Friedberg reigns as "King of the Bumps’
Fresh powder brought snowriders out in force to compete today as reigning champ Mike Friedberg proved once again to be “King of the Bumps” in the second Mogul Mania event. Friedberg claimed the Open/Pro division title to kick off the bump races on Cookshack Run setting the bar high for competitors in an action-packed afternoon.Former US Ski Team member Mike Friedberg bumped his way through the men’s field knocking off Chris Pusey and “98 Nagano Olympian Alex Wilson for the title in the single-elimination dual course format. Friedberg’s repeat performance earned him the $1,000 first-place purse.Another colossal performance was shown by John Eaton who threw a D-Spin 7 to secure victory in the Liberty Skis Big Air Contest. After many stellar leaps and bounds, Eaton beat out fellow high flyers Reid Milne, Ryan Spinks and John Spriggs. Air Show competitors are judged on degree of difficulty, execution, distance and landing.The Colorado Rocky Mountain School’s telemark team dominated as David Brokering and Zach Leuder took top honors in the Men’s Liberty Skis Telemark division. The women proved to be equally as menacing with Molly Olgilby sliding into first, ahead of students Valley Noone and Ali “Danger” Wade.Mogul Mania No. 2Dual course action heated up as Matty Roboshow bumped his way to a win in the Men’s Sport Division, while Hillary Procknow was crown Women’s Sport champion. Old-timer Jim Glendening handily won the Vet division, enduring heavy pressure from mogul legend John Bailey. Heavy metal fanatics Ryan Spinks in the skiing division and Ricky Rodriguez on his snowboard greased the rail to a win in the newly added Rail Jam.Breckenridge’s Nick Wolf proved himself worthy nabbing first in the Boys Junior 14 & Under Division beating out Jens Kjesbo and former champ Christian Kloser. In the girl’s heat, Heidi Kloser kept her crown sticking a bottom air heli, winning the Girls Junior 14 & Under division for the second time in as many events.The 2004 Mogul Mania Series will continue on Saturday, March 6, with the final competition slated March 27. All Mogul Mania events are contested on Vail Mountain.Mogul Mania is presented by Toyota, Johns Manville, Coors Light, Carrera and Skiing Magazine and sponsored in part by Liberty Skis, Nature Valley Granola Bars, Fate, Peak Dentistry, Starbucks, Vail Mountain, KVBA TV8 and KZYR the Zephyr.
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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.