Author of Story: Freddy Perryman/USSA.ORG
Norway (March 20) – World Cup Overall champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) capped her season by winning Sunday’s World Cup dual moguls in Myrkdalen-Voss, Norway. It was the ninth win for Kearney in what was a record season as she took both the moguls and overall FIS Freestyle World Cup crowns.
Patrick Deneen led the U.S. men in fifth.
Joining Kearney on Sunday’s podium were Canadians Jenn Heil in second and Justine Dufour-LaPointe third. The men’s podium was Guilbaut Colas of France on top, with Canadians Mikael Kingsbury second and Alexandre Bilodeau third.
“It feels incredible,” explained Kearney. “I should set more goals. I wanted to win both the moguls and the overall but I didn’t know I was going to do it by winning nine events. It is really, really satisfying.”
The site of the 2013 World Championships, Voss provided a challenging course for Sunday’s duals. Warm air and high humidity meant snow conditions were constantly changing. Many heats were not decided by the judges, but by which skier could just finish the course.
For the World Cup Moguls Finals, the top ranked skiers dual it out on the moguls course in single elimination competition. There are no qualification runs with pairings based on the skiers’ overall rankings. The U.S. was represented Sunday by five women and five men.
In the women’s competition, only Kearney and teammate Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) moved passed the first heat. McPhie was edged out in her quarterfinal heat, while Kearney blitzed her quarterfinal and semifinal opponents to set up an epic final dual.
Like a scripted move, it seemed fated for the World Cup Finals to enjoy a matchup as strong as Sunday’s. Kearney faced off against rival Heil in the day’s final dual.
“The course was more difficult after each run,” said Kearney. “Everyone but one person blew out while skiing against me. That was the theme of the day - the strongest person was going stay with it.”
McPhie finished sixth, placing her fifth in the World Cup moguls overall standings. Eliza Outtrim (Steamboat Springs, CO) was 10th, Heidi Kloser (Vail, CO) 13th and rookie KC Oakley (Park City, UT) 16th.
Deneen, the only U.S. men’s skier to move beyond the first heat, made the quarterfinals. With his result Sunday in Norway, Deneen ended fourth in the World Cup moguls standings.
Jeremy Cota (Carrabassett Valley, ME) finished ninth, earning fifth in the World Cup moguls overall.
Rounding out the U.S. men were David DiGravio (Farmington, ME) in 12th, Joe Discoe (Telluride, CO) 13th and Sho Kashima (South Lake Tahoe, CA) 14th.
The Voss event wrapped up the 2011 World Cup season. The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team athletes now head to Stratton Mountain, VT for the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships beginning Thursday.
“We really came together as a team this year,” said US Head Coach Scott Rawles. “Everyone has supported each other throughout the year. It’s been a really great season overall.”
FIS Freestyle World Cup
Myrkdalen—Voss, Norway – March20, 2011
1. Guilbaut Colas, France
2. Mikael Kingsbury, Canada
3. Alexandre Bilodeau, Canada
5. Patrick Deneen, Cle Elum, WA
9. Jeremy Cota, Carrabassett Valley, ME
12. David DiGravio, Farmington, ME
13. Joe Discoe, Telluride, CO
14. Sho Kashima, South Lake Tahoe, CA
1. Hannah Kearney, Norwich, VT
2. Jennifer Heil, Canada
3. Justine Dufour-LaPointe, Canada
6. Heather McPhie, Bozeman, MT
10. Eliza Outtrim, Steamboat Springs, CO
13. Heidi Kloser, Vail, CO
16. KC Oakley, Park City, UT
For complete results: http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/1228.html?cal_suchsector=FS&event_id=28280
Final World Cup Moguls Standings
1. Guilbaut Colas, France, 841
2. Alexandre Bilodeau, Canada, 739
3. Mikael Kingsbury, Canada, 725
4. Patrick Deneen, Cle Elum, WA, 434
5. Jeremy Cota, Carrabassett Valley, ME, 407
1. Hannah Kearney, Norwich, VT, 1,009
2. Jennifer Heil, Canada, 712
3. Audrey Robichaud, Canada, 466
5. Heather McPhie, Bozeman, MT, 400
For complete results: http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/disciplines/freestyle/cupstandings.html