Battelle, Riley Take Home Titles in Dual Moguls at U.S. Nationals.
Battelle's performance capped off a spectacular final month of the season in which she won her first World Cup of the year in Japan, secured the World Cup moguls title, won a World Championships title, earned the USOC Athlete of the Month award for February and finished with two U.S. titles in moguls and dual moguls over the weekend.
"These last few weeks have been ridiculous," Battelle said from the finish area Sunday. "I'm really on a role, so it's too bad the season is over. I guess it's just my turn, since I've put in a lot of work and it's finally paying off for me."
Battelle, who won Saturday's moguls title at Deer Valley, out-skied World Cup dual moguls champion Michelle Roark (Westminster, CO) in the finals to claim her second straight dual moguls victory at the Chevy Truck U.S. Freestyle Championships. The win gives Battelle six U.S. title in her career. Justine Van Houte (Telluride, CO) finished the afternoon with a third place performance, making it a 1-2-3 Colorado sweep of the women's podium.
For the men, Ryan Riley (Steamboat Springs, CO) out-battled Tony Basile (Olympic Valley, CO) in the finals to claim his first ever U.S. title. Caleb Martin (Telluride, CO) was third and '99 U.S. moguls champion Travis Cabral (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) finished fourth.
"This was a great win, but I don't want to go into the off season with too much confidence," Riley said. "Even though I won, I'll work as hard as I can during the summer. This was a lot of fun though, and all the pressure was off after I beat Travis (Cabral) in the semi-finals."
The Chevy Truck U.S. Freestyle Championships continues with the aerials competition on Monday at the Utah Winter Sports Park.
Freestyle Notes: Colorado skiers took five of the six podium sports in Sunday's men's and women's dual moguls event. Ann Battelle is the most highly decorated U.S. skier this season. Both the moguls and dual moguls competitions were held on Deer Valley's "Champions" run, the official venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
Chevy Truck U.S. Freestyle Championships
Deer Valley, Utah - March 21
Men's Dual Moguls
1. Ryan Riley, Steamboat Springs, CO, 30.00
2. Tony Basile, Olympic Valley, CA, 29.40
3. Caleb Martin, Telluride, CO, 28.81
4. Travis Cabral, S. Lake Tahoe, CA, 28.23
5. Garth Hagar, Bothel, WA, 26.84
5. Tim Warner, Winter Park, CO, 26.84
5. Luke Westerlund, Breckenridge, CO, 26.84
5. Jeremy Bloom, Loveland, CO, 26.84
Women's Dual Moguls
1. Ann Battelle, Steamboat Springs, CO, 30.00
2. Michelle Roark, Westminster, CO, 29.40
3. Justine Van Houte, Telluride, CO, 28.81
4. Lindley Hord, Steamboat Springs, CO, 28.23
5. Emiko Torito, Engelwood, CO, 26.84
5. Andrea Barry, Steamboat Springs, CO, 26.84
5. Janelle Sweeney, Wheat Ridge, CO, 26.84
5. Shannon Bahrke, Tahoe City, CA, 26.84