Heather McPhie secured her third career victory with an unbeatable run on a challenging course at the FIS Freestyle World Cup’s second stop in Kreischberg, Austria. Teammate, Heidi Kloser, came to compete with a second place finish posting the best results of her career thus far.
“It was an interesting couple days. I really struggled yesterday and went to bed last night not knowing what was going to happen today but I came out this morning and decided I wasn't going to give up without a fight,” commented McPhie, “A big goal of mine was just to stay mentally strong. This course was really flat and thats usually not my strength so to be able to excel here means a lot.”
S. Team has performed phenomenally in the competition as McPhie continued, “It was great going into finals with Heidi. When I saw her coming up the cat I couldn't have been more excited for her. As soon as I saw her I told her 'I'm going to be competitive in about 5 minutes but right now I'm so stoked for you!' The U.S. is killing it right now and this was a great Christmas present for all of us!”
Bryon Wilson won his first career World Cup and his first podium spot in two years with his consistent skiing and huge air beating out gold medalist, Alexandre Bilodeau, in the final heat. Five U.S. men and four women succeeded in passing through the qualification rounds.
Wilson was ecstatic with, “This is my first season back since my injury and it feels good to be back on tour and to come out with my first win is pretty amazing. There’s no better feeling than to be able to put all the pieces together and come out on top.”
“In my finals run I was able to see that Bilodeau bobbled so I knew if I successfully threw a trick I could win. Right now i'm just focusing on my skiing and working on staying in the moment,” Wilson continued, “If I do that the results will come.”
Moguls and aerials will continue at the USANA U.S. Freestyle Cup in Lake Placid, NY on January 19.