Moseley hopes to fly high in Nagano |

Moseley hopes to fly high in Nagano

Jonny Moseley has traveled perhaps the most unlikely road to the

Olympics of any of his teammates.

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Moseley’s family moved to Tiburon,

a small Bay Area town when he was young.

Tiburon is not the type of place known for turning out Olympic-caliber

freestyle skiers, but Moseley wasn’t listening to tradition.

He spent weekends driving up to Squaw Valley, where he trained

before returning to Tiburon, where, during the week, he trained

on a Rolling Carpet, a fake ski slope on a large conveyor belt.

Against the odds, Moseley, 22, went on to become World Cup champion

in 1995 and 1996; not too shabby for a kid who hadn’t heard of

the Olympics until he was 10.

Two seasons ago, he went further against the grain, switching

from combined to full-time moguls skiing. Once again, he rose

to the top of his game.

“Since I quit combined, I haven’t thought about going back,” Moseley


In his sixth year on the U.S. Skit Team, Moseley, who attended

U.C. Davis, stands poised to bring home the gold.

He is picked by major ski magazines and other media organizations

to medal, and with more maturity than ever on his side, they might

be right.

“The Olympics motivate me more than anything I’ve ever done,”

Moseley said. “I want to win over there (Nagano) and I want to

do it with a great run, one that’s really exciting. It’s a nice

course – nice steepness, nice bumps, semi-big airs. I think they’ll

make it more exciting for TV.

“Right now its a perfect left-right, left-right, tick-tock, tick-tock.

I’m more used to the Squaw Valley style where you’re hanging on

to the edge.”

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