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Six area skiers make U.S. freestyle team

USSA and Tribune reports

PARK CITY, Utah — A record number of Lake Tahoe and Reno area skiers have been selected to the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team.

Led by Olympic silver medalist Shannon Bahrke of Tahoe City and national champion Travis Ramos of South Lake Tahoe, the region is well-represented on the 2002-03 team.

Also making the grade are World Cup veterans Travis Cabral and Chris Hernandez of South Lake Tahoe. Shelly Robertson of Reno also made the squad, as did Laurel Shanley of Squaw Valley.

The team also includes Olympic medalists Travis Mayer of Steamboat Springs, Colo., and Joe Pack of Park City, Utah, plus World Cup and former Olympic and world champion Eric Bergoust of Missoula, Mont., and ex-World Cup and world champ Ann Battelle of Steamboat Springs, Colo.

The team includes 23 men and 16 women, with the breakdown revealing 23 moguls skiers and 16 aerialists. Thirteen athletes were named to the 2002 Olympic Team and nine have won World Cup aerials, moguls or dual moguls contests.

The highlight for the U.S. freestyle skiers during the 2003 season will be the World Championships in January at Utah’s Deer Valley Resort. Pack and Hardaway have won World Cup events at the resort and the U.S. has had several other podium performances there, in addition to the three Olympic medal results in February.

“This should be an exciting season, following our successes at the Olympics and with Bergy winning his second World Cup aerials title,” said coach Jeff Wintersteen. “Deer Valley has been a very good venue for us and I don’t think it’s any exaggeration we’re looking for that comfort factor and pattern of success to continue at worlds.”

Wintersteen also noted this would be the first winter since 1988 that former Olympic and five-time World Cup champion Donna Weinbrecht of Killington, Vt., isn’t on the U.S. Ski Team. Weinbrecht, who was the moguls gold medalist at the 1991 World Championships in Lake Placid, NY, and won 46 World Cups, has retired.

In addition, ’98 Olympic and World Cup moguls champion Jonny Moseley of Tiburon, Calif., and a Squaw Valley product, retired after eight years and 17 World Cup victories while on the team.

2003 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team SELECTIONS

Moguls

Men

David Babic, 22, East Barre, Vt.; Jeremy Bloom, 20, Loveland, Colo.; Travis Cabral, 18, South Lake Tahoe; Toby Dawson, 23, Vail, Colo.; Evan Dybvig, 26, Plainfield, Vt.; Mike Friedberg, 23, Boulder, Colo.; Chris Hernandez, 23, South Lake Tahoe, CA; Brady Johnson, 22, Littleton, Colo.; Travis Mayer, 20, Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Marty Odlin, 20, Sunday River, Maine; Travis Ramos, 23, South Lake Tahoe; Ryan Riley, 22, Steamboat Springs, Colo; Tim Warner, 24, Waterford, Mich.; and Luke Westerlund, 24, Breckenridge, Colo.

Women

Shannon Bahrke, 21, Tahoe City; Ann Battelle, 34, Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Hannah Hardaway, 23, Moultonborough, N.H.; Hannah Kearney, 16, Norwich, Vt.; Michelle Roark, 27, Golden, Colo.; Shelly Robertson, 23, Reno; Laurel Shanley, 19, Squaw Valley; Emiko Torito, 19, Englewood, Colo.; Justine Van Houte, 33, Telluride, CO; and Jillian Vogtli, 28, Ellicotville, N.Y.

Aerials

Men

Eric Bergoust, 32, Missoula, Mont; Brian Currutt, 28, Park City, Utah; Jerry Grossi, 28, Park City, Utah; Corey Hacker, 29, Boston, N.Y.; Joe Pack, 24, Park City, Utah; Jeret Peterson, 20, Boise, Idaho; Ryan St. Onge, 19, Winter Park, Colo; Matt Saunders, 22, Salt Lake City; Parker Schmidt, 21, Steamboat Springs, Colo.; and Jeremy April, 18, Northvale, N.J. (who died after being named to the team).

Women

Emily Cook, 22, Belmont, Mass.; Kelly Hilliman, 24, Tonawanda, N.Y.; Jana Lindsey, 17, Black Hawk, S.D.; Brenda Petzold, 28, Andover, Mass.; Kate Reed, 18, Montrose, Colo; and Lacy Schnoor, 16, Draper, Utah.


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