Ramos bumped up to A team
PARK CITY, Utah – Three top 10 finishes in three races, including his first World Cup victory, has prompted the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team to promote Travis Ramos of South Lake Tahoe from its “C” squad to its “A” team.
Ramos was promoted along with Hannah Hardaway of Moultonborough, NH., according to head freestyle coach Jeff Wintersteen.
The 21-year-old Ramos was unavailable for comment as he is preparing for the next World Cup stop in Lizuna Kogen, Japan. The World Cup’s two-week visit to Japan concludes with singles on Saturday and dual moguls Sunday.
In a two-month span, Ramos has gone from being a U.S. team castoff to one of the top bump skiers in the world. Ramos regained his place on the team during selection events before Christmas and then won his first World Cup moguls event during the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Grand National Jan. 28 at Sunday River, Maine.
In his only other starts for the U.S. this season, Ramos was ninth in Deer Valley, Utah, and fourth in Japan.
Hardaway, who underwent knee surgery in 1998 and again in ’99, rebounded a year ago to win both the North Am moguls and dual moguls titles and both singles and dual titles at the 2000 Chevy Truck U.S. Freestyle Championships. She won the moguls event Jan. 7 at the Gateway Freestyle Challenge at Deer Valley, the 2002 Olympic venue for freestyle.
In addition, aerialist Emily Cook of Belmont, Mass., who reached the first podium of her career when she finished third Jan. 6 at the Gateway World Cup at Deer Valley, was promoted from the “C” team to the “B” team.
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