Spriggs wins air show at Mogul Mania
Snowriders came out in force to compete under sunny skies today as pro skier Mike Friedberg kicked off the 2004 Mogul Mania series in style, claiming the Men’s Open/Pro division title to kick off the bump series.Fresh off the U.S. Ski Team, Friedberg worked his way through the elite men’s field of competitors during the morning session, defeating Richard Dulude for the title in the single-elimination dual course format. For Friedberg’s efforts, he takes home the $1,000 first-place prize.Another force with which to be reckoned was local John Spriggs, who flew to victory in the Liberty Skis Air Show. After a stellar performance in last week’s U.S. Freeskiing Open, Spriggs beat out fellow high flyers Charlie Macarther, Ryan Spinks and Matt Luczkow, with a close to flawless performance. Air show competitors are judged on degree of difficulty, execution, height, distance and landing.In the hottest duals of the day, Mike Amato bumped his way to a win in Men’s Sport while Kelsey Teran earned the Women’s Sport crown. Other winners included Charlie Clarke in the Snowboard Division, and reigning champ John Bally in the Vet Division. The newly added rail jam saw Scott Craft in ski and Ricky Rodriguez on board slide the heavy metal rails to a win.The Kloser family proved it has competition in their genes, as 10-year-old Christian Kloser, took first in the Boys Junior 14 & Under Division along with his sister Heidi Kloser, 11, in the Girls Junior 14 & Under Division. Heidi Kloser spun a heli off bottom air to take top honors.The 2004 Mogul Mania Series will continue on Saturday, Feb. 28, with additional competitions on March 6 and March 27. All Mogul Mania events are contested on Vail Mountain’s Cookshack Run.The 2004 Mogul Mania series 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.For additional information on the 2004 Mogul Mania series, visit http://www.mogulmania.com. For more information on Highline Sports & Entertainment, contact (970) 476-6797 or check out http://www.gohighline.com.