Bloom wins Moguls in Steamboat
NBC will televise coverage of the weekend Saturday at 1 p.m. MST and ESPN will have coverage Thursday Feb. 20, also at 1 p.m.
On a postcard day, Bloom – who won the dual moguls gold medal at World Championships a week earlier and took silver in moguls – received 27.80 points after connecting with a heli-X spread on his top jump and a double twister spread on the bottom.
World Cup leader Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau of Canada was second and World Cup rookie Dave Babic (Washington, VT) earned his first podium, finishing third.
Olympic silver medalist and local favorite Travis Mayer (Steamboat Springs) was fifth with Luke Westerlund (Breckenridge) eighth, Mike Friedberg (Boulder) 10th and Toby Dawson (Vail,), who collected World Championships bronze in both moguls and duals at Utah’s Deer Valley Resort, 12th.
“I’ve been on a little bit of a roll and I’m just getting back in the groove,” said Bloom, who missed all preseason training camps and the first three weeks of the season while training or playing football for the University of Colorado. “As I ski more, I get more comfortable and am skiing better.”
The World Cup moguls schedule veers toward Japan with four moguls events on tap -two moguls contests Feb. 14-15 in Inawashiro followed by moguls and a dual moguls event Feb. 22-23 in Madarao.