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Shelly Robertson delivers dual moguls title for Squaw Valley Freestyle

Sylas Wright
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Sylas Wright/Sierra SunShelly Robertson, right, launches off the bottom jump during the women's dual moguls competition at the U.S. Freestyle Championships hosted by Squaw Valley on Sunday.

SQUAW VALLEY USA and#8211; Former Squaw Valley Freestyle Team member Shelly Robertson looked right at home as she bumped, jumped and flipped her way through a field of the nation’s top moguls skiers en route to the U.S. dual moguls title on Sunday.

and#8220;I’m so pumped right now,and#8221; said Robertson. and#8220;I started right here on this run when I was 15 years old. And this is my last event, so I couldn’t be happier to win today.and#8221;

In the first-place dual against Elisa Outtrim, Robertson stomped a back flip cross on the bottom jump to cap an exciting, neck-and-neck run down the moguls course on Red Dog.

and#8220;I just tried to go a tiny bit smaller than the run before, because I almost overrated my back (flip) the run before,and#8221; said Robertson, who moved to Reno in the third grade and joined the Squaw Valley Freestyle Team at age 15. and#8220;I wanted to come down and be a little more mellow and make it look good. And it felt really good. So I was happy.and#8221;

Laurel Shanley of the Squaw Valley Freestyle Team finished fourth, while Heather McPhie rounded out the podium in third. Mikaela Matthews was fifth.

and#8220;I skied my absolute best today,and#8221; said Shanley, who wrapped up her most successful season since an injury setback in 2006. and#8220;I skied the best since I got hurt four years ago.

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and#8220;It’s tough to lose 18-17 two times in a row, but at the end of the day I know I put it all out there, so I’m pretty happy with it. and#8230; Overall I finally feel like I’m hitting my stride again and skiing well.and#8221;

Two-time Olympic silver medalist Shannon Bahrke of Tahoe City was on hand watching the competition and signing autographs, as she was unable to compete after suffering an injury last week at the World Cup finale in Spain.

In the men’s dual finals, Jeremy Cota beat Joey Discoe for the national title and#8211; landing a cork 720 on the bottom jump and#8211; while Dave DiGravio finished third, Zak Watkins fourth and Bradley Wilson fifth.

and#8220;What an end to the season,and#8221; Cota said. and#8220;It’s been a roller coaster season. But I’m building confidence as I go, and this is a good way to lead into next year. So I’m definitely pretty excited.and#8221;

2010 Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships

Squaw Valley, CA – March 28, 2010

Dual Moguls

Men

1. Jeremy Cota, Steamboat Springs, CO

2. Joey Discoe, Telluride, CO

3. Dave DiGravio, Farmington, ME

4. Zak Watkins, Telluride, CO

5. Bradley Wilson, Park City, UT

Women

1. Shelly Robertson, Reno, NV

2. Eliza Outtrim, Steamboat Springs, CO

3. Heather McPhie, Bozeman, MT

4. Laurel Shanley, Squaw Valley, CA

5. Mikaela Matthews, Frisco, CO