Voss moguls: Heil, Begg-Smith secure WC titles
VOSS, Norway — Olympic champions Dale Begg-Smith of Australia won the men's moguls and Canada's Jennifer Heil topped the women's event to clinch the season World Cup titles on Friday.
Begg-Smith came from 10th in qualifying to win the final for his third straight World Cup victory ahead of Nobuyuki Nishi of Japan, who earned the first podium of his career, and Canada's Alexandre Bilodeau.
Before the season-ending event Saturday, Canadian-born Begg-Smith tops the men's standings with 684 points. Guilbaut Colas of France, who finished fifth, is second with 496 points and Bilodeau is third with 406.
Heil won her fifth straight event, dual moguls included, and leads runner-up Shannon Bahrke of the United States 684-446. Bahrke was ninth. The other podium finishers were Margarita Marbler of Austria and Stephanie St. Pierre of Canada.
David Babic led the U.S. men in fourth place Friday, while teammate Sho Kashima finished 10th. In the women's race, veteran Jillian Vogtli led the five Americans in the top 12 in fifth place. Shelly Robertson (eighth), Bahrke (ninth), Mckenzy Golding (10th) and Heather McPhie (12th) followed.
The final moguls races of the World Cup season are scheduled for Saturday in Voss. The World Freestyle Championships will begin next week in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy.
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VOSS, Norway — Results Friday from a World Cup freestyle moguls contest
1. Dale Begg-Smith, Australia, 25.69 seconds.
2. Nobuyuki Nishi, Japan, 24.95.
3. Alexandre Bilodeau, Canada, 24.93.
4. David Babic, United States, 24.77.
5. Guilbaut Colas, France, 24.32.
6. Vincent Marquis, Canada, 24.30.
7. Ruslan Sharifullin, Russia, 23.99.
8. Christoph Stark, Germany, 23.82.
9. Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau, Canada, 23.81.
10. Sho Kashima, United States, 23.64.
11. Pierre Ochs, France, 23.15.
12. Osamu Ueno, Japan, 21.18.
Men's overall standings
after 8 of 9 events
1. Dale Begg-Smith, Australia, 684 points.
2. Guilbaut Colas, France, 496.
3. Alexandre Bilodeau, Canada, 406.
4. Nathan Roberts, United States, 370.
5. Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau, Canada, 329.
6. Jay Bowman-Kirigin, United States, 299.
1. Jennifer Heil, Canada, 25.51.
2. Margarita Marbler, Austria, 24.23.
3. Stephanie St. Pierre, Canada, 24.10.
4. Ingrid Berntsen, Norway, 23.45.
5. Jillian Rachell Vogtli, United States, 22.17.
6. Sylvia Kerfoot, Canada, 21.74.
7. Ludmila Dymtshenko, Russia, 21.67.
8. Shelly Robertson, United States, 21.62.
9. Shannon Bahrke, United States, 21.49.
10. Mckenzy Golding, United States, 15.91.
11. Miki Ito, Japan 15.18.
12. Heather McPhie, United States, 11.08.
Women's overall standings
after 8 of 9 events
1. Jennifer Heil, Canada, 684.
2. Shannon Bahrke, United States, 446.
3. Margarita Marbler, Austria, 362.
4. Kristi Richards, Canada 321.
5. Stephanie St. Pierre, Canada, 301.
6. Sara Kjellin, Sweden, 261.