|PARK CITY, Utah (Feb. 2) - Veteran Shelly Robertson (Reno, NV) changed one of her jumps in the semifinal round of dual moguls Saturday night and skied off with the first victory of her career. |
"I was doing a '360' [helicopter - full rotation] all night and I realized I was landing a little 'back seat' [leaning backward], so I wanted to go a little bit bigger, so I did double- twister-spread," Robertson said.
She struggled in the semifinal when she tried it for the first time, but eked into the final round as she edged Czech Nikola Sudova, 18-17, according to the judges. She also upended Marbler, 18-17, in the final round. It was Robertson's first podium in four years.
Moguls Head Coach Scott Rawles said, "Shelly's been chipping away for a long time and this is awesome. Her heli wasn't working, so I suggested the double-twister-spread. She tried it first in the semifinal and had trouble with it, so I asked what she wanted to do, and she said, 'I'm really going to execute it in the final'...and she did."
Kayla Snyderman (Winchester, MA) was sixth with Emiko Torito (Denver) 11th and Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) 12th. A chilled crowd of about 8,500 watched the proceedings.
The FIS Freestyle world Cup tour heads next to Cypress Mountain in Vancouver, B.C., the 2010 Olympic freestyle venue. Moguls and aerials will be staged next weekend under the lights.
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World Cup Freestyle skiing
Visa Freestyle International
Deer Valley Resort
Park City, UT - Feb. 2, 2008
Women's Dual Moguls (4 made semifinals)
1. Shelly Robertson, Reno, NV
2. Margarita Marbler, Austria
3. Kristi Richards, Canada
4. Nikola Sudova, Czech Republic
6. Kayla Snyderman, Winchester, MA
11. Emiko Torito, Denver
12. Heather McPhie, Bozeman, MT
19. Eliza Outtrim, Steamboat Springs, CO
20. Jillian Vogtli, Ellicotville, NY
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