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U.S. and Canadian Freestyle Ski Teams Continue to Podium around the World

The U.S. and Canadian Freestyle Ski Teams had a strong showing in Sweden and Moscow as the World Cup season nears the end.  Combined, the Columbia sponsored teams earned a total of 10 medals.

Moguls
Canadian Philippe Marquis took his first FIS World Cup victory in this weekend’s event in Are, Sweden while his teammate, Mikael Kingsbury, who has reached the podium at every event this season, earned silver.  American Patrick Deneen just missed the podium to take 4th.  His teammate Jeremy Cota rounded out the top 5 in 5th place.

On the women’s side, American Hannah Kearney won her tenth gold medal of the season.  Canadian Chloé Dufour-Lapointe earned silver, her fourth FIS World Cup medal and her second career silver.  American Eliza Outtrim finished in the top 5 in 5th place.

Freestyle action continued in Are, Sweden the next day with a dual mogul event.  American Patrick Deneen earned his second victory of the year after beating teammates Bradley Wilson in the semifinal and Jeremy Cota in the finals.  Cota and Wilson finished 2nd and 4th, respectively.  Canadian Mikael Kingsbury finished 3rd.

In the women’s field, Hannah Kearney won gold.  Her teammate, Heather McPhie, stood on her fourth podium of the year, finishing 3rd.  The Canadians were shut out of the podium, with Audrey Robichaud the top finisher in 5th.

Aerials
Meanwhile, FIS World Cup Aerials took place with an event in Moscow, which drew about 20,000 spectators to the downtown scaffolding upon which the jumps were built.  Canadian Olivier Rochon earned the bronze medal, his fifth World Cup medal of the season.

FIS Freestyle World Cup action concludes next week with the aerials season finals in Voss, Norway and the mogul finals in Mageve, France.  The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team then returns home for the U.S. Freestyle Championships in Stratton, VT on March 23rd through the 25th.  The events will air on NBC Sports Network on March 31st at 4:00 pm EST.

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