The U.S. Ski Team’s Pat Deneen Wins World Championship Gold

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 7, 2009 7:45 am

One thing is crystal clear about the U.S. Ski Team: They’re killing it this season. U.S. Freestyle Ski Team bumper Pat Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) added yet another World Championship gold to the ski team’s growing roster and won the World Championship mogul title today at the 2009 FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships in Japan. "It really hasn’t set in yet, but just to know that I have this now is a great feeling. I don’t even know how to put it into words. I just can’t believe it’s mine," Deneen said of his win. "It’s been a really long and tough season so far, so to have this win feels really good. To come out with a World Championship win is the most incredible thing."

Earlier this week, teammate Ryan St. Onge claimed the World Championship title in aerials, and just weeks ago, Todd Lodwick, Bill Demong, Lindsey Van and Mistress of Speed Lindsey Vonn grabbed World Championship wins in their disciplines. 

Aside from solidifying his spot amongst the World’s best, Deneen scorched his way to the title, skiing the fastest time down the course, and sticking a ‘Back X,’ a trick he learned just days ago, off of the top jump. Deneen also nailed a solid ‘D Spin’ off the bottom jump, and the exactitude of his airs was truly a feat in itself. "I had a really tough training day yesterday and the same with this morning,” Deneen said. "This is the toughest moguls course in the world. It was some tough skiing out there today and I had my only top-to-bottom runs in the actual competition."


Deneen in the air earlier this season at Deer Valley


“He really stepped up and put it together today,” said Head Moguls Coach, Scott Rawles. “I think he had high expectations coming into this year, but he definitely showed everyone what he could do today," Rawles said. "It’s very gratifying to see someone who has worked so hard and put so much time into his sport put together the performance he did today and end up on top of the podium at World Championships."

Deneen’s teammate, Sho Kashima (South Lake Tahoe, CA) also laid down a smokeshow, and finished sixth, as did bumper Shannon Bahrke (Tahoe City, CA), in the women’s event. The moguls squad competes again on Sunday, in the World Championship dual moguls event. 



Inawashiro, Japan 

March 6, 2009


1. Pat Deneen, Cle Elum, WA, 23.41

2. Tapio Luusua, Finland, 21.89

3. Vincent Marquis, Canada, 21.66

4. Nobuyuki Nishi, Japan, 21.62

5. Maxime Gingras, Canada, 21.42

6. Sho Kashima, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 21.11

18. Michael Morse, Duxbury, MA, 17.07

33. Landon Gardner, Missoula, MT, 11.98

1. Aiko Uemura, Japan, 24.71

2. Jennifer Heil, Canada, 22.88

3. Nikola Sudova, Czech Republic, 21.76

4. Miki Ito, Japan, 21.35

5. Kristi Richards, Canada, 21.20

6. Shannon Bahrke, Tahoe City, CA, 21.15

14. Hannah Kearney, Norwich, VT, 13.09

16. Michelle Roark, Denver, 12.52

17. Eliza Outtrim, Steamboat Springs, CO, 11.78

 photos: Lara Rosenbaum; USSA/Tom Kelly