Moseley goes big, goes home with $20,000
The freeskier’s credo seems to be, “Go big or go home.”
Jonny Moseley did both at Squaw Valley on Sunday.
In its second year, the Chevy Truck Jonny Moseley Invitational crowned its creator with the first-place purse of $20,000. Moseley, a 1998 Olympic gold medalist in freestyle, returned to the mountain where he started skiing and clinched a win by hucking a 900 dinner roll in the final.
“This is the best event ever staged,” said Moseley, who was second in last year’s inaugural Invitational. “It worked out better than I could have hoped, and I hope it stays at Squaw forever. If the event keeps going like it has been, I will be as psyched as I am right now.”
A crowd of about 2,000 watched the event from Squaw Valley’s new base and the new Olympic Sundeck to watch the final day of competition. Moseley invited 16 of the world’s best freeskiers compete in skiercross, then hit the kickers for the big air competition.
The preliminary rounds narrowed the field to four semifinalists. Moseley’s dinner 720 jump pushed him past defending Invitational champ Evan Dybvig and into the finals, and Evan Raps threw a misty flip, helping him past Shane McConkey.
NBC will televise the event nationally as a one-hour special at 1 p.m. on Jan. 22.
Breakout: Final standings
The Chevy Truck Jonny Moseley Invitational
Squaw Valley USA
Place athlete prize money
1. Jonny Moseley $20,000
2. Evan Raps $1,250
3. Shane McConkey $1,000
4. Evan Dybvig $750
5. Shane Szocs $200
6. Curtis Tischler $200
7. Skogan Sprang $200
8. Mike Douglas $200
9. Kent Krietler $200
10. Vinny Dorion $200
11. Shannon Schad $200
12. J.F. Cusson $200
13. Seth Morrison $200
14. Shane Anderson $200
15. C.R. Johnson $1
J.T. Holmes DNF
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