Moguls team primed for Winter Park camp
WINTER PARK, Colorado — U.S. moguls skiers arrived Monday at Winter Park Resort for their final preseason training camp. The World Cup is scheduled to open Dec. 14 in Tignes, France.
“We'll have 12 athletes going to Tignes,” new moguls head coach Scott Rawles said, “and we’ll select that group next weekend.
“Winter Park’s really gotten after the snowmaking and in putting the hill together, so things are looking pretty good. We'll be training on Ambush, which comes right down the base, and this should be a good camp,” he said.
It’s the first camp for the entire ski team since the on-snow camp in August, although there was a minicamp earlier this month at Copper Mountain for several athletes, including 2002 Olympic medalist and '03 World Cup champion Shannon Bahrke and men’s world champion Nate Roberts. In addition, Rawles went to Zermatt, Switzerland, last month to oversee a camp lined up privately by several athletes, including reigning women’s world champion Hannah Kearney and World Cup veteran Dave Babic.
“Those were two good sessions. Copper had good snow and we got in some solid training ... and Zermatt also was excellent — good energy, good attitude and dynamics. I’m pleased with what I’ve been seeing,” Rawles said.
After the Tignes competition, the skiers head to LaPlagne, France, for a dual moguls contest Dec. 20. The traditional North American swing in January includes the Chevrolet Freestyle International Jan. 11-13 at Deer Valley, Utah, and the Nature Valley Freestyle Cup Jan. 18-20 in Lake Placid, New York.