Dawson takes bronze; Bloom’s golden
Saturday at the Freestyle World Championships, Dawson landed on the podium for the second day in a row, earning the second medal of his career at the second-largest freestyle skiing event in the world, behind the Olympics.
“I wanted to give the crowd the best show I possibly could,” Dawson said. “I was in a third and fourth place duel, so, really, I figured third and fourth place were about the same. The placing wasn’t really a big concern of mine. I just wanted to have fun and give the crowd exactly what they wanted to see.”
Loveland’s Jeremy Bloom the University of Colorado football player who wore a gold helmet
with a CU bison logo over each ear, tore-up the bottom half of the course Saturday to win the dual moguls gold medal.
Kari Traa of Norway repeated as women’s duals champ with Shannon Bahrke, of Tahoe City, Calif., as bronze medalist.
NBC, which was to broadcast two hours of Worlds action today and Sunday, rescheduled its coverage – because of the Columbia space shuttle disaster – for Feb. 22-23; check local listings.
Bloom, who had been undecided Friday after winning silver in the moguls event at Deer Valley Resort, defeated Japan’s Yugo Tsukita in the final run. The defending World Cup moguls champ who had competed in only four events – three singles and the only duals on the early season schedule – coming into Worlds, landed a heli-X off his first air and nailed a double twister
spread at the bottom for the gold medal.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.