Morse appears to be Olympic bound
January 22, 2010
Steamboat Springs — In the final World Cup event before the 2010 U.S. Winter Olympic team is named, Steamboat Springs skier
Mike Morse did everything in his power to earn a trip to Vancouver, British Columbia.
Morse finished fifth in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Thursday and almost certainly will be named to the team when it's announced Tuesday.
"I'm not really sure. I don't know when it hit or if it has hit," Morse said. "I came down, and it was probably my best run of the week. I was happy to lay down a run with quite a bit of pressure on."
Fellow Steamboat skier Jeremy Cota, who had a chance to make the Olympic team with a top finish, faltered in Thursday's finals and finished 16th.
With his fifth-place performance, Morse is expected to make the U.S. moguls team along with Pat Deneen, Nate Roberts and Bryon Wilson.
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Morse, who has battled injuries in the past and even thought of giving up skiing at points, said Thursday's run hasn't really set in. He said at this moment, he's thinking ahead to the runs he wants to lay down in Vancouver.
"It's an insatiable appetite to ski well," Morse said. "You always want to do a little better. I'm happy with the way I'm skiing, but I have a lot of stuff to work on. I'm going there to ski my best."
On the women's side, the Americans continued to dominate the World Cup circuit Thursday, taking the top four spots. Hannah Kearney was first, Shannon Bahrke was second, Heather McPhie was third, and Michelle Roark was fourth.
All four skiers are expected to be named to the Olympic team.
The U.S. moguls skiers will be in Steamboat Springs prior to the Olympics training at Steamboat Ski Area.
Dierdorff falls short
Steamboat Springs boardercross rider Mick Dierdorff finished 30th on Thursday at a World Cup in Stoneham, Quebec, ending his chances of a 2010 Winter Olympics spot.
A longshot coming into the day, Dierdorff would have needed a win to make the Olympic team, but he lost in the first round of the finals.
Dierdorff now will prepare for the Winter X Games in Aspen.
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