PARK CITY, Utah – Canadian skier Alex Bilodeau overtook teammate and World Cup leader Mikael Kingsbury for the victory Saturday in front of a crowd of 8,000 at the Visa Freestyle International FIS World Cup at Deer Valley. Alexandr Smyshlyaev of Russia took the third spot while crowd favorite Pat Deneen of Cle Elum, Wash., finished fourth, the top finish for the USA.
The moguls team heads to Lake Placid, N.Y., Wednesday for the USANA Freestyle Cup.
The meet entrants will also include Butte brothers Bryon and Brad Wilson and Bozeman women’s moguls standout Heather McPhie. The Montanans will be trying for bounce-back showings. Bryon Wilson placed 49th on Saturday while neither Brad Wilson or McPhie were able to finish. Details were not posted. Bryon Wilson was the 2010 Bronze Medalist in men’s moguls.
Defending Olympic women’s champion Hannah Kearney of Norwich, Vt., took her second victory of the week in front of the huge crowd, giving her six straight victories on the 2002 Olympic venue. Kearney’s near-flawless run forced Yulia Galysheva of Kazakhstan into second and an ecstatic Maxime Dufour-Lapointe into third with her career first podium.
Sho Kashima of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., advanced to men’s superfinal, but he lost control for just a second before the bottom air and finished sixth.
The crowd grew to around 8,500 in the finish area during the finals, and the roar became louder as the snow began to fall during the men’s superfinal.
The U.S. men have two more chances to seal their two required FIS World Cup podiums for Olympic team qualification, the Lake Placid competition on Wednesday and then Val St. Come, Quebec, Jan. 19 for the last remaining World Cups before Sochi. 2 comments