Dawson heads into freestyle finals
Vail’s Toby Dawson finished fourth in qualifying, and will also move onto the finals.
Moguls finals will be held Friday with NBC broadcasting two hours of Worlds coverage each day on the weekend, at 1 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday (all times mountain standard). The running order in finals is in reverse order from the 16 who qualify; the qualifying score is not brought forward.
“You don’t remember who won the semis, so it’s a new day Friday,” said moguls Head Coach Don St. Pierre, who pleased not only to have seven skiers into finals but to have seven within striking distance of the medals stand.
“This was one of the toughest courses of the year because of the length, and the moguls are really abrupt,” said Cabral, who was – at 15 – the youngest moguls champion in U.S. history when he won the title at the 1999 Chevy Truck championships, also at Deer Valley.
Cabral, 19, who has won two World Cup contests this season, the opener at Tignes, France, and Jan. 18 at Whiteface Mountain outside Lake Placid, NY, during the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Grand National World Cup.
“I’m coming into this event just wanting to ski well,” Cabral said. “These are the first World champs for me and I wanted to lay down a couple of good runs, and one of ’em’s over, so it was a good day. I definitely had the run I wanted.”
Defending World Cup champion Jeremy Bloom of Loveland was seventh, as 16 skiers in the field of 38 moved to finals.
In the women’s contest, Olympic and reigning World Cup and world champion Kari Traa of Norway led with 25.15 points.
2003 FIS FREESTYLE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Deer Valley, UT – Jan. 29
Moguls Qualifying (16 make finals)
1. Travis Cabral, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 26.77 points
2. Mikko Ronkainen, Finland, 26.17
3. Travis Mayer, Steamboat Springs, CO, 26.09 (ahead on tiebreaker)
4. Toby Dawson, Vail, CO, 26.09
5. Janne Lahtela, Finland, 26.06
6. Stephane Rochon, Canada, 24.76
7. Jeremy Bloom, Loveland, CO, 24.42
8. Adrian Costa, Australia, 214.34
9. Christoph Stark, Germany, 24.30
10. Laurent Niol, France, 23.91
11. Michael Robertson, Australia, 23.86
13. Vladimir Tiumentsev, Russia, 23.81
14. Yugo Tsukita, Japan, 23.51
15. Guilbaut Colas, France, 23.43
16. Lauri Lassila, Finland, 23.33
1. Kari Traa, Norway, 25.15
2. Michelle Roark, Denver, 25.01
3. Stephanie St. Pierre, Canada, 24.94
4. Aiko Uemura, Japan, 24.35
5. Ingrid Berntsen, Norway, 24.31
6. Shannon Bahrke, Tahoe City, CA, 24.08
7. Emiko Torito, Englewood, CO, 23.36
8. Elisa Kurylowicz, Canada, 23.12
9. Daria Serova, Russia, 22.92
10. Tae Satoya, Japan, 22.91
11. Nikola Sudova, Czech Republic, 22.86
12. Tami Bradley, Canada, 22.54
13. Miyuki Hatanaka, Japan, 22.48
14. Sandra Laoura, France, 22.23
15. Kristi Richards, Canada, 22.01
16. Jane Sexton, Australia, 21.69
27. Laurel Shanley, Squaw Valley, CA, 18.62