William “Myles” Silverman ’19 soared into first place in both the snowboard slalom and the giant slalom at the Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championship, earning first team All American honors in both events. The national competition featured 527 of the best collegiate athletes across the country in contests held at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, N.Y. on March 5-10.
“I was super stoked to see all my hard work pay off,” says Silverman, who has competed at the top international and collegiate level for several years. “To be able to claim first place in both of my events and stand on the podium, even though I was coming back from injury, just shows what I’m capable of.”
In individual performances in the Alpine Men’s Snowboard competition, Silverman finished first in both the giant slalom and slalom, vying against more than 50 competitors from colleges such as Ohio State University, University of Virginia and the U.S. Air Force Academy. In the men’s slalom, Silverman finished with a combined time of 51.25 seconds, and in the giant slalom with a combined time of 1:36:66 – more than five seconds faster than the second-place competitor.
“Winning nationals was a pretty surreal feeling. It actually didn’t hit me until that night when I got to celebrate with the William Smith ski team,” says Silverman, who was honored with the “homecoming” he received on campus this week. “It feels as though a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders.”
Silverman’s streak began in 2015, when he joined the US Snowboard Team and ranked among the top three male snowboarders under 20 at the FIS Junior World Championship in Yabuli, China. In 2016, his success continued at the Junior Worlds in Rogla, Slovenia and in 2017, when he again represented the United States and HWS at the World University games in Kazakhstan and the junior worlds in Klinovec, Czech Republic.
Next year, Silverman has set his sights on competing in the World University Games in Krasnoyarsk, Russia and in the long rung intends to qualify for a seat on the U.S. Olympic Team for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.