Freestyle Worlds: Hudak takes halfpipe bronze


American halfpipe skier Jen Hudak won a bronze medal today at the 2009 FIS Freestyle World ski Championships in Inawashiro, Japan.

“It’s really exciting to finally have a Worlds medal and to be able to come and finally compete at a World Championships,” Hudak said. “I definitely wanted to come out and take home the gold, but I’m always happy with a podium.”

Virginie Faivre of Switzerland took the gold, followed by Megan Gunning of Canada in second.

“I wanted a medal,” Faivre told swissinfo.ch. “That it is gold is unbelievable. Today is the best day of my life.”

Fellow American Jessica Cumming was right behind Hudak in fourth place. Park City, Utah’s Siena Palmacci had a solid sixth-place finished.

Hudak performed a 5 mute grab, straight air safety grab, five, alleyoop 540 and 720 to the delight of the Japanese crowed. “My final run I was pretty satisfied with,” Hudak said. “I had a little trouble with this pipe, so I was happy to put a run together, and to have it land me on the podium was even better.”

The Utah native not only has winning for herself in mind, but promoting the growth of the entire sport. “Hopefully we’ll keep moving forward with halfpipe and people will see that it’s a superb event and definitely of Olympic caliber,” Hudak said.

In the men’s event, Frenchmen Kevin Rolland and Xavier Bertoni climbed on the podium in first and third, respectively. Canadian Justin Dorey claimed the sliver honors.

The next two spots went to Americans David Wise (4th)  and Taylor Seaton (5th). Teammate Walter Wood also cracked the top-ten in ninth place.

Freestyle Worlds roll on in Inawashiro Saturday with men’s and women ‘s moguls events.

For complete results click here.

American halfpipe skier Jen Hudak won a bronze medal today at the 2009 FIS Freestyle World ski Championships in Inawashiro, Japan.

“It’s really exciting to finally have a Worlds medal and to be able to come and finally compete at a World Championships,” Hudak said. “I definitely wanted to come out and take home the gold, but I’m always happy with a podium.”

Virginie Faivre of Switzerland took the gold, followed by Megan Gunning of Canada in second.

“I wanted a medal,” Faivre told swissinfo.ch. “That it is gold is unbelievable. Today is the best day of my life.”

Fellow American Jessica Cumming was right behind Hudak in fourth place. Park City, Utah’s Siena Palmacci had a solid sixth-place finished.

Hudak performed a 5 mute grab, straight air safety grab, five, alleyoop 540 and 720 to the delight of the Japanese crowed. “My final run I was pretty satisfied with,” Hudak said. “I had a little trouble with this pipe, so I was happy to put a run together, and to have it land me on the podium was even better.”

The Utah native not only has winning for herself in mind, but promoting the growth of the entire sport. “Hopefully we’ll keep moving forward with halfpipe and people will see that it’s a superb event and definitely of Olympic caliber,” Hudak said.

In the men’s event, Frenchmen Kevin Rolland and Xavier Bertoni climbed on the podium in first and third, respectively. Canadian Justin Dorey claimed the sliver honors.

The next two spots went to Americans David Wise (4th)  and Taylor Seaton (5th). Teammate Walter Wood also cracked the top-ten in ninth place.

Freestyle Worlds roll on in Inawashiro Saturday with men’s and women ‘s moguls events.

For complete results click here.

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