Ramos, Cabral primed to compete at Winter Olympics venue
Could it be a preview of the 2002 Winter Olympics?
South Lake Tahoe bump skiers Brooke Ballachey, Travis Cabral and Travis Ramos will compete at the site of the 2002 Games when they participate in a World Cup freestyle event on Saturday.
“Pretty much, everybody who will be at the 2002 Olympics I’ll be competing against Saturday,” said Ramos, 20, of South Lake Tahoe.
Ramos has been training hard for his first World Cup moguls event since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament during a summer training camp. In fact, Ramos was so focused on Deer Valley on Saturday, he couldn’t look past Utah toward any other competition, even the January 21-23 World Cup stop at Heavenly.
“Strategically, for me, as far as this year goes is to not even project my thoughts past my goal,” Ramos said.
Ramos has targeted a group of skiers from Finland who have been placing high on the circuit since his injury. Now that he’s all the way back, Ramos wants to stop the Finnish success in its tracks.
“I won’t want them to win in America,” Ramos said. “… I don’t want those guys to win in my home country.”
Cabral, who shocked the sport a year ago by winning the Chevy Truck U.S. Freestyle Championships in single moguls, was equally excited. Deer Valley marks his World Cup premiere, on the Olympic bumps course.
“It’s definitely exciting,” Cabral said. “Right now, we’re concentrating on our first one, which is Deer Valley.”
The layout will also bring back great memories for Cabral, who won nationals at Deer Valley last year as a 15-year-old.
Deer Valley Resort gets readier by the minute to host Olympic slalom, aerial and mogul competition during the Olympic Winter Games, Feb. 8-24, 2002. The resort’s aerial venue was completed this summer on the White Owl run. Snowmaking was added to all three Olympic competition runs: White Owl (aerials), Champion (moguls) and Know You Don’t (slalom).
On Saturday, Jan. 8, Deer Valley will be the site of men’s and women’s World Cup mogul competition on the Champion run. On Sunday, Jan, 9 will be men’s and women’s aerial competition day, taking place on
the White Owl run. Deer Valley expects approximately 150 competitors in the freestyle events.
The event will be televised on NBC January 16th.
“We’re very excited to be adding a new World Cup venue to our repertoire in the U.S.,” says Alan Ashley, the United States Ski and Snowboard Association’s vice president of athletics. “Deer Valley is among one of the nation’s foremost ski resorts and for us to be able to hold World Cups in both freestyle and Alpine is really important to the exposure of the sport.”
More importantly, it’s a chance to show that the resort is ready to host the Winter Games.
“We’re working hard to be fully prepared for these World Cup events,” says Coleen Reardon, Deer Valley Resort director of marketing. “This is Deer Valley’s chance to show … the ski community at large that we’re ready to handle Olympic competition. We’re eager to welcome
spectators and competitors to our mountain, and want to show them the best hospitality possible. Hosting the World Cups is also an invaluable opportunity for us to learn the ins and outs of world-class competition, so that by the time 2002 rolls around, we can put on the best races possible.”
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