Pat Deneen wins men’s moguls at U.S. Olympic Trials at Steamboat

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 23, 2009 2:28 pm

It was cold and snowy as the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team battled it out on the Voo Doo mogul course in Steamboat, CO. Hannah Kearney won earlier in the day edging out Emiko Torito, and claimed her spot on the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team. 

On the men’s side, it was a heated battle between 2009 World moguls champion Pat Deneen (of Cle Elum, WA) and Steamboat skier Jeremy Cota. Deneen took the gold medal and nabbed his spot in Vancouver, where he’ll go for gold at his first Olympic Games.

Although Deneen took the win, the big surprise of the day was Cota’s second-place finish. The CVA graduate skied (and won the title for) the Nor-Am circuit last season, and is a relative newcomer to the moguls scene. Former World Champion Nate Roberts and recent podium finisher Bryon Wilson were expected to be frontrunners for the top spot. However both men fell during their final runs.





Top three results for men and women are as follows:

1. Pat Deneen 26.68
2. Jeremy Cota  26.11
3. Holt Haga  26.06



1. Hannah Kearney  26.30
2. Emiko Torito  25.96
3. Shannon Bahrke 25.37


photo: Tom Kelly/USSA