|Emiko Torito (Steamboat, CO) laid down a spectacular run to win gold in the moguls competition of the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships at Deer Valley Resort in Park City Saturday.The Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships will air Sunday, April 6 on Versus at 3 p.m. ET.|
Emiko Torito, Shelly Robertson, Hannah Kearney, Women Awards, Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships, Moguls, Deer Valley, Photo: Jen Desmond/U.S. Ski Team
"We had a great day. Everybody put together some really good stuff," said Moguls Head Coach Scott Rawles. "We have a competitive group and they came out and skied hard. It was awesome."
Adding to an already successful season filled with four World Cup podium finishes, including a victory in Lake Placid, Torito owned the moguls course by completing a tight run with a 360 and a backflip.
"I am shaking. It's unreal," Torito said. "I know I had a successful year with World Cups and that was great, but there's just nothing like being able to say you're a national champion. It's really special."
"She's worked her way back in to the position she's in now. She worked hard last summer on her jump package along with everything else and she came out with a lot of fire this year," Rawles said. "After she won the event in Lake Placid, she maintained that momentum throughout the year."
Torito was especially pleased to be competing for her title at Deer Valley Resort.
"Deer Valley is my favorite course. It's so challenging but you can also rip. I couldn't be happier to win here."
Shelly Robertson (Reno, NV), who's best World Cup result for the season came when she won dual moguls at Deer Valley in February, captured the silver while 2006 Olympian Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT), who was sidelined most of the season, took the bronze.
"I was a little bit nervous, but I skied a good run," Robertson said. "It wasn't the cleanest run I've put down this year, but that's OK - I was happy with my jumps."
The Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships conclude Sunday with men's and women's dual moguls at Deer Valley Resort in Park City.
SPRINT U.S. FREESTYLE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Park City, UT - March 29, 2008
1. Emiko Torito, Steamboat, CO, 23.68
2. Shelly Robertson, Reno, NV, 22.86
3. Hannah Kearney, Norwich, VT, 22.08
4. Kayla Snyderman, Winchester, MA, 21.90
5. Whitney Henceroth, Dillon, CO, 21.84
6. Lindsey Cannon, Telluride, CO, 21.70
7. Heather McPhie, Park City, UT, 21.41
8. Eliza Outtrim, Steamboat Springs, CO, 21.30
9. Michelle Roark, Winter Park, CO, 21.11
10. Jordan Poyfair, Denver, CO, 19.91
Picture by Alex Broadway/SWpix.com