Mogul skiers wrap bumper week
When the smoke had cleared from a week of duels and duals, the South Shore’s freestyle skiers played a big role in how the USSA Far West was won.
The US Freestyle Team’s selection event at Squaw Valley USA wrapped on Friday with a final dual moguls competition. And again, the South Shore’s skiers figured prominently. South Lake Tahoe’s Travis Ramos, who narrowly beat friend and fellow freestyle B-teamer Travis Cabral during Thursday’s final day of single moguls, finished in the round of eight on Friday. Chris Hernandez of the Heavenly Ski Foundation made it to the round of 16, and Heavenly teammate Ryan Hickey qualified for the round of 32. Tony Basile of WHERE won Friday’s finale.
Ramos entered the competition, which began Dec. 13, looking for a season of World Cup freestyle starts. He ensured that with wins in both singles events.
“The mission for the week was to gain World Cup starts for the rest of the year, and after Thursday’s competition I accomplished that,” Ramos said.
He called Friday an off day, but took the opportunity to get in the starting gates again.
“It was kind of an off day for me,” he said. “I started feeling a little sick, and I only won two of my duals.”
Cabral didn’t compete on Friday, but was satisfied with his week in Squaw’s bumps. The week’s runs were his first competitions of the season, and a warm-up for the rest of the year.
“I was very satisfied,” he said. “(Thursday) was close, but the three of us, Travis Ramos, Jeremy Bloom (of Loveland, Colo., third on Thursday), and I, we all skied really good I think it was a great week for all of us.”
Both Cabral and Ramos will resume competition in the Freestyle World Cup event Jan. 8-9 at Deer Valley, Utah.
Heavenly freestyle coach Jere Crawford rated the technique of Hernandez, his charge, as good.
“I think he’s the next guy in line for World Cup starts,” Crawford said. “I just expect him to keep getting better and better.”
Hickey, who Crawford said is just moving into the sport’s elite ranks, will take to the bumps again at Squaw on Dec. 19 in a USSA Far West Division moguls event.
“He’s a very good athlete, and he’s going to work his way up,” Crawford said of Hickey.
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