(aka ex-Canadian Freestyle coach Peter Judge) made Squaw Valley famous in Hot Dog… The Movie, and last year, the ‘doggers brought it back to town. The 2009 U.S. Freestyle Championships were a hit with athletes, officials and fans alike, and once again, Squaw Valley USA is set to cap the freestyle season.
The 2010 Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships will actually take place during the 50th anniversary of the 1960 Squaw Valley USA Olympics, so the event’s return is even more fitting.
“The Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships are a great opportunity for the best U.S. athletes in freestyle skiing to be able to compete for a home crowd,” USSA Vice President, Events, Calum Clark said. “In its 50th anniversary year since hosting the Olympics, Squaw Valley will be the ideal place for freestyle athletes to end the 2010 Olympic season in Tahoe. It will be a homecoming among many friends and family of freestyle skiing,” said Clark.
Squaw Valley USA Vice President Tom Murphy concurred. “Given Squaw Valley’s Olympic legacy, and the signi
ficance of our anniversary season, it is once again an honor to host the nation’s top freestyle athletes and have them take part in Squaw’s iconic heritage,” Murphy said.
Tahoe native and Olympic silver medalist Shannon Bahrke couldn’t be happier about the Nationals’ locale. “I am super excited and it’s going to be awesome. Squaw did a great job last year,” Bahrke said. “The crowd was amazing, the weather was good and everyone did such a great job with the course. Also, with aerials there it will be a true freestyle championship event.”
Last season, the freestyle aerials event was held separately in Park City, Utah. This year, though, the U.S. Champs will include all freestyle disciplines, and aerials stars like World Champion Ryan St. Onge and World Cup winners Jeret “Speedy” Peterson and Emily Cook will all be there.
The U.S. National Championships will take place March 25 through 28, 2010.