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Utahn Becomes World Champ

Utahn Becomes World Champ

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Shelley Osterloh ReportingA Park City skier returned home this week from Europe with a new title: World Champion of Moguls. Roberts is the first American man to win the Worlds' moguls singles gold.

The World Championships is the most important event in a non-Olympic year and Park City native Nate Roberts won the title with this run last weekend in Finland. This is only Roberts’ second year on the International World Cup circuit and he finished third overall in points. He says he was excited just to go to World Championships.

Nate Roberts: “To go there and have a chance to compete, let alone win, was amazing. It didn’t hit me for a couple of days, but oh it was great!”

In January Roberts competed at Deer Valley in a World Cup event and finished second. He started skiing the hills of Park City when he was just five and always loved the bumps. Roberts had hoped to compete in the 2002 Olympics, but was sidelined with an injury. His success this season puts him in good position for the Olympics in 2006.

Nate Roberts: “Ever since I was seven-years old all I wanted to be was an Olympic Gold Medalist. After seeing Mosely in ’98 get gold and have my coach say, ‘That could be you one day,’ now I’m right here in the hunt.”

Roberts is back in Park City to compete in the US Moguls Championships on Thursday and Saturday at Park City Mountain Resort. He has the title world champion, but he is hoping for one more this season -- US Champion. And it could happen on his birthday, the day he turns 23.

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