3 US Women in top 6 in moguls at World Championships

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 2, 2011 3:01 pm

Olympic champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) finished with silver, Wednesday, missing the 2011 World Freestyle Ski Championships moguls title by four hundredths of a point. Jeremy Cota (Carrabassett Valley, ME) finished fourth just shy of the podium. Jennifer Heil of Canada and France’s Guilbaut Colas took home gold at Deer Valley Resort in Park City.

Conditions for the first day of the World Championships looked like a tourism brochure including traditional Utah bluebird skies, but crisp, super cold air. The course at Deer Valley Resort was steep with solid hard bumps that provided a perfect platform for competitors to showoff their skills.

For Kearney, Wednesday’s finals race was especially close – one of the tightest margins in history. And she knew exactly where gold became silver.

“I missed the grab. My finger touched it, but I didn’t grab it,” she exclaimed.

That little mistake made all the difference for the judges, awarding Heil a score of 24.35 to Kearney’s 24.31. Kristi Richards of Canada earned the bronze. It was Heil’s fourth straight win on the Deer Valley Resort course.

“It’s still a silver medal, with a mistake, which leaves room for improvement and it keeps things exciting,” said an upbeat Kearney of her first loss in six consecutive individual moguls events. “A dual between the two of us [Heil] might now have more meaning!” (Dual moguls are Saturday Feb. 5 and will be the final event of the 2011 FIS World Freestyle Ski Championships)

Eliza Outtrim (Steamboat Springs, CO) and Westminster College student Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) also made finals finishing fifth and sixth.

“I was really psyched to throw the D-spin up top and push myself,” said McPhie after her finals run. “I am really excited for duals on Saturday.”

 1  2  2275744 HEIL Jennifer  1983  CAN   24.35    1000.00
 2  1  2328513 KEARNEY Hannah  1986  USA   24.31    800.00
 3  4  2304360 RICHARDS Kristi  1981  CAN   23.71    600.00
 4  8  2481681 STOLYAROVA Ekaterina  1988  RUS   23.60    500.00
 5  7  2329386 OUTTRIM Eliza  1985  USA   23.17    450.00
 6  6  2364117 MCPHIE Heather  1984  USA   22.65    400.00
 7  10  2485019 RAKHIMOVA Regina  1985  RUS   22.40    360.00
 8  9  2267596 SUDOVA Nikola  1982  CZE   21.13    320.00
 9  12  2485027 PERTAKHIYA Marika  1992  RUS   20.70    290.00
 10  3  2329677 ROBICHAUD Audrey  1988  CAN   20.34    260.00
 11  23  2526184 VACULIKOVA Tereza  1992  CZE   20.22    240.00
 12  21  2484830 MURATA Arisa  1990  JPN   19.68    220.00
 13  30  2485299 SCHRIWER Martina  1988  SWE   19.64    200.00
 14  22  2419989 KAFFKA Marina  1987  GER   19.01    180.00
 15  13  2526325 GUNCHENKO Anastassia  1991  RUS   18.58    160.00
 16  14  2360722 SCANZIO Deborah  1986  ITA   11.01    150.00
 17  34  2484416 COX Britteny  1994  AUS   16.14    140.00
 18  19  2485203 KLOSER Heidi  1992  USA   13.68    130.00
 19  31  2527003 SEO Jee-Won  1994  KOR   13.56    120.00
 20  33  2485108 HOSHINO Junko  1989  JPN   13.14    110.00
 21  28  2527012 GOBBI Samanta  1991  SUI   7.39    100.00
 22  11  2484720 DUFOUR-LAPOINTE Chloe  1991  CAN   3.7    90.00
 23  26  2373041 SANTA-OLALLA Reyes  1984  SPA   3.3    80.00
 24  27  2529059 YANG Xue  1995  CHN   2.16    70.00
 25  35  2529060 SHAO Junhan  1996  CHN   2.12    0.00
 26  32  2485294 KOYANDER Ellie  1991  GBR   1.4    0.00
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