U.S. Freestyle women 1, 2, 3, and 4 at Lake Placid moguls World Cup!

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 21, 2010 12:30 pm

Today marked the final World Cup stop for the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team bumpers to solidify their Olympic spots and the women took the podium by storm! Hannah Kearney (who already claimed her spot at the Steamboat Olympic Trials in December) won for the women, 2002 Olympic silver medalist Shannon Bahrke took second, new firecracker (and Deer Valley World Cup winner) Heather McPhie placed third, and veteran podium finisher Michelle Roark finished fourth.

All four women have been on the podium this year, so while the Olympic Team won’t officially be named until January 26, the women’s side will likely resemble today’s top-four finishers! There are four spots allotted for Vancouver, so folks, there you have it.

The final four’s teammates, Laurel Shanley and Shelly Robertson also skied extremely well, finishing seventh and eighth respectively. The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team lady mogul skiers are all just so strong, though (in fact, the strongest as a whole in history), so consistent top-ten finishes won’t be enough to land them Olympic starts.

On the men’s side, Mike Morse was the top American man in fifth with Bryon Wilson not far behind in eigth. The two are sixth and fifth respectively in the moguls World Cup overall standings, so will likely claim spots on the Olympic Team. World Champion Pat Deneen did not fare well at Lake Placid (landing in the 37th spot) but already earned his Vancouver start by winning the U.S. Olympic Trials.

That leaves one spot up for grabs for the U.S. men. Dave Digravio and newcomer Jeremy Cota also made the finals (top 16) at Lake Placid, but both ran into trouble during their second runs. Right now Cota is the fourth American man in the overall standings (sitting in 18th), so it remains to be seen what happens.

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