard Team in 2015 and ranked among the top three male snowboarders under 20 at the FIS Junior World Championship in Yabuli, China. In 2016, he competed at the Junior Worlds in Rodia, Slovenia and in 2017 he represented the United States and HWS at the World University games in Kazakhstan and the junior worlds in Klinovec, Czech Republic.