Robertson collects first World Cup win |

Robertson collects first World Cup win

PARK CITY, Utah – Veteran Shelly Robertson of Reno changed one of her jumps in the semifinal round of dual moguls Saturday night and skied off with the first World Cup victory of her career.

“I was doing a ‘360’ (helicopter, full rotation) all night and I realized I was landing a little back seat (leaning backward), so I wanted to go a little bit bigger, so I did double- twister-spread,” Robertson said.

As the Visa Freestyle International concluded in 14-degree weather, Landon Gardner of Missoula, Mont., finished second in the men’s event for his first podium.

Robertson struggled in the semifinal when she tried it for the first time, but eked into the final round as she edged Czech Nikola Sudova, 18-17, according to the judges. She also upended Marbler, 18-17, in the final round. It was Robertson’s first podium in four years.

U.S. moguls head coach Scott Rawles said, “Shelly’s been chipping away for a long time and this is awesome. Her heli wasn’t working, so I suggested the double-twister-spread. She tried it first in the semifinal and had trouble with it, so I asked what she wanted to do, and she said, ‘I’m really going to execute it in the final’…and she did.”

Kayla Snyderman (Winchester, Mass.) was sixth with Emiko Torito (Denver) 11th and Heather McPhie (Bozeman, Mont.) 12th. A chilled crowd of about 8,500 watched the proceedings.

In the men’s contest, Gardner fell to Canadian Vincent Marquis, who also won his first World Cup event. It was Gardner’s first podium and came about as he pulled three upsets in a row. He beat Canadian Warren Tanner, current dual moguls world champion Dale Begg-Smith of Australia and another Canadian, Alexandre Bilodeau.

“This had been a really fun night. I felt pretty comfortable qualifying 10th,” Gardner said. “You know, if you qualify really high people think you’re a high seed, so I think I had that to my advantage. I know my skills and I know this course really well, so I knew I could really put it down and that’s what I did.

“First podium, I’m really excited. I definitely wish I could have been a little bit higher on the podium but you know what, I’m just going to enjoy second place,” he said.

Sho Kashima of Zephyr Cove finished 47th.

Pat Deneen (Cle Elum, Wash.) was fourth with Jimmy Discoe (Ridgway, Colo.) eighth, Nate Roberts (Park City, Utah) ninth, Jay Bowman-Kirigin (Salt Lake City) 12th and Holt Haga (Boise, Idaho) 13th.

“The young guys really stepped up tonight,” said coach Jeff Wintersteen said. “Duals is such a roll of the dice and we had our skiers facing our skiers, so they couldn’t all advance. This is a big night for Shelly, who’s skiing so well and keeps pushing forward, and it’s big for Landon.”

Rawles said, “Pat Deneen is just so tough out there. And Landon took down some big guys on his way into the final. He really laid it down each time.”

The FIS Freestyle world Cup tour heads next to Cypress Mountain in Vancouver, B.C., the 2010 Olympic freestyle venue. Moguls and aerials will be staged next weekend under the lights.

World Cup Freestyle skiing

Visa Freestyle International

Deer Valley Resort

Park City, Utah

Feb. 2, 2008

Men’s Dual Moguls (4 made semifinals)

1. Vincent Marquis, Canada

2. Landon Gardner, Missoula, Mont.

3. Alexandre Bilodeau, Canada

4. Pat Deneen, Cle Elum, Wash.

U.S. results

8. Jimmy Discoe, Ridgway, Colo.

9. Nate Roberts, Park City, Utah

12. Jay Bowman-Kirigin, Salt Lake City

13. Holt Haga, Boise, Idaho

17. Mike Morse, Duxbury, Mass.

28. Bryon Wilson, Butte, Mont.

36. Dave Babic, Washington, Vt.

47. Sho Kashima, Zephyr Cove

Women’s Dual Moguls (4 made semifinals)

1. Shelly Robertson, Reno

2. Margarita Marbler, Austria

3. Kristi Richards, Canada

4. Nikola Sudova, Czech Republic

Other U.S. results

6. Kayla Snyderman, Winchester, Mass.

11. Emiko Torito, Denver

12. Heather McPhie, Bozeman, Mont.

19. Eliza Outtrim, Steamboat Springs, Colo.

20. Jillian Vogtli, Ellicotville, N.Y.


Visa Freestyle International

Deer Valley Resort

Park City, Utah

Feb. 2

Men’s Ski Cross

1. Davey Barr, Canada

2. Casey Puckett, Aspen, Colo.

3. Michael Schmid, Switzerland

4. Daron Rahlves, Truckee

5. Tomas Kraus, Czech Republic

Other U.S. results

18. Jake Fiala, Copper Mountain, Colo.

27. Errol Kerr, Truckee

Women’s Ski Cross

1. Ophelie David, France

2. Sasa Faric, Slovenia

3. Emilie Serain, Switzerland

4. Meryl Boulangeat, France

5. Magdalena Iljans, Sweden

U.S. result

16. Langely McNeal, Ketchum, Idaho

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