Canadians cap wildly successful World Champs with four medals in dual moguls


It’s been a good week to be a Canadian freestyle skier.

Not far from home, Canadian moguls skiers tonight (Feb. 5) closed the 2011 FIS Freestyle World Championships in Deer Valley, Utah the same way they opened them on Wednesday night – with four skiers on the podium, in dual moguls this time.

Canadian Jennifer Heil, who has announced she will retire at season’s end, grabbed her second gold medal of these championships and third career dual moguls World title tonight under the Deer Valley lights in front of thousands of cheering spectators.

“It feels amazing, I love this course. It’s one of the most famous courses in the world, it’s just a privilege to be in front of this amazing crowd and to ski on such a great course,” said Heil who also won the single moguls event on Wednesday. “What can I say? I couldn’t ask for more.”

The women’s final and small finals both came down to teammate battles as Chloe Duford-Lapointe succumbed to Heil to  earned the silver medal and American Olympic champion Hannah Kearney beat Heather McPhie for the bronze medal.

“Today my goal was to ski my own runs and I did ski five solid competition runs. I should be pleased, but in fact I’m incredibly disappointed,” Kearney said, who earned the single moguls silver medal earlier in the week. “I wasn’t trying to achieve a bronze medal.”

Canadians Audrey Robichaud and Kristi Richards (single moguls bronze medalist) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

A pair of Canadians also topped the men’s podium as Wednesday’s single moguls silver medalist and Olympic champion Alexandre Bilodeau stepped up his second career duals World title. He outlasted 18-year-old teammate Mikael Kingsbury in the all-Canadian final. Kingsbury took the bronze medal in the singles competition.

“It feels great to win here,” said Bilodeau. “It’s super hard to defend your title when you have young guys like (Kingsbury) coming up. I’m working harder and harder to stay there, but the young guys like Mikael are pushing harder and harder too.”

Japan’s Nishi Nobuyuki bested singles champion Guilbaut Colas of France in the small final to secure the bronze medal.

Patrick Deneen, 2009 single moguls World Champion, led the American men in fifth place ahead of Jeremy Cota in ninth, Joe Doscoe in 13th and Sho Kashima in 18th.

Canada led all countries at these championships with 16 medals including eight gold. The U.S. followed with seven medals an one gold (Alex Schlopy, halfpipe).

NBC will air the World Championships dual moguls competition on Sunday, Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. MT.

Women’s Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result Level Points
 1  2  2275744 HEIL Jennifer  1983  CAN       1000.00
 2  11  2484720 DUFOUR-LAPOINTE Chloe  1991  CAN       800.00
 3  1  2328513 KEARNEY Hannah  1986  USA       600.00
 4  6  2364117 MCPHIE Heather  1984  USA       500.00
 5  3  2329677 ROBICHAUD Audrey  1988  CAN       450.00
 6  4  2304360 RICHARDS Kristi  1981  CAN       400.00
 7  9  2267596 SUDOVA Nikola  1982  CZE       360.00
 8  8  2481681 STOLYAROVA Ekaterina  1988  RUS       320.00
 9  7  2329386 OUTTRIM Eliza  1985  USA       290.00
 10  10  2485019 RAKHIMOVA Regina  1985  RUS       260.00
 11  12  2485027 PERTAKHIYA Marika  1992  RUS       240.00
 12  34  2484416 COX Britteny  1994  AUS       220.00
 13  21  2484830 MURATA Arisa  1990  JPN       200.00
 14  25  2472175 SNYDERMAN Kayla  1988  USA       180.00
 15  13  2526325 GUNCHENKO Anastassia  1991  RUS       160.00
 16  14  2360722 SCANZIO Deborah  1986  ITA       150.00
 17  23  2526184 VACULIKOVA Tereza  1992  CZE       140.00
 18  22  2419989 KAFFKA Marina  1987  GER       130.00
 19  29  2440553 PARKS Nicole  1992  AUS       120.00
 20  33  2485108 HOSHINO Junko  1989  JPN       110.00
 21  32  2485294 KOYANDER Ellie  1991  GBR       100.00
 22  31  2527003 SEO Jee-Won  1994  KOR       90.00
 23  28  2527012 GOBBI Samanta  1991  SUI       80.00
 24  26  2373041 SANTA-OLALLA Reyes  1984  SPA       70.00
 25  27  2529059 YANG Xue  1995  CHN       0.00
 26  35  2529060 SHAO Junhan  1996  CHN       0.00

Men’s Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result Level Points
 1  3  2426100 BILODEAU Alexandre  1987  CAN       1000.00
 2  2  2484937 KINGSBURY Mikael  1992  CAN       800.00
 3  13  2397776 NISHI Nobuyuki  1985  JPN       600.00
 4  1  2337049 COLAS Guilbaut  1983  FRA       500.00
 5  4  2382838 DENEEN Patrick  1987  USA       450.00
 6  18  2482554 VOLKOV Sergey  1987  RUS       400.00
 7  17  2484682 KIRAMO Arttu  1990  FIN       360.00
 8  34  2526132 MIETTUNEN Ville  1992  FIN       320.00
 9  5  2484727 COTA Jeremy  1988  USA       290.00
 10  6  2482457 SMYSHLYAEV Alexandr  1987  RUS       260.00
 11  9  2484677 ROCHON Cedric  1990  CAN       240.00
 12  11  2406797 BJOERNLUND Jesper  1985  SWE       220.00
 13  15  2471011 DISCOE Joseph  1987  USA       200.00
 14  32  2406506 SPETT Per  1985  SWE       180.00
 15  14  2484952 GAGNON Marc-Antoine  1991  CAN       160.00
 16  29  2407185 MATIZ Giacomo  1986  ITA       150.00
 17  30  2527360 PENTTALA Jussi  1993  FIN       140.00
 18  20  2417855 KASHIMA Sho  1986  USA       130.00
 19  31  2318134 HALL Sam  1988  AUS       120.00
 20  26  2407379 VACULIK Lukas  1986  CZE       110.00
 21  35  2340929 NOVAK Vaclav  1987  CZE       100.00
 22  25  2526312 ANDERSEN Tevje-Lie  1991  NOR       90.00
 23  37  2354320 LAHTELA Juuso  1985  FIN       80.00
 24  27  2526113 GRAHAM David  1991  AUS       70.00
 25  38  2369743 LAFRANCHI Pablo  1986  SUI       60.00
 26  43  2485295 LONGLEY Andrew  1990  GBR       50.00
 27  28  2484758 SLATTEN Vinjar  1990  NOR       45.00
 28  12  2484861 ENDO Sho  1990  JPN       40.00
 29  7  2183982 ROUSSEAU Pierre-Alexandre  1979  CAN       36.00
 30  41  2526980 STEPHENSON Bradley  1988  RSA       0.00
 31  24  2485300 GUMMESSON Adam  1989  SWE       0.00
 32  40  2529062 SUN Renze  1994  CHN       0.00
Did not finish
     2525925 THORKILSEN Gustav-Muus  1981  DAN       
     2527908 KIM Ji-Hyon  1995  KOR       

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