Columbia-Sponsored U.S. and Canadian Freestyle Ski Teams Have Successful Showing around the World
Since competing in Deer Valley, UT, the Columbia-sponsored U.S. and Canadian Freestyle Ski Teams have successfully competed around the world in China, Austria, Japan and Belarus. Here are the highlights:
Beida Lake, China
Canadian mogul skier Mikael Kingsbury won his seventh FIS World Cup gold of the season, and his teammate Philippe Marquis won silver. Canadian Marc-Antoine Gagnon was just off the podium in 4th.
On the women’s side, American Hannah Kearney took the gold. Canadian Justine Dufour-Lapointe earned her sixth silver medal of the season, and her sister, Chloé Dufour-Lapointe, was just off the podium in 4th.
Canadian aerial skier Olivier Rochon won bronze and American Scotty Bahrke finished 9th.
Under very snowy and foggy conditions, the American and Canadian Freestyle Mogul Teams earned all six FIS World Cup medals in Japan. Canadian Mikael Kingsbury won his 8th gold medal. American Jeremy Cota won silver, and Canadian Cedric Rochon won bronze.
On the women’s side, American Hannah Kearney took the gold, an all time FIS World Cup win streak of 16. Canadian Audrey Robichaud earned her first FIS World Cup podium of the season, a silver medal. She was joined on the podium by teammate Justine Dufour-Lapointe who took the bronze medal.
FIS World Cup action continued the next day with a dual mogul event where American Patrick Deneen defeated Mikael Kingsbury of Canada to win gold. Kingsbury finished in 2nd and his teammate Philippe Marquis was 3rd.
American Hannah Kearney’s historic win streak ended at 16 as she finished 4th and Audrey Robichaud of Canada won gold.
American Scotty Bahrke won his first FIS Freestyle Aerials World Cup in Austria. His teammate Dylan Ferguson finished third, earning his second podium of the season. It is the U.S.’s first men’s double podium since 2005.
In a major break from form, neither the U.S. nor Canadian teams made the podium in Belarus. Canadian Olivier Rochon placed fourth on Saturday, while American Dylan Ferguson finished 7th.
The next aerials World Cup takes place in Moscow, Russia on March 10th, while the next moguls World Cup takes place in Are, Sweden on March 5th. Stay tuned for more results!
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