Babic and Kearney Take Dual Mogul Silvers at Deer Valley World Cup

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 2, 2009 12:00 pm

David Babic shreds to a silver medal.
Photo Courtesy: Tom Kelly/U.S. Ski Team

The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team athletes continued to rock the show at the Visa Freestyle International World Cup at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, UT this weekend. This time, they ripped it up on the rock-hard Champion mogul course in a medley of hotly contested dual runs. David Babic (Washington, VT) and Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) both grabbed silver medals, and for Kearney, her fourth straight podium finish this season. "I have not been a part of the consistency club, so it’s nice to join," Kearney said of her performance. "I feel like I’ve skied a mile of moguls tonight—I did three training runs and then five comp runs. I’m proud of myself for skiing one of my best runs the last run of the day ‘cause that’s hard to do."


“Hannah was super motivated this summer," said Freestyle Moguls Head Coach Scott Rawles. "She’s been injured the last year and I think sometimes when that happens you get a little more motivated. She made the team when she was 16 and she’s 23, now. She’s matured and is putting it together."

Just a fraction of the fans at Deer Valley.
Photo Courtesy: Tom Kelly/U.S. Ski Team

2006 Olympic gold medalist, Jennifer Heil, whose coach, Olympian Dominick Gauthier said had been training “so f**king hard” this season took the top spot on the women’s podium while Nikola Sudova of the Czech Republic nabbed the bronze. American newcomer Eliza Outtrim (Steamboat Springs, CO), surprised the field for the fourth-place rubber medal.

The men delivered their own brand of excitement, keeping the 5,000-plus crowd on its toes in the frigid night air. 2006 Olympic gold medalist and self-made millionaire businessman Dale Begg Smith of Australia stopped the competition—literally, when he fell before the top air, tearing his ACL. Only minutes before, American star (and former member of the Pittsburgh Steelers) Jeremy Bloom (Littleton, CO) landed on teammate Dave DiGravio (Farmington, ME), when DiGravio flew into Bloom’s lane after the top air. The tangle was terrible, but miraculously, both athletes popped back up and continued to ski.

"I’ve never seen anyone get landed on before,” said Rawles. “When Jeremy landed on DiGravio, my heart just about stopped."

Although Bloom was strong, he finished sixth, getting knocked out in the quarter finals in a head-to-head dual with Babic.

“I have to give props to Jeremy,” Babic said of his teammate. “He’s been off playing football, and he’s really making an incredible comeback, now. He’s shredding out there.”

Babic, though, was consistent—all the way to the gold medal final round. He couldn’t hold onto the icy course after the top air, though, and France’s Guilbaut Colas overtook him for the Frenchman’s third straight victory at Deer Valley.

"All night I was trying to take one run at a time," Babic said. "The course was so hard that everyone was having trouble linking top to bottom again and again, but if you just hung in there and stayed with it, you had a good chance of winning tonight."

The FIS Freestyle World Cup heads to Cyrpress Mountain, BC this week, for the 2010 Olympic test events.

Visa Freestyle International
Park City, UT – Jan. 31, 2009
Dual Moguls

1. Guilbaut Colas, France
2. David Babic, Washington, VT
3. Alexandr Smyshlyaev, Russia
4. Alexandre Bilodeau, Canada
6. Jeremy Bloom, Littleton, CO
14. David DiGravio, Farmington, ME
15. Bryon Wilson, Butte, MT
22. Sho Kashima, S. Lake Tahoe, CA
25. Joe Discoe, Ridgway, CO
42. Michael Morse, Duxbury, MA
45. Pat Deneen, Cle Elum, WA
46. Landon Gardner, Missoula, MT

1. Jennifer Heil, Canada
2. Hannah Kearney, Norwich, VT
3. Nikola Sudova, Czech Republic
4. Eliza Outtrim, Steamboat Springs, CO
5. Shannon Bahrke, Tahoe City, CA
7. Shelly Robertson, Reno, NV
8. Emiko Torito, Denver
10. Jillian Vogtli, Ellicotville, NY
16. Heather McPhie, Park City, UT
20. Michelle Roark, Denver
26. Kayla Snyderman, Winchester, MA