In advance of the annual Winter X-Games, which were held last week in Aspen, Colorado, Moriches Elementary School welcomed former William Floyd student and top-18 snowboarder Joseph Mensch for an up-close peek at some of the training methods used by snowboarders at the top of their games. Mensch, who competed in the half-pipe during his career, finished eighth in the Olympic Trials for the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia. The Winter X-Games is an annual competitive sporting event that focuses on extreme winter sports such as snowboarding, skiing and snowmobiling.
Organized by physical education teachers Ed Noll, Tia Fuoco and Mike Barba, students participated in seven training stations which focused on strength, balance, coordination and agility. To prepare for the X-Games and Joseph’s visit, studentsresearched the X-Games and the various countries that the competitors came from, and also studied the angles, speed, trajectory and friction of each snowboarding trick, according to Mark Mensch, Athletic Director and Coordinator of Physical Education and Health, William Floyd School District. Mark Mensch is also Joseph’s father.
At the conclusion of the event, students in Mr. Desmond Megna’s fifth-grade class had a special opportunity to connect with X-Game competitor, Brett Esser, via FaceTime for a pre-opening ceremony chat. The Winter X-Games is an annual competitive sporting event that focuses on extreme winter sports such as snowboarding, skiing and snowmobiling usually held during the last week of January.