Moguls: Heil, Colas take second Deer Valley World Cup


PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 16) – Canadian moguls skier Jennifer Heil knows how to ski. She proved it yet again tonight, winning her fourth consecutive World Cup competition to close the 2010 Visa Freestyle International World Cup event in Deer Valley, Utah. Double winner here last year, Frenchman Guilbaut Colas again won on the 2002 Olympic course tonight in front of more than 5,000 fans.

“I’m having so much fun, the course up here is amazing, the organization is first class and the crowd is amazing,” said Heil, who leads the World Cup overall moguls standings by 149 points. “I’m really just trying to soak it all up and enjoy the success while improving my skiing.”

Americans Heather McPhie and Michelle Roark also climbed on the podium in second and third, respectively.

“I won here in 2006, it was my best moment in freestyle because it qualified me for that Olympics,” said Roark of her history on the course. “I was sliver medalist at World Championships here. I won here a couple other times and the podium here now is definitely something I needed really bad.”

It was a great weekend for McPhie who grabbed her first World Cup podium with a win here Thursday and clenched an Olympic spot tonight.

“I was kind of tired coming into today so I was really psyched that I could dig deep and pull out that energy for the finals,” said McPhie, who decided not to train the day after her first win. “My biggest goal for this event was to find that next gear. I’ve had this new speed that I trained for during the summer, but I didn’t quite know how to turn that one extra dial and I did it two days in a row, which is really good.”

The U.S. team hedged their bets at home with seven women bumpers in the final round of 16. They ended up with four athletes in the top ten as defending World Cup champion,  Hannah Kearney finished just off the podium in fourth, followed by teammate Shannon Bahrke in fifth.

“It think I would like to review the video,” said Kearney, who had her best finish in four competitions. “It’s very devastating to miss the podium, but I’m moving in the right direction. My so-called slump I think is over and guess what, this wasn’t the Olympics.”

On the men’s side, Colas was finally able to dethrone Australian skier Dale Begg-Smith, who won the previous three World Cup competitions and finished second here today. Canadian Alexander Bilodeau finished third to again mount the Deer Valley podium. He was second here last season. Fellow Canadian, Maxime Gingras just missed the podium in fourth place.

“I love this course, it stays the same – perfect,” said Colas. “It’s a long course, very steep and physically I think it’s difficult and I have a good physique so it’s good for me.”

“For me all the World Cups are just training before the Olympic Games and I’m going to work on my speed and my jumps,. I’m not ready yet I’ll be ready in three weeks,” continued Colas.”I will be at the Olympics, no problem.”

U.S. Ski Team rookie, Jeremy Cota led the home team in seventh place. Olympic Trials winner Patrick Deneen’s ninth-place score drew a collective groan from the crowd, which wanted more for their guy.

Fellow American Bryon Wilson all but sealed an Olympic berth with his 14th-place finish tonight. He made the jump to U.S. A-Team with a pair of second-lace finishes at the season opener in Suomu, Finland. 

“It was kind of a long shot but it was definitely in my mind,” said Wilson of his chances at the Olympic Games at season’s start. “I feel like if I lay down my run I got a good shot, if I can keep my speed I have a great shot.”

The moguls World Cup tour now heads to Lake Placid, New York for competition Jan. 21.

The final U.S. Olympic freestyle team will be announced at a press conference here in Deer Valley, Jan. 26.

Front page and story images by Julie Shipman.

Women’s Results

 1  1  2275744 HEIL Jennifer  1983  CAN   25.59    1000.00
 2  2  2364117 MCPHIE Heather  1984  USA   24.93    800.00
 3  11  2069813 ROARK Michelle  1974  USA   24.91    600.00
 4  6  2328513 KEARNEY Hannah  1986  USA   24.89    500.00
 5  7  2175543 BAHRKE Shannon  1980  USA   24.88    450.00
 6  8  2197853 MARBLER Margarita  1975  AUT   23.85    400.00
 7  3  2304360 RICHARDS Kristi  1981  CAN   23.37    360.00
 8  14  2481681 STOLYAROVA Ekaterina  1988  RUS   23.29    320.00
 9  16  2360722 SCANZIO Deborah  1986  ITA   23.25    290.00
 10  13  2329677 ROBICHAUD Audrey  1988  CAN   23.08    260.00
 11  10  2484720 DUFOUR-LAPOINTE Chloe  1991  CAN   22.99    240.00
 12  9  2175640 ROBERTSON Shelly  1979  USA   22.52    220.00
 13  17  2329386 OUTTRIM Eliza  1985  USA   22.05    200.00
 14  19  2484307 GALYSHEVA Yulia  1992  KAZ   20.30    180.00
 15  15  2397097 ITO Miki  1987  JPN   14.36    160.00
 16  36  2295436 SHANLEY Laurel  1983  USA   4.23    150.00
 17  20  2484304 RYBALOVA Darya  1988  KAZ   19.93    140.00
 18  18  2476152 DUFOUR-LAPOINTE Maxime  1989  CAN   19.86    130.00
 19  25  2485019 RAKHIMOVA Regina  1985  RUS   19.25    120.00
 20  24  2439983 RODIONOVA Yuliya  1990  KAZ   18.91    110.00
 21  46  2419989 KAFFKA Marina  1987  GER   18.80    100.00
 22  50  2277878 SEROVA Daria  1982  RUS   18.37    90.00
 23  33  2399522 BROWN Jackie  1986  CAN   17.67    80.00
 24  4  2175252 UEMURA Aiko  1979  JPN   17.56    70.00
 25  47  2484830 MURATA Arisa  1990  JPN   17.30    60.00
 26  45  2481584 MURATOVA Elena  1986  RUS   17.27    50.00
 27  41  2526325 GUNCHENKO Anastassia  1991  RUS   17.07    45.00
 28  43  2044884 CHERKASOVA Marina  1972  RUS   16.82    40.00
 29  49  2484416 COX Britteny  1994  AUS   16.37    36.00
 30  34  2485294 KOYANDER Ellie  1991  GBR   15.96    32.00
 31  28  2484417 MELVILLE Sarah  1993  AUS   15.46    28.00
 32  23  2525906 SEO Jung-Hwa  1990  KOR   15.40    26.00
 33  44  2440553 PARKS Nicole  1992  AUS   15.19    24.00
 34  42  2484419 HUMPHRIES Roanna  1993  AUS   14.31    22.00
 35  52  2485299 SCHRIWER Martina  1988  SWE   14.24    20.00
 36  51  2485203 KLOSER Heidi  1992  USA   13.20    19.70
 37  30  2485171 KRAUS Constanze  1990  GER   10.57    19.40
 38  27  2373041 SANTA-OLALLA Reyes  1984  SPA   10.08    19.10
 39  38  2358588 SUDOVA Sarka  1986  CZE   9.10    18.80
 40  35  2528046 ZHANG Tingting  1991  CHN   6.41    18.50
 41  48  2527561 LI Nan  1992  CHN   5.65    18.20
 42  26  2527272 ONEILL Taylah-Paige  1994  AUS   4.80    0.00
 43  37  2340250 BEDNARIK Nina  1982  SLO   3.80    0.00
 44  31  2526184 VACULIKOVA Tereza  1992  CZE   0.90    0.00
 45  12  2266044 TORITO Emiko  1982  USA   0.00    0.00
Did not start
     2339668 FOERSTER Katharina  1988  GER       
     2413490 BOULANGEAT Alizee  1988  FRA     

Men’s Results

 1  6  2337049 COLAS Guilbaut  1983  FRA   26.80    1000.00
 2  1  2271961 BEGG-SMITH Dale  1985  AUS   26.21    800.00
 3  3  2426100 BILODEAU Alexandre  1987  CAN   25.95    600.00
 4  13  2371877 GINGRAS Maxime  1984  CAN   25.20    500.00
 5  25  2397776 NISHI Nobuyuki  1985  JPN   25.19    450.00
 6  15  2407670 BENNA Anthony  1987  FRA   25.09    400.00
 7  28  2484727 COTA Jeremy  1988  USA   24.90    360.00
 8  20  2183982 ROUSSEAU Pierre-Alexandre  1979  CAN   24.86    320.00
 9  11  2382838 DENEEN Patrick  1987  USA   24.77    290.00
 10  2  2406797 BJOERNLUND Jesper  1985  SWE   24.76    260.00
 11  56  2471108 DISCOE Jimmy  1989  USA   24.72    240.00
 12  10  2369161 DOLGODVOROV Denis  1982  RUS   23.63    220.00
 13  19  2484730 MARQUIS Philippe  1989  CAN   22.76    200.00
 14  4  2471302 WILSON Bryon  1988  USA   17.41    180.00
 15  23  2484682 KIRAMO Arttu  1990  FIN   13.22    160.00
 16  8  2482457 SMYSHLYAEV Alexandr  1987  RUS   0.00    150.00
 17  7  2270312 MORSE Michael  1981  USA   23.30    140.00
 18  9  2361498 MARQUIS Vincent  1984  CAN   23.22    130.00
 19  27  2354223 OCHS Pierre  1984  FRA   23.06    120.00
 20  22  2406506 SPETT Per  1985  SWE   22.82    110.00
 21  12  2397485 OZAKI Kai  1987  JPN   22.77    100.00
 22  16  2070783 TSUKITA Yugo  1976  JPN   22.75    90.00
 23  53  2372653 CORDEAU Shane  1986  USA   22.74    80.00
 24  21  2296600 BABIC David  1979  USA   22.51    70.00
 25  48  2082714 RONKAINEN Mikko  1978  FIN   22.34    60.00
 26  5  2469168 REIHERD Dmitriy  1989  KAZ   22.17    50.00
 27  51  2441426 GRAHAM Matt  1994  AUS   21.69    45.00
 28  30  2484677 ROCHON Cedric  1990  CAN   21.66    40.00
 29  29  2485276 NAVILLOD Mathieu  1989  FRA   21.45    36.00
 30  60  2374205 VALINTEEV Artem  1983  RUS   21.33    32.00
 30  57  2471011 DISCOE Joseph  1987  USA   21.33    32.00
 32  62  2414169 FRANCILLON Baptiste  1983  FRA   21.12    26.00
 33  31  2407379 VACULIK Lukas  1986  CZE   19.90    24.00
 34  26  2526124 SEO Myung-joon  1992  KOR   19.75    22.00
 35  63  2318134 HALL Sam  1988  AUS   19.69    20.00
 36  50  2526312 ANDERSEN Tevje-Lie  1991  NOR   19.66    19.70
 37  37  2527469 CHOI Jae-Woo  1994  KOR   19.12    19.40
 38  61  2526113 GRAHAM David  1991  AUS   18.74    19.10
 39  43  2484309 SOKOLOV Andrey  1992  KAZ   18.67    18.80
 40  33  2269924 TANNER Warren  1980  CAN   18.37    18.50
 41  59  2407185 MATIZ Giacomo  1986  ITA   18.16    18.20
 42  49  2485295 LONGLEY Andrew  1990  GBR   17.52    17.90
 43  52  2484563 BYKACHEV Pavel  1986  RUS   16.79    17.60
 44  41  2484758 SLATTEN Vinjar  1990  NOR   14.98    17.30
 45  64  2413781 BURILLE Arnaud  1988  FRA   13.92    17.00
 46  44  2485300 GUMMESSON Adam  1989  SWE   11.80    16.70
 47  18  2407573 VOLKOV Andrey  1986  RUS   11.71    16.40
 48  45  2375563 DIGRAVIO David  1986  USA   11.20    16.10
 49  39  2340929 NOVAK Vaclav  1987  CZE   9.50    15.80
 50  35  2312411 DAUNFELDT Olle  1983  SWE   9.12    15.50
 51  58  2439985 BARMASHOV Dmitriy  1985  KAZ   8.10    15.20
 52  38  2482554 VOLKOV Sergey  1987  RUS   7.93    14.90
 53  42  2484421 NORTON Hugh  1989  AUS   6.09    14.60
 54  40  2430271 KYLLOENEN Harri  1988  FIN   5.47    14.30
 55  47  2484301 CHO Woo-Hyun  1991  KOR   3.90    0.00
 56  55  2286512 BLOECHL Gerhard  1981  GER   3.35    0.00
 57  36  2396903 ANTONAKAKIS Tryfonas  1983  GRE   2.11    0.00
 58  32  2484861 ENDO Sho  1990  JPN   0.00    0.00
 58  24  2278169 LUUSUA Tapio  1981  FIN   0.00    0.00
 58  14  2297279 ROBERTS Nathan  1982  USA   0.00    0.00
Did not start
     2288064 STARK Christoph  1980  GER       

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