Deneen and Outtrim Claim U.S. Moguls Titles
Olympians Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) and Eliza Outtrim (Hamden, CT) both put down solid runs to claim the men’s and women’s U.S. titles at last Friday’s moguls competition, the opening event of the USANA U.S. Freestyle Championships at Deer Valley.
It was the second-career U.S. title for Deneen, who took the dual moguls title in 2013 at Heavenly, CA.
“Deer Valley is always an interesting animal. I can’t remember ever having a good training day here, so definitely coming into today I was a little nervous on how I was going to put my run together, but once I got here, the course was in incredible shape.
I just needed to go out and do my thing, ski my run and that’s what I did two times and came out with the win,” Deneen said.
Bradley Wilson (Butte, MT) skied into second place with Jeremy Cota (Carrabassett Valley, ME) in third.
On the women's side of things, Outtrim celebrated also her career's second after she won the dual moguls title at Stratton Mountain, VT in 2011.
“The course is really good. These guys at Deer Valley rebuilt it a little while ago, so I’m very grateful for that because at the end of the season it can get really rough. It’s definitely a difficult course.
This is where we have the World Cup every year, so this is like the highest level course you can have.
It’s hard to get down, but I think I skied well. Definitely my best run was the run I just skied, so I skied it at the right time,” Outtrim recapped.
She was joined on the podium by U.S. Ski Team rookie Sophia Schwartz (Steamboat Springs, CO) in second and Lane Stoltzner (Steamboat Springs, CO) third.
Fresh snow and plenty of sunshine on the 2002 Olympic venue created a spectacular round of finals that saw both veterans and rookies land on the podium of the event which was moved from its originally scheduled location at Heavenly.
Full results can be checked online: