Bloom wins sixth straight moguls competition
SAUZE D’OULX, Italy – World Cup champion Jeremy Bloom made it a record-tying six consecutive moguls victories Friday night, edging teammate and Olympic medalist Travis Mayer of Steamboat Springs on the 2006 Olympic moguls course as U.S. men filled three of the top five places.Bloom, who clinched his second World cup moguls title earlier this month, received 27.02 points for his final run, which included a 720 (double rotation) with cross and an off-axis D-spin.
Mayer finished with 26.61 points on his off-axis D-spin and basic 720, double-rotation. Vail’s Toby Dawson made it three Americans in the top five, finishing fifth (25.60). Bloom tied former Russian moguls skier Sergei Shupletsov, who won the last event of the 1994 season and the first five moguls competitions of the 1995 season. Newly inducted U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame member Donna Weinbrecht won six or more in a row three times, including eight straight in the 1991 season; overall, Weinbrecht won 46 World Cup contests en route to five World Cup titles.In addition, Travis Cabral was ninth and Nate Roberts 12th. With one World Cup moguls contest remaining before World Championships March 17-20 in Ruka, Finland, Bloom has 740 points to 444 for Roberts in second place and Mayer is fourth, Cabral fifth and Dawson seventh.
“There’s always a touch of bittersweet in something like this,” said moguls head coach Donnie St. Pierre. “But it was a great competition and it’s understatement to say it, but Jeremy’s obviously skiing with a lot of confidence … and the judges like what they saw.” Added coach Scott Rawles, “Jeremy’s just a machine out there. … This is the first season Jeremy’s focused fully on skiing and where in football you have a game each weekend, once we got into the flow of the season starting in January, that’s when Jeremy got into his flow, too.”Defending Olympic and world champion Kari Traa of Norway won the women’s event with 25.86 points to 25.14 for Canadian Stephanie St. Pierre. Top U.S. skiers were Jillian Vogtli in eighth and Michelle Roark ninth.
The World Cup schedule continues Saturday with aerials.Vail, Colorado