Joe Discoe proved himself yet again at the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships as he achieved his third U.S. title Saturday in the dual moguls competition. On the women’s side, Sophia Schwartz came out strong to snatch her first ever U.S. Championship title at Heavenly.
“Pure strength was what got me through today,” stated Discoe. “It wasn’t very pretty skiing but I made it down just barely.”
Discoe performed some sweet tricks, including a D-spin at the top air and a backflip at the bottom. Sho Kashima, the local favorite, took home the silver with Dylan Walczyk rounding off the podium with his third place finish.
“There is some great competition here and to walk away with the win is something I’m definitely proud of. Yesterday I had a pretty rough day and I couldn’t figure out how to get down this course so I’m just really happy today I was able to get it dialed in,” continued Discoe.
Schwartz had an impressive performance with her back full up top followed by a back lay on the bottom air. Mikaela Matthews secured the silver status on the podium. However, defending U.S. champ K.C. Oakley was forced to settle for the last spot on the podium as she lost control after her top air and skied into Mathews’ line.
“I’ve been to a few National Championships before and I’ve never podiumed so to have this win means a lot,” exclaimed Schwartz. “It’s the most fun event of the year, and with such a stacked field it’s something I’m proud of and something I’ve been working towards for a while now. I couldn’t be happier.”
This was a great weekend for the U.S. Ski Team athletes and they have a bright future in the coming season.