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Athletes at Olympic Park, Preparing for Next Olympics

Athletes at Olympic Park, Preparing for Next Olympics



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Shelley Osterloh ReportingThe U.S Freestyle team is already gearing up for the Olympics in Italy next winter. Athletes are training this week at the Utah Olympic Park.

The Freestyle team is made up of both mogul skiers and aerialists. This is where they can push the limits learning new tricks and perfecting the old ones without the fear of a hard painful landing.

Michelle Roark,, U.S. Mogul skier: "This is a good way to work through all of the hiccups and body positions you need to be in so that you can stick it in snow, and hopefully avoid injury."

US Freestylers had a great season and hope to carry that momentum into the Olympics. Park City's Nate Roberts became the first American man to be crowned moguls World Champion.

Nate Roberts, 2005 Moguls World Champion: "Keeps me motivated for the summer and keeps me on my toes. I still have to work hard; nothing is given. And next year is the big one."

Jeremy Bloom became the first man to win six consecutive moguls contests in one season and he captured the overall World Cup title. In the Aerials Jeret Peterson took that same title, with the most overall world cup points, but he says there's work to do.

Jeret "Speedy" Peterson, Overall World Cup Champion: "I need to get stronger—stronger mentally and stronger physically as well."

Also in the running for 2006, Olympic silver medalist Joe Pack of Park City and Ryan St. Onge, who won two World Cups.

Ryan St. Onge: "No matter how good you are you've always got things you can improve on."

Olympic Silver medalist and Utah resident, Shannon Bahrke, missed most of last season with an injury, but is back strong.

Shannon Barkhe, US Mogul Skier: "Coming back, trying to prove to myself that I've worked hard enough and I've done exactly what it takes to get back."

The team says doing the work now will pay off next winter when they hope to win Olympic hardware for the USA.

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