Richards beats Heil in moguls final 

Canadian freestylers claim six medals at Deer Valley

By Andrew Mitchell

It was a packed weekend at Deer Valley, Utah Jan. 11-14 with the resort hosting night moguls, dual moguls and aerials events, including an aerials event that was moved from Lake Placid due to the lack of snow in the east.

The World Cup got underway on Thursday, Jan. 11 with a moguls competition. After crashing the previous week, Olympic and World Cup champion Jennifer Heil found herself back on the podium, wedged between U.S. skiers Shannon Bahrke and Hannah Kearney.

“I was really happy to bounce back with a medal after an 11 th place last weekend,” said Heil. “It feels like the season has really started now. However, I still felt I could have been a bit more aggressive, but overall it was a solid performance and now I need to build on that.”

Canadians figured prominently in the top-20, with Kristi Richards of Summerland 10 th , Stephanie-St-Pierre of Quebec 11 th , Whistler’s Sylvia Kerfoot 14 th , Audrey Robichaud of Quebec 16 th and Jacqui Brown of Ontario 18 th .

In the men’s competition, American skiers once again finished first and third with Nate Roberts taking gold and David Babic the bronze. Gergoire Dufosse of France came away with the silver.

The top Canadian was Ontario’s Warren Tanner in seventh place, while Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau of Quebec placed 12 th . Maxime Gingras of Quebec was 14 th , and Chris Wong of Prince George 17 th .

An aerials competition also took place under the lights. Ontario’s Steve Omischl retained the overall leaders bib with a silver medal performance behind Jeret Peterson of the U.S., who posted the highest score ever posted in a World Cup. Sen Qiu of China took the bronze.

Omischl landed a full, full, double, full, which includes a double twist on the third flip.

“It’s the jump I messed up at the Olympics and this is the first time I’ve landed it in competition,” said Omischl. “So overall I’m actually one for five with that jump. I’ve been training that jump the last few weeks and this week I landed my five attempts in training. So overall I did what I needed to do today and simply got beat by someone who put down a way harder trick.”

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