Peter Tonkel, 14, and Julianne Tonkel, 11, competed last month in the USA Snowboard and Freeski Association Nationals at Copper Mountain, Colorado.

Julianne, who attends The Ursuline School, began snowboarding in third grade. She entered five events at nationals – Slalom, Giant Slalom, Slopestyle, Halfpipe, and Boardcross. She won three medals, taking overall gold in her age group.

Peter, an eighth grader at Rye Middle School, competed in Halfpipe and Slopestyle. He started snowboarding in fifth grade and is ranked third in the country.

Julianne and Peter live in Rye, but train in Vermont almost every weekend from December through April. At Copper Mountain, they competed among nearly 2,000 of the best snowboarders from across the country.

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Julianne Tonkel winning the Giant Slalom at Copper Mountain last month.


Peter Tonkel soared at USA Snowboard and Freeski Nationals.