Rohan Chapman-Davies capped off an excellent weekend by once again finishing on top of the podium in Vail. The dual mogul competition, held on Cookshack, was held in extremely difficult conditions, with wind, fog and snow causing numerous delays on course. Chapman-Davies weathered the storm and held off teammate David Graham in the grand final to take the win. In the women, Kelly Lawson’s quest for a repeat dual win was foiled at the final stage by Vail local Hannah Miles, whose consistency paid off on the soft course.
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Rohan Chapman-Davies (AUSMSA/NSWIS) was untouchable on both of his runs down Cookshack, and took the victory on day 1 of the Rocky Mountain Freestyle competition in Vail, Colorado. Lane Stoltzner was champion in the women, after putting down two solid runs. The athletes from AUSMSA were some of the best performing of the day, with 6 skiers finishing in the coveted top 10.
After a picturesque bluebird training day on Friday, the weather took a turn for both Saturday and Sunday, where we were treated with heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures. The athletes made the most of the awesome conditions on a beautifully prepared Voodoo mogul course, and some amazing runs were put down on both the singles and duals day. Skiers converged on Steamboat Springs, Colorado for the first competition of 2014 as part of the Rocky Mountain Freestyle circuit, and put on a great show for anyone lucky enough to be in the area!
The final day of competition in Winter Park, Colorado for the 2013 US Freestyle Selections was a duals event. After a round of singles qualifications, the top 16 men and women move into a duals bracket and compete for the overall win. Shane Cordeau (Sun Valley) proved too strong in the men, with his unique style combining with extreme pace to be unmatchable down the course. In the women, Nessa Dziemian (Park City) capped off an excellent week with a skiing and jumps package that proved to be the best on the day.
The second day of competition at the 2013 US Freestyle Selections was held once again in Winter Park, Colorado. David Digravio (US Ski Team) continued his fine form from day 1 of competition to finish one place higher on the podium in 1st, while Sophia Schwartz (US Ski Team) also improved on her previous day’s result by winning the women’s division. Amongst the global representation, the Australian athletes performed well to have three skiers in the final.
It was a successful day for athletes from the USA on December 19, with all six spots on the podium filled by skiers from the host country. Morgan Schild (Vail) and Troy Murphy (US Ski Team) took home the top honours on an immaculate mogul run prepared by the Winter Park Competition Centre. Australian athletes James Matheson and Sam Hall skied well to make the very competitive men’s final, whilst Jakara Anthony was the best performing Australian female, missing out on a finals birth by 0.09 points.
Sam Hall, Olympic Winter Institute of Australia athlete, shook off an underwhelming performance on Day 1 at Apex to come right back and win Day 2 of the 2013 FIS Freestyle North American Cup Dual Moguls event at Apex mountain, British Colombia, Canada.
Hall comes off a great duals performance last week at Telluride where he qualified 5th and ended up dualing his way to 3rd place, only losing one dual in the Semi Final to Shane Cordeau, the ultimate winner of that event.
Brodie Summers, New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) Australian Development Mogul Team athlete, skied immaculately to get on the podium and take out 2nd place on Day 1 Singles of the FIS Freestyle North American Cup Mogul Event at Apex Mountain, British Colombia, Canada.
The weather was in and out all day with fog, snow, sunshine and wind, but Summers remained unwaveringly focused. Summers looked good all day, from the first training run in the morning he was put down clean fast runs.
Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA) skier Sam Hall staved off rivals in the Dual Finals at the North American Cup at Telluride, Colorado to finish in 3rd place with his first FIS Freestyle North American Cup podium. This podium is the first FIS Freestyle North American Cup podium for the men’s Australian Development Mogul Team in recent years.
News South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) Brodie Summers records a 4th place and his best result in the first event of the 2013 FIS Freestyle North American Cup at Telluride, Colorado.
Summers put down a confident run in qualifying, earning him a 5th place and finals run. He captured the judges attention with a massive Loop Truck off the top air, clean turns through the middle and his trademark Cork 720 off the bottom air.
The fifth Rocky Mountain Division Mogul event of the season took place on an immaculately prepared Ambush mogul course at Winter Park. After a week of snowfall the sun came out and the course was primed and ready to be shredded by skiers from across Colorado. Winter Park skiers Bruce Perry Jnr and Casey Andringa dominated the field coming first and second respectively on both days. Casey Andringa was a standout performer landing his first cork 1080 in competition scoring a perfect 2.5 from both judges, check out the video of his run on the site.
The Aspen Valley Moguls at Aspen Highlands was a beautiful three days of bump skiing down Thunderbowl run. As a junior event, only those born in 1994 or earlier were able to compete, but this did nothing to lower the standard of the competition, as many of the best skiers on the Rocky Mountain Circuit fall into this division! Once again, the event was well frequented by many teams around Colorado, as well as the eligible AUSMSA athletes.
Athletes from all over Colorado ascended to Cookshack mogul course in Vail, Colorado, for the second Rocky Mountain Division event of 2013. Bump skiers were treated to a soft course on the training day, which became significantly firmer and deeper as the weekend wore on. Once again, the meet was frequented by Australian skiers from the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS), The Mogul Skiing Academy (AUSMSA) and Team Buller Riders (TBR), who challenged the local Colorado shredders.
The Rocky Mountain Division Freestyle Moguls Tour kicked off with a bang last weekend in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Ski Town USA played host to over 120 competitors over two days of bluebird competition. With athletes hailing from various clubs within Colorado, as well as representatives from the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS), The Mogul Skiing Academy (AUSMSA) and Team Buller Riders (TBR), it was always going to be a hotly contested event.
The final day of competition for the US Freestyle Selections culminated in an impressive display of mogul skiing at Copper Mountain. Men and women of all ages raced down Rosi’s Run in qualifications, and later on in dual finals. Sophia Schwartz was unstoppable all day and was on top of the podium for the women, whilst Stirling Crescimanno battled it out in the men to take home the win. AUSMSA athlete Pip Sparrow continued her destructive form to make the quarter finals, whilst NSWIS skier Rohan Chapman-Davies also qualified for the duals.
Day 2 of the US Freestyle Selections competition commenced on a beautiful bluebird Colorado day. The standard was just as impressive as day 1, with many high scores recorded, particularly in the finals. In a frantic day that involved a blackout to the whole of Copper, which eliminated the super finals from the schedule, the athletes did very well to put together solid runs. Troy Murphy took home the win in the male division, with Kelsey Albert taking the honours in the ladies division.
Taylah O’Neill of the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) took out Day 1 of the US Freestyle Selections, which took place on a snow filled Copper Mountain Resort. Taylah was the best female mogul skier on the cold Colorado day, which included representations from the US Ski Team, Japan, Poland, Great Britain, Iran, and many regional teams throughout the United States. NSWIS and AUSMSA bump skiers made up the Australian contingent, and put on a strong show against some of the best talent in the world.
The Australia Freestyle Mogul Championships took place late last week on Toppa’s Dream at Perisher. It was a tough competition for the Australians as more than half the field were from International Countries, which included Korea, Japan, Russia, China and the USA.
It was a long but successful day at Thredbo yesterday with two mogul courses up and running for the Northern NSW Interschools. Many local athletes from Perisher Winter Sport Club, NSWIS and OWI competed throughout the day.
Check out the photo of Matt Graham shredding his way to victory on High Noon.