Squaw Valley dominates own Far West Event
Squaw Valley’s Freestyle team, which is currently No. 1 in the nation, hosted one of the season’s first mogul competitions Dec. 28. The Squaw team benefited from the unusual presence of many US Ski Team members, who were on hand for a Freestyle Clinic held Dec 27.
As a result, the weekend became a grand homecoming for many local skiers like Johnny Moseley and Laurel Shanley, who have been training with the National squad.
The Squaw men’s team dominated the Far West event held on North Bowl, capturing seven out of the top 10 places.Travis Cabral took the overall title spot and 1998 Nagano Olympic Gold Medalist Johnny Moseley finished third, while team coach Curtis Tischler, a former US Freestyle Ski Team member, followed with a fourth -place performance.
Travis Ramos finished fifth, Jesse Jenison took sixth, coach Todd Disbrow earned seventh, and David Topol rounded out the top 10 in 10th place.
US Freestyle Ski Team member Shannon Bahrke led the way to victory for the women, as the Squaw team placed eight skiers in the top 10. Shanley, who is in her first season on the US Freestyle Ski team (C team), landed in third place just in front of fellow US Ski team member Shelly Roberston.
Other members of Squaw’s dynamic team who had top finishes were Jessica Davis (fifth) and McKenzy Golding (sixth).
In the age categories, the Squaw Valley girls dominated every event they entered, including a total sweep in J3’s. The boys team also won every age group except the senior division.
Of the 29 medals that were given out for the day, the home Squaw team gladly accepted 17.
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