Dawson leads 2005 U.S. Freestyle team
Eleven skiers who have won World Cup events including Vail’s Toby Dawson, winner of three moguls contests last season, and reigning world champion Jeremy Bloom head a 42-athlete U.S. Freestyle Ski Team for the 2005 season, program director Polly-Jo Clark announced.
Clark said the team will include 20 men and 22 women; four Olympic medalists and four other Olympians are on the team. The team also includes Rachael Pack, younger sister of Olympic aerials medalist Joe Pack and who, at 12, becomes the youngest athlete ever named to any U.S. Ski Team.
Dawson won bronze medals in moguls and duals at the 2003 World Championships at Utah’s Deer Valley Resort and enjoyed a breakout season in ’04. He not only won three events but finished second overall in the World Cup moguls standings as he and his teammates filled four of the top five places, six of the first eight.
Bloom, the 2002 World Cup champion, was dual moguls gold medalist at the 2003 world championships at Deer Valley and silver medalist in moguls; last season, he earned the fourth World Cup victory of his career and was third in the World Cup moguls standings.
“This is a very strong team in a World Championships season. I’m excited about the season because we have the best moguls team – men and women – in the world,” Clark said, “Toby, Jeremy, Olympic medalists Travis Mayer and Shannon Bahrke, Hannah Kearney – who won two events last season in her first full year on the World Cup, and Babic and Roberts scored their first wins this past winter.
“We’re making strong progress in aerials as well. Eric Bergoust, a former Olympic, world and World Cup aerials champion, is returning. He’ll rejoin Joe Pack, Ryan St. Onge and ‘Speedy’ (Jeret Peterson) to give us a solid men’s aerials team again. We know Kate and Kelly are going to be upgrading their jumps this summer…and we’ve got some young talents starting to emerge. As I said, this is a strong team.”