Vail’s Toby Dawson takes World Cup lead
MONT TREMBLANT, Quebec – Toby Dawson shook off the distraction of late luggage and missing equipment Saturday to win a World Cup moguls event, taking over the World Cup points lead as he led U.S. men to a sweep of the top four places.”It was pretty epic with the guys – five in finals and then they go one, two, three, four, five, six,” said head coach Jeff Wintersteen. “We hope to continue it through the rest of the season.”
Dawson, who qualified sixth, unloaded a heli iron cross off the top jump and an off-axis, cork-7 (double rotation) off the bottom jump to score 25.50 points. Loveland’s Jeremy Bloom was second with 25.34, Luke Westerlund of Breckenridge third at 25.29 and Olympic medalist Travis Mayer of Steamboat Springs fourth at 25.11. Nate Roberts finished sixth with 24.87.Czech Nikola Sudova was the women’s winner with 25.39 points to 25.09 for Austrian Margarita Marbler. Hannah Kearney was the first American with a score of 24.40 with Jillian Vogtli fourth, Laurel Shanley eighth and Denver’s Emiko Torito 10th.
“It’s a good way to start the new year,” said Dawson, who was seventh in the season opener in Tignes, France, before Christmas. He took over the World Cup lead in moguls with his victory. Mayer is second, Westerlund fourth and Bloom fifth after two events.”The course was fairly easy,” Dawson said. “But there were some tricky spots. The snow for semis (qualifying) was slick and then we got to slip it in between runs, so it was smooth for finals.”
Dawson, who was fifth at Mont Tremblant in his first World Cup event in Jan. 1999, said his luggage, including his skis and boots, didn’t arrive at this resort 90 minutes west of Montreal until Friday night, so he had bought some clothing and borrowed equipment for training runs. “I had everything I needed except my uniform, my skis, boots and everything else,” he said. “It was just unfortunate because it does become a distraction for all of us who didn’t get our luggage.”Dawson said he trained during Christmas break, “to bring the focus back to my turns.” “Today, I was able to execute my turns,” he said.Vail Colorado