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Skiing - 22. January 2008.

Torito wins in Nature Valley

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (Jan. 18) - Emiko Torito (Denver) won her first World Cup moguls event and two teammates reached their first podium Friday as the Nature Valley Freestyle Cup got underway in a snowstorm at Whiteface Mountain. While Torito claimed her first victory, Kayla Snyderman (Winchester, MA) was third in the women's contest.

photo US Ski Team

She led qualifying in the morning and said she sat on her jitters before the final run. Her two jumps were a helicopter off the first "air" and a back-flip off the bottom jump as she won with 25.17 points. She was more than a full point ahead of Italy's Deborah Scanzio (23.98). Kayla Snyderman (Winchester, MA), who won a NorAm dual moguls event over the weekend in Quebec, finished third at 23.70.

"It's been such a long time coming and I get emotional just thinking about it. I can't count how many times I've imagined winning," said Torito, whose family lives in Denver, but who skis out of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Snyderman came through Nick Preston's program at Waterville Valley, NH. She will enter her sophomore year at Dartmouth College in the spring.

Winner thrilled for teammates
"Our whole team made finals [i.e., 16 skiers qualifying]. We have such a strong team and I really believe on any given day, any of us could win, could be on the podium," Torito said. The snow helped soften what had been an icy course "and made it more forgiving," she added.

Snyderman said winning a dual moguls event at Val St. Come, Que., during the weekend helped propel her to the World Cup podium. "I know I've been skiing well and I wanted to keep it up. I exceeded my expectations, though, so I'm really happy."

Despite the gusting winds, visibility was not too bad on Wilderness bumps run. "It was definitely different than on our training days. With a few inches of powder, it was so much fun," Snyderman said.

The Nature Valley Freestyle Cup moves on to an aerials event Saturday night at Lake Placid's Olympic Jumping Complex. Sunday, the weekend schedule ends with another moguls contest at Whiteface.

2008 FIS Freestyle world Cup
Nature Valley Freestyle Cup
Lake Placid, NY - Jan. 18, 2008
(16 made finals)

Women's Moguls
1. Emiko Torito, Denver, 25.17 points
2. Deborah Scanzio, Italy, 23.98
2. Kayla Snyderman, Winchester, MA, 23.70
4. Nikola Sudova, Czech Republic, 23.61
5. Margarita Marbler, Austria, 23.42
6. Michelle Roark, Winter Park, CO, 23.26
9. Shelly Robertson, Reno, NV, 21.75
13. Jillian Vogtli, Ellicotville, NY, 20.00
14. Hannah Kearney, Norwich, VT, 19.02
15. Eliza Outtrim, Steamboat Springs, CO, 14.76
15. Heather McPhie, Bozeman, MT, 9.43
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