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December 25, 2012
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Athletes earn World Cup starts at Copper Mountain

Four additional U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association freestyle mogul athletes earned World Cup start spots following the four-day U.S. Ski Team selections at Copper Mountain last week.

Nicholas Keating (Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club), Troy Murphy (Park City Freestyle), Keaton McCargo (Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club) and Kelsey Albert (Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club) all walked away with new U.S. Freestyle Ski Team jackets after standout performances.

Bryan Zemba (Killington, Vt.) and Shane Cordeau (Sun Valley, Idaho), currently on the U.S. Freestyle C Ski Team were awarded discretionary World Cup spots by the coaches.

The athletes will be competing in this season's three domestic events - moguls and duals at Deer Valley and moguls in Lake Placid. The event was hosted on Rosi's Pitch at Copper Mountain, home to the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper.

"Copper did a great job with the event as well as putting together a great venue," said Scott Rawles, head moguls coach for the U.S. Ski Team. "They had all hands on deck to make sure the event was a success and it definitely was. Copper hasn't hosted an event like this in a long time and everyone was really psyched to see a moguls course on the speed venue."

Young Gun program athlete and former Dillon local Bruce Perry, Jr., put on a strong performance at just 17 years of age. In the first day of competition, Perry, Jr. earned a bronze medal in what his father called a homecoming of sorts.

Perry, who was No. 1 ranked in the nation in his age group heading into the competition, was behind Keating (gold) and Thomas Rowley (silver) after Day 1. On that day, those competing from the U.S. Ski Team were beat by three NorAm skiers, including Perry.

"The NorAm skiers are chomping at the bit to get in there to get a World Cup start," Bruce Perry, Sr., said Wednesday.

"It was a big day for Bruce. He was born here. We lived in the same house in Dillon for about 16 years," Perry, Sr., added. "He started competing in moguls at about 5 years old under (Team Summit's) Chris Carson. ... It's pretty exciting. He works really hard."


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