Heil, Colas take single moguls World titles, Kearney silver


On one of the coldest days of the year in Deer Valley, Utah, moguls skiers Jennifer Heil of Canada and Guilbaut Colas of France secured World Championship titles today (Feb. 2). It was both skiers’ first single moguls Worlds victory.

Temperatures were in the low single digits though skies were cloudless as competition at the 2011 FIS Freestyle Skiing World Championships kicked off with men’s and women’s single moguls competitions.

First up were the women. An Olympic rematch materialized as American Olympic gold medalist Hannah Kearney qualified second behind Heil (Olympic silver medalist). Kearney collected a higher turn score and the fastest time down the 246-meter course but it came down to the airs as Heil, the last woman down the 2002 Olympic course, topped Kearney 4.80 to 4.19. Heil’s total score came to 24.35 ahead of Kearney’s 24.31. It was Heil’s fifth trip to a Worlds podium. She has two gold medals in dual moguls and two silvers in single moguls.

“This is my favorite course in the world,” said Heil who has pulled in eight World Cup podiums here and will retire at the end of the season. ”I was standing at the top of the course and heard Hannah’s score and I new I needed to lay down a great one.”

Heil’s win makes her the first mogul skier to win the ‘grand slam’ of freestyle titles, including: Olympic Champion; World Champion Single Moguls; World Champion Dual Moguls; World Cup Mogul Champion; World Cup Overall Freestyle Champion; and, FIS Rookie of the Year.

Kearney earned her third Worlds medal. She took gold in Ruka, Finland in 2005 and bronze in Inawashiro, Japan in 2009.

“I missed my grab on my bottom air and therefor the trick was incomplete and the score reflected that,” said Kearney, who leads the World Cup standings with six consecutive singles World Cup wins.“But, you can look at the bright side. It’s still a silver medal with a mistake, that leaves room for improvement next week, keeps things exciting. A dual between the two of us might have some more meaning.” 

Canadian Kristi Richards, World Champion in 2007, rounded out the podium in third with 23.71 points.  

Four American women represented the host country in the finals as Eliza Outtrim finished fifth and Heather McPhie (World Cup winner here last season) followed in sixth.

Colas, who is the current overall World Cup leader with three wins this season, took the men’s contest with a score of 26.26 over Canadians Olympic gold medalist Alexandre Bilodeau in second and 18-year-old Mikael Kingsbury in third.

“I’m so happy, I can’t believe I can be on the podium. Being third in World Championships, it’s unbelievable,” said Kingsbury. “I have dreamed of this since I was like 12 years old, so it’s pretty big. Next World Championships, the goal will be to win it.”

The win marked Colas’ second career World Championships medal. He won a silver medal in dual moguls in 2007.

American Jeremy Cota led the home team in fourth, missing the podium by .83 points.
“I was happy with the way I skied,” said Cota. “I’m excited about the
way my skiing is coming. I have spent a lot of time working on my
technical skiing.”

Defending Worlds gold medalist, American Patrick Deneen finished sixth with a score of 24.14. Olympic bronze medalist Bryon Wilson did not qualify for finals. 

World Championships competition continues tomorrow with men’s and women’s slopestyle finals. The moguls skiers will be back in action with duals competitions on Saturday night. 

Images by Marcus Caston

Women’s Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result Level Points
 1  2  2275744 HEIL Jennifer  1983  CAN   24.35    1000.00
 2  1  2328513 KEARNEY Hannah  1986  USA   24.31    800.00
 3  4  2304360 RICHARDS Kristi  1981  CAN   23.71    600.00
 4  8  2481681 STOLYAROVA Ekaterina  1988  RUS   23.60    500.00
 5  7  2329386 OUTTRIM Eliza  1985  USA   23.17    450.00
 6  6  2364117 MCPHIE Heather  1984  USA   22.65    400.00
 7  10  2485019 RAKHIMOVA Regina  1985  RUS   22.40    360.00
 8  9  2267596 SUDOVA Nikola  1982  CZE   21.13    320.00
 9  12  2485027 PERTAKHIYA Marika  1992  RUS   20.70    290.00
 10  3  2329677 ROBICHAUD Audrey  1988  CAN   20.34    260.00
 11  23  2526184 VACULIKOVA Tereza  1992  CZE   20.22    240.00
 12  21  2484830 MURATA Arisa  1990  JPN   19.68    220.00
 13  30  2485299 SCHRIWER Martina  1988  SWE   19.64    200.00
 14  22  2419989 KAFFKA Marina  1987  GER   19.01    180.00
 15  13  2526325 GUNCHENKO Anastassia  1991  RUS   18.58    160.00
 16  14  2360722 SCANZIO Deborah  1986  ITA   11.01    150.00
 17  34  2484416 COX Britteny  1994  AUS   16.14    140.00
 18  19  2485203 KLOSER Heidi  1992  USA   13.68    130.00
 19  31  2527003 SEO Jee-Won  1994  KOR   13.56    120.00
 20  33  2485108 HOSHINO Junko  1989  JPN   13.14    110.00
 21  28  2527012 GOBBI Samanta  1991  SUI   7.39    100.00
 22  11  2484720 DUFOUR-LAPOINTE Chloe  1991  CAN   3.7    90.00
 23  26  2373041 SANTA-OLALLA Reyes  1984  SPA   3.3    80.00
 24  27  2529059 YANG Xue  1995  CHN   2.16    70.00
 25  35  2529060 SHAO Junhan  1996  CHN   2.12    0.00
 26  32  2485294 KOYANDER Ellie  1991  GBR   1.4    0.00
Did not finish
     2440553 PARKS Nicole  1992  AUS       

Men’s Results

     
  

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result Level Points
 1  1  2337049 COLAS Guilbaut  1983  FRA   26.26    1000.00
 2  3  2426100 BILODEAU Alexandre  1987  CAN   25.66    800.00
 3  2  2484937 KINGSBURY Mikael  1992  CAN   25.57    600.00
 4  5  2484727 COTA Jeremy  1988  USA   24.74    500.00
 5  6  2482457 SMYSHLYAEV Alexandr  1987  RUS   24.21    450.00
 6  4  2382838 DENEEN Patrick  1987  USA   24.14    400.00
 7  9  2484677 ROCHON Cedric  1990  CAN   23.72    360.00
 8  34  2526132 MIETTUNEN Ville  1992  FIN   23.43    320.00
 9  10  2375563 DIGRAVIO David  1986  USA   23.37    290.00
 10  7  2183982 ROUSSEAU Pierre-Alexandre  1979  CAN   23.14    260.00
 11  11  2406797 BJOERNLUND Jesper  1985  SWE   22.70    240.00
 12  17  2484682 KIRAMO Arttu  1990  FIN   22.61    220.00
 13  15  2471011 DISCOE Joseph  1987  USA   22.56    200.00
 14  25  2526312 ANDERSEN Tevje-Lie  1991  NOR   20.35    180.00
 15  32  2406506 SPETT Per  1985  SWE   7.53    160.00
 16  30  2527360 PENTTALA Jussi  1993  FIN       150.00
 17  28  2484758 SLATTEN Vinjar  1990  NOR   20.95    140.00
 18  13  2397776 NISHI Nobuyuki  1985  JPN   20.90    130.00
 19  18  2482554 VOLKOV Sergey  1987  RUS   20.76    120.00
 20  31  2318134 HALL Sam  1988  AUS   20.62    110.00
 21  12  2484861 ENDO Sho  1990  JPN   20.54    100.00
 22  26  2407379 VACULIK Lukas  1986  CZE   19.44    90.00
 23  29  2407185 MATIZ Giacomo  1986  ITA   19.43    80.00
 24  27  2526113 GRAHAM David  1991  AUS   19.04    70.00
 25  35  2340929 NOVAK Vaclav  1987  CZE   16.29    60.00
 26  38  2369743 LAFRANCHI Pablo  1986  SUI   16.20    50.00
 27  24  2485300 GUMMESSON Adam  1989  SWE   13.98    45.00
 28  42  2525925 THORKILSEN Gustav-Muus  1981  DAN   13.76    40.00
 29  33  2527731 YOON Gi-Chan  1994  KOR   8.31    36.00
 30  44  2527908 KIM Ji-Hyon  1995  KOR   8.30    32.00
 31  41  2526980 STEPHENSON Bradley  1988  RSA   5.84    0.00
 32  37  2354320 LAHTELA Juuso  1985  FIN   2.53    0.00
 33  40  2529062 SUN Renze  1994  CHN   2.42    0.00
Did not start
     2485295 LONGLEY Andrew  1990  GBR       
Did not finish
     2471302 WILSON Bryon  1988  USA       

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