Some of the finest free-style skiers competed at the world women's free-style ski championships at Park City, Utah, in the United States on Monday (17 March).
GV Two women skiers downhill over obstacles and one crashes while crowd look on (2 shots)
GV Final elimination run downhill by two women and PAN TO finish line
SYNOPSIS: This year's world women's free-style ski championship was held on Monday at Park City, Utah, in the United States. Thirty-two competitors took part. TVN reporter Keith Miller reports:
"The race was delayed one day - ironically due to too much snow, but on this day some of the finest free-stylers in the nation showed up for the show of the cash. The thirty-two contestants whittled for the number to head-to-head competition -- spinning, sliding and turning away. For the first time free-style competitors had more than fun to race, crashes came suddenly and the elimination more frequent. After twenty-none runs the final race began.
"Jeannie Hagen, from Idaho, won twenty-four hundred dollars. The twenty-three-year-old former Olympic skier came in second place at last year's competition. This year's second-place finisher was Katey Morning, also from Idaho, taking up eighteen hundred dollars for her efforts. In all fifteen contestants picked up some prize money to take home. This is Keith Miller reporting from Park City, Utah."
Initials CL/1800 CL/1805
EDITORS NOTE: This film is serviced with a commentary by TVN reporter Keith Miller, which is for use.
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Some of the finest free-style skiers competed at the world women's free-style ski championships at Park City, Utah, in the United States on Monday (17 March).
They included former Olympic skier Jeanie Hagnen from Idaho, who took the first place and 2,400 US dollars (about GBP1,000 sterling) with it. Miss Hagen, 23, was the runner-up at last year's competition.
The second prize of 1,800 US dollars (about GBP800 sterling) went to Katey Morning also from Idaho. Fifteen other competitors, of the 32 who took part, received some prize money.