Moseley takes purse in own invitational |

Moseley takes purse in own invitational

SQUAW VALLEY – Not a bad weekend for Jonny Moseley.

The 1998 Olympic gold medalist in freestyle was back in Tahoe, he had a posse of top freeskiers with him, he competed in the event that he hosted and NBC was there to cover it all.

Oh, and he won first place and the $20,000 that went with it.

With a slew of local talent competing in the skiercross/big air competition, Moseley earned himself the top spot on the podium in the Chevy Truck Jonny Moseley Invitational at Squaw Valley beating Evan “Rhapsody” Raps of Olympic Valley in the head-to-head big air final on Sunday. Shane McConkey, also of Olympic Valley, came in third after winning the skiercross segment. Defending champion Evan Dybvig finished fourth.

In conjunction with a reader’s poll in Freeze magazine, Moseley invited 16 skiers to compete in the two-day event. The final four skiers were determined by the big air and skiercross preliminary rounds. The semifinals were head-to-head as well with Moseley used a dinner roll 720 to advance past Dybvig and Raps unraveled a misty flip to edge out McConkey. In the finals, Moseley took his dinner roll and spun 180 degrees more to win the event with a dinner roll 900.

Moseley was ecstatic about the weekend.

“So far this is the best event ever staged,” Moseley said. “It worked out better than I could have hoped and I hope it stays at Squaw forever.”

The competition will be nationally televised as a one-hour special on Jan. 22 on NBC.

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