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Heil wins fifth moguls globe



While she may not be the dominant skier of years past, Alberta's Jennifer Heil remains one of the most consistent.

After missing the 2007-08 season with a knee injury the mogul skier started to find her form again last season to earn five World Cup podiums.

This season she stood on nine World Cup podiums, winning four gold medals, two silver and two bronze to claim her fifth overall World Cup title. With one event remaining she also sat one point back of winning the overall Freestyle World Cup title.

Last weekend she placed second and third in back-to-back competitions in Are, Sweden, putting the title out of reach of Olympic champion Hannah Kearney of the U.S.

"I would have to say this is one of the sweetest," said Heil of her five overall titles. "It's definitely a challenge to stay on top.

"I can remember my first years on the World Cup team and watching Jean-Luc (Brassard) winning his (three) globes and wondering if I'd ever win one."

Kearney has come on strong recently, winning both the single and dual mogul events at Are.

In the single event Shannon Bahrke of the U.S. was third.

Canada had three other skiers in the top 10 with Chloe Dufour-Lapointe fifth, Maxime Dufour-Lapointe eighth and Pemberton's Kristi Richards 10 th .

In the dual moguls Kearney edged out Bahrke for the gold, while Heil bested Eliza Outtrim of the U.S. for the bronze. Chloe Dufour-Lapointe was fifth, Audrey Robichaud 10 th , Beatrice Bilodeau 11 th and Maxime Dufour-Lapointe 12 th .

The men's team is still making podiums despite the loss of Olympic gold medallist Alexandre Bilodeau, who injured himself in training after the 2010 Games.

Maxime Gingras picked up a bronze medal in the single moguls on Friday, followed closely by teammate Cedric Rochon. Vincent Marquis was seventh. The win went to Jesper Bjoernlund of Sweden, followed by Patrick Deneen of the U.S.

Gingras then picked up the silver medal in the dual slalom, losing his final battle against Guilbaut Colas of France. Patrick Deneen edged Mikael Kinsbury - a Canadian who qualified for the spot the previous week at a NorAm race - for the bronze. Vincent Marquis was sixth.



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