Ski Channel Exclusive: Moguls champ Deneen secretly training D-Spin 1080 in CO for Olympic run

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 18, 2009 2:26 pm


It wasn’t all that long ago that Jonny Moseley blew the figurative roof off of Nagano at the 1998 Winter Olympics with his revolutionary 360 mute grab, during what would go on to be his Olympic Gold clinching run.

Since that time, freestyle moguls have undergone a series of dramatic shifts.

In 2002, Moseley would once again be responsible for bringing about another revolution to the world of freestyle moguls. His innovative mogul trick, “The Dinner Roll,” or more commonly known in the freestyle skiing world as a cork 720, created a massive controversy. Judges at the time were so unfamiliar with the technical nature of the trick (see picture), that they were ill-equipped to score the move.

Moseley recently commented on this matter in a recent Wall Street Journal article that eludes to the possibility of a similar problem for snowboarder Shaun White, as he plans to unleash his new halfpipe double corks in Vancouver.

At Salt Lake in 2002, they would score traditional moves such as “daffys” and “twisters” with better scores then the dinner roll. Moseley would have to settle for 4th place in the 2002 Winter Olympics, but would score a moral victory the following year.

The governing body of World Cup Freestyle Moguls, the International Ski Federation (FIS), reinstated inverted maneuvers in 2003 after previously banning them for several years as a safety measure. Immediately following the ruling, mogul competitors who never even previously considered going upside-down on skis, were launching backflip iron crosses the next season.

With this shift in policy, freestyle moguls competitors have been quickly forced to push the perennial trick envelope, yet remain as fast as ever down the bumps. Now, with the Winter Olympics in Vancouver quickly approaching in February, these Olympians have been training harder then ever to best their competition.

Among the mogul favorites going into the games has to be 2009 World Moguls Champion, Patrick Deneen. At just 21 years old, the Cle Elum, WA native notched his first overall championship last year in Japan with this winning run featuring a backflip iron cross and a d-spin 720.

Check out this video of his winning run:

Now, with a gold medal in Vancouver on his mind every day while training, Deneen has upped the ante for his competitors as he prepares to take a new trick, a d-spin 1080, into competition.

For a glimpse of Deneen’s new trick, check out this Ski Channel exclusive video of Deneen training in Colorado somewhere in the backcountry on an exclusive US Ski Team “air site.”