Olympic freestyle champs Bergoust, Camplin take event in Utah
PARK CITY, Utah – Reigning women’s Olympic Champion Alisa Camplin of Australia and 1998 Olympic aerials champion Eric Bergoust (Missoula, Mont.) pulled off nearly flawless final jumps Saturday to win the Sprint Ultimate Airwave VI and pocket $5,000 each.
ESPN will televise coverage from the event Sept. 11 at 11 a.m. MST.
For the beaming Bergoust, it was his first individual Airwave triumph. The three-time Olympian, who has won everything else in his sport, never had won an Airwave competition, an annual late-summer exhibition; a year ago, he was on the winning team, but Saturday’s victory had an extra dollop of satisfaction.
“I haven’t felt this good for a year or so,” he said. “This was just like a World Cup, so it was good mental training, too. I wasn’t happy with my first jump … These were the best jumps I’ve ever thrown on water.”
Bergoust hit a full, double-full, double-full – a triple-flipping, quintuple-twisting jump – to finish with 54.4 points, three points more than fellow Olympian Jeret Peterson (Boise, Idaho), whose final jump was a full, triple-full, full.
Jerry Grossi (Park City, Utah), who retired last winter from World Cup aerials, lead after the first jump and finished third before another sellout crowd at Utah Olympic Park.
Alpine Men have good
conditions in New Zealand
WANAKA, New Zealand – Alpine men, more than midway through a three-week training camp at TrebleCone Ski Area on South Island, are churning through good snow and “really good” training, especially in giant slalom, head coach Phil McNichol said Saturday.
“It’s gone well. We’ve got 14 guys down here – tech and speed (team members) – and it’s been really good,” McNichol said.
“There are new owners at TrebleCone and they’ve got a lot of new equipment – a winch cat, new compressor, and a lot of good stuff – so they’ve been a big help for us.”
The Austrian team is also training at TrebleCone, so the hill was in pretty good shape when the Americans arrived.
The big guns – Bode Miller (Franconia, N.H.), Daron Rahlves, Erik Schlopy (Park City, Utah) – have looked strong, McNichol said.
Among others in the group include Chad Fleischer (Vail), making his first training camp since a knee injury shortly before the 2002 Olympics, and Dane Spencer (Boise, Idaho), who is rebounding nicely from chronic back problems. Gate-runners Chip Knight (Stowe, Vt.) and newcomer Jesse Marshall (Pittsfield, Vt.) are finalizing equipment testing.
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