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Shelley Osterloh ReportingEight of the best mogul skiers in the world hit the slopes of Deer Valley today, but it was American skiers who dominated. American men swept the podium of the World Cup.
Jeremy Bloom gave up playing football at the University of Colorado to focus on his skiing, hoping for another shot at the Olympics. Bloom demonstrated his stylish bump skiing and hit an inverted 720 iron cross called a D-spin on his second jump. It is his first World Cup win of the season.
Jeremy Bloom, World Cup Winner: “You know all year I've kind of stepped back and tried not to look at the score and what place I was. I'm really more happy with the way I skied today and the tricks that I'm throwing and trying to move forward to 2006.”
Park City native Nate Roberts skied a clean, fast, aggressive run to take second in front of friends and family.
Nathan Roberts, World Cup Second: "It's awesome to be in my hometown and rise above the pressure, lay two good runs down. I'm so thrilled.”
And to complete the sweep Toby Dawson managed third place, just 13 days after surgery to place a pin in his broken left foot.
In the women's competition Michelle Roark won with a back flip and a bronco. It was her first World Cup win in six years on the same hill that took her out for three years with a knee injury in 2000. She and teammate Hannah Kearney, who took third both did the new, more difficult inverted jumps.
Michelle Roark, World Cup Winner: "I think you can expect to see great things from all the American girls in the future."
it was an amazing performance by this very deep American team. of the six available medals, five of them went to Americans.
World Cup Competition continues tomorrow night at Deer Valley with the Freestyle Aerials. Finals begin at 6 pm with free entertainment from the group, Blessed Union of Souls.