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Columbia-Sponsored Freestyle Ski Teams are Taking on the World

We are proud to sponsor the U.S., Canada, and Russia freestyle teams, and we are even more proud of the success they’ve been having. The three teams kicked off the 2012-2013 World Cup season around the world. Check out the amazing run they’re on:

Ruka, Finland

ski-team2U.S. mogul skier Heather McPhie opened the FIS Freestyle World Cup season with a victory on December 15th. U.S. teammate Hannah Kearney, the 2010 Olympic champion and overall champion last season, did not compete as she is recovering from a crash in October. Canadian athlete Justine Dufour-Lapointe finished 2nd.

In the men’s competition, Canadian athlete Mikael Kingsbury, who was the overall champion last season, won the event. Kingsbury’s teammate Alex Bilodeau won silver. U.S. athlete Jeremy Cota won bronze.

Russia was just outside of the top 10; Regina Rakhimova finished 11th in the women’s competition and Andrey Volkov finished 11th in the men’s competition.

Kreischberg, Austria

U.S. athlete Heather McPhie remained undefeated with a win at the second stop of the FIS Freestyle Word Cup circuit on a difficult course in Kreischberg. Her teammate Heidi Kloser posted the best results of her career, finishing in 2nd. Canadian athlete Justine Dufour-Lapointe won bronze, while her sister and teammate Chloe finished 4th.

In the men’s final, U.S. athlete Bryon Wilson won the first World Cup of his career in his first full season back after 2011 knee surgery. Wilson beat Alex Bilodeau of Canada. Defending World Cup moguls champion Mikael Kingsbury placed 3rd after beating fellow Canadian Philippe Marquis in the final.

Columbia sponsored Canada, U.S., and Russia athletes dominated the entire men’s top 10.

Park City, Utah

The Columbia Super Continental Cup held at the Utah Olympic Park on December 21st and 22nd, 2012, marked the start of the 2012-13 aerials season.

On day one, Assoli Slivets and Ilya Burov of Russia took the top spots for women and men, respectively. Russians Alina Gridneva and Veronika Korsunova finished in 2nd and 3rd for women. Russian Olya Burov finished in 2nd, and U.S. athlete Jonathon Lillis took 3rd.ski-team1

On day two, Russia’s Ilya Burov finished 1st and his teammate Timofei Slivets finished 3rd. U.S. athlete Dylan Ferguson finished 2nd. Madison Olsen took the top U.S. spot for the women in 2nd and teammate Allison Lee rounded out the podium in 3rd. Russia’s Assoli Slivets took the top spot for women on both days.

Changchun, China

Canadian Olivier Rochon started off the 2013 aerial World Cup season where he left off last year, on the podium. He earned a bronze medal. Canadians Travis Gerrits and Jean-Christopher finished in 9th and 10th, respectively. U.S. athlete Dylan Ferguson finished in 5th, and his teammate Jonathan Lillis finished in 7th. U.S. athlete Emily Cook finished in 5th on the women’s side

Here’s a look ahead at the remaining 2012-13 Freestyle World Cup and U.S. television schedule…

  • Jan. 12-13 – Val Saint Come, Canada (Aerials)
  • Jan. 17-19 – USANA U.S. Freestyle Cup, Lake Placid, NY (Aerials & Moguls)

NBC: Jan. 20 at 3:00pm ET

NBC Sports: Jan. 20 at 2:00pm ET

NBC Sports: Jan. 27 at 2:00pm ET

  • Jan. 26-27 – Calgary, Canada (Moguls)
  • Jan. 31-Feb. 2 – Visa Freestyle International, Deer Valley, UT (Aerials, Moguls, & Dual Moguls)

NBC: Feb. 9 at 2:00pm ET

NBC Sports: Feb. 2 at 1:00pm ET

NBC Sports: Feb. 3 at 2:00pm ET

NBC Sports: Feb. 3 at 3:00pm ET

  • Feb. 13-19 – Sochi, Russia (Aerials & Moguls)
  • Feb. 23 – Kiev, Ukraine (Aerials)
  • Feb. 23-24 – Inawashiro, Japan (Moguls & Dual Moguls)
  • Marc. 15-17 – Are, Sweden (Moguls & Dual Moguls)
  • Mar. 20-26 – Sierra Nevada, Spain (Moguls)
  • Mar. 29-31 – U.S. Freestyle Championship (Aerials & Moguls)

NBC Sports: TBD

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