Steamboat moguls skiers sweep freestyle podium |

Steamboat moguls skiers sweep freestyle podium

Moguls skiers take top 3 spots at US freestyle nationals

Luke Graham

Steamboat Springs moguls skiers Ryan Dyer, from left, Patrick Deneen and Jeremy Cota celebrate after sweeping the podium Friday at the U.S. Freestyle Championships in Stratton, Vt. Deneen won, with Cota in second and Dyer in third.

— How about those Steamboat Springs freestyle moguls skiers?

At the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships in Stratton, Vt., on Friday, Steamboat skiers swept the men's podium. Patrick Deneen was first, Jeremy Cota was second and Ryan Dyer finished third.

Deneen, who joined the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club before the 2010 Winter Olympics, scored a 26.31 on his final run to take the win. Cota, who trains and lives in Steamboat, scored a 25.53, and Dyer, who grew up in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club program, scored a 24.92.

"It's really great coming to nationals and seeing the kids ski well," said Deneen, who did a cork 720 on his top air and a back X on his bottom air. "Also to come out with a win is an awesome thing."

Steamboat's Michael Degrandis finished sixth.

Deneen was the top-ranked skier heading into the day, with Cota second. The two, who were the only regular World Cup skiers at the event, figured to battle for the win.

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Cota said he felt good after his run, but after watching Deneen's run he knew he couldn't win.

"It's fun being back here," said Cota, who landed a back full on his top air and a cork off-axis 720 on his bottom air. "To me, it's almost relieving after a long World Cup season. I get to ski with some of the kids I get to train with in Steamboat. It's really relieving."

On the women's side, Hannah Kearney continued her banner year, picking up the win.

Steamboat's Eliza Outtrim was fourth, Brittany Loweree was ninth, Lindsay Mustard was 13th, Alexa Stein was 14th, and Lane Stoltzner was 15th.

The event continues Sunday with dual moguls, an event in which Cota is the defending champion.

Deneen said he won't ski Sunday.

"I wan to ski the best and ski the fastest," Cota said. "I'm trying to defend my title."

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