|PARK CITY, Utah (March 28) - Jennifer Hudak (Park City, UT) took her skiing to the next level Friday to win her third straight U.S. title in women's skier halfpipe during the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships. |
"The pipe was really good today. I took a rough spill this morning on one run and it kind of threw me off, but I did what I had to do in finals and it was a good day," Hudak said. "I'm really happy with the final result. My roots are with the USSA and it means a lot to me to win nationals. This is my third year winning the event and I'd like to keep it that way for many years to come"
Originally from Connecticut, Hudak started freestyle skiing at Okemo Mountain in Vermont working with coach Elana Chase. She still works with Chase out of the Aspen Valley Ski Club, but lives in Park City now.
Gina Gmeiner (Steamboat Springs, CO) followed Hudak in second place, and Jessica Cumming (Wilton, CT) was third.
"It's an amazing pipe and a great venue. My run was alright but I have no complaints. It was a good day," Gmeiner said.
Action continues this weekend at Deer Valley Resort with moguls Saturday and dual moguls Sunday, finals for both start at 2:45 p.m. Awards are held nightly through Saturday at the Town Lift Plaza in downtown Park City at 5:30 p.m.
SPRINT U.S. FREESTYLE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Park City, UT - March 28, 2008
1. Jennifer Hudak, Park City, UT, 34.2
2. Gina Gmeiner, Steamboat Springs, CO, 30.3
3. Jessica Cumming, Wilton, CT, 28.6
4. Jillian Kazley, Rochester, NY, 25.3
5. Lizzie Seibert, Edwards, CO, 22.9
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