Americans McPhie, Wilson top podium in Kreischberg dual
Heather McPhie made it two-for-two this season with a win at the second stop of the FIS Freestyle World Cup on a difficult duals course in Kreischberg, Austria Saturday. It was her third career victory.
"It was an interesting couple days," said McPhie. "I really struggled yesterday and went to bed last night not knowing what was going to happen today but I came out this morning and decided I wasn't going to give up without a fight. A big goal of mine was just to stay mentally strong. This course was really flat and thats usually not my strength so to be able to excel here means a lot."
Meanwhile, her teammate Heidi Kloser posted the best result of her young career, second, falling to McPhie in the finals.
"It was great going into finals with Heidi," said McPhie. "When I saw her coming up the cat I couldn't have been more excited for her. As soon as I saw her I told her 'I'm going to be competitive in about 5 minutes but right now I'm so stoked for you!' The U.S. is killing it right now and this was a great Christmas present for all of us."
"I really wanted to have a good day and just be happy with the way I was skiing, I didn't want to focus on the results," said Kloser. "If I was skiing how I wanted to ski the results would come. I qualified second which is the highest i've ever qualified so I went into finals really excited. I had a bit of a sloppy run against Heather but I'm really happy with my second place finish."
Olympic bronze medalist Bryon Wilson, whose last podium was two years ago, stayed atop the leader board for most of the day with consistent skiing and huge air to take a career first World Cup win over Alexandre Bilodeau in the final heat. Wilson is in his first full season back after a knee injury in 2011.
"This is my first season back since my injury and it feels good to be back on tour and to come out with my first win is pretty amazing," said Wilson. "Theres no better feeling than to be able to put all the pieces together and come out on top.
"In my finals run I was able to see that Bilodeau bobbled so I knew if I successfully threw a trick I could win. Right now i'm just focusing on my skiing and working on staying in the moment. If I do that the results will come."
"Both Heather and Heidi were very consistent today in trusting their speed into the bottom jump where they were able to make up ground," said moguls coach Garth Hager. "This is one of the best finishes I can think of in a while. To have the U.S. on three of six podiums today is really unbelievable. They all trusted their skiing and didn't worry about what anyone else was doing. In doing that they were able to make the bottom as clean and fast as they could."
Ladies' Dual Moguls
Dec. 22, 2012
|12||OAKLEY K C||1988||USA||220.00|
|31||GRASSI Ana Maria||1993||SUI||28.00|
Men's Dual Moguls
Dec. 22, 2012
|33||ANDERSEN Tevje Lie||1991||NOR||24.00|
|Did not finish|