Moseley strikes mogul gold in first week at Nagano
Squaw Valley’s Jonny Moseley showed the world how to do it Tahoe-style on the slopes of Nagano, where he captured the gold medal for freestyle mogul skiing Tuesday.
The last of 16 skiers, one of whom was 1994 gold medal-winner and favorite Jean-Luc Brassard of Canada, the free-spirited Moseley took the win with 26.93 points despite incredible runs from Brassard, Janne Lahtela and Sami Mustonen of Finland.
The pressure was on for Moseley, who did not hold back, letting it all hang out with a daring 360 mute-grab, sort of a spin combined with an iron cross, a move patented by Moseley.
The crowd stood in awe, screaming and jumping as Moseley completed two perfect airs.
In fact, the Austrian judge gave Moseley a 7.20 of a possible perfect 7.25 for his jumps.
After the race Moseley fell to his knees in disbelief. He knew he had won before the scores were even posted.
After the announcement, a momentarily-speechless Moseley watched himself on the big screen, then told reporters, “Look at that, that’s a California bumps skier.”
At Hakuba, Japan, Saturday, the men’s 30K cross-country race was taken easily by Finland’s Mika Myllylae, leaving U.S. competitors in a trail of snowdust.
Truckee’s Marcus Nash finished in 49th at 1:44.37, third best for an American in the race.
Tahoe City’s Adam Hostetter was disqualified after his only Olympic run for missing a gate.
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