Wednesday, March 28, 2012

In dual moguls, Cordeau is bronze medalist

Wins “Small Final” at nationals

It's been quite a winter season for 25-year-old U.S. Freestyle Team member Shane Cordeau of Ketchum.

After posting several Nor-Am podium finishes in 2012, the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Gold Team member climbed the podium again during the Sprint U.S. National Freestyle Championships staged March 22-24 at sultry Stratton Mountain, Vt.

Friday in the moguls final, Cordeau put down the fastest time of the day on his way to fourth overall. With temperatures in the low 70s the national moguls champion was Jeremy Cota, 23, of Carrabassett Valley, Me. He had the best turns and air scores and was fourth best in speed.

Cordeau followed Friday's near-podium by winning the bronze medal in Saturday's men's dual moguls.

Qualifying second of 48 competitors and posting the fastest speed, Cordeau then beat Jack Pickhardt, Austin Bourret and Bryan Zemba before falling to eventual national king Cody Tempel of Missoula (Mt.) Freestyle Team in the semi-finals. In the "Small Final" Cordeau defeated Reed Snyderman for third place.

"Shane put on a freestyle expo," according to SVSEF Freestyle mogul team head coach Joe Cordeau.

Tempel, 25, won his first-ever national title with a back-flip cross on the top air and a D-spin on the bottom air—and also thanked his parents and everybody who had helped him achieve "a magical day."

Women's national moguls champions were World Cup Rookie of the Year K.C. Oakley of Park City, Utah in dual moguls and Heather McPhie of Bozeman, Mt. in single moguls. McPhie edged out World Cup season winner Hannah Kearney of Vermont.

Sun Valley was well represented at nationals. Morgan Shaver had her best nationals result finishing 33rd overall in singles and 28th in duals.

For several SVSEF athletes it was their first national championships. Claire Siderman was 30th in duals in her first ever trip.

Also in duals, Alysha Herich placed 31st, Wyatt Wilson 43rd and RJ Bracken 35th. Among former SVSEF racers, Austin Bourret was 22nd in singles and 14th in duals, Sophia Schwartz 7th singles and 4th duals, and Aunika Phillips was 17th singles and 24th in duals.

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