Bloom Wins SuperStars in Jamaica

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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (May 15 News Release) — Dual moguls World Champion Jeremy Bloom (Loveland, CO) made it two straight SuperStars victories for U.S. Ski Team athletes this spring in the made-for-TV competition — but he says he didn't get the extra boost Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) got a year ago.

Athletes — including eight National Football League players (Ahman Green, Will Allen, Charlie Garner, Super Bowl MVP Deter Jackson, among others), Olympic swimmer Ed Moses and race car driver Thomas Scheckter — must compete in six of 10 events. Bloom, 21, the 2002 World Cup moguls champ who was duals gold medalist and moguls silver medalist at the 2003 World Championships at Utah's Deer Valley Resort, won the half-mile run and 100-yard dash; he also finished second in kayaking, swimming and the bike race after being disqualified in his first event, the rock climb.

"I was too amped (in the rock climb). I was ready to go too fast, do too much," he explained, partway through a six-week individual training program at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. "But I won the 100-yard — yards, not meters — in 9.4 seconds, which is only .2 off the record, so I was really pleased with that."

Miller and ex-Olympic moguls champ Jonny Moseley (Tiburoin, CA) finished 1-2 in the two-day 2002 SuperStars competition at Montego Bay, Jamaica. Miller, who was coming off a season with two Olympic medals and four World Cup wins, clinched the '02 title when he vaulted over the wooden wall that starts the traditional final event, the obstacle course; while most athletes use a running start to get high on the wall and then clamber over the top, Miller figured out that by using the spikes and his natural athletic ability, he could get a quick toehold high on the wall that would springboard him to victory — and he did just that. He bounded over, placing just one foot on the wall as he grabbed the top and was gone in a flash, easily defeating linebacker Lavarr Arrington. (Miller was unable to defend his title when the event was moved up while he still was racing in Europe.)

"But Bode had track spikes when he went over the wall," Bloom laughed during a break in conditioning training. "He had the spikes from the 100-yard dash and he was wearing those, so he went up and over. He was almost disqualified...and this year we couldn't use spikes."

Bloom — a college freshman All-America football selection after a season in which he turned a pass reception into the University of Colorado's longest TD pass play (94 yards) and was one of the nation's top punter returners — figured out he needed to finish at least fourth in the obstacle run to win. He finished fourth, edging Scheckter by one point for the win; to maintain his NCAA football eligibility, Bloom said he planned to give his prize money for winning to help build a Little League field in his hometown.

"It was a great. There were a lot of guys I look up to in the NFL there, and one of the best parts was talking to them and getting some tips and hints, which should help me improve my football skills," he said. Because he was not enrolled in classes this spring, Bloom could not participate in spring drills with the football team; he had a "great" season playing in Division I football, he said, but he hasn't decided whether to return to CU for a second season.

Bloom was especially happy with knocking off Scheckter, who said he had moved to Florida a month ahead of the competition, hired a personal trainer and worked to get in good shape. "Scheckter was on a mission, no question," Bloom said. "We all wanted to win, of course, but he really was on a mission."

The SuperStars show is expected to be re-broadcast sometime this summer on CBS. Check local listings.

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