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Default Roberts, Torito 2-3 in World Cup Moguls

ARE, Sweden (March 7) - Nate Roberts (Park City, UT) finished second, repeating his performance from last weekend, in a World Cup moguls competition Friday in Are. Emiko Torito (Denver) was third for her third consecutive event.

"It was good. I've had a rough year according to my standards and how I've competed in the last couple of years, but it's definitely a marathon and not a sprint," Roberts said. "Having a decent finish in Japan helped my confidence. I'm just getting out there and skiing the way I know how. If I do that it works out well."

Roberts, who was second at the Czech Republic World Cup last Saturday, threw a back full and a back flip-X - which means he crossed his skis while doing his trick - to land his podium spot. Olympic champion Dale Begg-Smith of Australia won, putting him 91 points over France's Guilbaut Colas in the World Cup moguls standings.

"It was a little bit of a rollercoaster ride at the beginning of the season and now Nate's got confidence and that means a lot in any sport," said Moguls Head Coach Scott Rawles. "He's trusting himself and getting after it. He laid down a great run and did awesome"

Roberts, who moved up to fourth in the World Cup standings, led four U.S. men into the top 10 including rookie Jimmy Discoe (Ridgway, CO) who's seventh-place finish was his career best.

Torito also led four U.S. athletes into the top 10 including Shelly Robertson (Reno, NV) in fifth and Michelle Roark (Denver) in eighth. Both also have had top-3 results this season. Torito threw a 360-degree helicopter off the top jump and a back flip-X off the bottom to place third.

"This is the most consistent I've ever been. I feel like I'm starting to build some confidence and every time I do well it grows," Torito said. "It would be cool to be first or second but I feel happy with any World Cup podium. It's my first year making regular podiums and it feels good."

"She's got a lot of confidence going with her skiing right now. In her finals run, she made a little mistake coming out of the top jump, but she charged after that and that's what got her on the podium," Rawles said. "When people make mistakes, a lot of times they think their run is over. Instead of doing that, Emiko charged and ended up in third."

Aiko Uemura of Japan won the women's competition to make it her third consecutive win since competing in her homeland at Inawashiro, Japan. Uemura also extended her lead in the World Cup standings over the Czech Republic's Nikola Sudova, who finished fourth, by 83 points.

The FIS Freestyle World Cup continues Saturday in Are, Sweden, with men's and women's dual moguls.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
2008 FIS FREESTYLE WORLD CUP
Are, SWE - March 7, 2008
Moguls

Men
1. Dale Begg-Smith, Australia, 25.94
2. Nate Roberts, Park City, UT, 25.88
3. Dmitriy Reiherd, Kazakhstan, 25.47
4. Osamu Ueno, Japan, 24.68
5. Yugo Tsukita, Japan, 24.56
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7. Jimmy Discoe, Ridgway, CO, 24.22
8. Landon Gardner, Missoula, MT, 23.81
10. Bryon Wilson, Butte, MT, 22.43
12. David Babic, Washington, VT, 22.29
48. Patrick Deneen, Cle Elum, WA,

Women
1. Aiko Uemura, Japan, 24.43
2. Kristi Richards, Canada, 23.73
3. Emiko Torito, Denver, 23.00
4. Nikola Sudova, Czech Republic, 22.91
5. Shelly Robertson, Reno, NV, 22.85
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8. Michelle Roark, Denver, 22.49
9. Heather McPhie, Park City, UT, 21.79
15. Jillian Vogtli, Ellicotville, NY, 18.15
17. Kayla Snyderman, Winchester, MA, 20.12



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Default Snyderman Third in Are Duals

ARE, Sweden (March 8) - Kayla Snyderman (Winchester, MA) was on the podium again for the U.S. Ski Team Saturday, finishing third in a dual moguls World Cup in Are, Sweden. Michelle Roark (Denver) was fourth. Bryon Wilson (Butte, MT) qualified first and had a career best fifth.

Japan's Aiko Uemura won her fourth straight over Czech Nikola Sudova to clinch the World Cup title. Dmitriy Reiherd of Kazhakstan upset World Cup champion Dale Begg-Smith of Australia to take the men's victory.

Second Podium for Rookie Snyderman
It was Snyderman's second podium of the year - her first full-time season on the World Cup. The Waterville Valley skier was third in individual moguls at Lake Placid in January.

"Kayla did a great job today," said Moguls Head Coach Scott Rawles. "She had a few weeks in a row where she struggled a little bit so it was great she put it together today. She skied consistently and was a lot faster today than in the individual moguls yesterday.

"She also had to ski two of her teammates today," added Rawles. "She had a close duel with Emiko [Torito, Denver] in the round of 16 and took on the reigning world champion Kristi Richards in the quarter finals. She skied against some big hitters today."

The U.S. Ski Team had packed six skiers into the 16-skier finals. Snyderman started out in the finals drawing teammate Torito, who has a three-event podium string. Snyderman advanced to then knock off Richards in quarterfinals before losing to Sudova in the semis. Snyderman came back to win the third place round over Roark.

"Both she and Michelle skied well," added Rawles. "In fact, that was one of the better duals of the day. I think Kayla just nipped her on the speed.

World Junior Champ Wilson Scores Career Best
Wilson, out of the Wasatch Freestyle program, was knocked off by Reiherd in the quarterfinals, but came back to finish a career best fifth. The 2007 NorAm Cup and World Junior Champion led qualifying for the first time.

"Bryon did a great job, qualifying number one - best qualifying ever," said Rawles. "He battled some injuries early in the season and I think he's starting to get his health back and with it is his confidence. He was tenth yesterday, which was his second top-10 of the year. So he's starting to build that confidence back. He just went a little bit too big on his top air in the quarterfinals."

Are Showcases Great Event Weekend
Rawles had kudos for event organizers in Are, which was site of last year's FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. One of the highlights of that event was a night freestyle exhibition. It had been nearly 20 years since the last freestyle World Cup on the central Sweden mountain.

"They really did an awesome job here with the event, certainly one of our best of the year," added Rawles. "And it was especially nice to come to the hometown of our coach Lasse Fahlen and take home some podiums. It meant a lot to him."

The moguls World Cup circuit wraps up next Wednesday in Valmalenco, Italy.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
2008 FIS FREESTYLE WORLD CUP
Are, Sweden - March 8, 2008
Dual Moguls

Men (16 make finals)
1. Dmitriy Reiherd, Kazhakstan
2. Dale Begg-Smith, Australia
3. Vincent Marquis, Canada
4. Rusian Sharifullin, Russia
5. Bryon Wilson, Butte, MT
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7. Patrick Deneen, Cle Elum, WA
10. Jimmy Discoe, Ridgway, CO
40. LandonGardner, Missoula, MT
42. David Babic, Washington, VT
45. Nate Roberts, Park City, UT

Women (16 make finals)
1. Aiko Uemura, Japan
2. Nikola Sudova, Czech Republic
3. Kayla Snyderman, Winchester, MA
4. Michelle Roark, Denver
5. Kristi Richards, Canada
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8. Shelly Robertson, Reno, NV
9. Jillian Vogtli, Elicotville, NY
11. Emiko Torito, Denver
15. Heather McPhie, Park City, UT



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Default Team Takes Audis to the Ice

ARE, Sweden (March 9) - U.S. Freestyle Ski Team athletes wrapped up a successful moguls weekend in Are, Sweden with some ice driving on a frozen lake. Team members including Kayla Snyderman (Winchester, MA), who was on the podium a day earlier, and her teammates got behind the wheel of an Audi to test the performance of the cars and have some fun.

"Everyone enjoyed their time on the track and especially enjoyed driving the Audis," said Moguls Coach Garth Hager, a former national Team athlete. "It was a great day-off activity. As always the crew got competitive. It was also Kayla Snyderman's first experience driving a manual transmission. She did surprisingly well."

Team members were especially impressed with Audi's ESP electronic traction control. "It really controls the car when you slide and allows you to follow the track," said World Championship medalist Michelle Roark. ""I wish I had one!"

As much as they were impressed with the ESP feature, most of the athletes liked sliding around a bit more. "Obviously driving with the ESP disengaged was a bit more exciting on the ice," laughed Hager. "But we all saw the clear advantage for safe, effective snow driving with it was in use. Thanks to Audi for letting us experience the A6 sedan on the ice track here in Are."

Among the U.S. Ski Team athletes participating were Roark, Snyderman, Dave Babic (Washington, VT, Emiko Torito (Denver), Jillian Vogtli (Elicotville, NY), Jimmy Discoe (Ridgway, CO), Pat Deneen (Cle Elum, WA), Bryon Wilson (Butte, MT), Landon Gardner (Missoula, MT), and Shelly Robertson (Reno, NV),

It was a productive weekend on the nearby competition hill, too. Along with Snyderman, Torito scored her third straight podium. And Nate Roberts (Park City, UT) was second for the second straight week.

The team now heads for Valmalenco, Italy for this week's final moguls event of the season. They are in Park City, UT later in March for the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships.



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