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Maia Schwinghammer ninth at 2023 moguls World Cup opener

Sam Cordell placed 27th in his first overseas World Cup
Canadian national moguls skier Maia Schwinghammer takes flight.

Two Sea to Sky moguls skiers got their World Cup campaigns underway last weekend in Ruka, Finland.

Maia Schwinghammer earned 68.95 points to finish ninth as top Canadian woman, while Sam Cordell's 66.95 netted him 27th in his first overseas World Cup event (which was only the second total World Cup of his career).

Reigning Olympic champion Jakara Anthony of Australia took top spot (84.18) ahead of Americans Elizabeth Lemley (79.68) and Olivia Giaccio (76.35). 

On the men's side, Japanese athlete Ikuma Horishima, the incumbent Olympic bronze medallist, clinched victory (82.68). Olympic king Walter Wallberg from Sweden had to settle for silver (79.88), leaving Canadian great Mikael Kingsbury in third (79.08).

It's worth mentioning that Cordell is a current recipient of a CanFund grant alongside Whistler Mountain Ski Club (WMSC) skiers Brodie and Riley Seger.

The moguls season continues this weekend in Idre Fjall, Sweden.