U.S. Freestylers Dominate World Cup Moguls at the Visa Freestyle International

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 30, 2009 7:00 am

The American ladies led the way with a one-two punch, finishing first and second at the World Cup mogul event at Deer Valley, UT. Vermonter Hannah Kearney shined her way to her second win of the season, and snatched the World Cup leader’s yellow bib from Canadian and 2006 Olympic gold medalist, Jennifer Heil.


Skiing with her trademark pigtails poking through her helmet, Kearney shredded the course in 30.68 seconds, nabbing the fastest women’s time of the day. “It was definitely the cleanest run I skied all week,” Kearney said. “I also moved my back flip to the top jump, because last year when I did it here at the bottom, I landed on my head. Didn’t want to do that again.” Good call!

Michelle Roark of Denver, CO took the silver, throwing classic rotational jumps, including a 180-spread-180, the same trick she rocked at the 1990 Junior National Freestyle Championships. The World Cup veteran has had six knee surgeries in her career—yet they don’t seem to be slowing her down. Roark is currently ranked fifth in the World Cup moguls standings.

Another long-time veteran, Austrian bumper Margarita Marbler, easily walked away with the bronze.

On the men’s side, American Patrick Deneen claimed the bronze, and in his humble, soft-spoken style said simply, “I just skied my plan and it all worked out. “

Well, he smoked it.

Canadian World Cup moguls leader Alexandre Bilodeau took second, and Frenchman Guilbaut Colas won the event.

Look for more World Cup action tonight when the aerialists take to the skies, and Saturday when the half-pipe skiers fly, and the bumpers race once more in duals. So far, the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team athletes have been on the podium at every Deer Valley World Cup since the event’s inception, and they look to continue the trend.