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Columbia-Sponsored Freestyle Ski Teams Wrap up the 2011-2012 Season

The World Cup season came to a close earlier this month with Canadian and U.S. teams competing in Megeve, France and Voss, Norway.  Check out the season recap:

American Hannah Kearney capped a historic season in Megeve, France, receiving Crystal Globes (World Cup trophies) for FIS Freestyle World Cup overall women’s freestyle disciplines and moguls titles.  Three other Americans finished the season in the top 10.  Heather McPhie finished 4th, Eliza Outtrim finished 8th and K.C. Oakley finished 9th.  Oakley was also awarded the FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year honors for women’s moguls.  While Kearney placed 5th in the dual moguls event, her 11 wins out of 13 World Cup competitions this season helped the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team collect the coveted Nations Cup for moguls.  Canadian Justine Dufour-Lapointe won gold, and her sister, Chloe, finished 2nd.  Justine ended the season ranked 2nd, and Chloe ended the season ranked 5th.  Their teammate Audrey Robichaud finished the season 6th.

Canadian Mikael Kingsbury wrapped up his season in dominating fashion – winning a medal at every World Cup, including a silver in Megeve.  Kingsbury is the youngest male mogul skier to take home the Crystal Globe for moguls and the overall men’s freestyle disciplines.  Canadian Marc-Antoine Gagnon finished 3rd in the event and 5th in the season rankings.  Three other Canadians finished the season in the top 10.  Philippe Marquis finished 4th, Cedric Rochon finished 9th, and Eddie Hicks finished 10th.  American Patrick Deneen won his third gold of the season after besting Kingsbury in Megeve.  Deenan was honored with 2nd place for the season.  His teammate, Jeremy Cota ended the season ranked 3rd.  American Bradley Wilson was awarded the World Cup Rookie-of-the-Year title, in addition to finishing 7th in the World Cup rankings and winning the gold in the FIS Junior World Championships this past weekend.

With a 9th place finish at the World Cup aerials finals in Norway, Canadian Olivier Rochon clinched the overall title and the crystal globe.  American Dylan Ferguson finished 5th and ended the season ranked 4th.  Despite a career first win in Kreischberg, Austria, American Scotty Bahrke finished the season just outside the top 10 in 11th.  American Jonathan Lillis won the FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year honors for aerials.

U.S. National Championship
The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team then competed in the National Championships in Stratton, VT.  Despite unseasonably warm temperatures, 70F, the athletes did awesome.

In the moguls event, Heather McPhie won gold, Hannah Kearney finished 2nd, and K.C. Oakley finished 3rd.  Oakley won gold in dual moguls while Eliza Outtrim finished in 2nd.  On the men’s side, Jeremy Cota won gold in the moguls event and 2nd in the dual moguls event.  Patrick Deenan finished 2nd in moguls, and Shane Cordeau finished 3rd in dual moguls.
Dylan Ferguson won gold in aerials and Michael Rossi finished 2nd.

Great job athletes! Have a great training season and we’ll see you this fall.

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