Hudak, Wise Take Third HP Titles
PARK CITY, Utah – Jennifer Hudak took her skiing to the next level Friday to win her third straight U.S. title in women’s skier halfpipe during the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships.Hudak, who won World Cup finals in Italy earlier this month, threw down a run of straight air mute grab, straight air with a critical, mute, alley-oop, seven to take the top podium spot.”The pipe was really good today. I took a rough spill this morning on one run and it kind of threw me off, but I did what I had to do in finals and it was a good day,” Hudak said. “I’m really happy with the final result. My roots are with the USSA and it means a lot to me to win nationals. This is my third year winning the event and I’d like to keep it that way for many years to come”Gina Gmeiner of Steamboat Springs took second place, and Copper’s Jess Cumming was third.David Wise also had a three-peat performance, winning the men’s U.S. title with a run of big flair, alley-oop flat-spin five, back to back nine left nine, right nine, and big seven.Walter Wood of Evergreen was second in the men’s halfpipe and Kyle Smaine was third.”The pipe was amazing. It’s so big. It’s probably one of the best pipes I’ve skied,” Wood said about Park City Mountain Resort’s superpipe. “I am so excited, this is one of the best results I’ve had so far this year. It’s a big competition and I’m really happy.”Tanner Hall, who’s been out for most of the season with injuries, made a special appearance at the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships, and even took a couple of runs down the pipe.”This was sick. I cannot believe the level of competition with these kids up here,” Hall said. “Our sport is progressing. Halfpipe skiing is going to be the one to take over and hopefully put it in the Olympics.”
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