Saturday, March 30, 2013
Joe Discoe wins moguls title
HEAVENLY, Calif. -- Joe Discoe won his third dual moguls title Saturday in the U.S. Freestyle Championships, and Sophia Schwartz took the women's event.
Discoe, from Telluride, Colo., threw a D-spin in his top air and a backflip on his bottom air in soft snow conditions.
"Pure strength was what got me through today," Discoe said. "It wasn't very pretty skiing, but I made it down -- just barely. There is some great competition here and to walk away with the win is something I'm definitely proud of."
Sho Kashima of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., was second, and Dylan Walczyk of Breckenridge, Colo., finished third.
Schwartz, from Sun Valley, Idaho, did a back full up top and a back lay in her bottom air.
"I've been to a few national championships before and I've never podiumed, so to have this win means a lot," Schwartz said. "It's the most fun event of the year and with such a stacked field it's something I'm proud of and something I've been working toward for a while now. I couldn't be happier."
Mikaela Mathews of Frisco, Colo., was second, and defending champion K.C. Oakley of Piedmont, Calif., settled for third after she lost control out of her top air and skied into Mathews' line.