Toby strikes bronze in the dual moguls just won day after winning his third World Cup event
Two-sport star Jeremy Bloom settled for second place Saturday night in dual moguls against one-sport star Janne Lahtela of Finland in the final event of the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Grand National under the lights in Deer Valley Resort, Utah.
Vail’s Toby Dawson took third place with Nate Roberts in fourth.
NBC will televise coverage of the World Cup weekend Feb. 21 at 4 p.m.
The weekend concluded with a doubleheader – aerials in the daytime and duals at night before wildly enthusiastic crowds of several thousand.
“Oh man, I feel like it’s August and I just finished two-a-days,” Bloom, the reigning duals world champion and a wide receiver and kick returner for the University of Colorado football team, said after his final duel with Lahtela, the 2002 Olympic moguls champ on Deer Valley’s Champion run.
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“I need a waterboy and a trainer.”
Fourth Friday in moguls as Dawson and Lahtela went 1-2, Bloom conceded he was “frustrated” with not being in the top three.
“This was good. I wanted to win,” he said, “but we put on a show and that’s what the crowd wanted … and, for me, it’s all practice for 2006 at the Olympics.
“I’m happy I got to be on the podium. And having two teammates with me is just so great. I’m sick of talking about the depth of the U.S. moguls team; the results speak for themselves.”
Nine of the 16 spots in the men’s finals (and six in the women’s event) went to U.S. moguls skiers, but they were paired against each other multiple times in the run to the final foursome and then the final two, so they inevitably kept knocking off a teammate.
“I think that’s the worst thing – competing against a teammate,” Dawson said. “We all want everybody to go to finals, but this is really an individual sport in a team setting and so you do your best and what happens happens.”
A year ago, during the 2003 World Championships at Deer Valley, Bloom won the dual moguls title with Dawson in third place. Bloom took silver in moguls and Dawson was bronze medalist there, too.
“Wow. I’ve had some great luck here,” said Dawson, who won Friday’s moguls contest. “This isn’t bad, considering who I’m competing against. I pushed it.”
Dawson landed a heli-X off the top jump and threw a cork-7 off the bottom –
“I know nobody does a cork-7 off the bottom air, but I think it’s more fun. And, really, this sport’s all about showing off … and we gave ’em a show,” Dawson said. “The energy from the crowd was great.”