Hogg, Hedrick Win 2021 Dual Moguls National Championships
After thick fog caused a course hold at the 2021 Dual Moguls Freestyle National Championships at Snowbird, Kasey Hogg and Joel Hedrick both earned the title of National Champions. Hogg’s career-best finish today adds on to an already impressive second-place finish Thursday in the moguls competition.
Hogg, who skied for Wasatch Freestyle before making the U.S. Ski Team, is no stranger to the course at Snowbird. “This is my home course, so it’s pretty special that I was able to win here. I am used to this course, but it was a little different for Nationals, a little more challenging. It was pretty awesome to walk away with a win.” She added, “It feels really great to end the season on a high note. There were some difficult times this year, but this made it all worth it.”
Hogg shared the podium with fellow U.S. Ski Team athlete, Nessa Dziemian, who finished in second place, and Park City Ski & Snowboard’s Kylie Kariotis, who finished in third. Kenzie Radway finished just off the podium with a Nationals career-best fourth place, Avital Carroll behind her in fifth, Madison Hogg in sixth, Sabrina Cass in ninth place.
On the men’s side, Joel Hedrick won his first National Championship title, adding on to two other wins in this season. Hedrick returned to competition in 2021 after being sidelined by a knee injury in 2018. Speaking on returning after his injury, Hedrick stated, “It feels really good to be back. Having a few wins under my belt this season was huge for me, and I was happy to end it on a good note.”
Wasatch Freestyle's PJ Cass finished second and teammate Cole McDonald rounded out the podium in third.
Nick Page finished in sixth place after his moguls win Thursday, with Alex Lewis behind him in ninth, and Landon Wendler in 10th.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard World Cup Moguls Coach Joe Discoe has been working with both Hogg and Hedrick this season. “It was a strong performance from both of them. They both skied super solid, super fast, and really did great today.”
Discoe added that he was very grateful to see both days of competition take place this year. “Having an event where the top skiers in the nation are put head to head pushes the younger athletes and shows who the next up and coming skiers will be. It was a great way to end the season.”
The National Championships marked an end to the 2021 season for the U.S. Moguls Freestyle Ski Team. Athletes and coaches are looking forward to getting some much needed rest before getting back to training heading into the 2022 Olympic year.