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Columbia Athletes Crush Deer Valley World Cup

This year’s Deer Valley Freestyle World Cup marked the 10-year anniversary since the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.  The Columbia-sponsored U.S. and Canadian teams won 10 out of 18 total medals, generating tons of energy as the athletes prepare for China this weekend.Moguls

Canadian Mikael Kingsbury won his sixth-straight mogul competition on Thursday evening, tying the all-time record.  His teammate and Olympic Champion Alex Bilodeau, who has been on partial hiatus this year, took the silver medal.  The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team had four men in the finals, including Patrick Deneen who was just off the podium in fourth.  Jeremy Cota, started the finals in first, but broke his pole on the top air and finished 16th.

On the women’s side, the Canadians were shut out of the super final and the night belonged to American Hannah Kearney who won her 13th-straight World Cup.  Heather McPhie, also of the U.S., was second.  American Heidi Kloser was just off the podium in fourth after a fall.  Chloe Dufour-Lapointe was the top Canadian in fifth spot.

Landon Gardner gives you a first hand look at moguls in this sick POV video:
CLICK HERE via U.S. Freestyle.

Aerials

Amidst the excitement, heavy hearts were turned towards Jeret “Speedy” Peterson and his incredible contribution, the hurricane, to aerial ski jumping.  Placing second in aerials, Dylan said, “This one’s for Speedy.” This video shows Dylan Ferguson’s explosive performance.

Canadian Olivier Rochon earned his third career World Cup podium on Friday and kept a firm grasp on the yellow leader’s bib with a bronze medal in the FIS freestyle aerials event.  Rochon was excited to end up in the bronze medal position after surviving a near-crash on his qualification run and an equipment malfunction during the round of 12.  China’s Zongyang Jia took gold.  American Scotty Bahrke finished 6th.  Canada’s only other entry in the field was Jean-Christophe Andre who did not advance to finals and ended up in 17th spot.

Dual Moguls

Olympic gold medalist Hannah Kearney dueled her way through four rounds to take the top spot for the 14th consecutive time, her first dual moguls win at Deer Valley Resort.  Heather McPhie grabbed her second podium of the week coming in third after dueling Yulia Galysheva of Kazakhstan.  Canadian Justine Dufour-Lapointe earned her fifth silver medal of the season after battling Kearney in the final dual.  Russia’s Sergey Volkov was the men’s winner, stopping a would-be record breaking seventh win for Mikael Kingsbury of Canada.  Kingsbury finished second and still maintains a healthy grip on the yellow leader’s bib.

Catch all of the action from Deer Valley.  The competition will be broadcast this weekend:

Feb. 11th at 1 p.m. ET, NBC
Feb. 12th at 4 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, Moguls
Feb. 12th at 5 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, Aerials
Feb. 19th at 2 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, Dual Moguls

Give the teams a shout out and wish them good luck on their facebook pages:



U.S. Freestyle Ski Team

Canadian Freestyle Ski Team

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