Author of Story: Freddy Perryman
Fifth Straight Win for Kearney
CALGARY, AB (Jan. 29) – Olympic Champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) continued her unbeaten streak Saturday with a fifth consecutive individual moguls World Cup victory. Kearney led four U.S. women into the top 10 in Calgary.
Jeremy Cota (Carrabassett Valley, ME) was fourth to lead three U.S. men into the top 10.
Saturday’s finals were cold and snowy, providing conditions that were radically different from the 50 degree slush experienced Thursday for qualifying. Despite the weather, the U.S. women put all four athletes into the top 10.
“The conditions were a little bit challenging,” said Kearney. “It kept changing as the snow accumulated. It caused the bumps to get really deep, which caused problems for some skiers.”
With Kearney earning her fifth straight victory, Eliza Outtrim (Steamboat Springs, CO) just missed the podium in fourth. Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) finished sixth and Heidi Kloser (Vail, CO) eighth.
“I’m really happy right now,” exclaimed Kearney. “I’m feeling very excited to head back to American soil. I think we are in a great position headed into World Championships.”
Freestyle Head Coach Scott Rawles gave his assessment of Kearney’s performance. “Hannah is full of confidence right now. She didn’t even train yesterday, she just came out and got it done again! She has a lot of confidence and momentum rolling into Deer Valley.”
The U.S. men, not to be overshadowed, also had good results Saturday, led by Cota who missed the podium by one tenth of a point. “He is right on the doorstep, commented Rawles.
For Joe Discoe (Telluride, CO), who finished sixth, Saturday’s result marked a career best on the World Cup. Rawles was enthusiastic after Discoe’s run saying, “He qualified in fourth and had a good weekend this weekend, so hopefully he’ll take that momentum into Deer Valley.”
Nate Roberts (Park City, UT), who finished10th, and David Digravio, (Farmington, ME) who was12th, are both vying for a start in next weeks World Championships.
The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team will officially name its athletes for the FIS World Championships on Monday Jan. 31.
World Champion Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) and Bryon Wilson (Butte, MT) did not compete Saturday in Calgary. The two athletes have spent the week training for the World Championships at the Center of Excellence in Park City, UT.
“I have a good feeling where we are right now, said Rawles about his team going into the World Championships. “I think a lot of people are peaking with their skiing right now.”
The World Championships hosted by Deer Valley Resort in Park City will run Feb. 2-5. Individual moguls finals are scheduled for Wednesday Feb. 2, the first day of competition.
FIS Freestyle World Cup
Calgary, AB – Jan. 28, 2011
1. Mikael Kingsbury, Canada. 24.25
2. Alexandre Bilodeau, Canada. 24.16
3. Alexandr Smyshlyaev, Russia. 23.53
4. Jeremy Cota, Carrabassett Valley, ME. 23.41
6. Joe Discoe, Telluride, CO. 22.88
10. Nate Roberts, Park City, UT. 22.01
12. David Digravio, Farmington, ME. 16.37
1. Hannah Kearney, Norwich, VT. 24.43
2. Audrey Robichaud, Canada. 22.71
3. Ekaterina Stolyarova, Russia. 22.59
4. Eliza Outtrim, Steamboat Springs, CO. 22.26
6. Heather McPhie, Bozeman, MT. 22.14
8. Heidi Kloser, Vail, CO. 21.10
For complete results: www.fis-ski.com