Oakley, Tempel Win National Titles
STRATTON, VT (March 24) – World Cup Rookie of the Year K.C. Oakley (Piedmont, CA) won her second medal of the weekend with a top dual moguls finish at the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships after five solid runs. Cody Tempel (Missoula, MT) took everyone by surprise when he defeated Friday's champion Jeremy Cota (Carrabassett Valley, ME) to take the breakthrough win, his first ever. Also medaling were Eliza Outtrim (Hamden, CT) with silver, bronze for Shane Cordeau (Sun Valley, ID) and Keaton McCargo (Telluride, CO) and silver for Cota. Keaton's medal was her first ever.
- Park City Freestyle's K.C. Oakley (Piedmont, CA) won the women's dual moguls Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships.
- Missoula Freestyle's Cody Tempel (Missoula, MT) earned an upset win gold medal for the men and his first ever win.
- Oakley, named the World Cup Rookie of the Year, earned her second medal of the championships after a bronze on Friday.
- Eliza Outtrim (Hamden, CT), last year's champion, earned silver and Keaton McCargo (Telluride, CO) bronze with her first ever medal.
- Jeremy Cota (Carrabassett Valley, ME ) notched silver for the men and Shane Cordeau (Sun Valley, ID) bronze.
- Aerials competition is scheduled for Sunday while moguls competitions is finished for the season.
I was saying earlier to my coaches that I'm usually a better duals skier and I hadn't had a good duals season at all. I was pretty jetlaged so it means a lot that I could pull it together and be duals national champ.
I like duals a lot more than I like singles, I think it's more exciting to compete in and way more exciting to watch.
There wasn't a lot that I did differently in my skiing this year from last year. Both were pretty successful years for me. I just took the momentum from last year and tried to transition it to this year. Really the only difference for me was that I was going against much harder competition.
It's been a decade of effort a lot of work and a lot of preparation. Today was just a really magical day and it's really nice to have everything just go my way and fall into place for me. I couldn't be more happy.
My winning run was a back-flip cross on the top air and a D-spin on the bottom air.
I want to thank my mom and dad for helping me out all these years. I definitely couldn't have done it without their support.
Singles was frustrating yesterday because I fell on my top air and that doesn't happen often. I came into this competition determined to throw my D-spin which I had not done all season. It worked out really well.