Sunday River, ME, Jan. 28, 2001--Skiing first in the final round Jonny Moseley (Tiburon, CA) held the lead with a score of 26.76 until the third to last skier, rookie Travis Ramos (So. Lake Tahoe, CA), put down the winning run using Moseley's signature move from the '98 Olympics, a heli 360 mute grab, to the cheers of over 2,000 spectators attending the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Grand National, a stop onthe World Cup tour, at Sunday River, ME. Ramos won the event with a final score of 27.34.
"I've been skiing good runs all week, landing top to bottoms and trying some new airs and everything has been working out," saidRamos who recently re-qualified for the U.S. Team in December. "I didn't know exactly how good my run was going to post but I knewI was going to make it without any major mistakes and today that's all it took."
The U.S. was in a position to sweep the podium after the second to last skier, Janne Lahtela (Finland), skied out after his first jump.Unfortunately, the top qualifier, Evan Dybvig (Tunbridge, VT) had difficulty after his second jump.
"It's awesome, we finally broke the Finish streak. They have won like the last 14-15 in a row," said Head U.S. Freestyle Coach JeffWintersteen. "With Ramos on the C Team and Moseley currently on the B Team we're showing some great depth."
Big Air Moseley is Back
Coming back from a two-year hiatus from World Cup competition and starting training this season late in the summer due to ashoulder injury and then a back injury earlier this month from the Deer Valley World Cup, 'big air' Moseley wowed the crowed withhis huge air and strong moves.
"It's been a tough road," said Wintersteen referring to Moseley's comeback. "Today is a real break through for him and I'm reallyexcited ... he deserves it. When you take time off you don't start off where you left off."
"I feel like I am still in a position to come back and try to spice things up and have the opportunity to win the Olympics. I knew theroad was going to be hard and I got lucky today. You get lucky to qualify 12th and then get a second ...it's good for me and I'm prettyhappy with it. My skills are coming around," said Moseley. "Actually, the trick I did on the bottom air I'm not a big fan of ... the tripletwister spread. I've done the trick in training but usually stay away from it because I like to spin but I knew it was going to workand felt comfortable so I just did it."
"I did two quad jumps which was a part of the big dilemma with if I could come back with the new style of jumps ... this changes mywhole outlook on things," said Moseley. "I was down right scared and didn't know two years off would punish me that bad... so for meto come back right now at this point and sort of get at least a foot in the door is great."
Hardaway Podiums, Again
Norway's Kari Traa continued her streak taking first place with a final score of 26.54 while '98 Olympic gold medalist Tae Satoya(Japan) narrowly missed bumping her off the podium by .09. America's Hannah Hardaway (Moultonborough, NH) was third bumming herfellow teammates, Ann Battelle (Steamboat Springs, CO) and Jillian Vogtli (Park City, UT), in to third and fourth, respectively.
"I had trouble with my top air and I know that's what got me and if I fix that up then I'll be right in there," said Hardaway. "Thismorning I crashed really hard in training and took out my heli but it will be back." Hardaway won on the 2002 Olympic course at DeerValley with her heli. She performed a twister spread and a double daffy for both of her jumps.
World Cup mogul competition continues next weekend in Inawashiro, Japan.
WORLD CUP MOGULS
Sprint U.S. Freestyle Grand National
Sunday River, ME - Jan. 28 (12 made finals)
1. Travis Ramos, So. Lake Tahoe, CA, 27.34
2. Jonny Moseley, Tiburon, CA, 26.76
3. Arttu Leppaluoto, Finland, 26.67
4. Johann Gregoire, France, 26.65
5. Mikko Ronkainen, Finland, 25.63
6. Richard Gay, France, 25.53
7. Tapio Luusua, Finland, 25.08
8. Stephane Rochon, Canada, 23.89
9. Pierre Rousseau, Canada 23.06
10. Stian Overa, Norway, 22.39
11. Evan Dybvig, Tunbridge, VT, 17.68
12. Janne Lahtela, Finland, 17.19
Did not qualify for finals -
15. Ryan Riley, Steamboat Springs, CO, 24.91
17. Alex Wilson, Buffalo, NY, 24.90
19. Garth Hager, Bothell, WA, 24.72
21. Toby Dawson, Vail, CO, 24.46
23. Chris Hernandez, So. Lake Tahoe, CA, 24.31
25. Tim Warner, Waterford, MI, 24.24
26. Caleb Martin, Telluride, CO, 24.12
1. Kari Traa, Norway, 26.54
2. Tae Satoya, Japan, 26.20
3. Hannah Hardaway, Moultonborough, NH, 26.20
4. Ann Battelle, Steamboat Springs, CO, 25.81
5. Jillian Vogtli, Park City, UT, 25.41
6. Minna Karhu, Finland, 25.33
7. Shannon Bahrke, Tahoe City, CA, 25.11
8. Katleen Allais, France, 24.89
9. Kelly Ringstad, Canada, 24.03
10. Aiko Uemura, Japan, 23.83
11. Sandra Laoura, France, 22.46
12. Corinne Bodmer, Switzerland, 13.24
Did not qualify for finals -
17. Emiko Torito, Englewood, CO, 21.82
19. Donna Weinbrecht, Killington, VT, 21.75
27. Shelly Robertson, Reno, NV, 20.93
29. Laurel Shanley, Squaw Valley, CA, 20.32
32. Lindley Hord, Steamboat Springs, CO, 19.01