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Moseley’s trick entertains crowd

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PARK CITY — It was a trick so unusual that the first time Jonny Moseley threw "the dinner roll," some spectators at Monday's Gold Cup thought he just screwed up a 720.

The defending moguls gold medalist showed the crowd his new featured trick off the Champion Run's bottom kicker during athlete introductions. Most skiers just ski down the hill and wave to the crowd, but not Moseley.

"I decided to do something to entertain the crowd," he said after earning a 25.22 for his second run of the day. His score was only good enough for ninth-place on a day when C-team member Travis Mayer won the Gold Cup by about four-tenths of a point. "I can't bear to do the same old tricks."

Moseley said he's wanted to do the trick all season but hasn't had the nerve until now. He's had two poor finishes in the first two World Cup events, and in the last one, he didn't even make the finals.

"I regret not using it in the first two competitions," he said. "I was a little timid. The first time I tried it, it knocked out pretty good. It's a high consequence trick."

The 26-year-old California native hopes the judges will appreciate the risk and reward him accordingly. He wasn't willing to criticize the judges in Monday's competition at Deer Valley until he saw a videotape of his performance.

He describes the trick as "partly a flip and 720. You get flat . . . It feels cool." His feet are supposed to be head high, but cannot go above his head, as inverted tricks are not allowed by the International Ski Federation.

Moseley's willing to take a lower score for an imperfect trick, but he hopes the judges will not just reward safe, clean tricks, which is the direction the competitions have gone, he said.

"I'm not going to back down. I've got four World Cups left. I'm just going to go out there and keep doing it until it hits."

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