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POCATELLO. IDAHO, WEDNESOAY.APRIL 7, 1976 IDAHO SI AT E JOURNAL-SECTION_A-PAGE_7 :W: : »»-- : ^^ NO/S 2, 3 IN WORLD Dudunake, Hanson Set for Freestyle Finals By SCOTT PEYROS Journal Sports Writer SNOWBIRD, Utah--All indications, save one. would seem to indicate that one of Pocatello's professional freestyle skiing tandem of Deno Dudunake and Scolt Hanson is on the verge of becoming world champion here this weekend. Dudunake and-Hanson are ranked No. 2. and No. 3. respectively in the Professional Freestyle Associates' mogui standings entering the final event of the season-the World Freestyle Championships at Snowbird. Utah. Only one hurdle confronts the pair in quest of their most treasured goal, but the hurdle might as well be t l ie Great Wall of China. The hurdle is defending world champion Jack Taylor, and the only conceivable way thai either Hanson or Dudunake could beat Taylor would be to transform into charlatans and "hot wax" the bases of his skis with pine tar. Of the two Pocatellans, only Dudunake has even a remote shot at purloining Taylor's title. "The only way 1 could win it is if Jack DQ'd (disqualified) and I finished first," assesses Dudunake. "It's pretty unlikely, since he's been so consistent all year." "I've only seen him fall once all year." notes Hanson, "and that was in practice." But both Deno and Scott agree that Taylor's championship championship pace has slowed in recent events. In fact, he has not won a mogul competition since the tour stopped in Germany, over two months ago. Fading championship aspirations notwithstanding. 197576 197576 has been at the very least a scintillating season for both Dudunake and Hanson. Deno. who also ranks eighth in the PFA Grand Prix standings for all three freestyle events (moguls, aerials, ballet), boasts mogul event finishes of second at Heavenly Valley, Calif.; first at Stowe, Vt.; ninth at Stratton Mountain, N.V.; eighth at Bayrisczell, Germany; third at St. Moritz, Switzerland; DQ loops') at Cervina, Italy; and third at Telluride. Colo. Hanson, the Storming Stork, took the tour by surprise in his rookie season, finishing third at Heavenly Valley; second at Stowe; fourth at Stratton Mountain; fourth at Bayrisczell; eighth at St. Moritz; tenth at Cervina; and seventh a! Telluride. Both skiers acknowledge thai the "butterflys" will be flying at the top of Silverfox, Snowbird's freestyle run, u hen the season's culminating moment arrives. "Yeah, ever) content, they're there," Hurisun admits. "But they sure as hell haven't affected him like they did me in my first year." chimes in Dudunake, a three-season veteran. "I've kind of been paying my dues for the last three years." Diidunake adds. "I figure the dues have paid o! this year." Whatever happens at Snowbird, Dudunake and Hanson will ring out the ski season in style. Deno, \vlio has worked litlle this season on his former forte, aerials, has spent the last three weeks honing a double-front flip, which he will unveil for the first time in the world championships. With such flair, it is no wonder that Kossignol-Salomon, the contractual sponsor of Deno Dudunake and Scott Hanson, will be waiting with open arms when the snow flies next winter.

Clipped from Idaho State Journal07 Apr 1976, WedPage 8

Idaho State Journal (Pocatello, Idaho)07 Apr 1976, WedPage 8
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