|PARK CITY, Utah - (March 30) The U.S. Ski Team's Michelle Roark (Denver) won the Nature Valley Freestyle Challenge dual moguls competition concluding the 2008 Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships at Deer Valley Resort Sunday.The Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships will be broadcast April 6 on Versus at 3 p.m. ET.|
Women's podium: (l-r) Kayla Snyderman (2); Michelle Roark (1), KC Oakley (3) - Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships, dual moguls, Deer Valley Resort, Park City, Utah. (U.S. Ski Team)
Roark, a 2006 Olympian and World Championships silver medalist, went all out to earn her first national title.
"I came out to give it 100 percent and push it. I'm very happy with how it went. It feels great to win on this course since this was the course that really threw me off all season," Roark said. "I was wearing my Phi-nominal perfume and it always helps me get the energy I need to go out there and attack. Next year I want to get the title for singles too."
"To see Michelle win yet again this season, it's just great for her," Rawles said.
Teammate Kayla Snyderman (Winchester, MA) followed Roark with the silver and Ski Club Vail's KC Oakley (Piedmont, CA) won bronze.
"It was fun. I wanted to go for it and ramped it up with every run and just tried to go bigger," Snyderman said. "I'm pretty proud of myself. I don't think I skied quite to my potential, but considering it's the end of the season and I'm pretty tired, I'm proud of myself."
Jimmy Roberts (South Lake Tahoe, CA) of the Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation landed himself the Rip It Trick of the Day award, which comes with a $2,500 prize, when he put down an awesome backflip.
"I'm definitely happy right now, especially after I lost after that first run," Roberts said.
The Nature Valley Freestyle Challenge at the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships concludes the 2008 freestyle ski season.
2008 SPRINT U.S. FREESTYLE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Nature Valley Freestyle Challenge
Deer Valley Resort - March 30, 2008
Duals Moguls (16 make finals)
1. Michelle Roark, Denver
2. Kayla Snyderman, Winchester, MA
3. KC Oakley, Piedmont, CA
4. Lane Stoltzner, Telluride, CO
5. Allison Digravio, Farmington, ME
5. Kelsey Albert, North Andover, MA
5. Kristi Waring, Centennial, CO
5. Whitney Henceroth, Dillon, CO
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