Ridgway’s Joe Discoe Qualifies for Finals at World Championships Debut
by Martinique Davis
Feb 03, 2011 | 3275 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Joe Discoe
Joe Discoe
DEER VALLEY, UTAH – Rick Discoe said last week it would be “a tall order” for his son, U.S. Freestyle Ski Team member Joe Discoe, to make it past the qualification round at his first-ever World Championships appearance.

The World Championships are, after all, the pinnacle of ski competition in a non-Olympic year; only the top handful of skiers from every country are invited. But Telluride Ski and Snowboard Team-trained Discoe managed to carve a niche for himself in the World Championship finals on Wednesday, establishing himself as one of the top mogul skiers in the world.

Discoe started the day with a clean run that garnered him entry into the finals, completing the qualification round in 13th behind his U.S. teammates Jeremy Cota (fourth), Pat Deneen (11th), and David Digravio (12th.)

The finish order remained roughly the same for the finals, with Cota coming in at fourth, Deneen in sixth, DiGravio in ninth, and Discoe holding steady at 13th. The gold went to Frenchman Guilbaut Colas with silver and bronze going to the Canadian duo of Alexandre Bilodeau and Mikael Kingsbury.

For the women, 2010 Olympic gold medalist and U.S. Ski Team member Hannah Kearney took silver, behind Canada’s Jenn Heil.

Wednesday also witnessed another locally bred skier, Gus Kenworthy, fly into the World Championship finals following his top ten finish in slopestyle. Kenworthy finished eighth in the qualification round, and returned to Deer Valley’s slopestyle course for the finals today (Thursday.) Results are not yet available.

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