As the Durango Freestyle Team stood in the rain at the halfpipe at the Junior Olympics in Waterville Valley, N.H., the freestyle skiers thought the town had been appropriately named.
But when the fog had cleared, the Durango Freestyle Team brought home several medals competing against the best junior freestyle skiers in the country.
Wearing the newest fashion in garbage bags, Ben Southworth made his way through the boggy halfpipe to capture a very slippery bronze medal on the first day of competition.
The next morning, the weather cleared, only to make way for 5-degree temperatures and 30-mph winds.
The result was a layer of 2-inch-thick ice on the steep True Grit mogul course.
More than 70 coaches, volunteers and athletes converged on the hill armed with shovels, skis and boots to chop, kick and stomp the entire 250-meter course, freeing it from the icy grip of Mother Nature.
Southworth and Matt Mulligan survived the treacherous mogul course on Friday to stay in contention for the combined competition.
Saturday finally brought 40-degree temperatures with less wind.
At first glance the aerial site looked ominous.
Jump No. 3 had been named the Rhino, as it looked like a big horn which took skiers straight up into the air and 50 feet down a steep outrun.
Southworth and Mulligan had opted to start with jump No. 2 and work their way up to riding the Rhino, while Jenna Mulligan was happy with jump No. 1.
As the competition unfolded, both Southworth and Matt Mulligan found their competitive juices flowing, and they challenged the Rhino.
While many competitors got bucked off, Southworth stomped a 540 rodeo grab, landing switch, to post the third- highest scoring jump of the first round.
Jenna Mulligan threw a backflip off jump 1 to put her in third place.
In the second round, Jenna Mulligan stepped up with a double spread eagle off of the second jump.
The move paid off as she landed with a silver medal.
Southworth found himself in position to win the overall combined title.
His top competitor, Scott Nelson, had been scored low on an earlier jump.
Southworth opted to throw a conservative 360 mute grab, which landed him in first place for the combined only to find out that there had been an error from the judges regarding Nelson.
The judges awarded a provisional jump to Nelson, that knocked Ben into second place and a silver medal in combined.
Southworth was perfectly content with his bronze in halfpipe, silver in combined and gold in aerials.
Matt Mulligan stayed consistent all week to earn a bronze medal for combined at his fourth consecutive Junior Olympics.
Jenna Mulligan capped off a productive season with a silver medal in aerials.
The taste of victory was only made sweeter by the tubs of pure maple syrup they earned as prizes for their efforts at the New Hampshire Junior Olympics.