Cruising the steep and deep moguls
Staff reportsAs the crowds stormed the slopes of Tahoe resorts this past holiday weekend so did freestyle skiers from Carmel to Carson. USSA Farwest Freestyle’s season opener was held this past weekend at Squaw Valley where athletes competed in moguls and duals. Athletes 7 to 18 years old from Heavenly, Alpine Meadows, and Squaw Valley freestyle ski team’s competed on a steep, deep, and intimidating course. Saturday athletes bombed down North Pole a steep with unbridled ambition, taking the bumps and jumps at high speeds. As the day wore on, more and more athletes had problems staying vertical or in the course after the second jump. While no one could match Heavenly’s Sho Kashima’s lightning speed, Squaw Valley’s own Kate Fielding dominated the women’s competition while Squaw’s Jordan Basile cruised to a first place finish in the men’s J1 division with a near perfect run. Competition elevated on Sunday during the Duals competition as athletes went head to head after a qualifying run. The side-by-side competition always seems to raise the bar and even served as a chance for some to redeem themselves from disappointing finishes on Saturday. Overall times were a bit slower but airs bigger. Brita Sigourney from Alpine fought hard but could not dethrone the weekend’s queen; Kate Fielding won the women’s division while heated competition between the big boys ended with the Squaw boys all coming in behind Heavenly’s Jay Panther. 1998 Olympic Gold medalist Johnny Moseley made a special appearance on Saturday cruising down the course with Hot dog style, autographing helmets to bibs, and giving the kids advice: “There is no special secret, just lots and lots of practice.”Farwest Freestyle will be at Alpine Meadows this coming weekend for Big Air on Saturday and Halfpipe on Sunday. Farwest is one of 12 divisions part of an athlete development and feed program under the United State Ski and Snowboarding Association for the US Ski team. Saturday, January 15thUSSA Farwest Freestyle Season Opener MogulsMen:TEAMJ11.Basile, JordanSquaw Valley2.Kashima, ShoHeavenly3. Skinner, BrandonSquaw ValleyJ21. Golding, CooperSquaw Valley2. Jordan, KyleSquaw Valley3. Cook, JayAlpine MeadowsJ31. Roberts, JimmyHeavenly2. Duhamel, MatthewSquaw Valley3. Morgan, BrandonHeavenlyJ41. Davidson, Cooper Alpine Meadows2. Ward, BobbySquaw Valley3. Honens, MilesSquaw ValleyJ51. Hickman, JakeSquaw Valley2. Semmens, TrevorSquaw Valley3. Artim, ShaneSquaw ValleyWomen:1. Fielding, Kate Squaw Valley2. Curtzwiler, HannahHeavenly3. Palmieri, MarinaHeavenlySunday, January 16th Dual MogulsMen:1. Panther, Jay Heavenly2. Davis, RandallSquaw Valley3. Golding, CooperSquaw Valley4. Jordan, KyleSquaw ValleyWomen:1. Fielding, Kate Squaw Valley2. Sigourney, BritaAlpine Meadows3. Curtzwiler, Hannah Heavenly4. Palmieri, MarinaHeavenly
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