The 2011 U.S. Freestyle Championships came to a close under bluebird skies today at Stratton Mountain. Crowds were out in full force, cheering on the athletes in the final competition of the week, dual moguls. Southern Vermont native and Stratton Allegro Freestyle Program coach Eliza Outtrim took first in the ladies competition and Joseph Discoe took first in men’s.
For Discoe, who was the 2010 U.S. moguls champ, Sunday’s win marked his first dual moguls U.S. title.
“It was a great day. I’m pretty stoked,” said Discoe. “I skied to have fun, and just laid down the run I knew I had.”
The women’s final, between Outtrim and McPhie was a real barnburner, with Outtrim just edging her way past McPhie 18-17 to win the U.S. title. Heidi Kloser (Vail, CO) made her first career podium at U.S. Championships, finishing in third. Sunday’s victory was Outtrim’s first U.S. Championship title.
“I felt unsatisfied that I had not been on the podium yet this season, so I used that to motivate me,” said Outtrim. “It was really cool, because I grew up skiing 20 minutes from here. It felt like skiing on home turf.”
“Everybody did a great job,” said U.S. Freestyle Ski Team Coach Scott Rawles about the 2010-11 season. “I think we are on the right track for good things in the next couple of years.”
World Cup overall and moguls champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) did not start in Sunday’s competition. Kearney ended the season with a total of 10 wins including nine World Cup wins and a U.S. Championship.
With the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships in the record books, the competition season comes to a close. The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team will take a short break with training and summer camps picking back up in late April, early May.
1. Eliza Outtrim – Steamboat Springs, CO – 18.00
2. Heather McPhie - Bozeman, MT – 17.00
3. Heidi Kloser – Vail, CO – 27.00
4. Alison DiGravio – Farmington, ME – 8.00
1. Joseph Discoe – Telluride, CO – 21.00
2. Jeremy Cota – Carrabassett Valley, ME – 14.00
3. Zak Watkins – Telluride, CO – 21.00
4. Bradley Wilson – Park City, UT – 14.00